In the latest special issue of Southern Living noted Southern Architect Norman Askins suggested this color combination for a cottage. According to Norman high contrast color schemes look better on cottages. Rather than reinvent the wheel and cause myself more needed grief (like mixing my own colors) I am going with Norman’s suggestions. Our little cottage does not have the character of this little gem but with a little paint and some minor landscaping hopefully it will have the same “feel”. Here is the real estate photo of our little cottage. It is screaming for some curb appeal, no? The guys have already torn out the concrete on the right. How much concrete does one need? That will be replaced with sod as will the other pathetic looking patches of grass. The big window will get a set of shutters, the sidewalk will be replaced and we will add some minor landscaping. Tara if you are reading this I know you are laughing. The front door will have to stay but replacing the leaded glass with regular glass will hopefully be an adequate fix. Believe it or not this house does have some interesting interior architectural details. The ceiling is open beam and many of the walls are board and batten. All of the doors at one time were grain painted. All of the floors are hardwood some of them pegged and inlaid. Here is a shot of the living room I think the ceiling needs to be whitewashed to “raise it up” (so far I am not getting a lot of love from the boys on this one). The fan is going, the insert is going and the brick that is painted green like the walls will be stripped and whitewashed. Here is a shot of the dining room (a real estate photo). I actually like the built in but we are thinking the rick racky stuff around the edges should go. What do you think? Here is a shot of one of the bedrooms. You can see the beautiful board and batten detail. I will save some of the “better” photos for posts to come. We are planning to paint all of the interior plaster in Benjamin Moore Ashwood (OC 47) or Overcast (OC 43) and all of the trim and board and batten in White Dove (OC-17) Joan at For the Love of a House used these colors in her living room and bedroom above http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/p/paint-colors.html ). I think this will be a nice interior pallet for our little cottage. Thanks Joan! I plan to document the progress weekly and I would love your input (especially if you agree with me re: the ceilings!!). Next post I will show you my inspirational kitchen images. Keep in mind this house will probably go to a first time buyer or one who chooses to downsize so we have to be frugal with our choices. We are going for a good look that will be affordable to a first time buyer.