This nautical cottage was a blank slate in need of serious spatial planning. With the downstairs being largely open, the clients wanted to designate separate areas for specific functions without any architectural work.
The first challenge was to create an entry & mudroom in a space where the front door opens immediately into the living room. Our solution was to take unutilized wall space at the stairwell and designate this area as the entry using a beadboard accent.
A nautical-inspired striped runner leads you from the doorway to a custom shelf with accent colored hooks & a handmade rustic wood boot tray. A bench offers comfy seating & baskets provide additional storage for less picturesque items.
On the right wall of our newfound entry, we placed a small profile console table large enough to act as a catchall for keys, change & mail. It is also a perfect place for some small styling items to set the tone for the space.
Adjoining the entry is the living room. The client's had a few specific requests for this space: 1) the space needed to provide an eating area 2) the space also though should be a kick up your feet, comfortable space and 3) the existing couch must remain.
This meant we would need to be supremely creative in our approach to designing this living area. It needed to not only be functional, but multi-functional.
Our solution was to offer two layout options that are easily interchangeable: a banquet-height table as well as a custom upholstered ottoman, both on casters. These two elements are easily swapped to a side table position when the other is in use.
Beyond spatial planning, it was imperative that the colors be light & airy to achieve the nautical cottage feel. Incorporating personal mementos was extremely important to this client & so balancing these pieces with the oceanic, nature-inspired elements was key.
Breezy patterned pillows & window treatments as well as hand painted furniture pieces created a cohesive palette that breathed a new life into the room.
For the bedroom, we were limited to quick fixes. The green on the walls was to stay & so our first order of business was to design an accent wall at the headboard to offer a calming visual interest. Rather than a basic wallpaper, we had a custom wall artist design & install a one of a kind pattern.
Previously, a curtain covered the linen closet. Now replaced with a rustic barn door, the room is cozied and has character.
And the finishing touch: pulling it all together with throw pillows & bedding that give the room personality & a beachy, relaxed feel.