Colorful Coastal Cottages



Yesterday was sunny and 60 degrees here in Massachusetts.  I know that doesn't sound like a big deal to my southern friends, but believe me, it was glorious!  After a LONG, cold winter and a miserable March, it was wonderful to feel the sun's warmth on my skin.  Hopefully we can officially put our winter parkas away!
 Coastal Style: Rustic Charm - Hamptons Style
As we trudged through March's cold, gray, dreary weather, my thoughts turned to summer decorating and time spent at the beach.  I love cozy, coastal cottages...I mean, how wonderful are these...
dainty beach cottage
This could be so very me.  (with the convertible)
10 Beautiful Beach Cottages | From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, you can find your very own coastal style from this collection of our favorite beach cottages. | Coastal Living magazine
photos from Pinterest
Weathered shutters, white trim, lots of windows to enjoy the view and ocean breezes, and a porch for relaxed lounging...add these elements together for a relaxed, casual beach home perfect for summer get-aways.  When it comes to casual, summer houses, I like the idea of going bright and colorful for the interiors. A punch of color goes along with the fun, relaxed vibe of vacation.  Just be sure to avoid "color overload"...one way is by keeping the background (walls) white and bright, and let your furniture take center stage. 
Cottage family room with a Maine Cottage Island Media Case in sea
Definitely seeing a pattern here....I really like white. After so many years of decorating with bold colors, I guess I'm mellowing out.
Don't be Afraid to let Backdrops Steal the Show
Beach House Decorating | Editor’s Picks! Dana’s 5 Favorite Coastal Rooms | http://nauticalcottageblog.com
Scandinavian Beach House floor. Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant Paint in BS0012 Pacific Blue

Beautify Your Bath: Give Your Shelf Life
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For one day when there is a Beach House... a room for Caelan, Solon, Luke, Ansley, Tudor-Beach and..... whoever comes next!  Love the girl/boy mix of colors and consistency of the stripes.  Surf Duvet Shared Spaces | Pottery Barn Kids
Garnet Hill has a great selection of towels, bedding, furnishings and accessories in bright colors.



Maine Cottage Furniture has the perfect custom made wooden furniture that can be painted in any color to suit your taste.  The company was founded 20 years ago in Yarmouth, Maine and all their pieces are made in the USA of durable maple and poplar woods. Their pieces are perfect for any beach house, lake house or cottage.
Maine Cottage furniture



Fun, bright pillows from Layla Grace...

Trina Turk Pillow Embroidered Linen Palm Springs Blocks Orange PH24TT29ORC20SQ

Lobster Hook Pillow PH30JSS214C18SQ
Flamingo Hook Pillow PH30JSS390C18SQ

These pieces are  from the Coastal Living line at Wayfair-
Coastal Living Newport  Curio Cabinet


Coastal Living™ Summerhouse Utility Cabinet

Coastal Living™ 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar Stool


The Tucker dining chair from Serena & Lily comes in an assortment of colors...
Tucker Chair – Dandelion


 Tucker Chair – Coral
I love this spindle bed from Land of Nod, and imagine several lined up in a "bunk room" for cousins and friends (see photo below).
Twin Jenny Lind Bed (Azure)

Living the Well Appointed Life with Melissa Hawks: Style, Fashion, Home Decor, Decorating Blog: Maine Cottage Furniture - Great Bedroom Furniture for the Summer Home!
You can throw some color on the floor as well with these striped rugs from Dash & Albert .



Their indoor/outdoor Two-Tone Rope Rugs are fresh, fun, and colorful, and can take on the weather, sand and spills—and clean up like new!  Through April 6, they are 20% off -- no code required!



I'm ready to head to the beach...how about you??
Have a great weekend...keeping fingers crossed for sunny skies!

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