Create a Cozy Cottage

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

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Use Color in Small, Contained Doses
Photographer: John Ellis

Use Color in Small, Contained Doses

Though Courtney filled most of the house with soothing neutrals, she stocked one daughter's room with cheerful shades of mint green and bright orange. "A child's bedroom should be playful and appeal to the imagination," says the designer. Jellyfish-printed curtains and a zebra-striped beanbag add a dash of whimsy.

Left: The walls in one daughter's room are painted Spring Mint by Benjamin Moore.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.