French antiques and beloved collections bestow continental appeal upon an open and inviting cottage.
When the residents of this Alabama home first moved from Miami nearly 15 years ago, the wife couldn’t have been more thrilled to have a fitting home for her beloved French antiques.
This French-inspired kitchen is as versatile as it is functional. Dappled with a blend of French antiques, collections, and personal touches, this comfortable kitchen is where the homeowners spend most of their time.
A number of projects were soon underway as the couple made the cozy cottage their own. A complete kitchen renovation opened up the space for cooking and entertaining—two of her favorite pastimes, while the master bath was decked with a striking pair of pedestal sinks and antique mirrors.
Simple design selections like creamy white shutters surrounding the master bed and a raised shower rod in the bathroom combine with decorative fixtures and lamps to add both height and light to the couple’s suite.
The most dramatic transformation occurred in the backyard. A true labor of love, the patio serves as an exceptional outdoor living area for the family and their friends during the warm-weather months. A highlight of the property is the darling Tudor-style carriage house.
Perfect for storage now, it can become a quaint guest suite down the road, continuing the homeowners’ penchant for hospitality. One of the homeowners’ favorite aspects of their abode is the open, inviting view from the dining room to the carriage house.