How are we already nearing the end of April? Spring seems to be in fast forward! I’m still in North Carolina this week and sadly I won’t have time to hop over to the beach, but being here certainly has me dreaming of future travels, charming beach cottages, and waterfront staycations. Who is up for a virtual vacation charged with design inspiration today? This month’s 10 Pins post is a fun one- I’ve been rounding up my favorite beach cottage inspiration for you! If you’re also dreaming of spring break, a getaway of your own, or planning summer vacations, you’re going to enjoy this one. Click through for my favorites- you’ll definitely want to pin some of these…
This modern beach cottage kitchen integrates organic materials for a textural and updated look… raw wood cabinetry, wide plank hardwood floors, a concrete sink and countertops, a jute rug, a whitewashed ceiling, and board & batten paneling make this space feel warm and inviting with a minimalistic approach. How amazing are those oversized palms? They double as sculptural art.
#2 // Pool House Bath
Someday my dream is to own a tiny beach cottage with cedar shake siding… it’s this random vision I have in my head, but this is kind of what I picture the exterior looking like. It’s classic, right? This pool house bathroom with a semi-outdoor shower and striped cotton towels is the picture of summertime. It will be here before we know it- summer, that is.
Staples of a timeless beach home? Natural materials, woven and textural elements, and bright whites. This breakfast nooks contains all my favorites- bistro chairs, a woven area rug, a window seat, and plenty of natural light pouring in.
I don’t care if this bathroom exists in a beach house or otherwise- it’s absolute perfection! It doesn’t scream coastal to me, but it nods to it in such a classic way. The custom vanity, the blue grasscloth wall covering, that stunning oval window, the millwork, the polished nickel fixtures, the marble, and even the woven pedestal ottoman… this is what a dream bathroom looks like to me.
#5 // Beach House Bar Niche
This fun beach bar nook looks ideal for entertaining, shaking up piña coladas, and it’s so stylishly designed. I love the backsplash wallpaper (timeless tiki design), the inset cabinetry, and the use of the gallery light to illuminate this little niche.
We all know Mark Sikes is the ultimate beach house designer. The way he layers a space and mixes materials is effortless and sophisticated. I love this seating arrangement in a Malibu home he designed- it feels eclectic, timeless, and comfortable!
#7 // Outdoor Beach Shower
If I ever own that dreamy beach cottage- you better believe I’d install an outdoor beach shower. If you have beach access or a pool, I think these are just the coolest- and they’re super functional. I prefer the simple surrounds with wood slats or stone, with an oversized fixture… even better if it’s surrounded by vegetation.
White or creamy beadboard is a hallmark of beach house design in my brain. It’s tasteful, budget friendly, and easy to pull to off. This casual beachy bathroom with a marble vanity will still be in style 10 years from now. I love the vanity side with the sliding ottoman- so smart!
#9 // Beach House Pool & Patio
You’ve got to click through to check out this entire outdoor area… it’s seriously what vacation home dreams are made of. At this point, having a pool feels like a fantasy, but I sure hope it happens for us someday. Ha! I just love being in the water so much. Give me an ocean, a river, a pond, or a pool, and I’m a happy girl.
Last, but not least- I think one of my favorite architectural elements often found in beach cottages are tiny unexpected spaces with odd angles. Nooks & crannies just belong in cottages and cabins, don’t you think? They make them feel cozy and interesting! I love this daybed reading nook with the contrast trim. It makes an otherwise weird space make total sense. Wouldn’t this be the ideal spot to read a book during a thunderstorm?
I hope you enjoyed this month’s 10 Pins post! I know I sure did. Curating this one had my brain reeling and dreaming. If anyone has a beach cottage they need help designing, you know who to call! I’ll come out of client design retirement, ha. But really… have a great day, friends!