Summer Cottage

February 3, 2011

Back on January 12th I posted a floor plan that I was working on for a client remodeling a summer cottage. Well since then we have chosen rugs, sofa and chairs, tables, bookcase, window treatments and lights… Phew! But were not done yet. Now it’s up to me to get it all ordered, make sure all the details are thought of and attended to.

The couple I’m working with are really great. We all fell in love with the subtle palette of the wool rug. It was a request of the clients that I not specify sisal, sea grass or any looped rugs. In a summer house that doesn’t leave a lot of options. So while there is some sophistication to the pattern of this Oushak inspired rug, the soft colors keep it feeling easy and relaxed… The perfect starting point to a beautiful room. The V-groove wood paneled room has been painted a creamy off white and the windows will get half shutters for privacy. Flat roman valances in a off white cotton canvas at the tops of the windows will get a banding of blue and off white ticking stripe for visual intrest and just a dash of color. The sofa is also getting the ticking stripe but allover, a slipcover will make it easy looking and easy to care for. I’m sneaking in a relaxor ( that’s an updated version of a recliner for those of you sitting on a Lazy Boy) from Lee Industries, its a great looking chair and you’d never guess it stretches out. For that chair I selected a slate blue linen and ordered it with contrast welting – a different color piping – in off white. The off white floral fabric is the cushion on a wicker chair that floats in the room. Interesting from all sides and easy to move the white chair brings the wall color into the room and a summer cottage just isn’t complete without a little wicker. The other floral and the big green and cream check are pillows for the sofa. I ordered 3 pillows for the sofa, each a different fabric to help keep the room feel a bit more eclectic. We are using a few pieces the client already owned, including a charming drop leaf table at the window and a pair of small chairs. These will create the perched spot to sit and do a puzzle after a day in the sun or on a rainy day.

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2 Responses to “Summer Cottage”

  1. Janice Says:

    Do you realize how much that rug looks like mine?

  2. bill barr Says:

    really?! Well then you have a beautiful rug : )


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