Designer: Cushing Terrell
The need for a little extra space for friends and family led to the creation of this cozy guest cottage brimming with color and character.
Nestled strategically between a wall of boulders and a creek, the guest cabin has a secluded, back-to-nature feel, despite its close proximity to the main house. “We wanted to take advantage of the breeze coming off the creek, as well as get that great ambient sound coming in,” says designer Jesse Vigil.
The home’s wrap-around porch gives everyone easy access to the outdoors, where an abundance of comfy seating invites relaxation. Colorful furnishings and decor extend the interior’s playful vibes to the outside spaces.
A medley of colors collides in the fresh farmhouse kitchen. To wit: a range hood swathed in bold cobalt blue is flanked by open shelving with a collection of vivid treasures, while an artwork trio injects cheery yellow and cherry red into the space. Log-style swivel bar stools tie the space back to its timber-framed core and provide casual dining at the breakfast bar.
In the great room, doors and windows stained a deep barn-red pop against the whitewashed shiplap walls. Clear-coated Douglas fir beams and white oak floors add a rustic counterpoint to the colorful interior treatments.
A throwback to the past, simple aluminum chairs around a table are all that’s needed for a night of card games and conversation in the screened-in porch.
On the wall and overhead, a 36-star framed American flag, gifted to the couple by their son, and a moose antler chandler double as decor and conversation pieces in the welcoming space. Together, the pieces inspire the rustic-American decor scheme that permeates the cabin.
The homeowners couldn’t resist adding a touch of whimsy to the two en suite bedrooms. Star-patterned carpeting (one red, one blue) and cartoon-themed artwork (one Snoopy, one Mickey and Minnie) add youthful character alongside the Adirondack-style furniture and plaid bedding.
Small on size but big on style, the powder room features unexpected touches like cobalt-stained cabinetry accented by red garden-hose knobs, license-plate art and vintage light sconces wired through the ceiling-height mirror.
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