Rather than purchase all-new accessories, Lacey incorporated a number of small collections her mother brought home for her from trips to antiques shows and shops. Those treasures include everything from an array of kerosene hurricane lamps to a large wooden chest. “My mom is a very integral part to my decorating,” she says. “I’m not a big shopper, but she goes antiquing all the time.”
While the main floor is the family space, upstairs is what Lacey describes as her “own little retreat” with an office, bedroom, bathroom and laundry. “Upstairs is my domain, and the rest of the house is kind of the kid area,” she says. For her master bedroom, she chose a white paint with undertones of blue and decorated with white, pale gray, and neutral bedding and furniture, resulting in a crisp, peaceful atmosphere.
Despite new furniture and the changes made throughout the space, Lacey and Julie sought to preserve the charming details of the cottage. From the antique glass doorknobs to the original drafty-yet-perfect windows to the small hexagonal tiles in the children’s bathroom, the little features that pack the home with character remain unchanged. Nestled in the middle of a neighborhood full of houses of the same era, going home for Lacey is like taking a step back to a more nostalgic time. “It may be old, but it’s classic and it’s great.” Lacey says. “Buying something timeless like this, but freshening it up and bringing it up to modern design standards has been so fun. It’s just a happy house. The kids love it, and I love it. It’s really a dream.”