Southern Living In A Cottage

August 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy the homes that Southern Living Magazine features every month and in the current issue, I particularly am enjoying the cottage that designer Anna Braund built in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia. Braund worked with local craftspeople to build her home from the ground up after she purchased a ranch style home on the lot and it was discovered that the house had a lot of problems and required a “rebuild”.  Braund worked with local architect Lew Oliver and he designed her a classic cottage, one with high beamed ceilings, french doors leading to the outside, beautiful wood floors and a light and bright color scheme. The home is ideal for entertaining and certain design elements run throughout the home to make it feel thought out and cohesive. You can see and read more about this beautiful home in Southern Living Magazine and on the website here, for now, enjoy the images I’m sharing today and gather some Southern inspiration. Enjoy!!!

Homeowner and Designer Anna Braund says she thinks of porches as “an extension of indoor spaces.” There are large porches on both the front and back of the home that are each 10 feet wide, great places to both start and end your days. 

I think the kitchen is beautiful, we all know I love a white kitchen and this one then brings in natural elements with the walnut shelving for storage, wood floors, and soapstone countertops.

The kitchen, dining area, and living room are all one big area in this cottage. The exposed beams seen in the dining room are one of my favorite features, new cedar beams were used which is less expensive than using reclaimed wood. You can see the wonderful use of wood tones throughout the home in this photo from the beams, kitchen shelves and the banister on the staircase. 

One thing to remember to do when building an open concept home is to use same elements in different rooms to tie the rooms together. Here in the living room, we see walnut shelving used for display and storage just as it is in the neighboring kitchen. 

I’m always a fan of repurposing a piece of furniture, here we see how Braund used an antique chest, that belonged to her grandfather, as a bar instead of taking up space by building a butler’s pantry or bar area. 

Braund pumped up her Powder Bathroom by encasing the sink in marble and using an antique mirror and antique electric sconces. 

Braund says she loves a small cocoon like bedroom but her’s are not claustrophobic because of the vaulted ceilings and tall window. Again, you can see the use of natural elements in the use of the wooden four poster bed. 

Braund used brass hardware and fixtures throughout the cottage which you can see here in the Master Bathroom. The golden coated metal is seen here in hardware, mirrors, and light fixtures. The brass fixtures on the sinks are from Home Depot and DID NOT cost a fortune. 

All words are my own.
Images and information are
courtesy of Southern Living.

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