Storybook Cottage Style
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.