Charming Home Tour ~ English Style Cottage

My summer flowers are making a riotous display of color, keeping our landscape cheery despite the rainy, cloudy days we’ve been having. Except for today, that is. The sun is out in full force with temps in the 70s … a perfect day! And on this perfect day I’m sharing a perfect little English cottage designed by Alison Kandler that’s filled with lots of fun color!

Shabby Chic Entry 

The entry way makes a great first impression and hints at the color and whimsy inside.


By Santa Monica Interior Designers & Decorators Alison Kandler Interior Design

Let’s start in the family room where you’ll find a bold stroke of blue on the couch for starters. A colorful striped rug picks up the other colors in the room to help unify the look. Whimsical block letters on the wall play against the softer, more romantic wicker seating.


Dining Room 

Hues of pink add joy to the wallpapered dining room, with a chippy green farm table taking center stage on a checkerboard painted floor. The light fixture overhead lends an air of elegance to this cottage style room.


Alison Kandler Interior Design

More fun pattern plays underfoot in the living room. English cottage style is all about mixing patterns in a rich and tasteful way, and this home displays it all beautifully. Even puppy is happy with the decor!


Eclectic Kitchen 

I adore this kitchen because it doesn’t use standard cabinetry and it includes an unconventional blue stove with a scalloped hood. The drawer pulls echo the coral colored kitchen island.


Alison Kandler Interior Design

Oh how I would love to enjoy my morning coffee in this bright, cheery space! A glass door and large windows let in plenty of natural light to help start the day in a good mood.


Home Office 

Moving into the office space, you’ll find minty greens paired with more of the coral color we saw in the kitchen. If my office space were this cute, I might not get a lot of work done because I’d have to keep gazing around at the pretty room.


Shabby Chic Staircase 

I’m always happy to see a painted staircase, because mine is also painted. I love the faux stair runner painted in periwinkle blue. The oil paintings add a touch of richness and keep the space from looking too sweet.


Eclectic Bedroom 

Deeper hues of blue and other jewel tones make their appearance in the bedroom. A wrought iron bed and chintz patterned lamps stay true to the English cottage style that runs throughout this charming home.


Shabby Chic Bedroom 

Softer colors add charm to a young girl’s bedroom, complete with an elegant brass bed.


Bathroom by Alison Kandler Interior Design

Can you envision yourself here, enjoying a Calgon moment? Note the unique light fixture suspended from the vaulted ceiling.


Alison Kandler Interior Design

If I ever see a wicker table like this I think I may have to snatch it up for a bathroom vanity. The feminine mirror is flanked by more primitive style lighting, which I think is a pleasing combination.


Shabby Chic Patio 

Outside, a charming dining spot awaits. But it doesn’t end there …


Pool and Pool House

Enjoy a dip in the pool in the afternoon and light a fire in the fireplace when evening descends. So much to love about this charming English cottage! Hope you enjoyed the tour!


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  1. I love it! Such a great use of color throughout, it just lifts the spirits to see. I guess I am getting rather tired of seeing the plethora of grays and neutrals that are so popular right now. This is such a breath of fresh air.

  2. I first looked quickly and thought those cottages look wonderful! Then I read it found it was the same cottage…..what a wonderful home. I love it all looks like such a happy place.

  3. LOVE all the color! So cheerful and happy. If I lived there I would smile all the time!

  4. I am a color girl so this gorgeous home called to me!

  5. I love this home!!! So cheerful and full of color……happiness and lots of smiles!!! The people who live there are so ALIVE!!!

  6. I love this one!!

  7. LOVED the tour!!

  8. Jennifer,
    Love this one. What a cute home and so full of pretty color. Love her kitchen and that pool and pool house oh my!!!! Would love that. Such a great choice. Happy new week.

  9. All just stunning 🙂 I think I’m drooling! Did you happen to notice the tiny door near the floor in the first dining room photo? Wondering if it’s a pet door????

  10. Non-standard cabinets makes you think outside the box… I have a soft spot for scallops in the kitchen – my kitchen had scallops but I took it down – kept it though in case I feel kitchey one day and put it back up. Scallops really were common vintage prairie farmhouse kitchen in my parts so it is fun to see kitchens that keep them! A red bathtub – how fun!

  11. Love this home. Such a colourful home. I would always feel happy.

  12. The scallop detail and colors make me swoon!

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