monday at the beach

When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach. (Unfortunately, my body just doesn’t get a chance to go!) Whether it’s New England or the Gulf coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.
What is it that has this effect on me?
Does this happen to you?

So welcome to my new blog series… 
'Monday at the Beach'
Let’s go...

Chic North Carolina Beach Cottage

The quirky charms of this beach cottage were played up. The small 1914 cottage was kept as is and no additions and every inch of the 1,350 square feet were optimized.

Sandy-Hued Living Room

Blue, white, and sandy hues were chosen for the living room. Fun lampshades bring the colors together, and a touch of rope trim provides a nautical touch. A casual wooden coffee table and coastal accessories used sparingly add to the nautical feel.

Cool Blue Bedroom

Although the master bedroom is small, the space has been maximized by affixing a headboard that has plenty of shelf space in lieu of floor space-hogging bedside tables. Cool blues and whites make the room seem comforting rather than cramped.

Durable Breakfast Nook

This plush seating area sees frequent use for eating or for a cozy reading nook or office. The natural golden shade of the cushions forgives sandy feet, and the glossy paint on the wood floors is ideal for a beach cottage because it’s a low-cost, high-charm treatment.

Subtle Coastal-Themed Kitchen

This galley kitchen is made to look larger by using the same shade of paint on the walls and ceiling. Cabinetry doors and drawers are accented in a cheery hue to keep the white kitchen from feeling sterile. Horizontal planked wood siding adds character that plain, painted drywall couldn’t, and a few coastal-themed decorations, such as the marine-style pendant lights and shrimp sculpture, convey a sense of place without going overboard.

What do you think of this cute little cottage?
Is it move-in ready for you?

Many thanks go to my friends at Coastal Living for their help with this.