Small Space, Big Style

My divine little house is a blessing.- Janet Gregg

The July/August issue of House Beautiful focuses on small spaces and is absolutely fabulous! One of my favorite homes was the Charleston cottage of jewelry designer Janet Gregg. It was built in 1740 and the exterior, with its aged brick and copper facade, exudes historic Charleston charm. The interior is anything but stuffy though. It’s a beyond chic mix of eclectic styles punctuated with riots of color.

Designer Janet Gregg standing in front of Chippendale style garden gates built by her dad.

The exterior is just so Charleston.  Makes me miss visiting there!

The living room is absolutely to-die-for!  It’s a mix of old and new and I particularly love how Janet paired an abstract painting with traditional antique pieces like a Chinoiserie end table and chest.

The cottage is just 1,200 square feet which I think is really the ideal size for a single person or two people.  So many times, in a bigger home you just end up using a few rooms.  Janet says that she literally uses every inch of her space.  She’s even had 50 people in for cocktails and 24 for seated dinners!

Love the dining room!  Janet’s mom even needlepointed the zebra seats on her chairs!

The cottage is a mix of high and low with the homeowner shopping everywhere from Target to T.J. Maxx to Leontine linens.

One of my absolute favorite vignettes from the story.  Janet painted her childhood dresser to look like tortoiseshell and the chairs are thrift store finds.  The cream china hung on the wall is all from T.J Maxx.  It only looks expensive!

The screened porch is a mix of wicker and rattan and is ideal for overflow seating when Janet throws one of her many parties.

My favorite thing about this home is that it shows you that you don’t have to have a huge space or spend a fortune to live with style.  Now, run out and buy the issue!

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