Something Old, Something New

This summer home’s inspired blend of cottage style and contemporary flair puts a welcome twist on tradition.

Porch Panache

Jean Allsopp

Porch Panache

Designed to take advantage of the South's warm climate, the wrap porch is the largest living area in the house. Owner Mary Taylor and her decorator friend Trini Bryant divided the space with individual groups of furniture.

Gathering Place

Jean Allsopp

Gathering Place

Ideal for friends and sleepovers, the children's bedrooms are practical yet fun. "Each child has a sleeping space, but no matter where they start out, the kids end up all piled into this one room," Mary says.

Sweet Dreams

Jean Allsopp

Sweet Dreams

In the master bedroom, Trini and Mary went with an all-white palette accented with a delicate shade of sea blue. Oyster-shell and coral-theme accessories add understated appeal.

White Hot

Jean Allsopp
 

White Hot

In the living room, whitewashed walls and slipcovered couches lend a clean, comfortable look. Exposed trusses balance the modern flair and conceal track lighting. "We didn't want recessed lighting because it would have looked too new," says architect Pete Vallas.

Yummy Yellow

Jean Allsopp

Yummy Yellow

Because accessories should enhance, not overpower, a space, a well-placed punch of color in a not-so-mellow yellow perks up the porch without distracting from the panoramic water view.

Space Saver

Jean Allsopp

Space Saver

Bunk beds and sliding doors make the most of this small space. Built-in reading lamps with neon-yellow shades and a bamboo ladder are functional yet fun.

The Green Effect

Jean Allsopp

The Green Effect

Mary scored these rattan pieces at a local yard sale and updated them with a bold geometric print. The subtle design on the lamp shade mimics the print, while a thin-legged table balances the bulk of the chairs and preserves the space's airy feel.

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