Light floods into the windows of Tia Zoldan's remodled 1920's cottage. "The second I saw this house, I knew it was mine," Tia says of the cottage she shares with her husband and two daughters.
Book in hand, Tia relaxes beneath a painting of her design. In her living room she incorporated neutral slip-covers alongside bright turquoise accents and a grass rug for a bohemian, yet child-proof decor.
Tia paired white linen slipcovers with a traditional wood table and a reupholstered garage sale chair. The taupe walls of the dining area add dimension and frame the rounded ceiling and windows.
Rather than splash her walls with color, Tia chooses to incorporate cheery furniture throughout the cottage. Here, she places a bright green armoire and an aqua blue ottoman inside an otherwise neutral palette.
The Zoldans' kitchen, originally half its current size, was enlarged by adding beams and 4 feet of ceiling. This expansion, along with the mainly white tableau, created a light, breezy, and highly livable space.
The kitchen's expansion produced optimal livability. The extra room made way for modern stainless steel appliances -- Tia's husband's favorite. Clean and simple white subway tiles make up the backsplash. Tia added a small horizontal beaded edge to the top, she says, "to dress it up a bit."
An interior designer, mixing modern and traditional is Tia's design philosophy. In the master bedroom, she takes a simple white down comforter and makes it luxurious with a gold brocade headboard, handmade velvet pillows, and a faux mink throw.
Abby and Zoe, Tia's young daughters, share a whimsical bedroom in shades of cranberry and mint green. The room is decked with curtains Tia designed and antiques, such as the bed.