As I was perusing the web the other day, I found a charming little cottage designed by Charles O. Schwarz III that I want to share with you. It was published in House Beautiful many years ago but its rooms are timeless and the house still retains decorating value we can all appreciate. The house is a Greek Revival cottage built in the 1830s with many of its original details intact.
To complement the beautiful architecture, Schwarz used a handful of neutrals, ivories and warm grays as well as blues and reds. An assortment of Scandinavian style furniture reflects the owner’s Swedish heritage.
The entry hall and upstairs landing are swathed in the same Farrow & Ball wallpaper for continuity. The family room used to be a former garage. Its high ceiling and lack of architectural interest required a special treatment.
Schwarz applied horizontal planks as well as bead board on the ceilings. To reduce the apparent scale, he painted the walls and ceilings in a saturated red. To take advantage of the beautiful garden views, the designer installed a window seat that spans the entire length of the wall, 16 feet.
The “boot room”below reminds me of an old hunting lodge. Don’t you just love the clever mix hues in here?
The kitchen chandelier is such a cool statement piece, it steals the show!
I love the oversized iron chandelier in the dining room. It came from John Rosselli antiques, like so many great pieces do!
One of my favorite rooms in this tour is the master bedroom with its serene palette.
There’s even a Swedish style secretary for light office work and correspondence. The attention to detail is incredible!
In one of the guest rooms, the walls are covered in toile wallpaper while the light-blue and white checks of the bedding is yet another Scandinavian touch. That headboard is so beautiful!
Although I couldn’t find much about the designer, Charles O. Schwarz III, I have certainly enjoyed his vision for this home. The original story appeared in House Beautiful, in 2013. The photography is by Mick Hales.
Have a great weekend!