This beachfront cottage is utterly oozing with charm. Quiet and unassuming, it is just steps away from the ocean and provides an enviable indoor-outdoor lifestyle for its owners all year round.
The vintage 1912 cottage boasts original board-and-batten wainscoting, built-in cupboards, exposed beamed ceilings, and fir floorboards. Everything was restored. Woodwork is finished in a durable white marine paint. Timeless patterns, such as the sofa’s black-and-white ticking, and striped fabrics were used throughout.
The casual and fuss-free look combines all-weather fabrics, to protect the upholstery, with worn wood furniture and sturdy woven rugs that will stand up to heavy use and traffic. White shutters, on the lower half of the windows, provide privacy and open easily for ocean views.
Vibrant red accents and bright greenery pop with color against the neutral furnishings. Many of the cottage’s beachy décor came from a “crusty” old shell shop down the street.
Texture, found in a worn wood table, wicker chairs, and woven blinds, imparts a warm welcome in the dining room. More stripes in the chair slipcovers and table runner add to the country look. The pewter-look chandelier, with its curved lines and lamp shades, is sheer perfection!
Cupboards in the dining room were painted green to provide contrast with the white and gray walls. A buffet below allows guests to serve themselves for carefree entertaining.
White marine paint gives the kitchen cabinets a durable finish that is highly resistant to moisture and salt air. Black soapstone was used for the counters and backsplash. A farmhouse sink, red-and-white striped rug, and cafe curtains enhance the cottage charm. And that shelf above the window—I love it!
Instead of stainless steel, the owners opted for white. Dishware and spices are within easy reach. A large basket keeps counter clutter contained and softens the dark soapstone surface.
Original beadboard walls, tongue-and-groove ceiling, and somewhat-squeaky floors are part of the cottage’s charm.
A striped rug and bedding echo the master bedroom’s paneled walls and ceiling. An antique chest fits snugly under the eaves and helps make up for rather skimpy closet space. The wicker chest provides extra storage. Hanging the oar was an inspired touch.
The master bedroom chair sits next to the front window overlooking an incredible water view. Open windows let in the fresh ocean breezes.
An enclosed front patio and sidewalk are all that separate the vintage 1912 cottage from the beach.