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When you think outside the box, the possibilities are endless. That's the philosophy proven in this stylish and colorful cottage home, which taps into the charm of vintage goods and repurposed pieces for a look that is as comfortable as it is chic.
The lackluster landscape and outdated interiors of this house might have scared off some, but the current homeowners saw potential in the house and completely transformed it into a charming home using their creative craft. The cottage-garden plantings enhance the character of the 1939 Cape Cod-style home.
Bay windows can be tricky to dress. Here, they are outfitted with scalloped shades and are softened around the edges with blue curtain panels. The bay-spanning rod also supports the pair of lanterns hung at different heights. To fit the color scheme, the once-brown lanterns were painted a coordinating blue and sanded for a weathered effect.
Blue accents throughout the house tie everything together. An eclectic mix of thrifted antiques and personal items add to its charm.
Hallway walls are a perfect spot to create a family photo gallery. Use different sizes and textures for frames and try hanging the photos at different levels. The eclectic arrangement provides lots of visual interest.
A 6-foot-tall memo board created from wine corks is the perfect place to stick shopping lists and family photos. Corks can easily be glued together in a parquet pattern and the final product hung on a wall.
This space proves that a mudroom can be stylish as well as functional. Just off the kitchen, with a door to the outside, this mudroom also doubles as a work space and is outfitted with a desk as well as storage space. Weathered blue-and-cream cabinets offer a place to keep kids' gear handy but out of the way. An old tool carrier and decorative boxes on the desk stow daily household essentials.
The master bedroom's decor showcases the homeowner's artistic talent and repurposing savvy. Every corner boasts a handcrafted vignette. On the bed, embroidered pillows create a plush and pretty place to relax.
Once a single large room, the home's upstairs level is now two separate spaces, divided to accommodate two kids. In one half, space-theme walls are right at home under the ceiling covered in an outer space mural. Skylights let plenty of natural light into the room.
On the other side of the room, the walls display a fairy-garden mural and blue skies that reach to the ceiling. Another skylight lets in natural brightness.