Cottage Gone Patriotic

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An overall red-white-and-blue color scheme unifies the rooms in this renovated cottage, where basic furniture was acquired from local flea markets. Anything that didn't fit the color scheme was painted or spiffed up with new fabric, throws, or pillows.

Porch Perfect

On the porch, vintage rattan pieces were revived with new paint, cushions, and pillows. When open, 4-foot-wide doors hung from barn door tracks let the porch and kitchen function as one room.

Catalog Dining

The family often eats on the porch or patio, but the informal dining area catches the overflow. The dining table was ordered from a catalog and a flea-market chandelier was spruced up with paint, shells, and shades.

Seashell Art

Old printers' boxes -- a flea market find -- became easy art when seashells were glued inside the typeface cubbies. Scrubbed pine floors look bright and natural in a sheer polyurethane finish.

Inviting Living

In the living room, textural surfaces and mix-and-match throw pillows invite guests to plop down wherever they want.

Beachy Cool Bedroom

Part of the new addition, the master bedroom feels voluminous because of its high ceilings and an airy iron bed. The house's coastal setting inspired the sand-colored grass cloth walls.

Framed in White

The homeowner made most of the wall art or sought out inexpensive seaside-theme prints from home stores and secondhand shops; re-matted and framed in white, they look crisp against the white walls.

Seashell Mirror

In the master bathroom, crisp beaded-board walls and shutters are accented by a shell-covered mirror frame.

Island Style

Open shelves on the walls and island display collections of yellowware and tin picnic boxes.

Kitchen Order

The country-style kitchen cabinets and farm sink, stock items from a local home store, are personalized with plaid textiles, cutlery wind chimes, and a container for keeping DIY paintbrushes at the ready.

Patriotic Kids

Two sisters share this cozy bedroom done in mismatched red, white, and blue prints. The bedding is the result of shopping sales for linens in these coordinating colors.

Cottage Charming

This summer home's cottage charm was emphasized with shake shingle siding and three new dormers.

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