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A Kennedy Carriage House Turned Cottage

It’s amazing how the fascination with the Kennedy’s doesn’t ever seem to die down. The Kennedy name is synonymous with style so it’s no surprise that Architectural Digest recently chose to profile the circa 1904 Hyannis Port carriage house turned cottage belonging to Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy) and his wife Amy.

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One of the things I’ve always found interesting about Patrick’s grandparents, Joe and Rose Kennedy, is that as wealthy as they were, they never overly decorated their home on Hyannis Port, or the “Big House” as it was often referred to. Maybe they realized that it wasn’t practical while raising 9 kids? Or maybe it had something to do with the fact that since most of their time on the Cape was actually spent outdoors, they felt that the interiors didn’t need to be overly lavish? Patrick Kennedy confirmed my suspicion by stating in the article that “…it was never about the big house, the ornate architecture. The house was just a location. My grandparents were obviously very, very wealthy, but they never, ironically, invested a lot building out a really fancy house,” he says. “They were never trying to impress anyone. It’s very understated. [Our house] is a very glorified bunkhouse, a crash pad that has very nice architectural aesthetics.”  It seems that Amy and Patrick have carried on the tradition of creating a casual environment when turning their attention to the interiors of their own home on the Compound. They’ve created a welcoming beach house famously situated on one of the most idyllic settings on the bay.

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Another Sneak Peek at the Seaside Guest Bedroom

I previously wrote about the current updates to the room I affectionately call the Seaside Guest Bedroom and provided you with the little teaser picture you see below. The room wasn’t 100% “done” before deciding to redecorate it. Has that ever happened to you? There were aspects of the room that never really felt quite right to me. I realized that it wasn’t a pure reflection of my style and I was trying to force the overall design to work. I felt like I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. That never works. So…I decided to redecorate and be true to my style of decorating with neutral fabrics, for the most part, and adding texture through furniture and accessories. Luckily, most of what needs to be done involves swapping out accessories. The existing furniture stays although there are two existing pieces that will be painted to better suit the space.

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The existing daybed cover and matching bed skirt is ivory in color. I will be making new throw pillows for the bed in the same ivory color to match. The only pop of color on the bed will be a single throw pillow that I’ll be making from the blue/green silk fabric in the picture below. The print is one of six purchased from an antique shop near Boston over ten years ago. When I brought them home I had them framed in the black and gold frames you see here. They once adorned our bedroom at our previous home. They now now get to call the Seaside Guest Bedroom their permanent residence.

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The room will be graced with a pair of chipped paint wood frames that once belonged to Mr. B’s grandmother. We have never used them and they have been stored away for over 25 years. I finally get to dust them off (literally) and incorporate them into this space. I love that we finally get to use them and they will be hung as-is. No restoration will be done. reviving charm at home 8

I will be making two small throw pillows using the black and ivory striped fabrics shown a couple of pictures above. I think they will accentuate the tufted linen covered chair nicely. The wooden legs of the chair are currently a light oak color but will be refinished. Yet, another project on my do-to list. reviving charm at home 5Since the room isn’t large I knew I wanted to incorporate a daybed in order to maximize space. When I stumbled upon this spindle designed daybed at a local garage sale I knew it was perfect for the space. The person that sold it to me said “This would look great once you sand it down and put on a fresh coat of new paint”. I remember telling her that other than the spindle design one of the reasons I liked the bed is because of its very well-worn look. Plus, the paint color matches the room perfectly. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
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The Seaside Guest Bedroom would not be complete without incorporating a few books, including this book of poems. I’ll admit to buying it just for the cover. poems of the sea Reviving Charm

The rocks were collected from various beaches we’ve visited while on vacation. They are corraled in a small brass container purchased from one of my favorite thrift shops. seaside guest bedroomThe draperies and drapery rod were used at our previous home and installed on a window of the same size so we decided to bring them with us to our Seaside Ranch Home. They were purchased off the shelf from Restoration Hardware but I decided to customize them by having the black and ivory fabric border added. The border fabric is from the Windsor Smith Collection for Kravet. guest bedroom design

So there you have it…another look inside the Seaside Guest Bedroom. I can’t wait to complete it and share it with you. I sure hope its sooner rather than later because I have plenty of other Spring projects to start. I better get hustling….