Suncoast : Home Tour : Cottage Redux

AN HISTORIC HOME GETS A THOUGHTFUL REMODEL

Larry and Deanna Reams were searching for a place to put down roots in Siesta Key and fell in love with a vintage sunny cottage. Built in 1929, the house had undergone previous renovations and The Reams were eager to put their touches on it to make it their own.

They called upon Holly Dennis of Holly Dennis Interiors to assist with the interior design of the 3,200 square foot cottage and make it a sublimely comfortable, unfussy haven. The goal was a place they could enjoy the simple pleasures of a good book, a kayak ride, Sarasota’s beautiful sunsets and each other’s company. And this team made that happen.

Local landscaper, Robert Davie, designed the landscape, saving the large palms in the front yard and adding supplemental plantings fill out the garden beds. He is known for designs being very organic in feel with an old Florida look that perfectly suited this property.

Each and every original window was saved, removed, cleaned, scraped and restored to its original condition. The same was done with all the hardware for the doors. All are original to the home and Dennis believes that choice set the tone for the whole project.

“It might have been easier to buy new hardware, but the fact that the owners were willing to put in the time and money to preserve such an important part of the home’s personality speaks volumes about them,” says Dennis. “They have great respect for the history of the home and it shows.”

The simplicity of the furnishings in the living room reflects the owners’ wishes to banish fussy and overdone design in favor of easy and comfortable furnishings in neutral color tones.

“They directed me to get away from formal dress shoe-type design and go for flip-flops instead,” says Dennis.

The sectional sofa is covered in a cotton and linen blend fabric from Romo and is paired with a nail head-trimmed ottoman in saddle leather. The end table has a wire-brushed oak top on a wrought iron base and the lamp atop it is made of wood with a natural linen shade. The ceramic bowl is glazed in aqua blues and natural colors that reflect the environment directly outside the adjacent door (where the couple’s Jet Ski and kayaks stand ready for impromptu use). The carved wooden panel behind the sofa pays homage to the sunshine that fills the cottage and lends an additional layer of texture to the space.

A custom designed built in provides a home to books, accessories, and an unobtrusive flat-screen television. An elegantly simple wool rug is one of many throughout the house from Rugs As Art, all with different weaves, but in complementary soothing natural colors. The flooring in the home is mostly original, here oak in a natural satin finish, but elsewhere it switches to pine as some of the interior rooms were once exterior porches.

In the intimate dining room, a custom alder dining table from Lorts is set for a service for four during daily use, but able to accommodate six for entertaining friends and family. The owners wanted a less formal and more casual feel for the entire home, including the dining area, but in the smaller space the cottage affords, Dennis recommended custom modified Parsons chairs by TCS Designs, giving the diner the comfort of an armchair with the ease of a side chair in a space-saving configuration. The chairs are covered in a woven fabric in a natural flax color from Highland Court. A wrought iron lantern with a burlap shade from Currey & Company lights the scene. Barstools from Lorts are covered in dove grey leather and offer additional seating at the kitchen counter in “Devon” by Cambria.

The 400-square foot kitchen also received a facelift. Hardware was changed on all the drawers and cabinet doors. Some appliances stayed, but granite countertops were substituted with Cambria quartz and Richards & Sterling “Rain Shower” glass subway tiles were added as a backsplash. The wooden range hood has a stainless insert and glass globe pendants from Visual Comfort shine down on a trio of woven sea grass stools sourced locally at Pottery Barn.

The simplicity of the furnishings in the living room reflects the owners’ wishes to banish fussy and overdone design in favor of easy and comfortable furnishings in neutral color tones.

“They directed me to get away from formal dress shoe-type design and go for flip-flops instead,” says Dennis.

The sectional sofa is covered in a cotton and linen blend fabric from Romo. The ottoman sports saddle leather with an applied nail head trim. The end table has a wire-brushed oak top on a wrought iron base and the lamp atop it is made of wood with a natural linen shade. The ceramic bowl is glazed in aqua blues and natural colors that reflect the environment directly outside the adjacent door (where the couple’s jet ski and kayaks stand ready for impromptu use). The carved wooden panel behind the sofa pays homage to the sunshine that fills the cottage and lends an additional layer of texture to the space.

A custom designed built in provides a home to books, accessories and an unobtrusive flat-screen television. An elegantly simple wool rug is one of many throughout the house from Rugs As Art, all with different weaves, but in complementary soothing natural colors. The flooring in the home is mostly original, here oak in a natural satin finish, but elsewhere it switches to pine as some of the interior rooms were once exterior porches.

Dennis chose the colors and textures of the serene master bedroom carefully. “I wanted the whole house to flow, with no discrepancies in the color palette or feel of the home,” describes Dennis.

Restful neutrals were chosen with accents of teal on the throw and pillows from Melange Home adding splashes of color. The bed, fully upholstered in natural Belgian linen, is made up in organic cotton sheets and duvet with hand-stitched linen shams. A quartet of carved rosettes from Restoration Hardware recall the garden that lies just outside the bedroom’s door. The nightstands are from Stanley Furniture’s Coastal Collection and the wooden lamps with natural linen shades are from The Bradburn Company. The lounge chair covered in a slubby white cotton and linen blend fabric.

Rebuilt twin staircases, flanked by flowering hibiscus bushes, lead down to the pool and spa, the deck of which is covered in natural tumbled stones. Palm trees stand sentry over the scene and a covered dining grouping from Janus et Cie is the perfect setting for outdoor entertaining.

Dennis found the entire project and working with the Reams delightful and rewarding. “Most of my projects are new construction or built within the last 15 years and many people just want to tear things down,” she says. “This was a rare opportunity to work on a home with historical significance and to do so with a group of people who showed appreciation and respect for the beauty of this old Florida cottage. It was a true pleasure,” concludes Dennis.

 

Written by Kitt Walsh
Photography by Jimmy White Photography

Holly Dennis Interiors
2570 Pelican Drive
Sarasota, FL 34237
941.915.7999
www.hollydennisinteriors.com

Rugs As Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
941.921.1900
www.rugsasart.com

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