Tuesday, 19 July 2011

City Cottage









I thought I would share a few pictures of a very cute and tiny inner city cottage I recently worked on for a gorgeous young couple who are expecting their first baby in a few months time.  We decided to leave the old kitchen in place instead of ripping it out.  We painted it a fresh white and added the black and white checkerboard floor as there was a chipboard floor in that section.  We also added a big cabinet to the the left of the kitchen which now houses food and other kitchen items as the little kitchen was just a bit too small.  We made black and white ticking roman blinds which we installed on all the windows in the cottage and added pretty cushions and other quirky items to create a fun, happy space.  Oh and this cottage just had to have a red door so we painted the back door bright glossy red!

60 comments:

Michelle said...

Bits of bold colour really work in small spaces don't they, you have to brave though don't you! Great job :)

beachcomber said...

cute!!
cheryl x

SD Interiors said...

So gorgeous! Is the kitchen floor vinyl?

Spiral Style said...

Love the floor, shade and lamp shades. What a great job. I'd move there in a minute!

Cat said...

just adorable!
cat

Karena said...

Anna, so adorable, you really brightened up this little space!

xoxo
Karena

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Mrs BC said...

Beautiful, clean, bright & happy - I love it. I really really love the chandelier!
x

Ellise @ Charles Whyte said...

Wow, I really love those cupboards! I really need some like that around a window in our study. It's hard to make out from the photo but is there a cupboard above the window and a shelf below? Beautiful work as usual Anna.

Yasmine Abigail said...

I love this , this is my style all over great work !

Samantha said...

What a lovely cottage, those lights are so gorgeous.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

You just know I am LOVING the red front door. So fun!

Kimberlee @ Brown Button said...

Love it. the cabinet is perfection! I'm having an inspection done on a single fronted cottage tomorrow morning (because buying another house six sleeps before I leave the country for six months is not stressful at al...) - these cabinets would be ideal for my potential new home! Hope you are well dear Anna, sorry I won't be able to catch up when the girls are up there next week. I'll keep in touch! xx

Peta said...

No doubt about you Anna- you've got the magic touch!

Shannon Olson said...

I love the look of the check floor and the red door! What a great use of color, amazing!

The Love Bird: said...

Just love it! Great work Anna!

tinajo said...

Great flooring! :-)

Hellohello baby said...

How fun with a city cottage! Did not know they had that in other parts of the world. They have them i Oslo Norway. Villages of city cottages :)

But yours are exeptionally chic!

Found you via Table Tonic and am now following :)

Macarena Martinez said...

Fabulous! Ana, the chandellier is uber posh! Loved the idea of different fabrics! I'm hosting a Catrina Sculpture Giveway, would you like to participate? Huge Hug! XoXo

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Love the chandelier shades!

Funky Louis said...

That chandelier is something special.. fantastic! Erin x

Sprout Gallery said...

As always I adore...
Love the quirky little lampshades. Delightful!

Daryl Wark said...

lovely Anna,
Wonderful to see a talented designer who could propose ripping the kitchen out and starting over. But you are right that would be to easy.
Leave it pretty much as it is and give it a fresh new look without breaking the bank.
I am sure this young couple will have many years and lots of wonderful memories in this beautiful space. It all just looks so relaxing and welcoming.
Sometimes restraint is the best answer.
What a great room.
Warm wishes
Daryl

Kate Collins said...

I absolutely love this kitchen. It's so great to see a smaller kitchen looker so stylish. The extra storage is amazing. Fantastic job, as always.

paula said...

how lovely is this space.

Jenna @ Sequined Sunsets said...

I love the white backdrop with the colorful accessories...especially the chandelier. The different colored shades is so unique and fun.

Great job,
Jenna

Stephanie Sabbe said...

so fun and funky!

Vic Bibby said...

So cute, you've done a fabulous job (as if you wouldn't!). How lucky are they with a beautifully refurbished home and a new babe about to enter their world. They have the best dog for children - golden retrievers with their lovely gentle natures. xxx

Louise Plummer said...

I love the black and white squares laid diagonally. What a great wake-up call.

Leah H. Grier said...

I adore cute cottages - you allmade some fabulous choices!

cj said...

We leased a house in Melbourne in 1973 and one of the things in it I adored was curtains and slipcovers made out of mattress ticking. Quite revolutionary at the time and I took the idea back to the states with me and am still covering things in ticking. Thanks for the memory!

Hannah Greene said...

It looks so lovely! The black & white floor with the red door is pretty darn fabulous.

Sarah B said...

It's gorgeous. Love the chandelier :)

DASI GLAM said...

love the red door, the kitchen floor, the wash room, the dog and the lamp, oh my gosh the lamp! I love it!

Holly said...

I agree with your decision for the kitchen. Looks quaint and cheery!

Anna@MyDesignEthos said...

It looks liket hey have a beautiful cottage, I love the tongue and groove ceilings and ceiling rose, and those gorgeous timber floors! The kitchen looks great with the black and white floor too.

Kelly Green said...

So pleased you left the back - it is my favourite part! looks fantastic!
KG

Our Old House said...

I love the kitchen. Unpretentious, serene yet charming, beautiful.

Milo Jean said...

Oh this is beautiful!! I LOVE that kitchen - the cottage could quite possibly be my perfect house. Congratulations - your clients must be thrilled with the results. :-)

Phoebe said...

Cutest kitchen ever! - I want to move in there and bake something!

Jody L said...

I love this cottage I especially love the light fitting and the black and white floor in the kitchen i was thinking about doing this in my own kitchen but was unsure how it wood look next to the floor boards but I really lik it. Thanks for sharing I am inspired now to move forward with my kitchen dining space. Cheers Jody

brlracincwgrl said...

I am in love! The light fixture is gorgeous! And the red door is simply perfect!

{ Vintage by LOU LOU } said...

L O V E

Outdoors On Parade said...

Love the light fitting! Gorgeous colours and patterns on the shades!

Jan_diva said...

That looks like my perfect house. Loove it! Especially the red door. Please post more photos! Pretty please?

Emma said...

It is all so very gorgeous! Love the decision to keep the original kitchen cabinets and the red door looks fabulous and is a symbol of good luck! As for the chandelier... sigh! It is perfection!

Naomi said...

I love the red door. Beautiful pics.

Cassandra said...

Great room and not overdone. It's lovely to see interior designers who don't spend their clients money for the sake of it. It's looks loved and liveable.

HouseZenGarden.com said...

Congrats on a great design! It just points to the idea that one doesn't always need to invest thousands of dollars on installing a new kitchen to get a great look.

The red door is a show-stopper by-the-way!

the modern sybarite ™ said...

how adorable!

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello,
I visited your blog today. It was so pretty and colorful. The black and white flooring is nice with the red accent door. I just did a post today on red, black, and white. The little rose chair in the office is so charming, and the rainbow cake looks so yummy I could have a piece now. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would really enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your creative, wonderful ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Inês Pereira @Perfect-home said...

I love the vintage look... It is adorable. I have just found your blog and I must say: congratulations.

{hooked on hickory} said...

cheery and cute!


ashley

designchic said...

It is so charming...adore the pops of color!!

Debra Turner said...

Small spaces are a challenge. I love how bright and cheerful it is. Touches of bold colors are a nice touch. And the more storage space the better!

Jooni Jewelry said...

What a cozy looking place....I love the lovely accents here and there! The chandelier is stunning.

Casa Très Chic said...

This cottage is lovely and the red door is so stylish.
Hugs
Tereza

count it all joy said...

The details:) Love it. I've always loved a bit of chequerboard floor action....with that red door - perfection. It really is a fun, happy space. What a lucky little baby to be welcomed into such a lovely home. Meredy xo

Joy said...

I love it when people use their sense of creativity and come up with fun, inexpensive, and perfectly serviceable solutions for a home. None of this tearing everything out and installing all new... great job and what a cozy, welcoming little cottage.

Kathy said...

I am so happy to find your blog today. I love to decorate and I am obsessed with looking for new and fresh ideas to make my home beautiful and inviting. Your blog inspired me today. Thank you so much for that.

Vintage Revival said...

I love the chandelier. You have made a small space look spacious. It looks lovely.