There are a lot of these “shingle cottages” in the area where I grew up in Baltimore, including the house where my family lived for 30 years.image

This house could just as easily be in Nantucket, or along the Northeast coast somewhere, as where it is in the middle of Baltimore City.imageWith it’s grey cedar shingles, white and dark grey accents, jutting rooflines and white picket fence, it’s a classic. The inside is filled with nooks and small rooms, as well as some rather bizarre colour combinations and a 1970’s kitchen. However, it all could be remedied with a few coats of paint. Let’s take a look, shall we?

The front hall with a small alcoveimage

From the alcove looking out. I’d say that the woodwork on the walls is probably original.image

Living room with a fireplace, french doors, hardwood floors and window seats. Nothing wrong there.image

What fresh hell is this? As if the floors didn’t have enough orange in them, the walls are rather blazing. And the gold trim, EEK! But there is a swinging door, probably to a butler’s pantry, and a working fireplace in the dining room, so some points have been added back.image

I am not sure what to say about the kitchen. Any ideas?image

This seems to be the room off the kitchen – I am guessing it’s a den. Nothing a good coat of the right white paint wouldn’t remedy.image

The kitchen wallpaper extends to the powder room.image

I am guessing that this is the master bedroom. I’d love a fireplace and a windowseat in my bedroom.image

I am not certain whether this is a bedroom or a dressing room. What do you think?image

There are several additional bedrooms, and I will spare you from seeing the bathrooms. Luckily, there’s a lovely and lush shade garden surrounding this houseimageand there is a huge porch, so that’s an attraction.image

All in all, it’s a pretty nice house with great bones and some great spaces. It just needs a bit lot of paint.  More information is here.

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.