Layla & Kevin's Country Coastal Cottage

Layla & Kevin's Country Coastal Cottage

Sep 11, 2009

Name: Layla and Kevin Palmer
Location: Prattville, Alabama
Size: 1,910 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

Documenting their journey of home renovation, Layla and Kevin Palmer have set out on a mission to create a beautiful, functional, comfortable and inspiring home. Located in Prattville, Alabama this home perfectly blends antique/flea market finds with a subtle nautical style all under a neutral color palette.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Classic Cottage, with Country and Coastal touches throughout.

Inspiration: Father Time and Mother Nature. Antique furniture and accessories, and vintage linens in various shades of green, blue, white, black and brown make our pulses quicken every time!

Favorite Element: The planks of wood that cover the walls in the older part of our home.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to get all the floors to match and be the same height!

What Friends Say: They couldn't believe we bought the place. When we first walked in, it reeked of the previous owners dog and every room was painted a different shade of neon. Now, instead of running from it with their noses plugged, they actually use the word "pretty" to describe it!

Biggest Embarrassment: We unknowingly removed a load bearing wall and had to call on a professional to help us put it back together. Oops. <:-)

Proudest DIY: We're most proud of the facelift we gave our basic builder-grade wood cabinets in our Kitchen. Total cost: $200. Their new look: Priceless.

Biggest Indulgence: We are definitely not afraid to drop a little extra money on our antique furniture pieces. Even though they do usually cost less than those you'd find in a retail furniture store, because we live on a budget, it's a pretty big deal everytime we bring home another piece.

Best advice: Shop at thrift stores, estate sales, antique stores, eBay and flea markets! You can often find the exact same pieces you're looking for at retail stores in these places for much, much less.

Resources of Note:

Furniture: Flea Markets, Estate Sales, Antique Stores
Kitchen Hardware: eBay
Accessories: Flea Markets, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Antique Stores
Lighting: eBay, Flea Markets, Antique Stores
Paint: Sherwin Williams and Behr
Rugs and Carpets: Ikea
Window Treatments: Lowes, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ikea and some are made by me

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Thanks, Layla!

(Images: Layla Palmer)

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