Cottage on the Water

Downsizing seems to be a current buzz word. This client decided to simplify life and downsize from 8,000 square feet to 3,000 square feet. Occasionally there are times in life when you know that things are so right for you. That is how it was with my client. She walked into this ranch on a lake and fell in love with the view, and the serenity and easy lifestyle that this home would provide. As her designer, I, too, was taken with this charming property with a beautiful view.
The challenge of this home was how to mix a variety of styles and ultimately end up with a collected look that felt integrated since all of the rooms were open to each other. We kept a few of the existing Asian pieces of furniture for accent pieces (such as the cabinet in the dining room) and then mixed both contemporary and cottage pieces throughout. Color was the integrating force. Black-and-cream with marigold and accents of red pulled together the public spaces that literally spilled from one room to the next. Throughout the process, we began to build her art collection, which also added to the charm and warmth of the home.