A Cottage by the Sea

A Cottage by the Sea

As fleeting as the days of summer may be, childhood memories of days at the shore can last a lifetime. Whether it’s frolicking in the pounding, salty surf or counting fireflies in clear, star-filled skies, the impressions are indelible ones, which yesterday’s children inevitably want to share with today’s. When clients of ours sought to recreate this experience for their own growing family, we eagerly applied our sun block and headed to the beach for some good design fun.

In an idyllic setting on the coast of southern Massachusetts, this house sits in a picture-perfect community of cottages, each one more adorable than the next. Although generally well-maintained, it needed brightening and freshening to make it suitable for the fun-loving family that was about to call it their home away from home. To bring in the light we bleached the floors, painted somber woodwork a crisp white, and interspersed some bold bursts of color and pattern. By blending custom upholstery and detailing (check out that headboard!) with affordable online finds, we maximized comfort, use of space, and personality, while keeping within a manageable budget. This charmer by the sea truly embodies the spirit of this wonderful family, and it touches us to think that we’ve had a small part in creating beautiful memories for generations to come.

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