monday at the beach

 Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

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...

Beloved Nantucket Cottage

Once a shabby beach cottage, this updated escape now makes the most of its square footage to allow for picture-perfect family vacations.


Nautical Entry

The home's maritime location is subtly referenced in the architectural and decor details throughout, starting at the front entrance, with its ship-like lantern sconce, navy blue starry carpeted stair runner, and lighthouse-shaped banister post.

Make It Work

A subway-tile backsplash, farmhouse-style sink, durable Corian countertops, and open shelving ensure that the kitchen can handle any supper request that comes its way, while staying true to the previous home's sweet cottage look. "It was intended to be functional and charming, not a showpiece," says the architect.

Friendly Family Room

Rather than having a family room centered around a TV, the focal point is a grand stone fireplace added on during the rebuild that extends from floor to ceiling—a labor of love for the family, who gathered some of the rocks from the beach nearby. Its uneven facade allows for makeshift crests that hold tea candles, creating a romantic feel. Shiplap boards on the walls and a painted plaster ceiling add architectural interest.

Cozy Nook

Side-by-side built-in double beds with a thick privacy wall in between allow each girl to lounge comfortably without disturbing the other. Drawers beneath the beds and carved-out shelving provide plenty of storage space.

What do you think of this cute little beach cottage?

Is it move-in ready for you?

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