Preppy and Cheerful Home Features Colorful Accents

Drab tones and heavy finishes were smothering this open-concept cottage kitchen, dining room and living room. It gained a warm and welcoming vibe with a riot of lively, look-at-me patterns, crisp white paint and textural accessories that invites kids and grandkids to snuggle up for family time.

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White-and-Blue Kitchen Combines Classic and Contemporary

The main level of this gorgeous home is truly open concept — with the kitchen, living and dining room in view of one another — so the designers addressed them together in the redesign. The millwork in the ceiling, walls and cabinetry present traditional lines finished in a light, contemporary palette, mixing modern and traditional to great effect. The gorgeous blue hues in the wall color and furnishings contribute both personality and depth. The designers explain the selections, "We made sure to select pieces that complemented one another and could withstand the test of time and stand up to little grandchildren on the move! Our clients were not afraid of color so we really played that up in this space. Then, by layering in different patterns and textures this room immediately had that lived-in and cozy feel."

BEFORE: Dining Room

The color scheme of the main level before redesign was olive green, burgundy and black. The designers wanted to do a complete 180° with the new design.

Attractive Alcove Frames Oven in Classic Style

A beautiful two-tier L-shaped bar wraps around the state-of-the-art kitchen. Upholstered stools in a preppy blue plaid are a comfy spot for sampling the chef's creations during meal preparation. The double gas oven is set within its own alcove and attractively framed in custom millwork.

BEFORE: Kitchen Island

The dark cabinetry, tiles, counter and floor in the kitchen before redesign felt oppressive.

Basketweave Backsplash in Oven Alcove

An open basketweave tile sets off the stainless range hood and oil-rubbed bronze pot filler in the oven alcove. Beautiful millwork provides ample storage for cooking utensils and supplies.

Two-Tier Marble Bar Allows Guests to Converse With the Chef

A peek into the dining room from the L-shaped kitchen bar reveals the custom built-in cabinetry featured throughout the open-concept space. This room's cabinet offers serve ware storage below and display for treasured objects above. A contemporary chandelier in white adds a touch of whimsy as light pours in from copious windows.

Transformed Kitchen Island is Graceful in White

The kitchen island is unrecognizable in its transformation. The white marble counter atop a white wood base highlights the gorgeous hammered dark copper sink. Bronze cabinet pulls and faucet harmonize with the copper to add dimension to the island. The gold-and-glass bell-jar pendant assists the apron-front sink in contributing a traditional touch, and the coffered ceiling's texture in white lends a country feel.

Tranquil Blue Breakfast Nook

The breakfast area is furnished with a pair of simple-skirted wing chairs in denim and a sweet clover-shaped table atop a sisal rug. Gold curtain rods and pendant light hardware contribute warmth to the friendly, sundrenched space.

BEFORE: Dining Room

The color scheme of the dining area before redesign was olive green, burgundy and black. The designers wanted a complete 180° for the redesign.

Beautifully Balanced Dining Room Can Be Formal or Casual

The redesigned dining room is delightful and bright. Balance is the name of the game in here, with wonderful white spool dining chairs in counterpoint to the dark distressed wood table. Delightful contemporary whimsy is provided by the chandelier in the same breath as the traditional silver tea setting and blue-and-white ginger jar.

BEFORE: Living Room

Before its redesign, the living room had a lodge feel.

Fireplace Facelift in a Formal Living Room

In replacing the brick fireplace facade with a flat-faced stone, the fireplace has new contours, imposing less on the space. The dark exposed ceiling beams and floating mantle now balance beautifully against the light wall and ceiling colors. The gorgeous pendant chandelier in its classic square shape is distinctive in a contemporary gold finish.

BEFORE: Fireplace

The dimensional brick of the original fireplace facade was too prominent in the living room before redesign.

Preppy Wing Chairs a Stylish Selection for Living Room

A pair of preppy wing chairs with nailhead trim and matching ottomans welcome repose before the updated fireplace in the formal living room. A custom built-in bookcase provides both display and storage, keeping the friendly living space uncluttered.

Color Choices Highlight Architecture in Formal Living Room

The light wall and ceiling colors and minimalist chandeliers permit the architectural detail in the living room to take center stage. A light leather coffee table, blue wing chairs and neutral sofa offer classic lines in updated colors for a timeless look.

BEFORE: Powder Room

The powder room before redesign was dark, dark, dark.

Preppy Powder Room with Gold Accents

The redesigned powder room is invigorated with its new color scheme. The choice of a console sink with a porcelain basin and polished brass stand and faucet contributes timeless elegance atop the preppy light-plaid wallcovering in white and dilute black and blue. The arabesque gold-framed mirror is an elegant addition.


The entryway before redesign suffered from lighting problems.

Bright Entry Provides a Friendly Welcome

The entry's pale blue wall color reflects the light around the space, adding scale. Plentiful texture is found in the rug, standing lanterns, cabinet doors, wicker sconce shades and spindle frame around the mirror. The redesigned entry is now a friendly and inviting welcome to the home, forecasting design elements to come.

Coastal Colors in Entry a Friendly Approach

Pale teal and blue, washed wood and white: friendly coastal colors and textures balance beautifully against polished dark wood architectural elements and pops of gold detail for a fresh and timeless entry design.

BEFORE: Primary Bedroom

The primary bedroom before redesign was a sea of midtones.

Handsome Bedroom With Soft Features

A tray ceiling adds dimension to the primary bedroom. Light linens, furniture upholstery and window treatments offer softness and balance the dark bedside chests and sconces. A beautiful pale green wall color bestows serenity on the newfound sanctuary.

Bedroom Presents Neutral Patterns for Understated Interest

In the redesigned bedroom, a heavy-wood bed has been updated with an attractive upholstered frame. The bed frame, bed linens, upholstered bench and window treatments delightfully mingle in a neutral blend of soft pattern.

Cozy Bedroom Corner Ready for Reading

This pretty armchair with matching ottoman is oh-so-inviting in a cozy corner of the main bedroom. It's the ideal spot to enjoy a favorite read while basking in abundant light from the patio door and windows.

BEFORE: Primary Bedroom Fireplace Wall

The fireplace wall in the main bedroom before redesign was ready for updated wall color.

Main Bedroom Fireplace Wall Is Serene in Green

The main bedroom's fireplace and built-in bookcases look fresh and updated when paired with a soft green wall color. The coastal accent colors are calming and friendly.

Utility Room Ready for All Types of Work

A wall of cabinets provides drawer and slot storage for household paperwork in the attractive utility room. A dedicated laundry room holds a steel blue washing machine and dryer and even more cabinetry.

Utility Room Performs in Style

The utility room is a high-performance space, with a sizable sink and three walls of cabinets for storage, not to mention the laundry room attached. A wood-look countertop does the job in style, providing a dark foundation for the preppy blue wallpaper and window treatment to entrance in blue. Pale floors and cabinets keep the room bright.

Perfect Patio in Coastal Colors

This beautifully updated screened-in porch promises quiet repose in pale blue upholstered chairs. A ceramic table lamp in a gorgeous green adds a mid-century touch to this contemporary space.

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