Cape Cod Cottage in West Hartford, Conn.

With the help of Realtor Lisa Sadinsky, garden designer Jen Mooney – and her two dachshunds – found this adorable brick home bordering West Hartford’s prestigious Wood Pond neighborhood.

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Photo By: 2013 Julie Bidwell

Home Exterior

Jennifer spruced up the home’s curb appeal by adding a mission-style wood door. Naturally, the co-owner of Paula’s Perennials also overhauled the home’s landscaping.

Living Room

Jennifer painted most of the home’s interior in warm driftwood gray tones with white trim. One of her current projects: slowly replacing the home’s old-fashioned windows. (“Though I do love the charm of the old windows with the removable storms and screens,” she says.)

Living Room Fireplace

An easy update with major impact, Jennifer added a coat of gray paint to the bricks framing the fireplace in the living room. “It is a simple way to transform those dated, orangey-red bricks, and in turn, transform an entire room,” she says.

Dining Room

A simple drum pendant light adds a contemporary touch to the dining room. In addition to replacing outdated light fixtures, Jennifer also swapped out all the outlet and light switch plates throughout the home. “Something people forget to do – it makes a huge difference!” she says.

Kitchen

While the kitchen maintains its cottage feel, it’s been updated with stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen Entryway

Just past the kitchen door, a mirror with hooks serves as a simple yet efficient space to stash bags, scarves and shoes.

Office

A cheerful space to conduct business.

Office Decor

Pops of color and pattern energize the office.

Bedroom

The warm gray walls continue into the bedroom. Jennifer’s next DIY project entails turning the second floor into a livable space with a guest room. “My dream project is to blow it out with dormers and a second bathroom,” she says.

Gardens

Most of the serious renovating happened outside of the home. Jennifer removed about five truckloads of old shrubs, trees, branches and other debris, replacing it with a showcase garden.

Dog House

Henry and Kiki even have their very own retreat in the garden.

Jennifer Mooney

Jennifer Mooney, former fashion editor for Women’s Wear Daily and current co-owner of garden design business Paula’s Perennials, poses with her two dachshunds at her Cape Cod-style cottage in Connecticut.