Designer Susan Delurgio wanted carefree and simple living and found it in a cozy house that she decorated with sea in mind. And since I love nothing more than a cozy cottage, I'm sharing Susan's small house interior design ideas.
If you are decorating a small house, say 780 square feet (that's how tiny her abode is), it's a good idea to keep the palette consistent. "I treated the whole house like one big room," Susan says. A palette of creams, whites and pastels give her landlocked small house the feel of a seaside retreat. The picture frames, made of recycled boat wood, are from her store Beach House Style, located in Fairfax CA.
Another idea. Use white Slipcovered Furniture for a fresh look, and to preserve the freshness, wash slipcovers every other month as part of your cleaning routine. A bit of a chore, but doable, considering that there's not much surface area to clean. The striped pillow on the sofa was fashioned from a tablecloth from Anthropologie.
For a small house, open kitchen shelving is a great idea. Cabinets with glass doors or wire mash would work also. The motto is -create visual space! Clutter not allowed.
And Susan's thought on vignettes. "Display similarly themed items that tell a story." In the bedroom, a breezy summer tunic hangs next to a vintage oar and raffia beach bag. For more small house design ideas, read the full feature in Sunset magazine.