monday at the beach

When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach. (Unfortunately, my body doesn’t always get the chance to go) Whether it’s New England or the Gulf Coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.

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

Old-Meets-New Beach Cottage

For a centuries-old Sag Harbor, New York, cottage, designer Tom Scheerer shattered convention and followed the client’s heart, pairing unexpected colors and juxtaposing favorite traditional and modern pieces of furniture and art. The result? A perfectly imperfect mix of new and vintage pieces both distressed and sleek, subtle, and daring.

Campy Living Room

Light wicker furniture and a soft blue wing chair balance the heavier wood of the living room. For a super-casual, camp-like feel, try hemming the curtains so they hit just at the windowsills. This look works especially well in rooms with high ceilings and wainscoting, which provides a natural visual cue for the shorter length.

Quirky Bedroom

Consider a face-lift of what you already have before writing it off completely. With just a few tweaks, an old four-poster bed found a place in this bedroom. To give it a more modern look, it was painted black with a satin finish that matches the iron extensions and canopy frame affixed to the posts. Now the canopy, made from old Indian bedspreads, reaches to the ceiling.

Cheery Sunroom

The sunroom is used to curl up with a good book or hang out with friends, so comfy seating was a must. The room is only a 11 by 13 foot area with which to work so the contractor build two benches for a space-saving and less expensive option than a sectional. The room is kept cheery and bright with fresh white paint on the walls and ceiling and bright blue cushions.

Vibrant Dining Room

The once-dingy white industrial pendant light was simply utilitarian before being doused with cobalt paint. A coat of sunny yellow takes the Chippendale chairs from traditional to kicky with the stroke of a paintbrush. Mixing finishes like what’s on these tables and chairs adds textual variety.
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.