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5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

by | Nov 4, 2017 | Color, Cottage, Decorating Inspiration

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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  1. Lucie Anan

    I, too, love this house! Can you help me source the zebra fabric and the 2 benches? I am so inspired to make slip covers for my dining bench using this fabric. I was going to use stripes – until I saw this!

  2. Kate

    This is a beautiful blog today, thank you! Full of inspiration for me. We live in a small 1950’s ranch and have 2 rooms we are going to be working in soon, bumping the roofup slightly in one of them(sunroom). Your blog is very timely.?

  3. Sandy - Rock Haven Farm

    Thank you for your “takeaways” especially No. 5. It’s a valuable thing for me to remember as I’m immersed in a huge project over here on the farm. I’ve been in a bit of a brain lock and your simple reminder got me dreaming again. Thanks!

  4. Rita Davidson

    Thanks for this Melissa – I always wondered how to find a style of my own in our home with low ceilings? And how to incorporate styles and wall colors that don’t make a space look cluttered when it’s small and we have a lot if “stuff”?
    As much as I would love a
    Bold wall colorful i think it would add busyness that would be more stressful visually. What are your thoughts?
    Thank you !
    Rita xxo ;)

  5. Nichole Lubic

    I love that blue on the walls! Might have to do that on my next house :)

    Nichole from

  6. Aimee

    I love the navy and purple together!! Our home was built in 1955 and has low ceilings. This is inspiring.

  7. Lorrie

    I love the way some rooms are very calm and have many shades of the same colour (blue) while other rooms have pops of vibrant pattern (zebra) and bright accents. It’s such a pretty house.

  8. Ann C

    I loved the lower ceiling detail. But what surprised me was the black detail on the windows in one room with white every where else.

  9. Carolyn

    We hope to be relocating within about a year, to someplace ranging from very small to modest. This house is very inspiring for my dreaming.

  10. Samantha Sheinson

    I am in the market for redecorating my home and I am loving all this white and blue throughout this house. I am debating if I want to go that route and am finding ways to keep my decor modern but incorporate this antique-like look to my home.

  11. Heidi

    I am not big on lots of color in my decor but these pictures are just gorgeous! :)

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