Modern Cottage Home Tour

Decorating Style
From the cozy furnishings to a sea-inspired color palette, this Gulf Coast cottage is filled with relaxed character alongside hints of modern style.

Coastal Calm

Earthy browns and creamy whites form the palette for both the interior and exterior of this waterfront home. Drawing inspiration from the British West Indies, the house features breezy covered porches and barely-dressed windows to bring in the views of the nearby gulf waters.

Endless Views

Throughout the home, white walls, woven rugs, and reclaimed-wood furnishings create a vibe that's calming, earthy, and relaxed. In the living room, white walls and curtains play up the stunning views of the ocean beyond. The starkness of the white lends a modern vibe, while other elements relax the space. Brown and coral throw pillows playfully recall the colors of tropical seashells. The sectional is outfitted with a no-fuss, easy-to-clean slipcover, ensuring the homeowners never have to worry about tracking in sand from the beach. 

Culinary Genius

Cypress ceiling beams, wood floors darkened with walnut and ebony stains, and dark brown lower cabinets warm up the otherwise-white kitchen, which is adjacent to the living room. The white-painted vaulted ceiling creates an open and airy feeling despite the darker tones used below. Like in the living room, a large bank of windows along one wall brings in views of the crystal-blue waters beyond, ensuring the landscape is visible from every vantage point within the large, open living space.


Located directly off of the kitchen, the dining space was designed to be both stylish and family-friendly. The table and nearby sideboard were constructed from reclaimed teak, ensuring they're able to absorb the occasional ding or scratch. White leather chairs surrounding the table bring a modern aesthetic to the natural-wood-filled dining area.

Calming Oasis

The minimalist-meets-comfortable style is conveyed expertly in the master bedroom. A breezy palette of creamy white, pale blue, and rich purple create a calming and restful vibe. A wooden chandelier hung in the center of the room is a dramatic focal point that recalls the look of driftwood found on the nearby beach.

All Tied Up

Like the master bedroom, the master bath features calming colors and natural textures. The ceiling was painted pale aqua to mirror the color of the bedroom rug, while the teak bath mat meshes with the bedroom's wooden chandelier. The dark wood floating vanity and shelving help ground the bathroom and add a dash of modern appeal. In the same vein, the sleek freestanding tub commands attention, thanks to its sculptural shape.


The homeowners let their kids choose the color scheme -- celery green and turquoise -- for their shared bedroom. A sliding barn-style door separates the sleeping quarters (featuring a queen bed plus two bunk beds) from the playroom. A unique coffee table made from bundled wood stands up to the daily wear and tear of kids' play.

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