A few years ago, I cut out an article from Southern Living which featured a lovely Cape Cod-style home in Atlanta, Georgia that was built in the 1930s and was in need of a facelift. Interior designer Wendy Meredith and her husband purchased the home because they could see its potential. After hiring an architect, they undertook a collaborative renovation that retained the quaint cottage feel of the home while updating it in a thoughtful manner.
The exterior of the home before the renovation:
The homeowners painted the brick home a light brown, put on a new roof, added black shutters to the dormer windows, added a larger awning over the front door, and cleaned up the landscaping. Here is the exterior after the renovation:
In the backyard, the homeowners wanted something that was low-maintenance and didn’t require mowing, so they got rid of the grass and small brick patio and replaced them with a large blue stone courtyard surrounded by evergreen ground cover and container gardens full of green and white flowers and plants.
Wendy Meredith had spent time on Nantucket and wanted her home to reflect the New England charm and style that she remembered and admired. In the above photo, you can see the sign above the french doors that says “Glory Cottage,” the name that Meredith gave their home, in the traditional Nantucket style of displaying your home’s name.
Inside, Meredith wanted to keep the integrity of the home by not enlarging it. However, the space after the renovation appears to be much more expansive than it was before.
The kitchen before the renovation:
The kitchen after the renovation, full of vintage style and New England charm:
The wood plank walls, the Shaker style cabinets, the vintage-looking island, the marble counters, and open shelving and wall displays that feature pretty antiques add to the character of the home. The light grey cabinets and walls are painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and the island is painted a darker shade, called Chelsea Grey.
A gorgeous French Lacanche range:
This wall of cabinets was original and has been repurposed:
The new butler’s pantry featuring a Dutch-door and brick flooring:
The dining room before/during the renovation:
In renovating the dining room, the homeowners added wood planking to the lower half of the walls, refinished the wood floors, and replaced the shutters with blinds and curtains. Here is the charming dining room after the renovation (I am in love with the buffalo check chair covers!):
What a transformation! I just wish I could have found photos of the rest of the house.
Photos from Southern Living Magazine