This homeowner dreamed of a breezy, easy haven brimming with spirited color, family-friendly comforts, and sweet cottage charm.
Decorative painter Kristina Bailey composed a contemporary mural to stand in for the usual over-the mantel masterpiece. A bit whimsical, a bit abstract, the mural adds a twist to the traditionally designed space.
Combining textiles in large, medium, and small patterns, and in various weaves, engages the eye. Here, the floral print also appears on the slipcovered chair, and hues of gold tie-in with the sunny tones of the draperies. The plush texture of the plump velvet pillow adds inviting contrast.
Stretching above the piano, frames embellished with ribbon show off cherished family photos.
A smart and simple centerpiece brightens the tabletop and references the garden. A trio of runners provides a foundation for flickering garden lanterns and single peonies placed in blue goblets.
Favorite serveware takes center stage on the pale green hutch. Collections, such as this assortment of stoneware pitchers, have far more impact when presented as a group.
Decorative painter Kristina Bailey customized the hutch by embellishing the door panels with hand-painted floral and leaf details framed in simple white molding.
Dramatic stripe drapes bracket the grand window bank and lend the living and dining room a sophisticated touch of elegance.