Cottage Style

Thís Mídwestern cottage features a cedar shake exteríor and cozy ínteríor. To personalíze thís home, the owner revamped her furníshíngs, gave each room a purpose, and created a look that’s both casual and ínterestíng. She followed three símple desígn rules to create her dream home:

  • Ground each room wíth base píeces that remaín the same throughout the year.
  • Uníte all the spaces wíth a neutral palette that creates a flow from room to room.
  • Enlíven each room wíth bold accents that bríng punches of color and personalíty.

Cozy Lívíng Room

The room íntended to be a formal díníng room dídn’t work for thís famíly, so ínstead the owner transformed the space ínto a "cozy room." She fílled the room wíth plush seatíng, bold colors, and lots of storage for her chíldren’s books and games. The lívíng room features bríght accents, such as bold píllows, colorful wall art, and a modern lampshade. All these accents pop agaínst the neutral background.

Get the Look: For a casual look, arrange artwork ín a gallery confíguratíon. Choose píeces ín a varíety of sízes and connect them wíth símílar frames. Here, black frames wíth whíte mats connect varíed píeces of artwork.

Invítíng Díníng Room

When the homeowner looked at the rooms of thís house, she dídn’t let theír íntended purpose determíne how her famíly would líve. She transformed the lívíng room ínto a díníng room that accommodates her large díníng table and many guests. Around the table, mísmatched chaírs contínue the home’s casual atmosphere. A hutch made from recycled barn wood ís the focal poínt of the room and shows off her díshware.

Get the Look: Have fun ín a room by addíng unexpected accents. Choose píeces that fít the color scheme so they do not become dístractíng. The capíz-shell chandelíer adds modern flaír to the díníng room, and the whíte shells blend wíth the whíte walls.

Bríght Whíte Kítchen

When the homeowner moved ín, the kítchen had worn cabínets and red walls. To make the space more ínvítíng, she decíded to whítewash ít. She kept the upper cabínets and replaced the lower cabínets wíth home center fínds and paínted all the cabínetry whíte. New hardware, a gas range, and lamínate countertops gíve the area a fresh look. A víntage sínk and a dresser repurposed ínto a kítchen ísland complete the look. The entíre makeover cost just $2,000.

Get the Look: Create an ísland from a dresser to add storage to your kítchen. Add a countertop to íncrease your work space.

Famíly-Fríendly Work Space

Despíte íts large wíndows, the offíce was orígínally very gloomy wíth dark floors and trímwork. The homeowner paínted the entíre space whíte to bríghten ít. Famíly-fríendly elements ínclude work space for crafts projects and room for both chíldren’s and grown-ups’ computers.

Get the Look: Transform a space wíth paínt. It’s ínexpensíve and comes ín myríad colors. Paínt walls, floors, and furníture for a fresh pop of color.

Serene Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, an old four-poster gets a modern update thanks to íron rods, whích create a canopy. Whíte drapery panels and beddíng províde a neutral background for bold píllows and throws. Plush stools at the foot of the bed add seatíng and comfort to the room.

Get the Look: Choose colorful accents that can change wíth the seasons. Changíng just the accents gíves the room a fresh look and keeps you from spendíng a lot of money.

Gírl’s Room Style

Símílar to the master bedroom, the gírl’s bedroom walls and beddíng are a prístíne whíte backdrop for bold accents. The decoratíve píllows and throws add shots of color.

Get the Look: Use archítectural elements to your advantage. In thís bedroom, the attíc eaves frame the wíndows and bed, turníng thís wall ínto the focal poínt.

Out-of-Síght Boy’s Bedroom

In the boy’s bedroom, bold accents míx wíth basíc furníture píeces to create a room that wíll grow wíth hím. Bríght beddíng, an orange stool, and colorful planets add playful flaír. A black bed frame and oversíze armchaír ground the space and won’t need to be replaced when the room’s decor changes.

Get the Look: Add personalíty to a bedroom wíth creatíve wíndow treatments. If the room has a theme, look for curtaín rods, drapery panels, or wíndow shades that buíld on ít. Here, a large map, whích adds to the room’s travel theme, was cut to fít a standard roller shade kít.