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{Beach House Tour} A Breezy Blue Beach Cottage

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

Interior Designer, JoAnn Barwick and her husband, Fred Berger, enjoy their vacation home in Boca Grande, Florida, on tiny Gasparilla Island. These two are really enjoying the good life!

From the moment you walk up the garden path, you know that you’ve arrived somewhere special! Deep pink bougainvillea and hibiscus brighten the walkway which leads to the wraparound porch of this divinely designed Florida Beach Cottage.

JoAnn is the author of Scandinavian Country as well as a furniture designer. Her furniture design expresses her love for 18th century Gustavian style from Sweden.  The designer’s trademark palette is blue and white; which is featured throughout her vacation cottage.

“Light, painted furniture goes hand in hand with low-maintenance, casual textiles suitable for a cottage at the beach.” “All of the fabrics and textures I used are extremely casual, from ticking and linen to sea grass and wicker,” notes JoAnn.

For the Florida beach cottage, dressing it in her favorite Swedish blue and white worked for a second reason. “The beach is just across the street, and the Gulf is an astounding blue-green. The interior is all about water colors inspired by the surroundings. It was very easy to design, as these are all my favorite colors anyway–all tones of blue, pale aquas, greens, and turquoise. Everything else is light and white.”

 

 

 

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

 

A second sitting area in the living room, whose boundary is defined by the blue-and-white toile slip covered chair, is just around the corner from the main window-front area. The sectional sofa and over-scale ottoman ensure comfort.


Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

 

Seashells, coral and ceramics fill glass shelves; which we REALLY love!. The glass allows built-in lighting to shine through her beautiful collection of beach treasures. Pretty, eh?

 

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

 

JoAnn found the dining room’s Swedish-style chandelier in Vermont. “Every Swedish dining room has one,” she says.  We think that the dining room is cute, cute, CUTE!

 

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

 

For JoAnn and Fred’s ease, they placed the master bedroom on the first floor.  Stripes, checks, florals and a toile mix serenely into the blue and white palette.

 

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

A touch of eyelet on the bed ruffle adds a feminine flair; which just adds to the beach cottage charm!

Do you love this Blue and White beach cottage

as much as we do?

 

 

Learn more about this beach cottage at Traditional Home, Barwick Beach Cottage

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