Cottage Living Style
A Classic Bungalow Gets a Modern Makeover
A decorator with a taste for modern furniture and old-school glamour concocts a fizzy blend for her family’s Birmingham, Alabama, bungalow.
Since the living room serves as a high-traffic pass-through to the back of the house, McMillan furnished it only with two large chairs and a tea table “for one-on-one conversations.” She stripped out the predictable colonial mantel flanked by built-in bookshelves and replaced them with a limed oak surround. “I didn’t want lots of stuff cluttering it, so I kept it skinny,” she explains. The Persian rug injects some of the only color into the neutral scheme. Its salmon pink, chocolate, and ivory add softness to the modern room.
Chairs: Oly Studio
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