5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I opened my House Beautiful magazine this month and my jaw just about dropped to the floor. I almost always LOVE looking at magazines, but the mood of this house really spoke to me.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

Perhaps it resonated with me because I related to the story and loved the personality of the house. It’s timeless and romantic, but so fun and fresh, too!

This home was a small ranch style house with a modest ceiling height (in most parts of the house, until they raised the ceiling in a couple of rooms!).

It just needed some architecture and a refreshed style to pull the house together and make it reflect the taste of the owners.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I love the wallpapers as well as the soft, pretty and even lively use of color and pattern in this home.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I love SO much about this house! It looks so cozy and colorful that I was ready to move right in.

But then I reminded myself that I already have a house to work on :).

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I see so many elements that I hope to incorporate into my own little house someday.

All in due time, right?

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

Here are five of my own take aways that might inspire you (and for sure inspire me) to create a cozier or more colorful house, too!

1. Houses with shorter ceiling heights can benefit from architectural ceiling treatments (just make them properly scaled for your space). If you can bump up the ceiling in a room or two it can still feel cozy and comfortable if the height is scaled properly and fits with the overall architecture planned for the the home.

2. A touch of black can add a comfortable grounding element in a colorful or lighter-hued space.

3. Just because a house or space is smaller in scale it doesn’t mean you can’t go bolder with your choices. In fact, a more interesting mix of elements might add exactly what your house needs to come alive!

4. Consider how you want to use the space and design the room accordingly. A large sofa may actually make a small room feel more inviting and comfortable than a room filled with small pieces you don’t need.

5. Don’t let any “rules” or fears or even the current style or look of your home sway you from incorporating what you really love. It’s easy to get stuck in design when all you can see is what is in front of you right now, but press through to come up with your own vision for what your space COULD be!

Embrace what YOU love. Your house should be unique, just like you!

What are some of YOUR takeaways from this home?

All images from House Beautiful November 2017 (find more images of this home via the link!)
Designer Lee Ann Thornton

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Hello and happy Friday! It’s Courtney here today. I found this sweet cottage in House and Garden designed by Caroline Holdaway, and there was so much I loved about it that I had to share it with you! First of all, it’s in England. I mean…would anyone be upset about having a vacation cottage in England?

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Charming Cottage Tour {5 Takeaway Tips}

Even though I don’t have an English cottage of my own (darnit), there are so many lovely details in this home and inspiring elements that I can learn from its design.

Here are five takeaway tips I’ve gathered from observing this charming cottage:

1) A Soft Color Palette

I love this home’s fresh white backdrops with little touches of pastel. The simple color palette just feels calm to me, while still being interesting to look at.

2) Quirks and Charming Surprises

I’m inspired by all of the quirky details including mismatched dining chairs, imperfect wood benches with chipped paint and uneven legs, little teacups on ledges, and a wooden chair as a nightstand.

3) Balanced Simplicity

While these spaces are designed simply, they still include eye-catching elements like art, unique accessories, and plenty of texture. I like that balance! Not too overwhelming, but not too boring either.

4) Romantic Details

There is something pretty and romantic in every room, whether it’s a collection of floral plates, a stack of old books, a sweet grouping of roses in a vase, or taper candles ready to be lit.

5) A Timeless Design

The timeless design of this home will continue to be lovely for years to come!

What do you love about this cottage?

See the rest of the photos of this home here.

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