Antique and new furnishings create an eclectic cottage mix in David Bradley's home in the Michigan beach town of Saugatuck.When David purchased the 1,100-square-foot house, its charm had been stripped away. "It was vinyl-sided and very linear. It reminded me of a mobile home," says designer John Cannarsa, who reworked the floor plan for better function and returned the house to its 1950s cottage style-with modern accents. John moved the entryway, added a porch, and expanded the kitchen and dining room within the footprint. New painted wood floors, wall panels and wainscoting deliver inviting texture. A refurbished stove and retro-style refrigerator highlight the kitchen's throwback design.
To make the house seem larger, designer John Cannarsa raised the dining room roof and added decorative rafters. A bench seat keeps sight lines open into the adjoining kitchen. Cornflower blue transforms a wooden piano into a bold statement piece.
A vintage-style faucet is fitting against classic subway tile, while easy-to-make curtains brighten the bath. Throughout the home, fabrics and bedding in midcentury prints (stripes, polka dots, boomerangs and atomic graphics) add flair for little cost.
When the home's vinyl siding was peeled away, it revealed a mustard yellow hue-close to the color chosen for the new siding. "We started to discover the true nature of the cottage," says designer John Cannarsa.Click here for a buying guide to this home.