When the homeowners bought this 150-year-old cottage in Nova Scotia, they needed to bring the house into the 21st century but wanted to respect its history and preserve its vintage aesthetic. The result: a charming success.

A Coastal Cottage Renovation

When the homeowners bought this 150-year-old cottage in Nova Scotia, they needed to bring the house into the 21st century but wanted to respect its history and preserve its vintage aesthetic. The result: a charming success.

St Johns Kitchen - that's the pinnacle.

St Johns Kitchen - that's the pinnacle.

Like: cabinets , hardware, soapstone, subway tile, sink & faucet, hood over range, island with storage, microwave drawer, seating.

Like: cabinets , hardware, soapstone, subway tile, sink & faucet, hood over range, island with storage, microwave drawer, seating.

Havart designed the open shelving, which is coated with the same black finish as the cabinets. The lowest, walnut shelf matches the adjacent kitchen table.  Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

Taking His Own Advice - Photo 1 of 4

Havart designed the open shelving, which is coated with the same black finish as the cabinets. The lowest, walnut shelf matches the adjacent kitchen table. Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

White, bright kitchen, add color with accent tiles, paint back of cabinets with glass doors, window treatment and accessories. KitchenLab traditional kitchen

White, bright kitchen, add color with accent tiles, paint back of cabinets with glass doors, window treatment and accessories. KitchenLab traditional kitchen

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