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