See the Transformation: Brick Colonial Turned Charming Farmhouse

white girl's playroom with colorful rug

Out of all her Colonial cottage’s many rooms, though, her daughter Olivia’s playroom might just be the most unique. Complete with a limewashed fireplace, colorful Oriental rug, and Narnia-inspired armoire, it’s everything a little girl could dream of. The room houses a play table where she can color and a set of French doors leading to the living room that can be closed off.

southern back porch
Photography by Lauren Shaver

Lauren’s Southern heritage shines on her back porch. With ceilings painted haint blue, hardwood floors, and natural wood furniture, it’s an updated take on the classic Southern porch. “Summertime always says ‘Southern’ to me, so it’s the hot months that remind me the most of my childhood when my brother and I would catch frogs and fireflies in a jar from the yard,” she says. “I remember waking up many mornings in the summer to the sound of my parents’ creaking porch swing, where my mom would drink her coffee while reading a book. Sitting on the back porch takes me back to those moments all over again.”

To see more of Lauren’s DIY projects and fresh cottage style ideas, visit her blog, And for more cottage inspiration like this, shop the issue below!

Southern Cottage 2018 cover