March 11, 2013

Cottage Industry

Location, location, location... this adorable 900 sf Santa Monica 1930's Cottage didn't start out so pretty. As a matter of fact, it was billed as a teardown, but was in a "friendly walkable neighborhood", and had potential :)

Ceilings were raised, walls were painted white, a small addition (250 sf) was built to enlarge the master bedroom, ad a second bathroom and a closet.

In the kitchen, skylights were installed and a custom stain was added to the wood floors.

Now lots of natural light bounce around this charming cottage, and what was once a dark brick fireplace has been painted white and clad with beautiful wood mantle, raising the piece to be a focal point, and perfect place for a cheerful piece of leaning art.

Nothing like a glossy pop of color to welcome homeowner Julie Hart at the front door!!

Hope you enjoyed this tiny cottage, I think the owners did a great job in "lightning and brightening" what was once a dingy teardown. If you would like to see the before pictures cheek them out here.

Happy Monday!!

All images by Lisa Romerein via Sunset


  1. That is so cute-I want to move in.

  2. Absolutely love this one Natasha! We have a bright green front door too, such fun :)

    Abbey x

    1. Oh, how fun! I'm so wanting to paint my FD a bright poppy color, but still a little timid :)

  3. WOW Im in LOVE with your blog:) do you have twitter or fb to follow with??

    If you want some cute Swedish decor inspiration..check out my blog:)

    have a wonderful day dear

    LOVE Maria from

    1. Hi Maria,

      YES, absolutely... you can follow along on FB as well (see link on the blog, just below "members"), and if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page you can find Northern Light Design on Instagram. If you still want more, more, more (hahahaha) then we are also on Pinterest, see link in sidebar on the blog. that should cover it.... :)


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