The Artful Cottage
When photographer Hilary Mullarkey changed her plans, it opened the door to new inspiration.
It only took one look for Hilary Mullarkey to know that the house framed by oak trees was what she wanted, a place where she and her three children could come together. The house and its location reminded her of Grosse Pointe, Mich., where she had spent two weeks every summer as a child. She loved the cottage feel; even the gravel driveway was perfect and the bay window was a bonus.
Hilary’s original plan was to update the 1980s-era kitchen and bathrooms, and that was it. After all, she and her young son Hammy wouldn’t be spending a great deal of time in Vero Beach so there was no need to make further renovations. Or so she thought.
“In the beginning what I really wanted was just a place that was updated and comfortable where I could go for a vacation,” recalls Hilary, who is a professional photographer. “But with a change in my personal life I began to spend more time in Vero Beach. There are a lot of really creative people here and I felt very connected.”
Read the entire article in the April 2013 issue