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 blog series…

'Monday at the Beach'

Let’s go...

Vintage Key West Charmer

Designer Blair Gordon gave this precious Key West cottage a modern update but kept the exterior true to the historic neighborhood. He used a conch shell pink on the siding, tempered the paint with a dark wood stain for the shutters, and painted the porch floors gray. “The bright color makes the house stand out,” he says.



Sleek and Modern Kitchen

The kitchen’s iridescent mosaic tile backsplash, capiz shell pendant light fixture, and ├«pe hardwood floors, lends an authentic feel thanks to their tropical island style. The large-scale fixtures paired with the dark wood floors, all-white walls, countertops, and cabinetry give the classic materials a touch of the unexpected.



Neutral Palette

A warm palette of cream, beige, and taupe is a natural fit for the living room's vintage style. Geometric shapes, such as honeycomb pattern on the throw pillows or the trellis motif on the rug, add a graphic punch to the muted palette. A range of textures, from the woven blinds to the brass lamp to the lacquered coffee table, also enlivens the space.



Graphic Focal Point

To make the headboard in the master bedroom, Blair enlarged a photograph of an antique French mirror, laser-cut a piece of wood to match the shape and upholstered it in a large-scale print. Nailhead trim not only echoes the detailing but also highlights the headboard's oversize, dramatic silhouette.



Beach-Friendly Bunkroom

Nothing says "beach house" like a wall-mounted sailfish. In the bunkroom, Blair turned that coastal icon into modern sculpture with glossy white paint. "It wouldn't be Key West without a little conch culture, but there's no reason to go overboard," he says. The nautical bunks also got the white paint treatment.

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.