Stars and Stripes

Turn your summer cottage into a dream house by the sea, complete with joyful red, white, and blue decorating.
The House
The interior and exterior of this
1906 cottage were completely

Sometimes, the simplest pleasures inspire grand results. In this case, a walk on the beach and a Flag Day bouquet resulted in a six-bedroom, porch-proud summerhouse decorated in star-spangled style, right along the sand of Moody Beach in Maine.

It's the small details, such as the
six point star pillow, that bing this
patriotic room together.

Everything from red, white, and blue cotton rugs, throw pillows, and quilts to lampshades, picture frames, posters, and folk art were added. A blue-and-white-striped sofa and white wicker furniture also adorn the room.

The red, white, and blue decor
carries throughout the house
and is seen here in the dining

The dining area is furnished with a farmhouse-style table adorned with red mats, blue-and-white-checked napkins, and star-shaped plates, mugs, and bowls. The table is surrounded by Windsor chairs.

Anyone for a tune of "It's a Grand
Ol' Flag?" It will be even more
festive played on a patriotic piano.

The theme even extends to the player piano in the streetside front room. The owner had the piano painted white, and a decorative painter added the stars, figures, and bunting.

The combination of the star
window, French doors, balcony
and the attractive bedding make
this room a favorite.

The third-floor guest bedroom, features a star window, a red dust ruffle and a white bedspread layered with a blue-star quilt cover the bed. The beaded-board ceiling vaults to the peak, and French doors just beneath the star window lead to a balcony.

Continued on page 2:  Ahoy, Matey, Show Your Stripes