As beautiful as most show houses are, I had never seen one that I'd actually want to live in until I came across Coastal Living's 2009 Idea Cottage in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. There is much to love about the 2,400 sq. ft. interior, designed by Charleston's Angie Hranowsky, but my favorite element is stylish division of zones in the open living space...The main living space comprises a kitchen, lounge area, and dining space, and although the zones operate as distinct areas, they also read more or less as one cohesive space. How did they pull it off?
Well, first Angie created three parallel zones with relatively similar footprints each containing its own ceiling fixture and floor covering. She anchored the living room with a low back sofa that allows people in the kitchen and living room chairs to see straight through the dining room to the entryway. Likewise, in the dining room she used white Bertoia wire chairs that fade into the white sofa rather than heavy wooden chairs which would might create too heavy of a dining room. The wire chairs bring a fresh modern vibe to the room without weighing down or dominating the space.
To unite the three spaces, Angie got color on her side. Rather than designating a certain color scheme to each zone, she carried colors throughout the separate spaces. The coral that is used as the background color in the hallway and stairwell is also present in the dining room artwork, the living room chairs, and the accent vases in the kitchen. Likewise there are touches of purple, fuchsia, teal, and brass throughout which lead the eye through the entire space.
She also achieves cohesion by repeating a few themes throughout the space. The long brass bases of the candlestick lamps on the dining room sideboard mimic those of the kitchen pendants, and the bottle cap mosaic above the sideboard has a similar textural effect to the tiled accent wall at the back of the kitchen. The large scale rectangular artwork above the sideboard has the same visual weight as the rectangular mirror above the mantel just to the left. Additionally, touches of clean-lined rustic are sprinkled throughout: the salvaged newel post at the base of the stairs, the primitive-inspired dining table, the barstools, and the rough-hewn fir mantel.
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To learn more about this year's fabulous Idea Cottage, check out Coastal Living's full article here.
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