Leanne Fords Cottage Guest House

A wide view of the interior of a home showing the entry, stairway, living room and dining area.

The cottage guest house sits on the property of Leanne’s early 1900s home purchased in Pennsylvania several years ago. When she first moved there, Leanne was drawn not to the main house, but to the small carriage home hidden on the property. She immediately fell in love with it and knew this would be a forever renovation.

Her first makeover was to preserve what was already in the home. She wanted the styling to be unique to her, but cozy for guests. The space was filled with some of the original character and pops of color. Leanne’s touch came with white painted beams and coffee-stained washed walls. Now a few years later, Leanne was ready to make the place feel more like her.

“I thought, it’s time to get this back to me. I wanted to simplify. I had to undesign it.” – Leanne Ford

Behr’s Featured Color:

Natural White DC-005

An open paint can with a brush resting on top, showing a white paint color inside.

Behr’s Featured Paint:

Behr Marquee®, Interior Semi-gloss

The product can for marquee Interior Semi-Gloss paint.

For this renovation, Leanne decided she needed a place that gave her visual simplicity and allowed her to focus and be creative. She painted a fresh coat of paint in Natural White throughout – leaving some of the original home stylings from her first renovation in place. The combination of the Natural White hue with Leanne’s signature coffee-stained walls, imperfect coats, and rustic painted furnishing freshened up the space without losing its warmth and country-cottage feel.

“It’s okay to change your mind…a home isn’t stagnant, and there’s major power in a fresh coat of white paint.” – Leanne Ford

A living room with white painted walls and white furniture.

The living room is welcoming and fresh. The large windows bring in light, highlighting the warmth of the Natural White hue. Leanne’s tonal color palette of creamy whites with beige accents set the mood for the whole house.

A dining room with rustic furniture and oversized lantern style lights above the table.

In the dining area, added touches of distressed furniture keep the cottage feel. The room is grounded with a warm neutral rug, and oversized round lights that play well with the Natural White hue that is painted on the walls, trim, and ceilings.

A kitchen with a glossy white paint.

The kitchen is bright and simple. Not overdone with cabinets, but instead filled with beautiful, gray-scaled landscape scenes that complement the freshly painted walls. The reflection of the paint’s sheen allows the light to bounce from it and slightly elevates the rustic feel.

A stairway with the walls painted white and a neutral stair runner.

Natural White lights up the stairway. The use of different materials warms up the space inviting you to the upstairs.

A bedroom with white painted brick walls and fluffy white bedding.

The painted brick and rustic beams, imperfectly done, allow the home’s original character to come through. The mix of materials creates personality in the bedroom. Natural White brightens the room but also keeps the feeling relaxed and comforting, perfect for a good night’s sleep.

“I love cottage style. I’m constantly walking the line between preserving a home’s bones and making it my own. I love doing imperfect.”  – Leanne Ford

A living room with a overstuffed couch.

“The cottage now feels so clean and peaceful, a place where I can truly be creative. Before, it didn’t feel complete. And now it does.” – Leanne Ford

To see the before pictures and information from her first renovation, click here: Domino

For additional inspiration and fresh ideas for your home check out Behr’s Designer Stories.

Colorfully yours,


Design Credit: Leanne Ford Interiors

Interior Styling Credit: Hilary Robertson

Photography Credit: Erin Kelly

Copy References: Domino, Domino

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