2009 Idea Cottage: Space-Savvy Design
With its eco-friendly construction and beach-chic feel, our Idea Cottage in I’On, South Carolina, shows how to live large in a small footprint.
Favorite Detail: This sealed, direct-vent (chimney-free) gas fireplace decreases air pollution and increases energy efficiency by preventing heated air from slipping outside.
Favorite Detail: Angie found this salvaged newel post online: sa1969.com.
Favorite Detail: tiling an entire wall, not just the backsplash. We love how this expanse of tile transforms the kitchen’s back wall into a textured mosaic.
Favorite Detail: The bold portrait by Molly B. Right, fashioned entirely from bottlecaps (even the eyes!). So intricate up close, so striking from afar.
Favorite Detail: The single sconce over the mirror. It casts a softer glow and makes room for a larger mirror.
Favorite Detail: the vintage rattan headboard―it dresses down all that silk and fabric. It’s all about creating a high-low mix.
Favorite Details: the brass accents in the sexy sconces, sink faucets, and cabinetry hardware―just a touch of luxe in an otherwise quiet room.
Favorite Detail: Going skirtless and opting for a bedspread that kisses the floor―so ’50s, so chic!
Favorite Detail: The chest-style sink console in the guest bath, which looks like a converted antique.
Favorite Detail: Planting between pavers. Soften hardscape with low-maintenance strips of green between easy-to-install concrete squares.
Favorite Detail: A subtle, wave-patterned trim edging the bottom of the all-white sofas. Little details can have a huge impact.
Favorite Detail: A permeable strip of creeping jasmine, a hardier groundcover than grass, to the tabby-paved driveways to absorb rainwater and reduce runoff.