Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a little seaside cottage?
Imagine going to sleep with the sound of the waves, or waking up to ocean breezes.
Imagine how much fun it would be to decorate a little cottage with a nautical theme like designer Gary McBournie did above.
Imagine looking out the window of this living room and seeing the blue ocean! It makes me go "ahhhhhh."
Are you saying "ahhhh" yet too?
Back inside, I am asking myself and you too, "how would you decorate your seaside cottage?"
I would find vintage oil paintings of the ocean or ships and hang them on white walls.
Definitely white walls....
Yup, white walls, vintage oil painings, and the color blue!
Although I'm not a "blue person," blue just makes sense in a beach house.
So do stripes!
Of course, I would succombe to all the cliches of nautical decor!
The proverbial model ships....
....old life preservers
And duh, a sea shell chandelier!
I think it would be so much fun visiting flea markets and antique stores looking for the perfect accessories, filling the cottage with treasures.
Ultimately though, it's all about the ocean. And the sunsets. And the beach!
"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back to whence we came." ~John Kennedy
I couldn't agree more!
you are talking right up my alley today... i have been shopping in teal, cream and white and having a ball! i have some of your same pics for inspiration~
Wonderful collage of pics. I love, love nautical decor.
Dang, girl. You decorate it and I would be glad to bring some wine and hang out!
Barclay Butera and Gary McBournie are two of my favorite designers.
And lately I have been snapping up lanterns and seashells at Goodwill. Why, just yesterday, I bought a model ship, and it doesn't even go with my house. Guess I'm just getting ready for the beach house I don't yet have!
BEAUTIFUL photos!! I couldn't pick a favorite because I LOVED them all! Have a great week, Martina
Those pictures are amazing! I think the Barclay Butera and Phoebe Howard are my favorites but they are all beautiful! I agree - you have to have blue in a beach house!...I really need a beach house...Great post!
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I'm with you - all the way! Probably would accent with blue & add some sandy/brown shades as well.
Such wonderful inspirational pictures! Wow ... the Barclay Butera room is amazing. My parents live on the ocean and get to enjoy such wonderful views every day! Thanks for making it feel sunny and 80 today! *Becca*
Hi D, Oh as soon as I saw the first image I took a deep cleansing breath, ready to be open to all the ocean images has to offer. You know this is a perfect dream to me. Oh to have an ocean view. I might just have to visit the idea in a blog post as you have done on what I would actually have in my cottage. I love all of the touches you have chosen, they are so DELORES!!! If your dream ever comes true, may I visit please?!! xo Kathysue
Since dust storm season is upon us here in West Texas.. take me to the sea!!! Beautiful photos. I would go with the more turquoise-y colors and lots of white and shells.. and old boats... aaahhh
Looks like summer....
I have the same dream! Beautiful photos!
My parents had a wonderful beach house in Florida and every winter and summer we would go...I loved all the light bright spaces, windows and water views! Blue and white was the perfect color scheme...loved your pictures and post..brings back lovely memories!
Did you hear the sigh from Irvine? I loved every image! I would do the blue and white thing with nautical touches as well...it just works!
I lived on the beach in my youth and loved it...oh~ to be back there now with this knowledge and age..(but the young body)..lol LOVE the images...each and every one of them. xxoo Diana
I want it all ...
just for a week, and I'd be happy
Everything is so beautiful! I live in Florida and I would SO love to add more beach touches to my home! Great post! ♥
Delores, that's my dream ~ a beach cottage on Nantucket Island. Lovely inspiration photos. ~ sarah
Delores, Such lovely images! I have the same chair as the one in the Barclay Butera room. It's currently in our beach house but I plan to retrieve it once the house sells. Interested in a FL beach home?
I live by the beaches of Rockaways, New York and I can't wait to take walks on beach when it gets a little warmer. I love all things beachy! Your collection of pictures are so beautiful and inspiring!
Beautiful photos - so inspiring! I love, love, love nautical decor! I visited Cape Cod a couple of years ago and just can't get enough of the beach house look. Thanks for sharing!
Love it all..., am dreaming of a cozy cottage by the sea that I can decorate all nautical!
I am commissioning some paintings to go in my funky waterside cabin, big secret surprise for my husband! doing a contra deal with a friend who is an artist, and I am digging out favorite photos of past beach holidays for inspiration. I can't wait!
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