A Soulful Retreat
A beach cottage should be, above all, a cottage. This one stays true to its roots.
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- Incorporate the architectural elements of cottage style into a space. That includes beadboard, tongue-in-groove paneling, ceiling beams, wainscoting, and pegs for hanging coats or towels.
- Cultivate a relationship between the cottage and the outdoors. That might include maximizing a water view or planting a flower garden in a plot that can be enjoyed from both inside and outside the house.
- In cottage style, pieces do double duty, as in a dining table that also is a craft station. Pieces also are repurposed for new uses, as in a vintage bench that becomes a coffee table or an old fence that is reborn as a headboard.
- Plan for breathing space, an open area that gives a home an aura of vitality. In the beach cottage, the homeowner opted to give up a third bedroom in order to create a light and airy second-floor landing.