Blending Contemporary Design and Cottage Warmth in the Home

elegant and neutral family room
Photography by Lauren Rubinstein

In the living room, a contemporary rug anchors an antique European coffee table, stone mantel, and structured chairs. “Hide is one of my favorite family-friendly rugs, since it’s natural, budget-friendly, and durable for children.” In the family room, slipcovers are stars, creating a conversational area that’s high on both style and comfort.

sunny master suite
Photography by Lauren Rubinstein

Upstairs, a formerly unusable attic was transformed into a sunny master suite with steeply pitched ceilings and a spa-like bathroom. “My favorite part of this space is the antique dressing table,” Nikie says. “Its classic patina balances the crisp, white beadboard and breathes new life into the whole room.”

beadboard bathroom with antique vanity
Photography by Lauren Rubinstein

Throughout the home, bowls, vases, and even antique crocks cradle apples, tulips, ferns, and other houseplants. “Styling is a big part of the design package. Fruit and flowers go a long way in establishing an inviting feel. They’re easy to change out with the season, plus they add so much pleasure,” Nikie says. “Often we’re so busy that we forget to enjoy our surroundings. But, simply put, our homes are made to enjoy.”