Reveal: Country Cottage, Arbuckle CA

Meet Our Client

Rebecca lives in a vintage farmhouse from the 1920s with her husband, three kids, and countless goats, dogs and cats. This charming country cottage has been in Rebecca’s family since the 20’s, originally owned by her grandparents. She is another Arbuckle resident who found us through her friend Betsy, you might remember that we introduced you to Betsy last week! Rebecca is fun, sassy and appreciates history, tradition and color.

The Design Process

Lead Designer: Whitney

Rebecca wanted to keep the charm of her vintage home but update it for her modern day lifestyle. Whitney wanted to go in the direction of true blue farmhouse, but was inspired by the small orange orchard in her front yard so she decided to bring some of that brightness inside. She and Rebecca were both on the same page with infusing color into the design. So, they layered a beautiful, bright rug to ground the space and found a fun, unexpected, turquoise cabinet to house the family’s game collection.

The biggest statement in the living room is the amazing, original wood burning fireplace that we brought back to life by adding some modern touches to it. Whitney and Alex English of Old E Metalworks designed a custom fireplace screen that is both functional and beautiful.

The wood boxes on this fireplace were originally a place for cooking in the 20’s, but their functionality went south when owls started nesting in them! So, Whitney and Alex designed wood storage boxes to keep the birds out and add more character. Alex also updated her existing fireplace tools and together they designed a way to hang them rather than keep them on the floor.

Whitney’s favorite element in the home, “My favorite element is the fireplace. I love the oversized handles that we wrapped in a rich warm leather. I also love how the room turned out after we painted it white. It was so dark and felt small before painting. We painted the wood paneled walls but retained the original charm by leaving the wood around the windows natural and the fireplace brick original.

We found a sketch Rebecca’s Grandmother did of the home when she was a teenager and we had it framed. It’s really special thinking of all of the different generations who grew up in this same charming home. You can feel all the love from the moment you step through the doors.

Photos by: Nicole Dianne Photography

Brick fireplace designed by Design Shop Interiors

Colorful living room by Design Shop Interiors

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