Design Secrets for Coastal Cottages

These families updated their beloved cottages by injecting luxuries of modern living while still honoring its past.

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Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

Stay True to Architectural Roots

The renovation process of this Whitemarsh, Island, Georgia, focused on updating while still retaining the old soul feel.

When adding new elements to an older home's exterior, designer Jane Coslick advises choosing pieces that adhere to its period look. The new operable shutters, blue window boxes, and a picket fence are in line with the house's original cottage character.

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