Classic Charm

A complete renovation stays true to the 1876's cottage roots while becoming a home suited for today's lifestyle. The house combines modern amenities with antique pieces to create a setting that is quaint, charming, and comfortable.

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    Staying Connected

    With its white picket fence and breezy front porch, this quaint cottage exudes old-fashioned charm. But for all its assets, it still needed a little work to meet the needs of the homeowners and their family.

    Makeover Tip: Knowing Where to Start

    Save pages from decorating magazine to guide your project. Pass them along to your contractor so everyone is on the same design track.

     

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    Pretty Porch

    A swing squeezes a seating area into the narrow front porch. A chair, area rug, and woven pouf bring indoor living amenities to the outside space.

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    Door to the Past

    A weathered wood front door, lantern-style light fixtures, and oversized urn planters nod to the home's 1876 orgins, while a fresh coat of blue porch paint offers a fresh face at the front door.

     

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    Uncovered Treasure

    Beaded-board walls were uncovered during renovations and lend period charm to the living room. Pops of green and rust orange give the vintage notes in the room a fresh face.


    During the home's remodel, the living room, dining room, and kitchen were turned into one open living space, which let natural light flood in and fosters family togetherness -- the kids can play in the living room area with mom watching on from the kitchen.

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    Skirted Storage

    Storage is vital in a living room that also acts as a playroom for the homeowners' children. A side table skirted in burlap adds hidden storage and keeps the space clutter-free yet stylish.

    Makeover Tip: Limited Space

    For extra storage in tight rooms, Suzanne tucks baskets behind chairs and under tables. Front and side porches extend the living space outdoors.

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    Crisp and Clean Kitchen

    Clean lines, subway tile, and stainless-steal appliances take this kitchen into the 21st century, while still maintaining a sense of classic design . Wood floors warm up the creamy white and khaki cabinets while an rug brings in pattern.

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    Shifting Spaces

    The new peninsula stands where there used to be a wall. Glass pendants provide extra light over the peninsula without obstructing the view into the living room. A glass cabinet built on top of the peninsula utilizes slim corner space and serves as space-saving alternative to a china hutch.

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    Reuse and Repurpose

    Vibrant art, heavy on homeowner's favorite orange, gives the dining room a modern edge and connects the dining area to the adjacent living area. 

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    Dining and Drawing Table

    An old dining table the homeowner used when she was growing up now sits on the family's porch. DIY chalkboard paint revives the old table and turns it into a canvas for doodling. The homewowner mixed 2 tablespoons unsanded grout per 1 cup of matte paint for the DIY chalkboard paint.

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    Picking a Palette

    In the master bedroom, the inspiration for a color palette came from a rug that belonged to the homeowner's grandmother. Shutters give privacy plus add to the old-house aesthetic. More beaded board, a four-post wrought iron bed, and weathered pedestal table also turn on the vintage charm.

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    Curtain Call

    Curtains in a fun bow pattern hide two awkward stretches of wall and visually balance this little girl's room. Pops of coral add girly appeal to the traditional space.

    Makeover Solution: Mismatched Furniture

    The homeowner freely paints family pieces and antiques to work with her scheme. And instead of keeping beaded-board walls classic white, she went for color -- pale blue in the master bedroom and mossy gray in the little girl's room.

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