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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Dining Room
Photo: Tria Giovan

Let the Sunshine In

To increase the home's year-round living space without changing its footprint, Joe enclosed a portion of what was once the open-air porch and converted it into a cozy dining area. "We kept the interior light by adding lots of windows [six total in the compact room], so it feels like a sunroom," Joe says. White on walls and ceilings, light-stained pecan floors, and woven furnishings brighten the space.

The table is actually an antique desk from East End Gallery. The chandelier belonged to the owner's mother.

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