If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love me some tiny cottages and would choose one over a McMansion any day of the week (and twice on Sundays!) So, when I saw this waterfront beach home in Marin County, California, in the latest issue of House Beautiful, I jumped with joy! Designed by Erin Martin, this small summer home lives much larger than its 1650 square feet, sleeping 12 comfortably. Dark floors, planked walls and ceilings, subtle nautical accents and charming details like Dutch doors and chalkboard walls create a dreamy weekend getaway that I'd never want to leave!
Ginormous lights hung by rope in the family room are actually galvanized fishing buoys cut in half:
A light, bright kitchen is super charming...
...and even more so with the addition of a refrigerator which the homeowners had made to look like an antique ice box:
A cozy, generously sized built-in banquette in the dining area doubles as a guest bed:
Industrial baskets, turned upside down, become makeshift coffee tables in the family room. A knotted rope curtain emphasizes the nautical feel:
The amazing, white planked ceiling is absolutely breathtaking!
The master bedroom feels like you're sleeping in a ship:
Built-in bunks sleep six more guests:
The guest bath is my favorite room in the house....striped walls, locker-style storage, Kohler Broadway sinks with amazing brass fixtures and a porthole window that opens to a view of the sea...amazing!
Marble countertops from the kitchen extend out the window for impromptu seating. Metal barstools continue the marine industrial feel:
Here are my picks for creating a similar look: