Cottage Makeover

One of the best things about being a professional designer is that you have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. This cottage makeover was no exception because my client has impeccable taste and style which made the process a pleasure. In addition she was the General Contractor coordinating and managing all sub-contractors, budgets, time lines, vendors, architects and her designer (that would be me). This project consisted of a complete renovation of a 1950′s ranch, right down to the studs, so as you can imagine this was no small task. It was the first time in twenty years a client of mine was the acting GC and I have to say, she ran the project like a pro! Come take a look, the results speak for themselves.

The siding is Hardie Plank, one of my favorite products for siding, in a moss green, beautifully blending into it’s country setting. A dramatic peek above the front door provides the perfect focal point for the simple lines of this cottage. Farmhouse windows, bold moldings and a fabulous wood door complete the facade and add to the organic character of the house. 

It was so much fun designing the kitchen, we combined crisp white cabinets with a contrasting hood and pot drawers in espresso. My client found this gorgeous mosaic back-splash, adding a touch of sparkle and light.



I love incorporating some glass into the cabinets, bringing some lightness to walls that are heavily populated with refrigerators and wall- ovens. My clients are often concerned about what they will display in glass cabinets. It can be decorative if you have alternate storage areas, but drinking glasses and stoneware are perfectly fine to be seen.






A view from the living room shows the beauty of the open plan design and tray ceiling detail. The natural iron touches and earth-tone palette of the furniture and lighting bring the outside in.




Above, window seat love at it’s best. Here they flag the fireplace creating balance and providing definition for the seating area. The fireplace is done in a natural stacked stone with a simple crown molding mantel to complete the look.

Originally, this ranch was composed of several small rooms that were removed to achieve the open plan design. Half walls with columns were created to define the entrance foyer while keeping the open plan concept.


Natural looking slate, espresso cabinet & mirrors, modern lighting and a mist grey wall create this stunning hall bathroom. Below, the master bedroom has a fabulous tray ceiling with dramatic moldings. The bedding is 100% organic, Amy Butler and the settee is a family heirloom. A peaceful retreat.

The combination of having a client with style and taste to work with and a beautiful space to design was the the perfect combination and an interior designers dream job.

  • Theresa

    OMG!!!!! When can I move in?? Each featured room in this cottage looks like one of those million dollar rooms on that TV show..If I close my eye’s I can hear the crackling fire as I read a great book on the window seat as I glance out at the falling snow. So jealous;)

    • Cathy Wolfram

      I’m so glad you like the cottage, it does have that HGTV feel.

  • Cathy Wolfram

    Thanks, this was a fun one.

  • Ingrid from Vintage Victoria

    I enjoyed seeing some of your work as well. This cottage came out so sweet, I love the open concept and trey ceiling detail. Oh and the lonf window seats.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Thanks Ingrid this was a great project to work on. The window seats are a favorite of mine also.

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