28 May, 2009

Long Island Cottage Country Living...

When it came to transforming a tiny cottage into a true family home, Donna Francis, owner decided to keep it simple by sticking to a scheme of black and white.

Spruce up old metal chairs with replating...For a deep but subtle glint the once-dull metal school chairs to a refinishing shop to be nickel-plated (hygradeplating.com). In the kitchen, shiny chairs sidle up to a rustic cherry farm table.

Put your finds on-show... Glassware and pewter chargers gleaned from yard sales and antiques shows fill a hutch in the kitchen.
The family room boasts an 11-foot-wide aerial photograph of Long Island and a comfy yet stoic looking chair covered in black-and-white ticking.
In the living room, a Shabby Chic love seat sporting a squiggled slipcover energises the otherwise neutral scene and also provides a prtin alternative to another stripe.

In the house's new addition — designed to look old the owner had splurged on an ebonized four-poster for the master bedroom. They found oil painting at a local antiques store, and a sturdy bench makes a more practical choice than a just-for-show ottoman at the foot of the bed.

Images & Article from Country Living

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