This Creative’s Art-Filled Connecticut Cottage Is a Cozy Fall Escape
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Name: An NYC creative and her dog, Bobbi
Location: Litchfield County, Connecticut
Size: 1200 square feet
Type of Home: Modern Lake Cottage
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned
“I loved that this home was perched up on a hill surrounded by trees. The house is painted white, so it has this beautiful glow that looks amazing against all the woods throughout all the seasons, explains an NYC creative. “Having this bright white painted on the exterior, made me want to make the interior living space a bit darker and cozier. The walls were painted black and the window trims painted white to really frame and exaggerate the colors of the trees outside throughout the year.”
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Long Island, this homeowner switched from Brooklyn apartment living to full-time living in Warren, Connecticut, in 2019, purchasing this house after searching for three years. Located near a lake and a local vineyard, along with the gorgeous surroundings, one of the most appealing things about this house was that it had already been nicely renovated… all that was needed was decor changes and landscaping to match the new homeowner’s personality, working in collaboration with horticulturist Robin Zitter, in addition to sourcing furniture and artwork with Austin-based studio LSD Design Studio.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Cozy. Everything should be comfortable enough to sleep in and to sit on!
Inspiration: Always loved the minimalist and art-curated homes by Axel Vervoordt.
Favorite Element: I love my Mark Maggiori print, “ Symbiosis,” that hangs above one of the main windows in the living room. The print was framed in this incredible brown leather thick wooden frame. The print shows a solo cowboy under a sherbet-colored sky. The colors and the mood makes me think of the West, and the solitude you can find in nature.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was have the home feel modern and not too thematic and too literal “country cottage.” Every piece was chosen and collected over time. The art helps, and it’s always fun to tell the story behind each artifact.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Work with what you got! The best tip I got was before going out to buy anything new for the house, re-organize and review the space you are looking to refresh. Often putting things away in the right spot, donating items that are unused, or even repurposing things you have forgotten about help you consume less.
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? If you LOVE IT, buy it. It will always work in your home if you adore it.
PAINT & COLORS
- Hallway wallpaper — Cole and Son’s “Woods”
- Pillows — One Kings Lane
- Lamps — Ralph Lauren Home
- Nesting Tables — IKEA
- Art — One Kings Lane, Thom Ficilia, “Swirl of Green“
- Media Console — Target Threshold
- Rug — Target Studio Mcgee
- Photograph — Linda McCartney
- Hallway Lamp — IKEA
- Hallway Vase — George Jensen
- Lighting — Etsy, OldeBrickLighting
- Pottery — Guy Wolfee
- Bookshelf — Goop x CB2
- Books — BookMarc
- Art Print — Maripol polaroid
- Ceramics — Mud
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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