Not too long ago I had the great pleasure of being introduced (online) to Bre at Rooms for Rent, who is highly talented when it comes to creating a charming home! Omigoodness, I love every square inch of her rustic, cottage style home and not only that, but she has a sweet, genuine soul as well. I could go on … but I know you’re just as anxious as me to get this tour started! You’re gonna love it!
When you walk through the front door of Bre’s home, you enter the kitchen. First, let me say that I love the unconventional layout of her home’s floor plan. It’s part of what draws me to older homes. We once lived in a new house in a new subdivision and most of the houses looked the same when you stepped inside.
When you step into Bre’s pretty kitchen, it’s a taste of what’s to come! I love white kitchens … and Bre has paired hers beautifully with the earthy tones of the counter tops that add warmth to the space.
On one end of the kitchen is this beautifully charming plate rack. I’ve admired these for years. The Bakery sign is an added bonus while the cutting board and straw mat repeat the color of the sign.
At the other end of the kitchen is a chalkboard wall in soft gray.
Let’s go through the door to the dining room …
Lots of texture balanced by cool colors make Bre’s dining room a breath of fresh air. The rustic, wooden farm table flanked by wicker chairs with soft textiles invites you to sit and stay awhile. Gray walls make the white trim pop, while the stone hearth at right provides additional interest. Did you notice the striped wall to the left? A touch of the unexpected which you know I love!
Plates on the wall and white pitchers add a cottage vibe. Next to the dining room is her living room …
The living room is the perfect blend of cottage charm and rusticity. Slipcovered furniture is a staple of cottage style and the stripes on the chair, rug, and pillows provide an element of fun. The coffee table chest echoes the warmth of the rich, wood floor.
Soft fabrics mix with textural elements throughout the room. I love the contrast of white with dark accents. Bre and I both share a love of white. I’m often surprised when people say white isn’t a color … it’s actually the reflection of all colors, which is what I think makes it so pretty and versatile. In color psychology, white is the color of new beginnings.
Moving on … remember the stripes in the dining room? They’re repeated here in the downstairs bathroom. How cute is this? I love how Bre repeats decorating elements from room to room, creating a rhythmic flow through her rustic cottage style house.
Isn’t this mud room darling? Bre made the space seem larger by adding white bead board which bounces around the light streaming through the door’s window. A cafe valance in playful green adds a touch of charm.
Architectural elements continue in the master bedroom with board and batten walls. Chevron pillows, an oversized star, and round mirror add geometric appeal and lend a contemporary flair.
Outside, Bre enjoys this charming porch. I love the row of big windows that let the sun stream into her rustic cottage style home. She’s lived here for a few years and has made some amazing transformations. Be sure to visit her at Rooms for Rent to see plenty of before-and-afters. I guarantee you’ll enjoy seeing the love she’s woven throughout her charming home!
See the rest of this month’s Charming Home Series tours …
Charming Log Home ~ Creative Cain Cabin
Charming Shabby Chic Farm House ~ Heaven’s Walk
Charming Cottage Bungalow ~ The North End Loft
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