2018 CoVa Idea House: York Lane Cottage

The 2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House is Refined, Rugged and Real-Life Ready

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Guest Suite in CoVa Idea House
This room has a magnificent view of the pool deck and wildlife beyond, a private full
bathroom and a private entrance.

Guest Suite in York Lane Cottage

Guest Suite

A Blueprint for Hospitality

This crisp, clean and cozy guest suite is a sophisticated salute to the seafaring life. A white shiplap accent wall is set off by striking indigo blue walls. A toned-down version of nautical blue, in certain light, a hint of a periwinkle undertone peeks through. Reminiscent of both denim jeans and architectural blueprints, this particular hue projects a relaxed and rugged artisanal vibe, pairing perfectly with the driftwood-look furnishings and floors. With its easy-on-the-eyes vibrancy, the color palette drove decorating decisions from framed blueprints of sailing ships to blue and white quilted bed linens. The glaze on decorative ceramic vessels suggests foamy surf and rippling tidelines. Flanked by porches and flooded with light, these guest quarters boast their own side entrance and deluxe bath for plenty of privacy just steps away from the helm of the home. The round mirror over the marble vanity calls to mind a ship’s porthole, while the rolling glass shower door is a sleek interpretation of popular barn-style wooden doors. Inside the shower, the contrast of large, dark-washed indigo wall tiles with a subtle woven texture and a neutral, chipped stone-look floor calls to mind a roll-your-jeans-up barefoot walk amid rocks and shells deposited by a gently tumbling surf.


Susan loves:

Indigo blue. “An indigo blue is the color of vintage architectural blueprints; nautical but toned down.”


CoVa Idea House multipurpose bunk room
Watch a movie, play a game, read a book, have a slumber party. That's just what a
Multipurpose Bunk Room should offer.

CoVa Idea House interior

Inside look in the York Lane Cottage

Bunk Room in York Lane Cottage
The upstairs landing is a wide open space with built-in bookshelves and transom
windows spilling in ample natural light.

Multipurpose Bunk Room

Spreading Out While Staying In

Destination and staycation homes need a place for everyone to spread out. This multipurpose room offers the young and young-at-heart their own comfy quarters for watching movies, playing games and even spending the night. Just off the upstairs foyer, a modern ocean mural by Brushstrokes by Cathy Cox provides a magnetic pull down a few steps and into this immense space made intimate through the thoughtful use of materials and arrangement of furnishings. An L-shaped, denim sofa faces a flat-screen TV mounted on white shiplap below a set of windows and above a floating driftwood-look bench that doubles as a long shelf. Blue and white throw pillows and the restrained use of lanterns and other decorative objects personalize the space. On the opposite wall, a more traditional white window seat joins white wooden chairs with linen upholstered seats on either side of a white wooden table with a stained wood top, perfect for games, meals or crafts. Sand-colored walls and plush, wall-to-wall carpet with a linen-look pile keep the setting calm. White shiplap defines a cozy corner for floating white bunkbeds when it’s time for the littlest ones to turn in.


Susan loves:

Hand painted murals. “The modern ocean theme draws people in and makes the immense space more intimate.”


Stephen loves:

Spreading out. “Kids have their own space for games, movies and even bunkbeds for overnighters.”


Laundry Room, CoVa Idea House

laundry room in York Lane Cottage

laundry room in York Lane Cottage

Laundry Room

Hardworking Room Offers Loads of Fun

Like a freshly starched and pressed cotton shirt, this tall, light-filled space is crisp and fresh with pinstripe wallpaper, soft sand-colored paint, white appliances and white and charcoal blue-gray cabinetry and shelving. A glass door with transom, oval window with divided light and pair of black, open-frame pendant lights keeps things bright. A black “York Lane Laundry Company” graphic on the door injects a playful vintage vibe, while a stainless steel undermount sink and Carrera marble-look quartz counter with writing desk ensures that all this fun is functional. Just above, floating driftwood-look shelves are current and contemporary.


Susan loves:

The intersection of modern and vintage. “The pinstripe wallpaper looks like a man’s retro dress shirt.”


Stephen loves:

The fun factor. “It brings enjoyment to mundane tasks.”


York Lane Cottage bedroom

York Lane Cottage bathroom

York Lane Cottage bedroom, CoVa Idea House

Upstairs Bedrooms and Jack-n-Jill Bath

Separate Places but Cohesive Spaces

Joined by a Jack-n-Jill bath, the upstairs children’s bedrooms are spacious retreats for guys or gals. Quiet and cushy, a plush, sandy-toned linen-look carpet flows through both. In the front room, pale blue walls provide a soft contrast to layers of white textured linens, a white, built-in window seat and a reclaimed wood headboard with a jazzy chevron pattern. A washed wood dresser with polished chrome hardware and feet is a subtle nod to mid-century design. Overhead a semi-flush mounted fixture with a white linen drum shade is another bright nod to mid-century style.

Next door, a bolder color palette combines indigo blue wainscoting and a sand-colored upper wall with white trim in between. Polished chrome boat cleats attached to the trim surround the perimeter of the room providing clever hooks for bookbags and jackets. The washed wood and polished chrome furniture combination continues in this room with the bed, nightstands, dresser and bilevel desk offering both display and workspace. A Lucite desk chair with chrome legs marries a mid-century vibe with a contemporary aesthetic and keeps the space feeling open and uncluttered. Overhead lighting features an industrial metal shade which is continued in the shared bathroom.

Each room enjoys its own water closet with pale gray walls and single-sink vanities. The Carrera marble of the countertops is repeated in the floor with its bold, black-accented hexagon pattern. Linking the two spaces is a combination tub-shower clad in clean white subway tile with a rolling glass door and black hardware. Black faucets and thin mirror frames complete the cohesive look. 


Susan loves:

A coastal flavor. “Hints of whimsy avoid beachy clichés and lean toward the elegant.”


York Lane Cottage, owner's bedroom

York Lane Cottage owner's bedroom, CoVa Idea House

Owner’s Bedroom

A Crow’s Nest for Looking Out and Settling In

Serenity reigns in this pale gray and white sanctuary. Its dramatic, vaulted ceiling clad in crisp white shiplap vies only with views of the cove through expansive windows. A two-tiered, polished chrome, candelabra-style chandelier with cascading crystals is light, bright and sparkly. Driftwood-look floors and furnishings are softened by white bed linens, drapery panels, lamp shades and a slipcovered chair and ottoman. Graphic patterns in soft gray and white grace throw pillows, drapery trim and an area rug to infuse this tranquil retreat with little pulses of energy. The use of clear glass makes the space feel even more open while chrome surfaces reflect more light. Accessories in both glossy and matte white create visual interest with layers of tone-on-tone texture.


Stephen loves:

The vista. “As soon as you swing open the doors, the expansive windows allow the outdoors to feel like part of the room.”


Owner's Bath, York Lane Cottage
Brizo handmade fixtures

York Lane Cottage bathroom

York Lane Cottage, closet
Closet Factory closets maximize organization.

Owner’s Bath

Steaming Up and Chilling Out

The striking focal point of this luxurious gray and white bath, with its separate water closet, is undoubtedly its glass-enclosed corner shower seconded only by its soaker tub and floor-mounted tub filler. Nestled into a corner defined by marble subway tile wainscoting, this tub is strategically located beneath a broad window with an enviable private view to encourage long bubble baths. The shower features intricate mosaic marble tile on both walls and floor, bench seating and four shower heads. Flanking the tub and shower are two robin’s egg blue, single-sink vanities with Carrera style countertops. Though both are built in, they look convincingly like free-standing pieces of furniture—one with a dressing table—as do the pair of open floor-mounted white cabinets for bath linen storage. Huge mirrors on three walls, polished chrome hardware and fixtures, a chandelier that echoes the one in the bedroom and chrome and glass accessories bounce light throughout this spacious bath.


Alex loves:

The shower. “The four handmade Brizo showerheads feel substantial and just a hint industrial in this elegant space.”


Pool at York Lane Cottage

Pool house at York Lane Cottage

Pool house at CoVa Idea House

outside at CoVa Idea House

grill at CoVa Idea House

Pool House, Pool and Grill Island

Sit, Swim, Stay

A deluxe pool house conceived as a modern industrial farmhouse anchors the spaces that comprise this home’s take on luxury outdoor living. A sail-shaped concrete pool with an indigo blue tile border boasts a shallow sun shelf and a built-in underwater bench for front row seating as the sun sets. Just beyond lies a boat basin. White loungers and Adirondack chairs dot the patio, its neutral travertine slabs bordered by no-maintenance strips of synthetic turf. The patio visually and functionally connects the main house, pool house, pool and outdoor cooking space. Constructed of stone with a concrete waterfall countertop, the 10-foot outdoor grill island seats four comfortably. 

The white board and batten pool house features a gray standing seam metal roof, black window mullions and two pairs of French doors. Inside, white shiplap walls play off driftwood-look ceramic plank flooring laid in a chevron pattern. That pattern is repeated in the white subway tile backsplash of the kitchenette. White upper cabinets and Carrera marble-look quartz countertops are a crisp and clean contrast with washed wood lower cabinets and a pair of floating shelves. A white-trimmed rattan sofa and pair of chairs upholstered in gray and white ticking are rated for indoors or out. Choosing black for the cage-style pendant lights, nautical dock lights, hardware, fixtures and an industrial, eight-blade fan offsets the white and enlivens the contrast of dark and light tones throughout. 

Just beyond the kitchenette, the pool house bath pairs a rugged concrete-look tile floor and shower with a Carrera quartz counter atop a charcoal gray floating vanity. Black fixtures and cage-style pendant light fixtures visually connect kitchen and bath, while hooks replace bars to provide more hanging space for wet towels. The shower repeats the neutral chipped tile floor from the guest suite bath in the main house, incorporates it as wall accents and showcases another spectacular rolling glass door.


Stephen loves:

The livability. "Everything had to pass the livability test for kids, dogs and guests."






Closet Factory

Cox Communications


Eagle Bay

Esprit Décor Home Furnishings

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Garage Experts

Greenwich Kitchen Center

Heritage Woodworks

Inner Space Systems & Garage Concepts

Ply Gem


Susan Wilson Interiors

Visionscapes Land Design & Installation

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