Feature Friday: House Beautiful 1940’s Cottage Update

This beautiful updated 1940’s suburban cottage update in Charlotte, NC really caught my eye this month in House Beautiful.  It’s fun to see so much color done well and I think you’ll enjoy the tour as much as I did.

Designer Lindsey Coral Harper did a great job of adding a sofa in the kitchen, she painted some dated old wood bright blue, and used upholstered headboards throughout.

There are lots of great ideas to take away from this feature and I loved seeing all the colors used throughout the house.  Color is not dead!



The entryway sports new hemp grasscloth above the dark brown below. This looks like a stencil and could easily be done on a budget.


Here’s the old paneling painted up in a cozy blue shade.


The family room gets a good dose of color too, but not too strong.


This pretty Benjamin Moore Stem Green livens up the guestroom.  See, she is not afraid of color.  I love a gutsy mix.


The master bedroom is more subdued in gray.


The dining room is a nice mix of traditional with modern touches.


Master bath is serene in cool marble.


I love the kitchen in grays and yellows.  I could definitely wake up to this every morning.


This photo from the cover is my favorite of the sofa in the kitchen.  The vibrant yellow walls really liven this space up and mixed with gray is still serene.


Curtain panels in the living room in fabric by Kathryn Ireland is where the color pallet was drawn in this room.


Another guestroom is splashed with bold blue walls and lightened up by the white and red accented bedding.  I love this look.

I really enjoyed the color and how pretty each room is.  This is a great looking update and she didn’t use all the same color palette, so see how you can mix it up and break the rules?  You can read the entire interview with the designer over at House Beautiful.

How do you like this updated 1940’s cottage?

Special thanks to Young House Love for featuring my sister’s glam master bedroom makeover yesterday!

- Rhoda


  1. wOWthis is so beautifully done , its not often I love every single room but I do here, those navy blue walls…swoon!

  2. I love color too! I just finished painting my laundry room a neat green and I really love it. I also had navy blue in the entrance way of one of my former homes and it was so pretty. Thanks for sharing these pretty rooms.

  3. Yes, I have that issue and the home is beautiful. My guest room is somewhat in the same color wave as the green and blue guest room. I did the reverse, silver blue walls and apple green accents. My inspiration was a duvet cover (Sienna Paisley) from Pottery Barn. I love the colors they used throughout their home. A great article to share with your readers.

  4. Rhoda,
    Love the entry way, kitchen and master bath best. As a child, my sister’s bedroom was that bright green color. She was ahead of her time! 🙂
    Your Friend,

  5. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of this lovely cottage!

  6. The entry is serene – but I absolutely love the choice of the painting in the master bathroom! So perfect! I just pinned a couple of the rooms.

  7. This is a gutsy, but great, design and styling of an old home. The kitchen is to die for. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  8. Yes! I love all the color!

  9. This is so beautiful! I love that blue on the paneled walls. Thanks for sharing!


  10. I love this cottage! I think my favorite is the navy blue room and I also love the gray in the bedroom. I love how each room has it’s own personality!

  11. kitchen stool details??? i want!!!!

  12. Very cool! I love the red and blue combination in the bedroom – {actually I wouldn’t turn down anything in the entire house!}.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love everything in this house. It’s just lovely!

  14. how do I pin an image on your blog? one of your readers said they did. I am following you. I am thrilled for your new opportunities.

    • Hi, Gayle, if you are a member at Pinterest, you can pin anything from any website. You will need the Pin It button added to your toolbars & then just click on a post that you want to pin. It will bring up all the pics on that post & just click one to pin it.

  15. Beautiful

  16. hi!,I like your writing very so much! proportion we keep in touch extra
    approximately your article on AOL? I need an expert on this house to solve my
    problem. Maybe that’s you! Taking a look ahead to peer you.


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