A Renovated Cottage

     Last summer, I had the privilege of being asked to help these homeowners with the design & renovation of their new home.  A Cape Cod-ish style cottage, it was already a great home, but the homeowner had a vision for how truly wonderful it could be (not to mention she has fantastic taste, so working with them was a dream).  I was honored to take on the role of consultant & stager.  They blew out the small kitchen, & created the beautiful, light-filled space you see below.  It was so much fun for me to be a part of the ride.  Even more fun, the work I did for them last fall has to be redone due to the construction, so I still get to spend many enjoyable mornings at this home, reorganizing & styling bookcases, hanging pictures, moving furniture, etc.

     They expanded the kitchen, changed the floor plan, added an island, & most importantly, made these incredible windows the focal point .  The wife had a good idea of what she wanted, & used me as a sounding board & the deciding vote when it came down to Choice A vs Choice B.  For the island paint color, we had only an hour to pour through images, magazines, & paint decks before the final decision had to be turned over to the cabinet maker.  Happy to say that it turned out beautifully!

     When you are in the beginning stages of your career, having a client/boss/co-worker who believes in you  & gives you the green light to run with your ideas can make all the difference.  Helping with this huge project confirmed for me that the ideas in my head can translate into the real world.

     The home has wonderful built-ins in the two main living areas, and it has been a fun challenge for me to re-use their things in a fresh new way.  This is a real home, full of character & a few imperfections that make it all the more perfect in my eyes.  Nothing is off limits to kids, & their love of family is evident in each room.

     I have been so incredibly blessed with wonderful clients who not only encourage me but make it a goal to help me be successful.  This project has been the most fun learning experience.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your home!


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