Cottage Character

The Carter family's cottage has kept pace with the growing kids.

Easy Living

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Easy Living

Over the years, this North Carolina cottage has kept pace with its growing family. Added to the original house (circa 1930), the living and dining areas have expansive views of the shore. "The house is roughly 4,000 square feet of air-conditioned space, but it doesn't look large," architect Linda Tuttle says.

Office Space

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Office Space

Custom louvered doors in the master bedroom open to a small office. On both sides of the desk, doors lead to porches overlooking the shore. The architect used the house's original tongue-and-groove paneling to cover walls in the master bedroom.
 
 

Cozy Nook

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Cozy Nook

"When Rusty's mom died, we inherited the table her father made," owner Susan Carter says. "So when we remodeled, Linda designed a nook for it." Reclaimed heart pine and the cottage's original floors work with walls milled from heart-pine logs pulled from the Savannah River.
 
 

Bunk Mates

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Bunk Mates

For years, two sisters (now in their 20s) shared this bedroom during the summers. Twin built-in berths with storage underneath flank the room, while a king bed stands in the middle.

Sea Floor

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Sea Floor

The house opens wide to the porch via custom doors, designed to approximate the cottage's original doors. A painted canvas floorcloth depicts a lively ocean scene.
 

Bath Time

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Bath Time

For consistent interior detailing, Linda used wood finishes similar to those in the 1930s structure. Retro-style plumbing fixtures also lend a nostalgic feel.
 
 

Kitchen Nostalgia

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Kitchen Nostalgia

The modern kitchen also incorporates traditional elements. "We found the kitchen stools at an antiques shop," says Susan. "They're from an ice cream parlor."
 
 

Depth Chart

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Depth Chart

Cabinets and refrigerator panels are layered with three glazes: blue, green, and then yellow. "It took many attempts to the get the color right," says Linda. "We wanted it to have depth, like water."
 
 

Head Case

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Head Case

In the dining room, a glass case holds decades of family beach treasures. "Rusty and I purchased the turtle skull from a street vendor while on our honeymoon in Mexico," owner Susan Carter says of the cabinet's centerpiece. "We found all the conch shells on the beach after Hurricane Fran."
 
 

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