Inspired by Florida beaches and summers spent on Cape Cod, the homeowners have transformed their 500-sf foot cottage to reflect their two favorite places.


Captivated by all things natural, the color palette was an easy choice. Soft whites and “blondish” brown tones, inspired by the dunes and sea oats seen from almost every window, sprinkled with subtle hints of blues, have resulted in naturally organic, texture – filled, spaces. 

“The kitchen used to be an especially challenging space,” says the homeowner. Moving the refrigerator to the other side of the kitchen, squaring off the angled corner cabinet, and placing the sink under the window really opened the kitchen. It also provided an opportunity to make better use of the corner with the installation of a full-size lazy Susan. 

What made this kitchen transformation especially spectacular was swapping out the dining table for a 72” x 40” island with lots of storage and bar seating. Now the kitchen is twice as large. 

Other subtle touches also served to improve the flow and function of this tiny cottage. One was removing the bedroom closet completely except for a small wall to hide the open-concept, wall-hung closet organizer. Another was the replacement of the old bathroom door with a pocket door and the replacement of the solid, tiled shower stall with an all-glass shower surround.

It’s amazing how much more efficient and larger the cottage feels now!