A love of color and carefree style turned this past-its-prime cottage into a perfect family getaway on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Shop this home in our boutique! A love of color and carefree style turned this past-its-prime cottage into a perfect family getaway in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Designer Jamie Meares created an interior that is casual enough for family living yet sophisticated enough for entertaining. A beachy palette of blues, corals, whites, and grays lends a bright, energetic look. In the cottage’s dining, sitting, and living rooms, Meares strategically repeated patterns, colors, and textures for a cohesive design. The sitting room chairs are slipcovered in the same fabric as the dining room curtains. Meares chose white for the living room’s sectional because the color doesn’t overtake the small space. To minimize costs, Meares utilized as much of the owners’ existing furniture as possible. This old dresser in the dining room was reimagined as a sideboard. Because of community building rules, windows could not be added to the kitchen. As an alternative, they brightened up the space with white cabinetry, subway tiles, and granite countertops. Meares created dramatic decor that is also kid-casual for the child’s room by using inexpensive draperies with a large-scale turquoise pattern. The serape headboard provides a youthful counterpart to the sleek, modern chair. A fresh coat of paint makes this bedroom’s dresser look like new. It’s one of several that were already in the house, and gets its cool aesthetic from a green racing stripe painted down the middle. In the master suite, the designer paired the wooden headboard with artisan-made grasscloth nightstands. A mirror with a scalloped frame reflects natural light. Meares employed bright hues with a mix of refurbished and brand new pieces to give this cottage a look that is both polished and laid-back.

By Coastal Living

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