Beach Cottage Style Decorating via Cottage Style Magazine

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Showcasing 4 cottages from Cottage Style Magazine that are great examples of beach cottage decorating.

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I've been wanting to share these 4 cottages, featured in Cottage Style Magazine, for a while now. Finally, I photographed all the pictures and made them look as good as I could. The first cottage is on Emerald Isle in North Carolina. I love the motto, recycle and restyle bargains, also known as Shabby Chic.

shells for the cottage
The owners heap their Sea Treasures in vases, stick them around Mirrors, perch them on windowsills, and set them in almost every nook and cranny.

aged wood headboard
And to enhance the aged appearance of items, they coated them with a dark base color, dipped them in light paint, then sanded, scratched and crackled.

beach cottage porch
Cozy casual cottage Porch Decor with Outdoor Wicker Furniture.

Laguna Beach Cottage style
Walking up to this Laguna Beach cottage (CA), you are greeted by a rustic gate. The cottage was built in 1922, and after much needed structural improvements, the owners pretty much let the surroundings dictate the decorating style.

beach cottage living room
They went with the relaxed look of slipcovers in the living room, used natural colors and textures, and brought in a few darker wood antiques that add a splash of formality. The space above the window is filled with a rustic Beach Shadow Box.

river rock fireplace
The original brick fireplace was replaced with river rocks to match the original outdoor rockscaping of this casual and elegant beach cottage.

beach cottage decorating in red white and blue
Next up, a 1960's fishing shack on Long Island, NY, that was brought up from 800 square feet to 1,650. The decorating process was simple. Everything that didn't fit the Red, White and Blue Color Scheme was painted or accessorized to coordinate.

beach cottage dining room
Most of the items came from local flea markets.

antique printer trays with seashells
Seashells carry the beach theme throughout the home. Shabby cottage style with a modern take.

beach cottage exterior in colors
Lastly, a 850 square feet beach cottage on Tybee Island. The exterior is telling -expect all the colors under the sun!

vibrant colors in living room
The cottage is a 19th-century shack -originally built to house railroad workers. The vibrant island colors reflect the surrounding landscape and play off the white background.

colorful porch furnishings
"The minute I walk in the door, I'm happy." The owner says. I'm sure this is true for all of the owners.

cottage style magazine
Cottage Style is a specialty magazine from Meredith that comes out once or twice a year. I paid $9.95, but it has no ads. This is a back issue from 2009 that also includes cottage style decorating in the country, by the lake and around town.

You might also enjoy these beach cottages:
Remodel of a Beach Cottage on Tybee Island
An Island Cottage off the Grid
A Sag Harbor Cottage
Sea Inspired Cottage Living White Space

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