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Balanced asymmetrical porches are visible from the winding boardwalk to the beach.
Established native landscaping suggests a cottage that has been in the family for generations.
An arched trellis hides secret benches at the entrance to the cottage garden.
The curving staircase seems built for brides and prom dates, yet it’s casual enough for everyday entrances.
A modern truss supports the rafters across the main room allowing for airy spaciousness
Custom-made ceramic leaf-tiles scatter patterns from local trees across an expansive curved hearth.
Established trees embrace the cottage as if it has always been there.
Woodwork detail around the tree-inspired fireplace adds depth and an allusion to art nouveau.
The Victorian-inspired hutch with wet-bar designed by partner Chuck Dietsche.
The limbs of two trees in the dining area frame the kitchen and a friendly breakfast nook.
Art nouveau styling, oversized Victorian proportions, and built-in wetbar combine this contemporary hutch.
The circular porch creates the illusion of being at the top of a tower.
Interior windows and transoms share the dappled light from room to room.
The stainless steel farm sink shares the counter with a tiny arch-topped appliance garage.
A custom copper hood and contemporary fabrics combine with timeless details
Interior shuttered windows in the guest bedroom balance cozy privacy with connection to the cottage.
The bedroom at Cottage in the Trees creates a memory of summer nights on a sleeping porch.
A tree-inspired mantle with a sweeping circular hearth brings the outside in with magical subtlety.
Interiors designed by partner Anna Dietsche feature a timeless collection of both old and new pieces.
A circular window and round-topped functioning hurricane shutter create lasting memories.
Cottage in the Trees


Memories of childhood visits to her North Carolina grandparents’ house inspired this client’s heirloom cottage that will be a legacy for generations to come. The past, present, and future mingle in this seaside Victorian cottage that blends detail and craftsmanship of past times with magical references to the native trees that surround the house.

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