It’s a well known fact that most blog readers in the design community miss the magazine, Cottage Living.  In production for four years, it was a great magazine for people who live in smaller spaces.  Every time I bump into these images in my files, it reminds me to go through all my old Cottage Living issues.  Let’s pause and remember why these interiors fit the bill.

Heather Chadduck’s kitchen has been a long time favorite due to the simple, vintage feel.  The lack of upper cabinets, which I discussed in my first post, opens the space for the old schoolhouse chalkboard while creating a fresh feel.  The single upper cabinet tucked in the far corner resembles a cupboard more than a traditional cabinet.  I enjoy all the different elements and the lack of tile in the kitchen.  Beadboard replaces a tile backsplash, and the farm sink introduces another texture creating interest.  My favorite though is the old stove, I remember in the article she repaired it but would love to know how well it works.  The old hardwood floors, antique lighting, and bin pulls are all details that work together to create the old but updated kitchen.

The next home featured in Cottage Living is by Tyler Colgan, and their study reveals her gift with spatial design.  The symmetry achieved with the doors, work space and chairs adds to the visual effect.  I have also loved the pair of buffalo check slipcovered chairs paired with the orangey-red nesting tables.  The combination works for this room and creates a livable space.

This kitchen, the same shape as Heather Chadduck’s, reveals the power of lush marble with white cabinetry.  The placement of the three casement windows makes a beautiful focal point and brings in tons of light to the room.  The pair of lamps perfectly silhouetted in the windows adds to the glamour of the kitchen.

Lastly, they created this beautiful nook for their little girl’s changing table.  Just perfection.

Which kitchen did you prefer from Cottage Living?  Personally, I go back and forth and love elements from both spaces.

Cheers, Missy

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