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.”
Let’s take a look!
Bee Cottage in East Hampton
Frances says, “My first decision was to preserve its cheerful, cozy spirit. No knocking out walls or ceilings or rearranging the floor plan.”
To give you an idea of what the house looked like when she bought it, here’s the living room before:
The living room today:
The upstairs study has both a desk she can work at and a daybed for visitors:
The bedrooms were so tiny in the house that she combined
two of them to make one spacious master. Here it is before:
And the bedroom now:
Here’s how the kitchen, which was a 1960 addition, looked before Frances got her hands on it:
Look at how charming that same galley kitchen looks 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.