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….
Pretty 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…
Cute 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… Here is an idea of what the back wall will look like….
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. We 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…..
Then through the Living Room, you walk right into the Dining Room.
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…
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…
The design will mimic the design of the original french doors that open from the dining room into the den.
It’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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I love transforming my clients homes!