The surfboard resting at the side of the porch and the towel drying on the wooden chair tell the story of the morning’s ride, just as opening the Dutch door with the porthole in the top reveals the owners’ love for spending time on their boat, which is moored not too far away.
The porch is an inviting outdoor living area with its wicker rockers and a swing for two. The ceiling, railings, and window frames are painted a pleasing white, which adds simplicity to the design by emphasizing the clean lines.
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The Dutch door, which allows breezes through the top while keeping the dog inside, opens directly to the living area, where a comfortable sofa and rattan chairs are nestled by a wood-burning stove. The nautical theme of blue and white, dotted with playful red, appears in the artwork, the area rug accented with boats, the cabinet enclosing the television, the stripes of the chair cushions, and the accent pillows. An interesting touch is the wainscoting, which appears in the living room and continues throughout the cottage; in contrast to the tidy white walls, ceiling, and trim that have a shipshape look, the weathered wainscoting appears as if it were reclaimed wood with scraped white paint for a sense of age.
The living area sets a nautical theme, and the colorful scaled toy model of a sailing vessel reinforces it.
A charming dining area is kept simple by a bare floor, painted furniture, and the ship’s lantern as a hanging pendant light. The cutout on the right is a pass-through to the galley kitchen.
Upstairs, the same design scheme continues, with flat white paint on the board walls and ceilings, faded blue-green painted wooden plank floors, and the distressed reclaimed wood wainscoting. Pegs at the top of the stairs hold utilitarian canvas bags that are handy to load up for trips to the beach or to consolidate items that will be carried downstairs.