Interior: Country casual home
Having moved from just across the street, the couple loved this house’s cozy layout, flat lot and ravine setting (ideal for their dream backyard). And, no strangers to renovating – they had already revamped their two previous properties – they were all set to update the main floor and create an inviting open-concept kitchen that would flow easily to the outdoors and accommodate casual, comfortable family life. “We never purchased a cottage because we decided we didn’t want the drive every weekend,” says Sano, “so this is basically our home/cottage – that’s how we looked at it.”
But issues surfaced when they began ripping out drywall and tearing down walls: The house was infested with mice, and improperly installed windows had caused structural problems. So the couple – Sano is a registered nurse and Miles is a portfolio manager and investment adviser – decided to gut the whole place. “Initially, we were going to do it in stages,” says Sano, “but we ended up saying ‘Let’s bite the bullet and do it all.’ We just pushed upstairs and kept going.” A home renovation that took eight months resulted in the 2,600-square-foot home’s luxurious cottage-style aesthetic.
Homeowners Sano and Miles
In the “fireplace room,” Sano and her husband, Miles, sit with their 10-year-old miniature schnauzer, Katie.
Magnetic chalkboard door
In the kitchen, a shallow cupboard, built to hide an unsightly heating vent, provides an ideal place to store spices and teas. Its magnetic chalkboard door is both practical and playful. “The kids love it because they can draw on it and stick all their stuff up there,” says homeowner Sano Goacher.
A six-burner gas range accommodates big dinners for the homeowners, who love to cook and entertain. The ceramic subway tile backsplash is a classic feature, and hanging a collection of stainless steel and copper pots and pans adds a decorative touch. “I’ve always gravitated toward simplicity, and I love linen and shades of white and just keeping everything very creamy.”
Clean and cozy kitchen design
Traditional elements like the recessed-panel cabinetry, oil-rubbed bronze hardware and wall-mounted pot rack are juxtaposed with a commercial-style range, an undermount sink and sleek Corian kitchen countertops to create a clean, cozy aesthetic in the kitchen. “And I put drawers everywhere,” says Sano. “I like the look of banks of drawers, and unlike cupboard doors, they’re so easy to access.”
Built-in glass-fronted cabinetry defines the kitchen’s dining area, displays Sano’s collection of white dishes and holds a coffee station. “I have a thing for white dishes,” says Sano, “and I think displaying them stacked in layers of shades creates more interest.”
Fresh table setting
Small bouquets of fresh tulips instantly brighten up this dining table's table setting.
At the other end of the kitchen, a seating area with comfy slipcovered William Birch-style sofas provides a spot to lounge. The blue patterned toss cushions and textural elements like the sisal rug and wicker basket add interest in the neutral space.
Practical and welcoming entryway
The understated front hall sets the tone for the house’s warm, casual look, and pieces like the table exemplify the homeowners’ penchant for practicality. “It’s actually a fold-out table that I can put at the end of my dining table when I need to seat more people,” says Sano. “I like to have pieces that can do double duty.”
Small office area
A corner of an upstairs bedroom is used as a small home office area, which boasts the same comfortable cottage-style look as the rest of the house. The wicker chair and plaid rug are casual pieces that lend interest and warmth.
In the master bedroom, the cozy linen headboard, stunning sconces and luxurious Hästens bed, with its signature plaid pattern, complement the homeowners’ easy, unfussy style. The dark wood of the dresser and nightstands adds a dose of richness.