Create a Cozy Cottage

Designer Courtney Delancey Syrett infuses her Venice Beach home with old-school cottage charm.

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Freshen Up Old Favorites With Paint
Photographer: John Ellis

Freshen Up Old Favorites With Paint

In the master bedroom, Courtney revamped a dark wood secretary from her grandmother's home on Fire Island with a coat of custom robin's egg blue paint. "When it was mahogany, the chest was just too heavy, but I loved it because of the history that it represents," she says. "Now it works perfectly in the space." Adding a nod to mod is an old Herman Miller potato chip chair her grandmother acquired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's cafeteria.

Left: The master bath walls are painted Seashell by Benjamin Moore. Courtney covered the backs of the shelves with drawer liners.

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