Cottage Life

While checking out some great homes on Coastal Living Magazine’s website the other day, I stumbled upon a cute little beach house in Orleans, Massachusetts that I just have to share. The style of the interiors is slightly more rustic than my own, but I fell in love with the coziness of this small cottage. With a fantastic location, the house needed some expanding in order to accommodate a young family of four. While the architecture conservation laws are very strict in the area, the homeowners did a great job in capitalizing on the house’s location and the sweeping ocean views without changing its footprint. Comfortable window seats overlooking Nauset Beach and an assortment of bunk beds and guest bedrooms make it possible to welcome dozens of guests at a time – the more, the merrier!

When I first saw the house, I was taken with its exterior – the eyebrow roofline, weathered shingles and crisp white trim spell perfection in my book.

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Exterior

‘’ We didn’t want a McMansion: we wanted to stay true to the house and allow it to keep its scale and its authentic Cape Cod aesthetic “  says the owner. In doing so, they not only preserved the home’s authenticity but created some great spaces in the process. Constraints always spark creativity!

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Living Room

The rooms are decorated with local flea market and antiques shop finds, while some pieces are custom built. I love the tiny blue and white living room that somehow feels large and inviting. The brick fireplace is a focal point, the mix of chairs creates a layered look. I like that nothing really matches and it all feels collected over time and lived-in, as opposed to decorated.

The rustic kitchen is so chic and functional! The custom cabinetry was a great investment and perfect for a tailored, clean look.

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Kitchen

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Dining Room

I’ve never met a window seat I didn’t like and this one in particular is stunning! The family had custom cushions made in durable Sunbrella fabrics for a colorful mix.

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Window Seat

As for the upstairs office, I think it’s a dream space though I’d hardly get anything done with those stunning views!

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Open Air Office

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Garden

…and the best part? This home is a now a rental property for all who’d like to enjoy the quaint charm of a century old beachfront cottage overlooking the Atlantic!

Images via Coastal Living, photography by Annie Schlechter.



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  1. July 18, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Love the New England shingle style cottages. They always remind me of summers at the Cape or on Nantucket, hydrangeas, roses, and salty sea air!

    • Eva Contreras
      July 18, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks, dear Elizabeth! New England architecture has my heart… Here in the Midwest we see less shingles and rose covered homes, more straight-forward Georgian architecture which I also love but can look somewhat rigid, more serious 🙂