Beach Bungalow

Room-by-room, Françoise O'Neill transformed her derelict cottage into a chic little shack.

Pink is the New Chic

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Pink is the New Chic

A pastel palette and lacy curtains lend romance and a feminine touch to this old fisherman's cottage.

Swell Space

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Swell Space

This bright corner of the enclosed front porch provides just enough space for an office. Billowy fabric canopies the ceiling, cleverly hiding flaws and adding sophistication.

Sensibly Shabby

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Sensibly Shabby

All-white interiors and 10-foot ceilings create the illusion of space in this tiny cottage. Françoise punctuated the living room with "regal rejects and relics"―items found in thrift stores and flea markets―most of which she has refreshed with paint.

Delicate Dining

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Delicate Dining

In the breakfast area, a rustic farm table and pale-pink garden bench are put to use for casual dinners. Cushions covered in tea towels reflect Françoise's Gallic heritage. "The crystal chandelier is for the glamour-puss in me," she admits. "My friends always laugh at the fact that even when I build, paint, or drill, I always do it in high heels."

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Françoise replaced the kitchen's linoleum floor with plywood painted to look like weathered planks. "There is no greater satisfaction than making something ordinary look unique," she says. Skirted cabinets and a vintage produce scale add extra charm to the small kitchen.

Vintage Flair

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Vintage Flair

To fill the small space, she selected pieces with history and aesthetic potential. “I follow my taste rather than a specific style. Nothing pretentious or too serious, and it can’t cost more than $200,” Franoise says.

Lazy Lean-to

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Styling by Brian Carter

Lazy Lean-to

Françoise built a simple cabana outside the kitchen by creating a roof with bamboo fencing over waterproof material. She brought the iron daybed back from France. "This has become my favorite spot to read the morning paper or catnap," she says.

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