Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Island Style -- The Quintessential Cottage

-- Almost an Hour's Drive From Houston -- 
Lands on These Pages Again. 
Twice This Week, In Fact.
This South Texas island was one of three major U.S. ports during the mid- to late 1880s. 
Residents arrived here from all parts of the world. As they settled, they made architecture 
a passion and a rite of passage.

I pulled on my coat today (it's a little chilly here in Colorado) and walked out and upward to our glorified outbuilding, where I hoped to find some wrapping paper. Not surprisingly, I got distracted and found myself nosing around in a few boxes. That's when I found an old issue of a magazine called Do It Yourself. It's part of a stored collection that includes projects I've worked on for Meredith Publishing.  As I flipped through the pages, I stumbled on The HOUSE. I mean look at it; it's got that whole island vibe going on -- both inside and out.
In addition to the delicate-looking fretwork and the original shutters flanking windows tall enough where visitors could walk through -- not to mention the towering palm trees and little picket fence -- this rather modest cottage is also bold.

 The front parlor.

The homeowner selected a color palette that reminded her of the Caribbean. She chose a constant black to create drama and sophistication in a setting filled with botanicals, whites, nature-inspired prints, wicker, sisal rugs and palm leaves tucked in vases -- all those comforts that remind us of an island lifestyle. 
The sofa faces the settee in the previous photo.

As a strong and striking counterpart to the black seen in upholstery selections, furniture -- and even the fireplace mantels and surrounds, she chose a pinky coral color to create a tropical mood. (This is a twist to the slightly earlier post on Black and White.)

A quick tour of the house, where you'll also see sage greens, yellows and grays:

The family room.

 The foyer.

The master bedroom.

A small breakfast area in the kitchen.

View into the kitchen.

There you have it, my idea of the quintessential island cottage, thanks to its renowned architect, Nicholas Clayton, who included inviting verandahs at the front and in the back of the house. You can learn about him and see some of his grander projects here and here. I might add that rumor has it, he built this cottage for a mistress of a client. 

Any thoughts to share? 

Photos by Alise O'Brien

2 Responses to “Island Style -- The Quintessential Cottage”

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely home! Enjoy the gorgeous day, Kellie xx

Oh its an amazing place!! The space is so well organized!! Thank you for the share!

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