When Renée bought The Cotton Tavern in November 2004, she already had her historic Hamptons home but she decided to splash out on the $1.32 million farmhouse and divide her time between the two properties.
The main house wasn’t humungous and only had three bedrooms, but it boasted bags of character. In total, it had seven fireplaces. Renée kept the look and feel of the place traditional with a country kitchen and wood-panelled library.
Her blue lounge was originally the house’s kitchen. Renée might have switched things around but she kept the original fireplace, bread oven and firewood cubbyhole.
Sometimes it can be a good idea to switch rooms around to suit your family’s needs. If you simply want to switch a lounge with a dining room, this is pretty straightforward, but if you want to move a kitchen or bathroom, this can be slightly more complicated as it involves getting a plumber and electrician in to make sure you have all the facilities you need in each room.
In Renée’s blue lounge, she had the woodwork on one wall tastefully painted and added a well-worn brown leather sofa to the compact but homely room. A worn red and blue carpet gave the space a ‘lived-in vibe’.
For her kitchen, Renée chose white units with black handles and a wooden top. The kitchen wasn’t massive but Renée utilised the space by having her cooker on a central island. Over it she hung a ceiling mounted pan rack, which also freed up cupboard space. If you wish to add a pan rack to your kitchen, Cast in Style have a good range available, or find a budget option at Ikea. In having her cooker and pan storage on the island, Renée was able to incorporate a double door American-style fridge freezer on one wall.
Renée’s master bedroom had a gorgeous dark wooden sleigh bed, a cream couch and billowing cream curtains on the two French doors leading out into the garden. To recreate the look yourself, check out time4sleeps’ range of sleigh beds and Next’s selection of cream curtains.
As well as the main house, Renée had a guest building and a huge 2,000-square-foot barn that she used as a social space when she held parties and big gatherings. The barn was tastefully converted with a huge seating area, bar and games room.
If you would like to add an extra social space to your home, you could consider adding an extension or converting your garage. You could purchase a folding pool table from Argos, which can be easily moved when not in use, or maybe a table tennis table. Renée kept the interior style of her barn pretty basic with bare floorboards, the odd rug and fairy lights for lighting.
If you can’t afford a table tennis table, you could add a net to an existing table, or maybe purchase some family board games from a charity shop to play with instead.
Renée tried to sell this home in late 2011, with an asking price of $1.32 million. It didn’t sell so she put it back on the market in October 2014 for $1.6 million.
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