Treasured family heirlooms
Determined to keep all the original doors made by her grandpa in her sister’s family cottage, Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin updated them with a coat of white paint. The weathered teal workbench was her grandpa’s as well.
The cottage kitchen
Of course, the kitchen includes hallmarks of the family’s history: Above the range is Erin’s dad’s collection of vases, on the wall are vintage foodie prints that belonged to her stepmother (a former cook) and up high is a tiny stained-glass window installed by Erin’s grandfather (which can be opened using a quirky pulley system Erin kept in place).
Keeping it simple
Erin kept the kitchen really simple, letting the high-gloss white finishes increase the space’s brightness by bouncing light around. Though Erin and her sister Alexis McLaughlin bought a new range, microwave oven and fridge, the big heartbreak was that they couldn’t fit a dishwasher into the small space. Instead, a large farmhouse-style apron-front double sink offers a spot to share dishwashing duties.