House Tours: A Modern Beach House
New House, Old Look
Just 45 minutes south of Boston, this newly built gambrel-roof home looks much like the original 1929 cottage that stood in its spot. The homeowners had lived in the original home for eight years when they decided to expand their cozy beach home.
Chic Family Room
The three main living areas are located in the back of the house: a sunroom, family room, and sitting room. The beachy neutral theme extends into each room through soft blue walls and crisp white furniture. Highlighted over the mantel in the family room, a driftwood mirror adds an extra touch of natural character.
Show Off Collections
To make this beach house more authentic, the family gathered shells into basket-like pottery that graces the side table.
Get the Look: Simple found objects can be dressed up by placing them in a beautiful piece of collectible pottery.
A dainty starfish and smooth surf rocks sit gracefully on the mantel in the sitting room.
Nothing says family room like family photos. A simple photo canvas hangs from a seashell hook.
A vintage map of Cape Cod hangs over an antique radio that displays a collection of aqua pottery vases bought through online auctions.
This cozy sunroom sports a classy tiki room theme. A palm frond and other tropical motifs help unify a comfortable blend of country, rattan, and mid-century modern furnishings.
Show Off Souvenirs
To feature another vintage collection, these hula girls were placed in shadow boxes and hung above a rattan bookcase.
These mobiles made from driftwood and shells are an easy-to-make accessory for the outdoor dining room.
This roomy kitchen and multifunction island allow plenty of space for meals to be made and for the kids to play. The sleek blue, white, and stainless scheme keeps with the neutral feel of the rest of the house.
Formal Dining, Beach Style
The homeowners found this 1940s rattan dining table many years before they had the perfect room for it to fit in. The classic lines paired with the formal mantel create a sophisticated dining room in this beach house.
A Mix of Old and New
Paint-by-number seascapes, bought for a few dollars apiece in thrift shops and online auctions, create a charming tableau on the headboard wall of the master bedroom.