July is coming to an end but I’m no where near ready to let go of summer just yet! It’s a good thing we still have the entire month of August to enjoy. In celebration of my favorite season, I’m sharing an amazingly adorable summer house decorated by Tracey Rapisardi, one of my favorite interior designers. Her style is always light, fresh, pretty and feminine.
This is my dream kitchen! White cottage style with strokes of ocean colors in blue and green, and a pinch of pink thrown in just for fun. I love how she used a dark gray counter above the cabinets, but incorporated a butcher block counter on the kitchen island. I think this adds more interest than keeping the same counter tops throughout the room.
A shabby chic dining set takes up resident in the kitchen’s breakfast nook. Gingham check cushions match the pale gray swirl rug underneath. I have to confess. I don’t understand why people put rugs under dining tables where food can spill and create stains. I love the way it looks; I just don’t understand the practicality. So if someone knows of a good reason other than aesthetics, please clue me in!
You catch a glimpse of the kitchen island that serves double duty as a cook top and eating area, but the true star in this photo is the beautiful bead board cabinet with its collection of dining ware.
The summery family room may be white, but it’s practical at the same time. Slip-covered furniture is easily cleaned and can handle heavy use. I’m in love with the wood farmhouse-style coffee table and need to find one just like it for my family room.
A large Palladian window lets in ample light. This style of window is often seen in Renaissance architecture.
Shabby chic style infuses the summer house’s dining room with fresh appeal. Once again, slip covers are used to lend practicality.
A chandelier dripping in crystals matches the sparkle of silver and mercury candlesticks on the table.
In the living room, romantic blue and white come together to create a feminine room. I love the little flounce on the arm chair, with its pretty fabric. the mirror over the white couch reflects the design of the window found in the family room; a clever touch.
A sweet reading corner in the bedroom adopts shabby chic style with white slipcovers and a ruffled ottoman. Painted-white wooden shutters help keep the sun’s glare to a minimum while draping curtains soften the window (another Palladian-style window).
The painted bed reminds me of my own bed in my under-the-eaves bedroom. Soft white bedding pairs with plenty of shabby chic pillows to create the ultimate feminine bedroom. So pretty!
And you can see more house tours in my Charming Home Series.