Transitional Cottage Home Tour
Copy By: Whitney Donley
Transitional Cottage Home Tour
When my husband and I first set foot in our builder-grade cottage style house, we knew we could transform it into our dream home. The house, built in 1997, is around 3,500 square feet and is set on a beautiful two-acre, wooded lot. The layout of the home was exactly what we were looking for, but the finishes were nothing to write home about. Prior to moving in, we embarked on an extensive remodel of all of the living spaces which included adding solid white oak flooring throughout, reconfiguring the kitchen to square up some angled cabinetry, beefing up the trim and millwork detail, paint, and all new fixtures. We are absolutely thrilled with how far it has come!
We wanted the entry to make a subtle statement, so we painted the door and sidelites in the same grey that you will see in other areas throughout the house: Sherwin Williams’ Light French Grey. A vintage Turkish rug pulls in the gray from the door and adds a bit of muted color to transition into the living spaces of the home.
A styled console table with a DIY lamp, round gold mirror and some fresh redbud stems greets guests upon arrival.
The dining room previously had carpet, so removing that and the old 1990’s brass chandelier and adding white oak floors, a more modern light fixture, and gray wainscoting (the same gray as the front door) completely changed the feel of this room which is right next to the entry. We added the Loloi Layla rug in Olive/Charcoal to ground the space and the table from Wayfair balances is nicely. Grey Chippendale chairs from Williams Sonoma Home tie in to the grey wainscoting and front door.
Directly across from the front door is the “formal” living room, which also previously had carpet. The walls received some love in the form of appliquéd wall moulding, and the entire room was then painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. The navy chesterfield sofas from Pottery Barn make a bold statement in this room and work well with the wall detail we added.
Next to the living room is the powder bath, and was completely builder-grade and blah when we purchased the home. We added the wainscoting painted in Simply White, and used Serena and Lily’s feather wallpaper with brass fixtures to make for a pop against the wallpaper. And of course a beautiful Caitlin Wilson rug to make the room come alive!
Directly off the front entry (opposite side from the dining room) is the study. When we bought the house the study was very dark—dark stained wood and deep red walls. We lightened the walls by painting them Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray and used Benjamin Moore Blue Note on the woodwork for a moody statement perfect for an office space. The chair and desk from Pottery Barn set a masculine tone which is perfect for my husband who works from the study every day.
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and it was certainly the heart and soul of our remodel. In order to square up the cabinets so they align directly into the family room we had to put a paralam beam in the attic. This allowed us to remove an angled wall that was holding the weight of the roofline. New custom cabinets painted in Light French Gray with inset shaker doors, a rift-sawn white oak island and hood stained in a custom stain, and quartz counters and backsplash provide a clean palette with just the right amount of warmth and texture.
This bathroom also needed a facelift, and it got a new coat of paint, beveled subway tile in the bath surround, and patterned tile on the floor. I chose a ceramic tile for the floor versus a patterned cement tile for the ease of maintenance provided by ceramic. The vanity was painted in Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, a pale blue/green that provides a serene, calming essence to this room.
What started as a builder-grade bathroom with beige tile and walls received a complete DIY remodel and ended as a fresh and fun space for our boys. I stenciled and painted the floors in a fun circular pattern, added black fixtures for a more modern look, and after painting the walls in Sherwin Williams Alabaster, added faux shiplap on the walls with a Sharpie paint pen. We love the clean and whimsical look!
A few updates were made in the master bedroom including adding this board and batten on the bed wall and using a pop of blue—the same Blue Note color that was used in the Study, for a pop of drama. To balance the deep blue accent on the wall we kept the bedding light and neutral and love the texture that the pick-stitch quilt and nightstands from Pottery Barn add to the room.
It has been so rewarding to transform a house that lacked character and personality into a home that truly speaks to our family. Thank you for touring and stop back by and say hi on Instagram @theredfernhome to see more of what I’m working on around the house!