Amazing Spaces: California Beach House

Good Morning!

I’ve got the beach houses and cottages on the brain these days.  Probably because I’m going to be at my cottage in a little over a week.  I’m all for a more rustic lived-in look when it comes to summer homes.  Obviously there is a scale of rustic, some are closer to homes than cottage cabin, but I appreciate rustic elements  This California beach house designed by owners Erin Martin and Kim Dempster, while certainly not totally rustic, has a light and casual feel.  The combination of both new and vintage decor elements give it a true “put your feet up and chill out” vibe.

Lovely, right?  And let’s be honest, with that view, I could be living in a cardboard box and it wouldn’t matter much.  I can almost hear the sounds of the surf. You can check out the rest of the images over at House Beautiful.


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Project #OakPointPorch

Good Evening!

Today I’m sharing some initial progress on my little #oakpointporch project . This porch being the one at my family’s cottage in New Brunswick. The porch is by far the most used space in the cottage, other than the kitchen, and while it’s very cozy, it’s pretty dated. There is A LOT of brown, orange and yellows which is not a colour palette I’m super keen to keep around.  The porch has a living and dining area which currently looks like this:

Living area

Dining area

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.

 Budget is tight, so I need to re-use, re-fresh, re-purpose before buying new.

What has to stay for furniture?

1) The dining table and chairs shown above. They are relatively new and in good condition.

2) We have two old office chairs (one of which is shown below) that are a good compact size for the space, and with a little makeover (white paint, updated fabric) the pair will be perfect.

chair 1

3) My Dad is a big fan of this wicker rocking chair so it is staying, but I’ll give it updated cushions and pillows.  The side table-lamp combo will also remain as it is a family piece but will get a new shade.

Chair 2

What is going?

1) The pull-out sofa is out, but the new one has to also be a sofa-bed. Having so few beds in the cottage as it is, we can’t afford to lose any!  My parents have already picked out the Manstad sofa-bed from IKEA in the dark blue colour.

2) THE WRETCHED BLINDS…..I have been bugging my mother to get rid of these blinds for years.  You can’t tell from the picture but they are a about 5 times lighter where the sun comes in and are really just awful.  In fairness, window treatments aren’t cheap and we have fourteen windows in the porch….so I can see why she was putting it off….but I’m glad she isn’t pushing to keep them now.


3) The flooring! The bad linoleum and old carpet will be replaced with something better…what exactly that  something is has yet to be determined.

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.  I have lots of ideas for how to make it pretty, but first I wanted to take a look at the floor plan with the furniture we’re keeping.  I did a quick one last night using Floor planner.  So far, this is what I have. (for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up…hmm).


Hmm, for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up….anyhoo, you get the idea. It’s hard to visualize the pretty stuff (colours, fabrics, accessories) in this program but this step helps me really see how the furniture can be arranged.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.



Guest Post: Nicole Mills Design – Cottage Decor

Today I have another great new blogger guesting for me while I’m on vacation….Miss Nicole Mills of Nicole Mills Design.  Go check our her blog, she has fantastic taste, and she’s a sweetheart to boot! Enjoy!


Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be guest posting for Lindsey while she’s on vacation! I’m Nicole, a designer and new blogger; you can head over to Nicole Mills Design if you want to know more. Here’s my take on cottage decor, enjoy!

We are so lucky here in Canada to have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world! With summer starting, our cottage season has just kicked off.   As most of us know, there are few things as relaxing as time spent at a cottage.  Cottage time with family is precious, especially with such busy work lives.  I have many wonderful summer memories from my own family cottage.   Time spent relaxing, swimming, eating, laughing and just ‘being’ is what cottage life is all about.  Every family cottage in Canada has a specific kind of charm that is usually reflected in its decor, special little touches that make each cottage individual. Often inspired by the surroundings and landscapes, cottages have a decor you don’t see in our ‘everyday’ homes.

Sarah’s Cottage By Sarah Richardson Design via

Sarah Richardson’s island cottage blends painted furniture, white washed pine, and vibrant shades of blue.

Summer Home by Samantha Pynn via

This summer home has a perfect, relaxed, beachy feel!

rustic cottage by Andrea Crawford via house and home

This cottage features a rustic stone fireplace. The surrounding decor is light and airy with hits of blue and red.

cottage bedroom by gil schafer via house beautiful

This charming bedroom is how I remember cottages when I was young; painted floors, brass bed and a country-style quilt.

These special touches are what make cottages so unique and such a huge part of our summertime fun! Hopefully you will get a chance to spend time enjoying some beautiful relaxation of your own.