A colorful cottage on Lake Michigan embraces modern living without letting go of its beloved past.
Photo: Lisa Romerein
The dining room, too, is a mix of old and new; the family purchased the carved wooden hutch years ago, but the dishes that now outfit it were handpicked by the designer. The husband made his influence felt here, as well, when he stumbled across a statement-making chandelier on the Internet. "It's all twigs, and it was handmade, but we had it custom painted white," says Small. "The table and chairs with the ornate embroidery on their backs made the room feel more serious, so hanging the chandelier above them let us have some fun."
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.