Cozy Guest Cottage A Room For Frances
Maintaining Original Charm
When Claudia Kalur of A Room for Frances began working with the owners of this quaint guest cottage created by architects Halper Owens, there was no doubt that this space must achieve a perfect compromise between the rustic and the sophisticated.
Surrounded by a beautifully landscaped home with tennis courts, a lovely pool, and vegetable garden, this guest cottage in the heart of Litchfield Hills, Connecticut maintains the charm and comfort of the outdoors. Along with the “camp” feel, the family’s lifestyle would best be served with an updated, modern interior.
Trims throughout the home were repainted with light greens; wooden accents that adorned the walls in the bedrooms were donned with a darker stain, while off-white paint livened walls and brought in light.
The main gathering space is cozy, with an open living room, dining space and kitchenette, but the main feature is the fireplace. Outlined with stonework, the fireplace adds subtle colors of nature. This focal point plays well with the white, cream, and beige tones of the upholstery, home accents, and light wood furnishings. A walk outside reveals furniture with clean lines in creams and grays that disappear against the stone façade and deck, the main features highlighted outside the home.
Of course, there’s nothing like sourcing pieces locally to make it feel like home. The living room art was created by New England artist Lee Court, and many of the home furnishings and accessories are from local shops including J. Seitz & Co., Privet House, and Pergola.
This charming guesthouse creates the perfect setting to marvel at the changing autumn leaves and delightful weather that only Connecticut can offer.
By combining modern elements like these gorgeous counter stools and the Risom chair and ottoman with rustic primitive pieces like the coffee table shown here, the cottage interiors gain a new, refreshed personality.
Year Round Decor
With the best view of the surrounding landscape and property including a sparkling pool, it was important to decorate with pieces that would make the cottage enjoyable for guests year round. Warm throws and fluffy pillows in a mix of wool and linen are perfect to lounge in during chill winter days and cool summer nights, and the addition of plaids and faux furs are just right to instill the “camp” feel.