Gracious Living

Water-inspired colors and an amazing view make this cottage worth a look.

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  • Easy Living

    Mirrored transoms raise the height of these low, out-of-scale living room windows. The seaside view inspired the palette of blues, grays, and sand hues that give the space a relaxed European feel.

  • Touch of Country French

    A bland, badly proportioned space became a beautiful and balanced living room with the addition of darkened beams, a contoured limestone fireplace surround, a country French chandelier, and pale seaside color.

  • Points of View

    The uniquely shaped dining chairs are custom-made mahogany-and-cane Regency wheel-back reproductions. The backs look like ship wheels and the proportions are perfect for the low-ceilinged room. Chippendale-style transoms extend the nearly all-glass room.

  • Ship-Shape Chairs

    Intricate chairs become heirloom pieces if cared for correctly; these classic pieces will look amazing for the generations that follow.

  • Be Tasseled

    Understated window treatments take the best advantage of an incredible view. Neutral-tone drapes with natural tassels highlight rather than overpower the world beyond the window.

  • Quiet Spot

    The transom motif and seaside hues continue in the master bedroom, where the drapery fabric inspired other materials in the room. A mix of fabrics keeps the bedroom from being too precious.

  • Sophisticated and Sweet

    Five integrated fabrics lend sweet sophistication to this young girl's bedroom. The nautical theme of the home disappears, but the muted elegance remains.

  • Blossom by the Sea

    Layering fabrics in the same color family keeps this look together. Individual pillows or fabric elements can be removed or replaced as the occupant grows.

  • Skilled Sailor

    A bedroom designed to feel like a sailboat berth is almost any young boy's dream. An authentic nautical theme is carried out in a palette of rope gold colors, ship wood hues, and black. A copy of an antique bed anchors the space.

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