Friday, January 6, 2012

A Beach Cottage Bedroom

My friend Karen lives on Cape Cod. We haven't seen each other in about 20 years, but recently reconnected on facebook. It's so much fun to renew an old friendship. Karen and her partner Dan recently embarked on a DIY project to enlarge their bedroom. The construction work is done, and now she is ready to decorate (the fun part)! She is looking for design ideas. I asked her what style and colors she was thinking about and she wrote "coastal/natural colors, think sand/sea glass, natural fibers and open, airy feeling". All the things I love too! So let's see what I can come up with!   First, we'll look at what some designers have already done when faced with the same challenge.
Phoebe Howard

This room has everything on Karen's list: Beach and sand colors, natural fibers, light and airy feeling. I think it is one of my favorite rooms. I love the muted colors, which give the room a tranquil, relaxing feel.

Phoebe Howard
Here is another room designed by Phoebe Howard. This one has cleaner, brighter colors and evokes a very light and airy feeling. I love the crisp white with the light aqua.

Phoebe  Howard

via Bazaar of Serendipity

                       This is a DIY project done by Erin from  3 Meadow Lake Cottage.
                           It turned out great. Go look at her before and after photos.

    Pillows are a great way to add a pop of color or to infuse a theme into your decor!
      These pillows are from Home by the

 You are going to need light! Here are a few lamps that may look good in your new room.

Lamps Plus

Home by the Seashore

William Yeoward

 And of course, you will need a rug...

Martha Stewart
Home by the Seashore

Bedding Ideas ....from one of my favorite stores... POTTERY BARN!


 These 2
 bedding sets on the right are from Home by the Seashore

And lastly, here are some ideas for  Wall Art! 

The above 3 prints are from

Black and white pictures look great against this wall painted Benjamin Moore's Wedgewood Gray

So there you have it! Lots of inspiration for Karen to decorate her space. I hope that she will visit us when her project is complete and share pictures of her new Coastal inspired bedroom!


  1. Love the look of the Benjamen Moore Wedgewood Gray. Have you used it before? Did you like it?

  2. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, wonderful to meet new friends. Hope you find a spare minute to visit and follow me sometime if you like. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
    Always Wendy

  3. Susan, No, I haven't used Wedgewood Gray, but I love how it looks more like an aqua than a gray. It is on my list of grays to try. If you try it, please come back and let us know if you liked it!


  4. Wendy, Thanks for visiting and for following me! I visited your blog and your photography is beautiful!

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