Sto­ry­book Cottage Style

Cabin Living - - Good Design -

THE LOOK: Ro­manc­ing the cabin with charm and whimsy. ES­SEN­TIAL EL­E­MENTS: Stone, shin­gles and board-and­bat­ten pro­vide vis­ual in­ter­est. Var­ied pitches keep rooflines lively.

As with many ar­chi­tec­tural styles for cab­ins, porches play a lead­ing role in the sto­ry­book scheme, lend­ing a sense of ro­mance. WIN­DOWS AND DOORS: A mix of win­dow styles and shapes, from arched to eye­brow to case­ment to French doors, charm the sto­ry­book home. Di­vided panes can re­veal sun­rise pat­terns or geo­met­ric shapes.

A spe­cial front door is an ab­so­lute must. The theme that in­flu­ences your sto­ry­book house will de­ter­mine the type of door you choose, whether it’s clas­si­cal, hand-carved, Vic­to­rian or Arts and Crafts. Even a sim­plis­tic door will work as long as it ties into the de­tails that play through­out the rest of your home. Screen doors need at­ten­tion, too, since they’re the outer­most layer. Try twig art on the screen to com­plete the Hansel and Gretel vi­sion of your sto­ry­book cottage. IN­TE­RIOR: The charm of sto­ry­book style doesn’t stop at the front door. Be sure to bring spe­cial de­tails in­side, too. Lay­ers of trim and un­ex­pected touches are key in­gre­di­ents. Arches re­in­force the style, but can be dif­fi­cult to ex­e­cute. Designing one or two arches in key places in the home is suf­fi­cient. SAGE AD­VICE: Pay care­ful at­ten­tion to your sto­ry­book home’s ex­te­rior as well as its in­te­rior. Care­ful thought and de­lib­er­ate plan­ning will pay off in a home that truly epit­o­mizes this charm­ing look. For­tu­nately for cabin lovers, sto­ry­book style looks best with small homes.

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