In addition to the inviting arch-top eyebrow window, which brings in more natural light, the open kitchenette is incredibly striking and especially welcoming. “The homeowners wanted a nautical feel, so we decided to paint the cabinets blue,” says Amanda, noting, “It was a little more daring and something different from the more predictable kitchens one might find in a main house.” The homeowner adds, “The gray-blue is really perfect. It shows well both on days when the Eastern Shore sun is at its brightest and on foggy days when mist hangs over the creek.” The kitchen also has soapstone counters, custom cabinets, and stainless pulls. While there is no range, there is a microwave for easy meals and a large refrigerator stacked with summer snacks and cool drinks.
Even though the footprint is small, the team at Bountiful Interiors worked their magic in the space, delineating not just a sitting area with a faux wicker sofa and ottoman but also a reading nook with creek views and an armchair. “For décor, we wanted a light, airy space with no fussy finishes. Everything is intended for indoor-outdoor use,” says the homeowner. There is also a built-in bench for dining and a round table in a weathered wood finish. Custom white built-ins include closed and open storage for a range of items, including board games and a TV. “The palette is typical for our Eastern Shore Tidewater style,” says Jamie. “A crisp white envelope with a mix of blues from navy to cerulean.”
The larger furnishings are neutral and upholstered in practical Sunbrella fabrics, with a medley of patterns and prints featured in throw pillows for interest and layering. The living area also extends outdoors onto the stone patio, and in the summer, with the French doors open, it provides ample room for many. “We also designed the pool house with a stand-alone functionality,” adds Jon. “It makes for a much more relaxing way to spend a lazy day when you don’t have to go back and forth to the main house.” The family loves the pool house so much that they use it year-round. Jamie describes the poolside cottage as “beautiful, durable, comfortable, and inviting,” built for practical comfort and decked in aesthetic charms.