New Project // Modern Girl’s Cottage

How is everybody?  I’m super busy, which makes me happy. I’m in the middle of  a lot of fun projects, one of which is an ADORABLE cottage/bungalow style home in University City.  I love, Love, LOVE older homes, and I’m really excited for this one in particular because it belongs to a single LADY!  Yes!  I work with a lot of men, and it is refreshing to think creatively in a feminine way.

Plans are well under way, and if everything goes according to schedule, the final install should be in a little less than a month.  To bring you up to speed, let’s start with the foyer, shall we? Here’s what she looks like now….

Maggie Before 7

Maggie Before 6Pretty dang sweet, huh? The windows are all shuttered, (which you will see through the entire house), painted brick walls, and a black and white checkered floor.  The spatial plan is pretty simple, as it’s a foyer.  Just a simple console with moveable ottomans below.  She can pull them on to sit on while putting on/taking off shoes and also use them for storage.  There will be a coat rack, as well as a large mirror, because everyone should check themselves out before hitting the streets.

Layout looks like this…

Mueller - Foyer Floor Plan 2This is what I was thinking….MM Foyer RenderingThe plan has been modified slightly, but you will still see mint green on the walls and yellow, studded ottomans.  I am so in love with that color combo.

The foyer leads right into the living room. Maggie Before 9

Maggie Before 10Cute and cozy. I love the brick fireplace, original hardwood floors, and again, those charming shutters. We agreed to NOT place the television above the fireplace (Woo hoo!), and instead place colorful artwork as the focal point of the space. This is the layout… Mueller - Living Room Floor Plan 1Here is an idea of what the back wall will look like….

MM Fireplace Wall Rendering

I will use her existing coffee table, side table, and media cabinet, but adding lots of other fun items.  I can’t decide if my favorite element is the Cozamia art, or the peacock blue, velvet chairs. I love em both long time. Living Room Purchase BoardWe are sticking with a neutral color on the sofa, but of course I’m popping lots of colorful pillows on top.  These are the finalists that I will select from…..

Pillow StoryThen through the Living Room, you walk right into the  Dining Room.

Maggie Before 3Again, fantastic shutters, but a very boring chandelier, which will be switched out for a lantern that works with the architecture of the home.  This is the layout…

E Design Space Plan - Example

I’ll use the homeowner’s existing buffet and dining room table, but replace the chairs with upholstered chairs, add more Cozamia art, a gourd table lamp, and a beautiful overdyed area rug.  This was what I was thinking…

E Design Concept Board - Example

The dining room is also currently hosting these weird, glass shelves that look like they were added in the mid 90s.Maggie Before 8

Of course they gots to go, and will be replaced with lovely built-in storage and display shelves by my friends over at Archetectural Elements.  It will end up a lil somethin’ like this…
Rande planThe design will mimic the design of the original french doors that open from the dining room into the den.

Maggie Before 4I’m super kind of obsessed with the den.

Maggie Before 1It’s fairly small in size, but has windows on three of the four walls, with the glass french doors on the fourth.  It also features a pair of built-in bookcases AND shelving around the perimeter.  I immediately knew I wanted to do a pair of facing love-seats with an upholstered ottoman in the middle. Perfect for a group of friends to talk, sip wine, play boardgames; but also perfect for snuggling up and reading.Mueller - Den Floor Plan 1

The backs of the bookcases will be painted a bright color that ties into the art, love-seats will be comfy Chesterfield style, upholstered in a casual linen, and the ottoman has a playful Ikat pattern.  MM Den Purchase

All of the furnishings and lighting has been ordered, the painter and  contractor are scheduled, and I’m starting to shop for accessories. Follow the design adventures on my Instagram with the hastag #ModernGirlsCottage.

And if you, or someone you know is interested in any design services, please contact me at  I love transforming my clients homes!


  1. Gonna be paying particular attention to this project! My husband and I just moved to U. City, our place looks similar! I need some ideas…

  2. Charming home.
    Fabulous ideas!
    Can’t wait to see final reveal.

  3. Love your plan! You can’t beat a good old U City house!

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