Cape Cod Style Cottage

With low ceilings and a cozy floor plan, the traditional Cape Cod style house is dearest to my heart. Easy to love but trickier to decorate with a modern day aesthetic, the challenge lies in successfully combining the old with the new. Cape Cods have been around for so long that there’s a lot of tradition as to how a Cape Cod interior should look like. That being said, today’s home tour is an example of a beautiful 1930s Cape Cod style cottage decorated for modern day living by NJ designer Michael Aiduss.

Trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Michael Aiduss has a design experience spanning over two decades. Prior to opening his own design firm he worked for Thomas O’Brian of Aero Studios Limited, leading the architecture and design staff. His design aesthetic is bold and effortless with an eye towards the classic. He often employs old world craftspeople to infuse his designs with a sense of timelessness. Luxury meets comfort in his work.

The old world architecture is perfectly complemented with unusual combinations of fabrics and finishes. Antique furniture pieces  and bold color choices make this little cottage feel like a million dollar home (which it probably is).


{A charming window seat with a fun mix of patterns and color}

It is rare that a hallway ends up being a favorite room for me, in any home. This is one of those rare instances and I can’t even decide what I love most: the wonderful antique pine floors, the striped wallpaper? Or the fun bird prints and the diamond patterned rug? Is it the blue and white porcelain? All these details are individually beautiful, but together they create a n insanely chic space!!!h4

The focal point of the living room is a Federal style mantel piece. The small cabinet above the fireplace reveals a papier-maché seascape.




The kitchen is where modern design meets the traditional. Top of the line appliances, reclaimed wood cabinets and custom tiles make it all work seamlessly.


The home office/wet bar.


Bellow, a Flemish and Early american antiques moment.


The old house’s sun porch was turned into a cozy breakfast room. A black leather corner banquette is enlivened with red plaid pillows.h8

In the powder room, an antique wedding chest was transformed into washstand. Wide shiplap walls painted Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue – my new favorite color – create a dramatic backdrop.


The master bedroom with a four poster bed – I think every Cape should have one.



A former sunroom became the master bedroom’s sitting area.


There’s so much I love about this home that I’m pinning away paint colors and fabric sources. If you’d like to do the same, head over to House Beautiful for the entire story and sourcing details. Have a lovely day!



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