Room-by-room, Françoise O'Neill transformed her derelict cottage into a chic little shack.
Pink is the New Chic
A pastel palette and lacy curtains lend romance and a feminine touch to this old fisherman's cottage.
This bright corner of the enclosed front porch provides just enough space for an office. Billowy fabric canopies the ceiling, cleverly hiding flaws and adding sophistication.
All-white interiors and 10-foot ceilings create the illusion of space in this tiny cottage. Françoise punctuated the living room with "regal rejects and relics"―items found in thrift stores and flea markets―most of which she has refreshed with paint.
In the breakfast area, a rustic farm table and pale-pink garden bench are put to use for casual dinners. Cushions covered in tea towels reflect Françoise's Gallic heritage. "The crystal chandelier is for the glamour-puss in me," she admits. "My friends always laugh at the fact that even when I build, paint, or drill, I always do it in high heels."
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Françoise replaced the kitchen's linoleum floor with plywood painted to look like weathered planks. "There is no greater satisfaction than making something ordinary look unique," she says. Skirted cabinets and a vintage produce scale add extra charm to the small kitchen.
To fill the small space, she selected pieces with history and aesthetic potential. “I follow my taste rather than a specific style. Nothing pretentious or too serious, and it can’t cost more than $200,” Franoise says.
Françoise built a simple cabana outside the kitchen by creating a roof with bamboo fencing over waterproof material. She brought the iron daybed back from France. "This has become my favorite spot to read the morning paper or catnap," she says.