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House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Keeping things fun and bright in this Cape Cod-style abode. Author: Stacey Van Berkel

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House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

A photographer uses her artistic vision to bring bold '50s flair to a charming Cape Cod-style cottage in need of some TLC.

 

When Nova Scotia native Stacey Van Berkel set out to buy a house in her adopted city of Greensboro, North Carolina, she knew exactly what she didn't want. "I didn't want a ranch house and I knew I didn't want new construction. Oh, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money," says the photographer, a Style at Home favourite. As soon as she stepped inside this tiny clapboard cottage, she knew it was the one. "It looked like it belonged on a beach in Nova Scotia."

Though it had plenty of charm, the 1,200-square-foot Cape Cod-style house needed some updating. The wall colours were tired, and the wood floors were worn and grey. And then there was the home's layout: dark and tight, with many small rooms. So Stacey came up with a plan to refinish the floors, remove a dining room wall to brighten and enlarge the space and install crown moulding throughout for polish.

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House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Charming cottage

The house first caught the homeowner's eye because of it's Cape Cod style.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Inexpensive kitchen update

The kitchen got an inexpensive update with peel-and-stick floor tiles and eye-catching paint. "The colour looked a lot more yellow than I'd expected," says homeowner Stacey Van Berkel. "But it was so cheery, I left it."

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Diner vibe

Stacey kept the original Formica countertop and backsplash, playing up their diner vibe with period-perfect appliances and accessories.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Colourful ceramics

Colourful ceramic pieces in Stacey's signature hues pop on white corner shelves in the kitchen.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Pretty dining room

A grouping of plates helps pretty up the dining room wall, while mismatched chairs reference the home's beachy palette.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Fresh florals

A bouquet of fresh florals casually displayed in a ceramic pitcher give an effortless and inviting touch to the dining room.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Kitchen armoire

Stacey snapped up the show-stopping kitchen armoire for just $400 at a warehouse sale. In addition to being a conversation piece, it offers much-needed storage.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Flea market furniture

A restrained palette of blues, whites and greens makes the flea market furniture look cohesive.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Inviting appeal

Velvet toss cushions make a $50 bench appear luxe and inviting.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Bedroom colour

In Stacey's bedroom, a turquoise feature wall provides just the right amount of colour. She paid a blacksmith to cut the footboard of a three-quarter bed frame in half and add it to the headboard making it king size.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Found art

A vintage petticoat filters morning light in the bedroom and acts as found art.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Windowsill displays

Deep windowsills are the ideal spot for sweet vignettes that reinforce the home's colour scheme.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Cape Cod-style cottage

Covered porch

Drapery panels and a lattice partition wall help enclose the covered porch and make it feel cozy. Candles, toss cushions and flowers add the finishing touches for entertaining.

By: Bethany Lyttle Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

 

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