Charming Cottage Guesthouse

A down-to-the-studs gut job turns a 1970s Texas sleeper into a charming cottage guesthouse.

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Living Room
Photographer: John Ellis, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

Keep It Simple

Furnishings and accessories in the new living room are comfortable and stylish, but also low maintenance. The custom sofas were designed and fabricated by Chapman and covered in washable tan denim slipcovers, while pleated drapes were hung with simple wooden curtain rods and rings that make them easy to change out and wash. “No carpet also means less to clean, especially in a beach house,” notes the designer. “You can just sweep up the sand.”

The matching sofas are custom by the designer. The coffee table is from Sarreid.

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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.