For interior decorator Maureen Coates, the log home she and her husband Mike built on Centennial Lake is a retreat for their family. While they bought the property in 2000, they researched and waited five years before beginning construction of their â€śDiscovery Dream Homesâ€ť cottage.
As a decorator, Maureen made modifications to the plan and, as a wife, she adjusted her own ideas to meet her husband half way on a few issues. The result is a dĂ©cor that showcases some masculine influences with Maureenâ€™s talented touches for the overall effect. Together, they have created a relaxed family living space that is well-thought out and dressed up with the flair of a professional.
Home Away From Home
Maureenâ€™s cottage-style decorating is the antithesis of conventional home dĂ©cor. Life at the cottage should be simple, which means no fuss and practically maintenance-free. Easy-care fabrics, as well as wood, stone, whicker, iron and natural finds make up the bulk of her dĂ©cor. Toss in some antiques and candle glow, and the look is complete.
Give and Take
Respecting Mikeâ€™s passion for outdoorsy-inspired dĂ©cor, Maureen uses fishing gear as whimsical decoration on the sun porch.
Knowing that Maureen has a penchant for pillows, Mike concedes to the fact that the dĂ©cor is moveable to allow for sofa lounging!
Cottage decor should reflect the personality of everyone sharing the space. Decorating rules need not apply to every aspect of a well decorated retreat.