A colorful cottage on Lake Michigan embraces modern living without letting go of its beloved past.
Determined to keep the spirit of the old Woodlea alive, they had a local architect draw up plans before sharing them with their sister-in-law, designer Dana Small. "They really did try to re-create the cottage as best they could," she says. They worked within the previous home's footprint to erect a two-story residence with a wide front porch that is almost an exact replica of what was there before, save for the placement of a couple of windows and its new dark blue exterior hue.
In no place is this more evident than in the family room, where almost every shade on the color spectrum is represented. "With three females in the house, my brother-in-law definitely didn't win all of the arguments when it came to design," says Small with a laugh. She was careful, though, to weave in some more masculine elements to make him feel more at home. The ceiling beams work double duty: They add rugged, textural contrast the husband loves and, because they were designed replicas, they also speak to the history of the place.
The custom curtains and pillows are in Heritage Floral fabric by Lilly Pulitzer. The sofa is from Crate & Barrel; the custom coffee table is by Bruno Olechowicz. The floor cushions are from Pottery Barn. The shades are by Smith + Noble.
The dining room is painted Benjamin Moore's Floral White; the chairs are covered in fabric by Thibaut, and the chandelier is by Deanna Wish.
Bedding is by Serena & Lily; the lamp is from Stray Dog Designs.
The headboard and window treatments are custom by the designer. The rug is from Dash & Albert, and the walls are painted Pool Party by Benjamin Moore.
The kitchen cabinetry is by KraftMaid.