If you are coming here for the first time from SG Style welcome! My name is Laura and I am a part time interior designer, full time wife, mom and current university Art History major. Our family made a another house move and we are slowly settling into our home, Storybook Cottage. It is a 30 year old fixer upper currently being transformed room by room.
Let’s start in the kitchen because it truly is the heart of our home. It’s hard to believe this room was once a “dark dungeon” with it’s dark ceiling, cabinetry, and countertops. You can view a “Before” image HERE.
I wanted a cook’s kitchen that was clean and well functioning.
I think I’ll make a summery fruit pie. I found the marble slab and rolling pin at an estate sale recently for $8.
The other side of the kitchen has a brick wall which makes this space seem oh so cozy.
A few happy yellow flowers brighten the space.
Before we continue on the tour may I offer you a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade?
There are three doors that lead out from the kitchen. One goes directly into the formal dining area. I recently revealed this space a few weeks ago but there has been one slight change since then. Longtime eagle eyed readers will spy the chandelier. I’ve done step one of painting the base color and will be “Lauraizing” it with accents of gold in the next few weeks.
To add a bit of summer to the room I brought in sweet smelling peonies and seashells. The combination reminds me of my trip to the Brittany coast in France.
I wish you could smell these lovely blossoms! They have such a short growing season but are oh so worth it.
All of the shells have been slowly collected over time or given to us by friends and family members.
Right next to the dining area is the formal living room. A few touches of peony pink have been added in here as well.
I just shared the tutorial for creating easy watercolor pillows this past Monday.
The only other change I made to the space was switching out the “Friendly Village” serving ware with my grandmother’s collection of Bavarian china. The light whites and pinks are perfect for the season.
We also just recently put a few finishing touches on our laundry room. It too had been an unloved disaster.
I adore creating a pretty collection of cleaning supplies.
As well as showcasing lovely storage solutions.
Brightening it all up is the birdcage lantern we created.
One of our favorite rooms in Storybook Cottage is the family room.
It too was once covered with dark walls and paneling but was lightened up this past fall. For the summer I have replaced all the tartan pillows with cushions featuring summertime scenes and happy buffalo checks.
A few more flowers and seashells always say “summer” to me.
Would you like to watch a bit of Frankie and Annette’s “Beach Party” with me? It’s a quintessential fun summer film in my book.
I filled the media cabinet with books, shells, and a few glass fishing floats.
I love this vignette with the wooden sandpiper, cheerful lantern and a large shell found in Cape May.
Even though we’ve only lived here a short time we already have had a steady stream of houseguests.
I lightened up the guestroom for the summer with pale lavender linens set atop a slipcovered floral headboard.
The applique curtains that almost made me crazy were worth it. Every single guest has been completely enchanted with their charm.
This brings us to the end of the tour. There is still so much more that needs to be done to Storybook Cottage. A master bedroom and sunroom to decorate, two bathrooms to remodel and an entire second floor that has yet to be touched. All in good time.
Next on the agenda we are hoping that we can begin working on transforming the garden as we are hosting a large family reunion in September. To help get us started Mr. Décor put this potting/entertaining bench together from leftover lumber just this past weekend.
The next stop on the tour is the delightful Desire Empire.
If you’re just getting started here are the links to all the lovely homes being featured this week.
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Have a gloriously sunny day!Laura