23 May 2011

New Orleans Cottage

I get inspiration every day from various places, websites, shelter magazine, other blogs, and day-to-day life. I collect inspirations that I love and if they are online I email them to myself. Well... I have discovered that I love almost every room in the Cottage Living Idea House in New Orleans. After viewing this New Orleans cottage, I was looking through my design inspirations archive and found almost room in this home.

Built inside a South Carolina factory and shipped to its home in one of New Orleans’ historical neighborhoods, this shotgun cottage is the most popular building style in the Big Easy. Most shotgun houses are one room wide, and three to five rooms deep.

This cottage's shotgun style is the most popular building style in New Orleans. You can find homes like this in almost every neighborhood or area. I can definitely see soon space issues popping up when thinking about designing a home with this type of layout.

Rarely do shotgun cottages have formal entries. This monochromatic parlor acts as a space for welcoming and entertaining guests.

Classic, timeless and elegant... everything I love combined into the parlor. I love the neutral color palette! Change a view accessories around and it looks like you have a brand new room.

Floor-to-ceiling bookcases add a sense of history and accentuate the room’s 10-foot ceilings.
Tall ceilings and bookcases make the parlor a winner. Hanging a portrait on the bookcase gives the space added interest.

Curvy antiques likes this desk, mixed with a modern geometric mirror creates a stylish mix.

Find things you love. It does not matter what style they are. Modern and classic elements in the same room add interest to a space.

A wall-mounted faucet pours onto a modern flat-surface sink, where the water spills into a surrounding channel.

Quirky details like the wall-mounted faucet and a modern sink make this powder room unique.

Tongue-and-groove paneling reinforces the casual nature of this open living space. Gas lanterns are a Big Easy icon.

The first thing in this room that caught my eyes were the gas lantern ceiling fixtures. Gas lanterns as symbolic to the New Orleans as shot gun houses are.

Square-back dining chairs combined with an antique bench around the dining table feel less formal than a complete set of matching chairs.

Formal an informal all in one kitchen. The antique bench dresses down and adds character to this otherwise formal space.
This unique pantry portal was a vintage door from an old New Orleans bank safe and is installed on a sliding track.

This one-of-a-kind pantry is a surprise element in the kitchen. Talk about adding character to a space!

Built-in cabinetry and convenient open shelving store bills and household paperwork.

This office appears to be the hub of day to day life. I wouldn't mind handling the bills and other paper work if this was my office.

Designers Ann and Jane Dupuy used marine rope and grommets to attach a tailored canopy to the four-poster iron bed.

The master bedroom looks so cozy designers Ann and Jane Dupuy used marine rope and grommets to attach a tailored canopy to the four-poster iron bed.

Although it’s only decorative, the mantel, salvaged from a New Orleans mansion, adds another architectural detail to the room.

The fire place in the master bedroom is a decorative salvaged piece, but still puts off warmth. It makes me want to curl up in one of the over-stuffed arm chairs and read a good book! 

 basic walk-in closet is transformed into a boudoir with patterned wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, a crystal chandelier, and an upholstered ottoman.

The master closet has to be hands down my favorite room in the entire cottage. I would never leave this boudoir because of the patterned wallpaper and crystal chandelier.

The multipurpose guest room and study is filled with rich accents such as a leather armchair, a pair of lacquered nesting tables, and ribbon trim on the pillows.

The guest room / study looks like it belongs in a completely different home, yet with all of the attention to detail it completely belongs in this home.

The back wall of doors extends the living area to the porch. The substantial trim work above the doors adds height for a seamless transition to the tall ceilings inside.

With a back porch like this, who needs to go inside? You would have a hard time convincing me to get up and walk inside to see the rest of this gorgeous cottage.

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