Monthly Archives: February 2012

Modern Beach House Bedroom in California

Beach House Tour | Modern California Beach House

Berkeley architect,  David Wilson, had been searching for the perfect bit of land to build a modern and eco-friendly beach house.  Stinson Beach is a small beach community in Northern California (which I regularly visited as a child/teenager) and is located just north of San Francisco in Marin County.   Wilson and his wife, Stacia Cronin, as well as their Labrador, Teton found Stinson Beach to be the perfect location for their dream home.

Location: Stinson Beach, California

Size: 1,400 square feet

Interesting fact: The south-sloping roofline is perfectly situated for solar panels, which supply the home’s annual energy needs.


Stinson Beach House contemporary exterior

contemporary exterior design by san francisco architect WA design

Stinson Beach House contemporary living room

contemporary living room design by san francisco architect WA design

“Generous windows, mountain views and an open floor plan bring spaciousness to a modest-size, eco-friendly coastal home.”

Vanessa Brunner of

Stinson Beach House modern bedroom

modern bedroom design by san francisco architect WA design

Stinson Beach House contemporary dining room

View the complete Beach Home Tour slideshow…

Ocean Offerings Beachcomber Shell Mirror

{Hot Pick!} Beachcomber Shell Mirror

Can you say, “Showpiece?!”  Our coastal hot pick this week is a truly one-of-a-kind mirror from our sponsor, Ocean Offerings.

Their Beachcomber Shell Mirror is a practical, functional size mirror, made special with the use of striking shell ornamentation.  Created by Currey & Company, the mirror is 39″ high x 24″ wide.

Ocean Offerings Beachcomber Shell Mirror

Are you ready to make the investment in this wondrous Mirror creation? > Beachcomber Sea Shell Mirror

2012 The Homies Home design Blog Award

Vote for Us! Best Home Design Blog

Liz and I are thrilled to have been nominated as a Best Home Design Blog on Apartment Therapy’s 2012 The Homies awards…BUT we need your help!  If you love our blog then we are asking you to please, please, pretty please vote for us!


2012 The Homies Home design Blog Award



It’s easy….follow this link >> Best Home Design Blog Nominations <<  and scroll down until you find Beach Cottage Decorating at

Click the VOTE button and you’re done.  Thank you so very much…we love you all! xoxo


New Zealand Cottage for Sale

For Sale: Sweet Seaside Cottage in New Zealand

This early 1900’s cottage has been renovated to provide contemporary, modern living by the sea. Offering 2brs plus sun room, this gorgeous home is perfect for couples or smaller families. The spacious, modern kitchen and living flows to a sunny deck and courtyard garden. Situated in a popular street with the beach seconds away – relax and enjoy a perpetual sense of holiday. See it soon & fall in love!

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Baths: 1

This sweet little cottage is ready for your cottage decorating touches!

Beach Tones Pastels from Design Seeds

Color Palette | Pastels Spring Back in 2012

Pastels are springing back this year and we are so happy about that fact!  We are all about peace & quiet, calm & relaxation in our cottage.  Don’t get me wrong, a pop of bright color is fun and we can certainly appreciate it too.

Isn’t this ‘beached tones‘ color palette from Design Seeds great?  All the pastel colors are soft, beautiful and calming. LOVE it!


Source: via Marie of Sally Lee by the Sea on Pinterest

Why not create a statement by re-painting an old furniture piece in a beautiful pastel hue?


Life in the Fun Lane Blog eclectic dining room


Fresh spring green, crisp white trim and pale blue floors combine together to create an uplifting spirit.


Bedroom. Peacefull & calm. contemporary bedroom


You can tone down pink  by using an accent color like black; which creates a dramatic effect.



Classic coastal pastels always look beautiful together, especially with a white background.


Coastal Pastels - 50 Comfy Cottage Rooms - Photos -

A pastel lavender and blue are used in this living room with touches of white …beautiful and full of ambiance.

Lavender Living Room eclectic living room

eclectic living room design by new york interior designer Design House

Why not put a little bit of every pastel together…Too much or do you love?

Bedroom traditional bedroom

traditional bedroom design by atlanta general contractor FrontPorch

Big names in fashion, such as Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, are bringing in these pretty shades to replace the loud neons and prints that have been ruling the runways, making way for a more tranquil aesthetic. ~

Beach House Dining Room for Entertaining

Things to Include When Designing a Beach Getaway

When you are designing your beach getaway you should include enough bedrooms to sleep guests, have extra storage space and have a wet area for people to use when they come back from the beach.

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Kit homes  make fantastic beach houses because they are a cost effective way of building a home and many people can’t afford to spend a lot on a holiday home.   If you are building a beach home keep in mind that you don’t won’t be living there all the time so you won’t need all the luxuries of home.  It is, however, likely that you will have more people visiting and coming down to stay with you, and you will be likely to entertain a lot more, so consider building extra rooms for guests.  You should also have some sort of patio area outdoors for barbecues and entertaining friends.



Don’t put up with living out of a suitcase while you are at your beach house.  Instead have enough storage so you can unpack your suitcases and put them out of the way and room for guests to put their things too.   Have enough cupboards or walk in robes and have enough storage for extra things that don’t fit at your normal place of residence.  You will find it will come in handy.  It is also a good idea to have storage for beach towels, beach toys and all the other things you like to have while on holidays, such as books, sunscreen, spare bathers, thongs, sarongs, hats and a good beach umbrella.



Wet area

One of the best things you can have in a beach house is a wet area.  This is really handy for when you come back from the beach covered in sand and salt water and you can easily rinse off under a shower.  You will be able to get rid of the sand rather than walking it through the main house.  You might want to extend your laundry area so you can use it both as a laundry and the wet area.  This way you won’t have to build on an extra room.



Plenty of bedrooms

When you build your home make sure you have a few extra bedrooms for visiting friends and family or at least enough beds in each room.  One of the best things about having a beach house as a kid is being able to take a friend down for the holidays so have a kids bed room with two or three bunk beds in it.  You should also have an extra spare room with a double bed and in the lounge room have a couch that folds out into a bed for those extra guests.



Entertainment area

Make your beach home great for entertaining by choosing a kit home that is more open plan.  Make sure that the cook isn’t shut away from the rest of the party by incorporating the kitchen into this open area.  Also have an area outside to entertain with either a veranda or patio where you can keep the barbecue, some outdoor furniture and even an outdoor heater for those colder nights.