Cottage Charm

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Photography by Will Dickey

An elegant home doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort. In fact, a mix of rattan and cozy chairs and a few sentimental accents can create a space that’s truly where the heart is.

When asked to describe the style of her abode, this creative homeowner lingers over a long pause. Then, rather than calling attention to the French antiques, the chic lighting, or the rich fabrics, she tells tales of nostalgia. She points out prized family heirlooms and framed treasures from childhood—and she explains how it’s these things that make her house a home.

In the breakfast room, a pair of built-ins flanking an inviting window seat display an ever-rotating collection of favorite finds, including heirloom clocks and an antique tray.