When artist Susan Ferguson stepped into a circa 1926 Scottish-style cottage located in a revered neighborhood, she was surprised—and immediately smitten—with its myriad charms. She knew she had to have it.
Susan’s beloved Goldendoodle, Mr. Wilson, serves as official greeter for this warm and welcoming abode. The talented artist’s love of nature is echoed with a plant-filled basket mounted on the front door and a colorful fall wreath hung on the wrought-iron gate.
The whitewashed and exposed-brick exterior and terra-cotta tile mosaic threshold are just the first clues that this home is steeped in character. Open the door, and that impression is echoed by sun-washed interiors that are a beautiful blend of Old World and eclectic styles. Susan has mixed sentimental pieces with more contemporary furnishings for a unique style that perfectly portrays her personality.
Susan’s creative calling is evident throughout her home where pretty vignettes abound. Nature is invited inside via dried-flower wreaths, sets of deer antlers, and a tray lined with botanical offerings under glass domes. Sentimental pieces fill the home, including her father’s handsome oversized leather sofa that holds sway in a seating area.
Susan’s favorite room in the home is the spacious living room. Its high ceilings soar to 22 feet, and heavy hand-hewn beams bestow both rustic beauty and a time-worn sturdiness. The space feels substantial while still imparting an open and airy ambiance that was the main reason Susan bought the house. “It has an overwhelming sense of calm,” she explains. “It feels like a small fortress, even though it’s really just a cottage.”
Accents throughout the home—a dried honeycomb, a sweet bird’s nest, even her own exquisite line of leaf-shaped pottery—evince the artist’s love of nature and add charm to the surroundings. The kitchen is especially enchanting.
“I wanted a robin’s-egg-blue kitchen,” says Susan. “After I painted the room, I found part of a real robin’s egg, and the color matched perfectly!” Toile trays and a copper teapot she brought back from England now grace the space, as does her collection of McCoy cookie jars and pitchers.
Susan finds her muse in strolls along the beach and rambles among garden paths. She creates beautifully detailed pottery that’s colored using the encaustic method with beeswax collected by her neighbor, Tena Holcombe of Red Mountain Honey.