House Beautiful contributing editor Frances Schultz renovated a cottage she bought and calls it Bee Cottage. Just the name Bee Cottage intrigues me and makes me want to know more. She says “If a house is to have personality, it should have a name and that she named it Bee Cottage because bees are drawn to beauty and are industrious, social, and focused.” I never thought of naming a house before, have you? Her story starts out by saying she planned to make the cottage her perfect place to start her second marriage, but the wedding was canceled and the relationship ended. But, there was the cottage and she still had that. At first glance of the cottage I fell in love. She did a wonderful makeover on this cottage.
Cottage is a 1920s stucco cottage in East Hampton, New York. She did not knock out walls, but kept its cozy charm. I like that. I am going to post a few pictures of the charm of this cottage, but you can go to the link above and see the full story. I think that this Bee Cottage and its story should be made into a movie. Hey Hollywood, make a movie called “Bee Cottage.” I wonder if Frances now has found love again?
This room is my favorite because we have a wall in our sun room painted a lighter green like this and curtains on our slider that are this color, so I am partial to the green and understand how much energy it gives. I see a Bee in the corner of this room. Stripes mixed with plaid and patterns shows off a cottage look. Even the lampshades are trimmed to match and make a custom look.
Is that an awning above the window? I really like that idea. The Bee Cottage article in House Beautiful states this is a “foot garden sofa”, so I am going to be looking up about that. This is The Garden Room.
Now let’s go upstairs
Before bedroom with that slanted ceiling and she knew just what to do with it.
What a clever way to hide the slant; a canopy covering.
This is next to the bedroom door and is charming and filled with possibilities.
Outstanding how she made this into a dressing table type area.
Before study and after study pictures below.
The day-bed above is for guests. The office area shows off Frances Schultz’s personality. Now when I see a house, especially a cottage, I am probably going to be thinking of what I would name it. Do you have a name for your cottage? If so, what is it? It’s almost a new year and that is why I chose this makeover to post; a new year is about do-overs and new beginnings.
See also, Cottage in Carmel by the Sea