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Coastal Cottage in the Midwest by Nancy Erb

Hamptons Style in the Midwest

The REstyleSOURCE team is always blown away by the projects we feature here on the site, but even still, it’s not every day that we’re ready to pack our bags and move into one of our featured homes–that is, until a project like this comes along! We’d move into this cozy, Hamptons-inspired cottage by Nancy Erb of Pearson & Company in an instant if we could. Nancy’s airy, coastal style (nearly all of which was sourced from her store) helped to revitalize what was once a rather dated 1980s construction into this current-yet-timeless incarnation. We’re especially loving the kitchen, dining & sunroom (with additional casual dining) areas highlighted here, and their family-friendly approach to design. Some of Nancy’s favorites include the LEE slipcovered dining chairs–elegant and classic, yet practical enough for when grandchildren come to visit, since they’re washable–and some well-chosen antiques and vintage reproductions that hold up beautifully to life’s wear & tear. If you’re crushing on this space as much as we are, read on for more design notes from Nancy, and our REstyle picks so that you can ‘get this look’ from a store hear you. And watch this space for even more from Nancy’s lovely remodel, coming soon!


Kitchen-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street-1024x669Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor

cabinetsDesigner Notes – Save or Replace?

Nancy says, “There were a few challenges along the way–one issue was deciding whether or not to tear the kitchen cabinets out and start over. Because the cabinets were in such good shape, we opted to have them professionally painted. We happen to have an excellent painter that knew how to put a skim coat onto oak, removing any trace of wood grain. That made all the difference. Now, down the road I plan to gut the kitchen and opt for a European style: no upper cabinets, large furniture style island, professional range, and we may remove a wall or two. I’ll keep you posted!”

French-Bread-Board-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street1-1024x668Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor

“My goal was to have a mix of styles from the Hamptons & Napa Valley farmhouse all the way to Belgium.”

Breakfast-Nook-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street1-1024x704Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor

“I love the look of white furnishings & slipcovered pieces…so crisp & casual!”

Kitchen-Island-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street-664x1024Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor

“I love, love, love my old English farm table that I purchased from FOUND by domestic bliss several years ago! I try to buy found, or reproduction vintage pieces every chance I get. Another thing not to worry about–after all, the more ‘dinged-up’ the piece gets, the better!”

Sunroom-Brick-Wall-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street-1024x683Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor  Sunroom-Dining-Neutral-Home-Tour-Life-On-Virginia-Street1-683x1024Photos c/o Sarah Stewart & Mandy McGregor

Get This Look!

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1. Tall Topiaries  2. Slipcovered Dining Chair  3. Rustic X-Base Table  4. White Pitcher  5. Lazy Susan Olive Board  6. Set of 3 Cutting Boards  7. Jules Linen Runner  8. Olive Bucket

Omaha, NE


At Pearson & Company, you'll find home furnishings, art, artifacts, and accessories. Nancy and her team hunt for unique finds and vintage pieces from across the country that will set your home apart.

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