sneak peek: melanie coddington


interior designer melanie coddington’s “girly modern” style is is a feminine but unfussy combination of antiques, vintage and flea-market finds – here all set against a dreamy blue and cream palette. today we’re lucky to have her show off her charming turn of the century cottage in a sneak peek. melanie has been in the place since 2007 and her main challenge has been editing in order to really showcase her favorites in the 1,400 square foot space. [thanks melanie and alice for coordinating!] -anne

[image above: Kitchen Alcove –  This little breakfast nook features a photo from brad austen and a vintage loveseat upholstered in Holland & Sherry wool.  The curvy chair is upholstered in black neoprene, a material normally associated with wetsuits.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of melanie’s sneak peek after the jump!


Living room – Features a 1940 Swedish inlaid cabinet, fabulous beaded wallpaper from DeSousa Hughes,  and a vintage sofa recovered in gold velvet.  The wing chair and swivel chair are also vintage with new upholstery.  The oversize fabric shades echo the pattern in the wallpaper.

Master bedroom- Custom mirrors, headboard and bedding all designed by Melanie.  Nightstands are parchment, wall sculpture and console are vintage.

Master closet – Features berry and bubble gum pink walls. Vintage crome chair upholstered in faux snakeskin.

Dining room- Features a custom mirror designed by Melanie, a dining table (a fave flea market find) paired with 18th century Swedish dining chairs with spaced chrome nailhead detail.  Oil on canvas painting by Heather N. Hutchinson.




Paul baxendale

A very sophisticated and chic space. The wallpaper is great! Is the texture similar to the Maya Romanoff glass beaded wallcoverings? It has a similar glowing sheen.


There are few things I wouldn’t do to have that loveseat and chair!


Great jobI LOVE the chandeliers that you have.. looking for some great ones for my new house!


When I clicked through to this post from my Google Reader, the URL was wrong: the month should read “07” rather than “06” in order to avoid a “page not found” error message.


What color is the bubble gum pink of the closet?
And where is the sunburst mirror from?


I love this concept! It seems like a very harmonious marriage between classical and feminine design and modern design – which has never appealed to me too much, but that my boyfriend loves. Maybe this will help us to compromise.


I love the mirror in the dining room, wallpaper, and the bubble gum pink walls in the closet. I just went with a similar pink in my entryway and just love it! This space is my kind of chic!


sorry about that shawn- just fixed it. there are some weird coding quirks happening with the site today so i’m trying to catch them all- sorry about that.



jadore that closet and the wall-nook bar off the dining room! my kinda livin’. good job:)

Kathy C.

I love the dining room. The mirror is just gorgeous and I wish I could recreate that look. :)


Oh My! I adore this sneak peek. The colors are so like my own apartment, only a little more established.


So Chic! When I was single I remember my bedroom looking somewhat similar to this… very luxurious and pristine creamy whites. I’m now married with teens, it’s all shabby chic now! I miss those days!

Michelle in Chicago

This is gorgeous… but there is no room for a man!


Oh my goodness. It’s the bed covering I’m in love with — the texture and drape and fabric combinations are absolutely beautiful — so tactile, even in the photograph!


I love the light blue in that first photo — any tips on what colour that is?


What is the paint color/brand she used in the Kitchen Alcove? It is exactly what I’ve been searching for!!!! It is so beautiful, peaceful. Please let us know!

Portia Alyce

I love the entire look….Very Classy and Chic.


very fem chic. wondering if the shades in the first photo are IKEA?


LOVE. So beautiful. Will be checking back for more details!!!


Does anyone else see that black Imageshack text where the thumbnails are supposed to be? What’s up with that?


Oh no, I liked it way way better when you could see the whole post in Reader without having to click on the Click Here link at the end each post…


I need to know the manufacturer and color of the blue walls in the kitchen nook. I’ve been searching for this color… Please let me know! Thanks!


girly modern, yes! I just phoned a client to tell her I’d finally found the phrase to describe what she keeps asking for! that’s great…love the images

Demetrius Boyland

I have three words. I LOVE IT.

Very sweet ,airy, and oh so lady like…..the custom mirror with the small square mirror inside give it the perfect touch, with an old world flare.

Demetrius Boyland

P.s The man that dates or is married to the lady that lives here will fit right into the space. There is room for two in the peaceful bed


glam home! eveything’s so shiny :-)
love how it all fits together though, very nice job!


The stand-out quality of this home (for me) is it’s adultness. There is a welcome lack of the cuteness. Another reader pointed out the shiny textures which I’m not sure I like as a whole but I do like the way all the rooms seem to flow together. I really like the sitting room. Nice job.

Melanie Coddington

Thanks for the great comments! I’m happy to share the paint colors for my house. Closet: Benjamin Moore 1342 Mardi Gras and 2006-60 Authentic Pink. Kitchen and alcove: 1/2 strenght of Ann Hall #156. Living Room: C2 Paint in Ersatz, #252. Gold bar: Ben Moore Studio Finish in Brushed Gold PT-20. Bedroom: Ann Hall #67 (blue) and Philips Perfect Colors Y3 Candlestick.


Melanie….is the color in your dining room the same color as the alcove and the kitchen??