Nancy Fishelson’s Timeless American Country Cottage & Paint Colors Now!

It is not often we spotlight lovely American country cottages, so today’s home tour is extra special. If you love white interiors, antiques, and historic properties, you have probably heard of Nancy Fishelson’s lovely work. While she no longer owns it, she renovated this 18th-century Cape in Killingworth which appeared in multiple magazines. After travelling to the ends of the internet, I uncovered the paint colors Fishelson favors for her projects. Yay! Bet you’ll love her signature timeless style which feels fresh, airy, and oh so livable. Let’s tour Nancy Fishelson’s Timeless American Country Cottage in Connecticut!

Exterior and patio of Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.
I am spying a Dutch door…so charming!

Nancy Fishelson’s American Country Cottage Tour

DESIGN: Nancy Fishelson in Country Living Magazine (February 2019) PHOTOGRAPHS BY HELEN NORMAN STYLING BY JANNA LUFKIN

Breakfast room in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.
American country style in a beautifully renovated cottage…in case you love living with antiques.

Doesn’t this breakfast area in the kitchen feel fresh and easy and anything but stuffy!?!

Beautiful white country kitchen with La Cornue range in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

This kitchen Nancy designed just takes my breath away. Look at those reclaimed wide pine boards from the 1800s! Aren’t they amazing?

I also love the French porcelain pulley lights over the light gray fireslate topped island. The range is La Cornue’s CornuFé stainless steel and satin chrome, and I’m loving how its finish echoes the fireslate counters.

White accessories in the kitchen of Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

All the white feels fresh, clean, and modern, the cake pedestal from Martha Stewart belongs on my own counter!

Ironstone in built-in cupboard at Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.
Modern country style in a lovely Connecticut home in Killingworth…in case you admire cottage interiors.

Nancy reportedly prefers fleamarkets to auctions for antiques, and don’t you love how she lives with them?

Dining room in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

I love seeing how designers decorate small bedrooms, and this one feels so cozy and serene:

White bedroom in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

Like Nancy, I find round vintage wood farmhouse stools function perfectly in any number of rooms. The light grey painted floors? Such a gorgeous design details, and keep reading if you are curious about the paint colors.

Soaking tub in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.
An historic home beautifully renovated by Nancy Fishelson…in case you admire country cottage style.

In the primary bath, the tub and filler are Waterworks. Don’t you love the tub’s relationship to the windows? The large white urn in the corner reminds me of my own urn.

Primitive farm bench in a bath at Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

All of the neutral tones here work harmoniously! In another bedroom, the art above the bed is perhaps a framed vintage tablecloth. The sconces are from Hudson Valley Lighting, and the light painted wood floors feel like a cloud.

Country bedroom in Nancy Fishelson's renovated historic home in Killingworth - Country Living magazine/Helen Norman/Janna Lufkin.

Renovated Connecticut Cottage With Antiques

Nancy’s cottage was also featured in CTC&G:

Cottages & Gardens (March 2012) – REBECCA MORSE/PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEITH SCOTT MORTON

Wood beam ceiling in living room of 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

The sofa in this light-filled living room dates to the 18th Century, and the light upholstery and cozy furniture arrangement is just right for conversation.

Primitive American antiques and plants in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

Winter greenery in Nancy’s cottage looks gorgeous with white walls and collected primitives. I would love to see all the collected linens in that basket!

Fireslate counter with white cake pedestal and rununculus in kitchen of 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

The kitchen cabinetry is custom, and the simple kitchen design feels utterly timeless.

Renovated kitchen with wood beams in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

Do you love the antique signage throughout this home? Like the countertops, the sink is also light gray Fireslate. The faucet is by Herbeau.

La Cornue range in renovated kitchen of 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).
Ironstone in primitive cupboard in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

Authentic Designs in Vermont handcrafted the pewter-finished sconces in the living room.

Fireplace and wing settees in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).
Inspiring country cottage interiors as well as neutral paint color ideas.

The keeping room (above) opens to the kitchen.

American country dining room in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

Textured beams were revealed after removing drywall from the ceilings.

Airy white bedroom with antiques in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).
Sconces, Hudson Valley Lighting…in case you love this vintage look.

Glass paneled carriage doors separate the large primary bedroom from the bath.

Renovated bathroom with soaking tub in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

An antique barn door leads to the primary bedroom…

Primitive barn door in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).
Country bedroom with wood beams in 1700s Connecticut cottage of Nancy Fishelson in CTCG (Feb 2012).

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Nancy Fishelson Paint Color Palette

Even though the designer often custom mixes her paint colors, a few years ago, she revealed her favorite grey paint is a Pratt & Lambert color called Tucker Pale Gray. That paint color was discontinued so I looked into the formula and colors nearly identical.

Tucker Pale Gray CW805 Paint Color Swatch

Apparently Benjamin Moore WISH is essentially the same color as Tucker Pale Gray. This would be a wonderful color for kitchen cabinets. (Also find ideas for putty paint colors in THIS.)

Benjamin Moore WISH paint color swatch. #benjaminmoorewish #graypaintcolors

Nancy Fishelson likes Benjamin Moore WHITE DOVE for a great white paint, and if you need more ideas for choosing the right white, go HERE.

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC10 paint color swatch. #bestwhitepaintcolors #whitedovepaint

Finally, here’s the warm grey paint color Nancy recommends for floors: Benjamin Moore THUNDER.

Benjamin Moore THUNDER paint color swatch. #thunder #graypaintcolors

Ideas for a Floral Arrangement!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing