Monday, May 23, 2011

A Contemporary Beach Cottage Style – Beach Cottage Decorating Ideas

Blue and White Kitchen
In the kitchen, Alex Bates paired contemporary West Elm chairs with a weathered farm table that belonged to the home’s previous owners. The oyster plates were a gift from Bates’s mother-in-law.

Keeping It Simple
A vintage breadbox, earthy vessels by Heath Ceramics, and blue Martha Stewart bowls stitch together the room’s beach-inspired color scheme.

Biking on the Boardwalk
Alex and Andrew Bates enjoy a bicycle ride along one of Fire Island’s boardwalks. Berry bushes line the boardwalk behind their home, and in the mornings, they pick fresh blueberries for making pancakes. Jealous yet?

All-White Living Room
Alex covered her vintage sofa in easy-to-wash white canvas, and opted for a fuss-­free and affordable jute rug. An antique sea coral print hangs between the windows.High-gloss white paint on a ceiling reflects natural light.

Porch-Cum-Guest Room
The couple’s enclosed front porch doubles as a guest room, thanks to a built-in daybed decorated with pillows from West Elm. Alex found the turtle shells at an antiques store.

Fun Deck Idea
Chinese wisteria and a hydrangea shrub give the cedar deck a sense of enclosure.A few chalked lines turn the family’s deck into a game board for oversize chess pieces.

Photo-Filled Bathroom
A collection of old group photos — from summer-camp kids to sports teams — hangs in the house’s only bathroom. “Thank god for the outdoor shower,” Alex says with a laugh.

Guest Room
For the guest room, Bates added cotton slipcovers to twin headboards from her own childhood.

Master Bedroom
Bates furnished the master bedroom with a headboard and linens from West Elm, plus a couple of vintage paintings. A linen tablecloth draped over an upholstered headboard adds a subtle sense of depth.

Front Porch
Extra sun hats and beach totes await guests on the front porch, which also features a sisal-covered boat bumper.


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