The Wonderful, Whimsical Cottage Style of Designer, Alison Kandler

I absolutely love the work of designer, Alison Kandler! If I ever take the step to downsize to a smaller home, I’ll definitely go for a cottage home. I could completely turn it over to Alison for the interior design and I know I’d love it!

This is such a comfy living room. Love the built-in cabinetry down one wall. It even includes work station/desk. Notice how beautifully the work area fits into this space. It adds even more charm to the room and doesn’t feel like a boring office space at all.

Some of Alison’s interior designs remind me a little of the whimsical art of Mary Engelbreit. I wonder if Alison was inspired by her when she was younger. Do you see the adorable red chair on the desk? It reminds me of Mary’s, “Life is a Just a Chair of Bowlies.” 🙂

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I love this house with all the high ceilings! Would love to find a cottage home like this one day! Notice the lighting, the range hood and the island. I really love the storage area behind the stove, so convenient for keeping the things you most often use when cooking.

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Even a cottage kitchen can sport some modern features like a fabulous Sub-zero refrigerator. I’m obsessed with the look of their glass door refrigerators.

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The cutest pantry ever! 🙂

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Love everything about this bedroom, especially the high ceiling and those amazing windows! Love the green shutter on either side!

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This is truly a dream bedroom for a little girl. Notice the whimsical, scalloped siding on the wall behind the bed. Such a cute idea for a sweet bedroom like this one. I’ve never seen that done on an interior wall before, have you? I love it in this bedroom! Alison creates some of the most charming interiors!

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I’ve decided when I redo my bathroom one day, I’d love to have a soaking tub. Something like this would definitely work. Notice the cute floor treatment with the checkerboard design.

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I’m not sure if this room is in the same home but I had to include it for two reasons: the ceiling painted a soft blue and those wonderful blue and white, buffalo-check wingback chairs. That is such a beautiful blue for a ceiling! And those chairs–oh my gosh, they look so comfy, like you could just sink in at night with a good book. I love their shape with the big, cushy, rolled arms. They make me think of a cozy English cottage.

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To see more of Alison’s absolutely charming interiors, be sure and check out her website here: Alison Kandler! 

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  1. Lisa Weese says

    This is just adorable, love EVERYTHING about it with one exception, what is with the HUGE folk art horse behind the sink blocking what appears to be a lovely view…..???? Looks very out of place to me.

    • Gigi Maloney says

      I was thinking and just going to post about the BIG horse. I am not a fan of glass front refrigerators or open shelving having had those before and just a preference. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.

  2. Renee Cook says

    Oh, gosh, I could go on and on about what I love in this home! Like you, I love the high ceilings and the way the windows go to the top. I think the pantry is my favorite! Did you see the little corner of the ceiling with the floral print wallpaper? Oh, so cute! I love the Victorian screened door on the pantry, the vaulted planked ceiling and beams in the bedroom and the shutters on either side of the window, the bathroom… Like I said, I could go on and on! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a beautiful day!

  3. That bedroom with the vaulted ceiling and beams looks so warm, inviting, and cozy. I suddenly feel so drowsy 😉

  4. Love everything!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. bobbi duncan says

    Another sweet cottage, Susan. Thanks for sharing and giving me more ideas for our “one day” cottage. What a great idea, using corbels to help hold up the pantry shelving–love it!

  6. So very cute and comfortable looking. I could make myself right at home!

    I had pinned that master bedroom and never investigated any further, thanks for blogging about her today’

  7. Great post Susan! I recently discovered Allison on Instagram and I too, am smitten with her work!

  8. Sandra D, Joliet says

    Love the pantry and all the windows! I want that soaking tub if it’s enamel cast iron. I painted my bedroom ceiling burgundy with mauve walls. My Mother didn’t like it but got used to it. Then I painted her kitchen a slate country blue and she let me paint the ceiling blueberry!

  9. Every room ~ totally charming! I love the high ceilings and all the angles.

  10. I love the third photo kitchen and that big rectangle bathtub!!!

  11. Nancy B. says

    Susan, you are right .. this cottage looks like it is right out of the pages of Mary Engelbreit! I am not familiar with Alison Kandler .. until now! Darling home. I saw a little girls room decorated like that on “Fixer Upper” on HGTV by Chip and Joanna Gains. Chip and his daughters decorated a little girls room and used ideas from their doll house, including the awning. Cute idea!

  12. Kay from Kansas says

    Love the ideas and she is a fun decorator! Do you know the brand of stove shown in the second photo (kitchen with green cabinets)? I looked on her site and saw another color of the same stove, but can’t zoom in enough to see the manufacturer. It’s a great look!

  13. Cynthia Raines says

    Hi Susan, I love the pantry and high ceilings and agree the horse is too big for that area. I do like the bathroom and also the wide planks for flooring. I haven’t received your last 3 posts and came to your site today through the Painted Apron blog. I have re-subscribed and hopefully that will fix it. Don’t know how I became un-subscribed? Anyway, I was missing you / your blog and hopefully I will be back in the lineup of subscribers. Have to have my Porch fix! 🙂

    • That is so strange! I’m starting to wonder about the company that I used to send out my post update emails. You’re the second person who stopped getting emails. The other person was still subscribed, but they weren’t getting through to her Inbox. Thanks for letting me know! If that happens again, really appreciate if you leave me a comment or send me an email letting me know. I definitely want to know when that’s happening!

  14. Very cute. Cheerful and bright, lighthearted and does remind me of Mary Englebreit. (I still have my years old ME magazines, and still love to read them on occasion) I enjoy looking at other homes where color is used, even though everything around here is going to cream and white. Love the pantry.Every house should be required to have a pantry!

  15. Your right Susan, it had a lot of whimsy. My favorite thing in the whole house are those blue plaid chairs. I would Love those in my living room.

  16. Beach Cottage is in my future at some point in time.

  17. Awesome! Loved that kitchen from the second image, kinda like what I wanted for my place… maybe someday haha

  18. The colours are fabulous. Every room seems so spacious. It is quite the cottage.

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