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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