Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Steele Marcoux's Cottage

In the most recent issue of Southern Living, I was delighted to see a feature on Steele Marcoux's, Coastal Living's design editor, quirky but cheerful cottage.  The thirty month remodeling project produced a stunning 1920's 1800 square foot cottage.  Let's take a peek.

So many things I love.  Where to begin?  I love the custom touch of the full-length lumbar pillow on her  Lee Industries sofa.   She seamlessly mixes high and low end furnishings by pairing her Lee Industries sofa with a West Elm jute rug and Target coffee tables. 

I have to say I haven't always been a huge fan of the honeycomb mirror, but it is perfect in this space!  And, yes it is the Pier 1 version.  Behind the sofa is a black painted console table that she upgraded by placing a mirror (instead of glass) on top of it.  Love that custom touch and all the touches of 'green' especially the green mini shades on the chandelier.  

Traditional meets modern with the antique secretary paired with the lucite stool.  Love it!  Steele lined the inside of the secretary with a cream wallpaper to lighten it up. Brilliant!

I love the color she painted on these walls - grayish pink called Calamine by Farrow & Ball.  I love the camelback sofa paired with the painted cane back chairs and all the pops of pink, green and brown (note the Ziggurat curtain fabric by Quadrille?).  

Love the chinoiserie meets Palm Beach feel of her dining room.  She introduces an unexpected pattern by adding wallpaper which is a great touch.   One of the things I found amazing is that Steele and her husband had almost nothing (very little furniture and small budget) when they moved into this cottage and yet their home looks like it has been lived in and effortlessly collected over years.  It's perfection if you ask me!


  1. It really is perfection! I adore the chandy in the dining room... in fact all of the hanging fixtures are awesome! I'm sure you can guess that my favorite little touch is the horseshoe over the door... sooo reminds me of my (our) families cottage up north!

  2. Such a charming home, so many great touches throughout! Thanks for sharing this here!

  3. The mix of high and low is great. Who would have guessed that Target and Pier I were sources.

  4. I fell in love with this too Fran. Just yesterday I was looking on the SL website, but the images aren't up yet. I may have to "borrow" one from you. Those mini shades on the chandelier really have me thinking. A great mix of traditional & modern. I love it all!


  5. Okay, there is nothing I would change in these rooms. And that sofa?! I would love to dive into that after a long day of work!

  6. Yes, I love it!!! I really think I could be happy in this home. I wish the West Elm jute rug was available in a larger size for my house. Great post Fran!

    Amy R.

  7. Just stopping by for a visit after seeing you at cottage and vine.
    Your blog is so fresh and inviting!

  8. Oh my goodness. I SO wish my home looked like this! I am definitely going to be saving this home for inspiration. Love Southern Living. Do you subscribe? I should. Think I'm going to do it today.

  9. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment! I was just drooling over this space too- and love that there are so many opportunities here to thrift/DIY to get the look for less.

  10. I'm a HUGE Steele Marcoux fan. I like the cut of her jib.

  11. I am in deep deep deeeep love with this home.

    Where is my Southern Living??? LOL! I want to see this in person - it better show up soon!!!!

    This is honestly my dream home. Everything I love. High/low, vintage, imagination, preppy, modern, chic, cottage ..... I want to move in. Isn't it fun when you find a home that you love nearly everything about? Heaven.

  12. That is one of the sweetest cottages I've seen. that amazing blue couch!

  13. Fran - I read this article, too, but missed that it took 30 months - yikes!! What a great outcome. I love the black dining chairs. And here I am still painting everything white :)

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  15. I loved this feature, the whole issue really.

  16. Can anyone source those pillows or fabric (on the sofa) with what looks like green palm fronds? Love them. Great post!

  17. This house is so charming. That first photo had me gawking at it for several minutes. So, so lovely!

  18. That honeycomb mirror has been growing on me.

  19. That green is probably one of the most beautiful colors ever! I love it, it just makes me so happy. I instantly snapped that photo up in to my inspiration file.

  20. Just found your AMAZING blog and am going back through old posts and loving everything you feature. This living room has to be one of the best things I've ever seen. I also love the roman shade you put up in your kitchen. You have inspired me to do the same...
    Your newest follower, Camille.

  21. what a gorgeous that green sofa with the lumbar cushion..and ofcourse the honeycomb mirror..just found you via your blog..and following it now...hope you'll visit mine too and maybe follow it if you like! xx meenal

  22. Lovin' this home...eclectic yet controlled. Sometimes my eclectic can get out of control, but doesn't MCM go perfectly with ornate Victorian? Ha.

  23. fabulous...makes me want to get SL again!!

  24. Hi,

    This is my first time by I came via the Little green Notebook...

    Lovely post....

    Nice to meet you :)

    Kathy :)

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  26. i LOVE your sofa!!! would you mind emailing me the details- fabric and style???? we just moved into a new house and i would love to see the exact same one in our living room.


  27. In love with Steele's cottage. So homey and yet incredibly stylish.

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