May 22, 2012

Beach House Decorating

Can you imagine yourself entertaining and welcoming friends to your 100-year-old vacation house in New England? This retreat is located in Massachusetts with stunning ocean views from every window. The homeowner invites her friends to spend the weekend,  who are a chummy band of women who've coached one another through everything from child rearing to retirement. By the carload, the ladies arrive at the five-bedroom retreat, clad in Capri pants, with their paraphernalia, pocketbooks, and knitting bags!  Plus wine. Now, THAT sounds like a marvelous weekend! 

I love the Bluestone pavers and Shasta daisies lead to the front door. Using the daisies seemed to keep the feel of being easy, breezy and relaxing! 

There is a casual approach to decorating.
 A beachy, barefoot quality by incorporating a braided rag rug,
  mismatched seats, and a pair of oars leaning in one corner.
This seems to help define the breakfast area.

 This lucky homeowner used a  theme of sun, sea, sand, and  painted furniture!  She envisioned lobster-red Adirondack chairs, gray-blue nightstands, and a melon-bright coffee table, but choosing the right shades proved difficult. The interior designer recommended white wall tiles and celadon cabinets. 

The kitchen's slate apron-front sink incorporates local icons:
a windmill, whale, lighthouse, and the word riptide.
Wood-Mode cabinetry stores the homeowners collection of Fiestaware.

The Reading Nook is my absolute favorite room in this home.

In the master bedroom's sitting area, a pair of chairs covered in cotton matelassé swivel to face the harbor. A model sailboat from sits atop a reclaimed-wood table. The walls are painted in the shade called "Icy Morn" by Benjamin Moore.

Imagine waking up to this view each morning! 

Out on the patio, guests are invited to relax in colorful Adirondack chairs. I am totally in love with this oceanside theme!  What a magnificient coastal home! OK! Now I think I have the inspiration I need to decorate our new media room. I hope you were also inspired.....ok, girls...ready, set...decorate!


  1. That sink is glorious! Is it carved soapstone?

  2. Indeed it is soapstone Vanessa...very beautiful indeed....I love farmhouse sinks, don't you?


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