Dream Home: A Modern Cottage in Austin

Today’s dream home is inspiring. It’s full of beautiful colors, great textiles, and a perfect layering of old and new. Starting with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Super White throughout the entire home, designer and homeowner Anastasia Casey transformed the kitchen, two and a half bathrooms, the entry, bedroom, and carpeting for a relatively affordable $53,000. Take a look at the incredible transformation and dream of spending time in to this cozy modern cottage.

Design: The Identité Collective
Photography: Madeline Harper
Via: Rue 



The beautiful natural wood door makes the entry. The Turkish rug, framed oil, styled console only enhance the beauty and provide a warm welcome. A few high end splurges like this front door can completely elevate your home. To nail a charming entry in only four steps, read this post.


Kitchen and Dining

Bright White walls add a crisp modern vibe, while Greige painted cabinetry adds earthy warmth. Thin natural marble is a high end splurge that captures the look of the trending Modern English Farmhouse, as opposed to the chunky quartz look that is also popular.

This year we’ve talked a lot about adding Artisan Layers throughout your home for styling that looks rich and authentic. Back in January we used this kitchen as our example of a space that nails the look! Read about the trend here. We love the pairing of white ceramics, rustic woods, original oils, and copper accents.

Love an organized pantry? This one is inspiring. For tips on getting a similar look read 10 Tips for a More Organized Pantry.


Living Space

So many beautiful textures and shades of neutral keep this largely monochromatic space from feeling flat. A sectional across from linen slipcovered armchairs provide plenty of comfortable seating. Do you love the look of white furniture? Make it work in your home by selecting washable or stain-resistant fabric and layering with washable throws. We give more tips in Q+A: Kid Friendly Design.





Although much of this home stays neutral, the bedrooms use colorful pops of color and pattern play to create fun welcoming retreats. Mixing patterns in your bedspread, pillows, and rugs are a definite trend that make spaces feel layered and complete. See the rich yellow accents in all three bedrooms? This is a trending color for the year. It is the perfect way to update your blue textiles.


It’s a beautiful home full of great design ideas. We hope it helps inspire your own look! Thank you to The Identité Collective and Rue for sharing the makeover.

Happy Tuesday!


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