Crisp white paint lends a beachy vibe.
Architect Shari Orenstein opened up this 1,000-square-foot cottage's divided rooms into one large living room, dining area and kitchen (beyond the island). A soaring ceiling with exposed rafters meant there would be tall expanses of drywall, so Orenstein wrapped the lower walls in beadboard wainscotting topped with a chair rail to add texture and interest. Blue dining chairs and stately leather armchairs break up the all-white scheme.
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