A Charming New York Cottage

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.

Cottage | Front Door

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.

Cottage | Entry View

Cottage | Living Room

Cottage | Entry Front

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.

Cottage | Living Room

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.

Cottage | Window Seat

The “boot room”below  reminds me of an old hunting lodge. Don’t you just love the clever mix hues in here?

Cottage | Entry

Cottage | Kitchen

The kitchen chandelier is such a cool statement piece, it  steals the show!

Cottage | Kitchen Island

I love the oversized iron chandelier in the dining room.  It came from John Rosselli antiques, like so many great pieces do!

Cottage | Dining Room

Cottage | Landing

One of my favorite rooms in this tour is the master bedroom with its serene palette.

Cottage | Bedroom

There’s even a Swedish style secretary for light office work and correspondence. The attention to detail is incredible!

Cottage | Desk

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!

Cottage | Guest Bedroom

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!



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  1. January 26, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    I like the master bedroom best, but the kitchen is a close second! Thanks for sharing Eva and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Eva Contreras
      January 26, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth! It’s so much fun discovering old gems like this one, I’m glad you like it too. Have a fun weekend!

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