Dramatic stained trusses, a circular iron chandelier, and salvaged leaded-glass windows enhance the vaulted ceiling in the living room. John and Karen Morse chose a warm color palette of quiet gray and buttermilk. A handcrafted powder-coated steel fireplace surround and doors are trimmed with luminous mica. The mantel is a vintage beam.
Handcrafted iron balusters bow out at the base, fully exposing the walnut stair treads. Sweeping and peaked rooflines and mullioned windows reflect the cottage's Tudor and Normandy architectural styling.
The dining area is illuminated by sconces and a wrought-iron chandelier made by California lighting artisan Jim Gibson. The chandelier has downlights as well as candle-like fixtures.
A custom china hutch with leaded-glass doors and a butcher-block island are painted and glazed a soft gray. A TV in the island faces a light-filled breakfast nook.
The breakfast nook.
The finished basement level includes a walk-in wine cellar with a leaded-glass door that was salvaged from one of the original cottages on the property.
French doors in the living room lead to the terrace and backyard, where several seating areas are tucked among shrubs and grasses. The Morses frequently entertain outdoors, and their grandchildren enjoy exploring the natural setting with its fig, lemon, apple, orange, and nectarine trees.
Karen and John Morse.
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