Frances Schultz, a contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine, describes her home as “a humble 1920s stucco cottage in East Hampton, New York, with asymmetrical, elfin-size rooms and low (eight-foot) ceilings.”
She dubbed it Bee Cottage “because bees are drawn to beauty and are industrious, social, and focused. It’s about being present, in the moment. Just be(e), honey.”
Frances says, “My first decision was to preserve its cheerful, cozy spirit. No knocking out walls or ceilings or rearranging the floor plan.”
The small galley kitchen was a 1960 addition:
Look at how charming it is now:
Tom Samet, a decorator and friend, helped her along the way.
House Beautiful has featured all of the before and afters of the cottage as part of a series.
You can follow Frances Schultz’s decorating adventures on her blog.
Photography credit: Trevor Tondro.