Wainscoting breaks up the height of the dining room so that the room has a pleasing proportion for anyone seated at the table. The drinks cart is a convenience that takes very little space.
Above and below: The bedrooms illustrate the homeowner’s style of softening and brightening rooms with ample new soft bedding as an offset to the antique furniture pieces. Weathered shutters on the interior is an interesting approach to the window treatments. They are used on the exterior to make the presence of the windows seem larger, and they accomplish the same purpose inside.
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The sounds of tumbling water from the fountain can be heard throughout the home.
Not wanting to include functional doors to the courtyard, a low planter blocks entry, but the room still benefits from doors open to fresh air and the early morning bird songs.
Whidbey Island, Washington, has a beautiful winding coast of beaches and inlets, and it offers a wonderful backdrop of evergreens and rolling land. Nestled in a carefully nurtured and thriving garden of roses and lavender that was on the land before the home was built, this board-and-batten white cottage looks out to the sound and Camano Island. Behind, the evergreens of the hillside are homes to bald eagles, great blue herons, and colorful songbirds that call as they fly over the cottage.
The home is oriented linearly, and with the varying roof pitches, it appears from a distance as an assemblage of tiny cottages. At the near end are the sitting area and kitchen, with a shed roof covering the porch nearest the water. The central portion has a welcoming front entry, and to the left, of the door are a bedroom and a bath. Moving right, the lowered roof pitch makes it appear like a