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Beach House Dining Room Progress

Coastal Interiors, Dining Room, Home Blog Posts, Home Decor, Interiors, Our Beach House, Our HomeAnneke McConnell

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You guys have requested to see more of the process of updating the rooms of our beach house, and after a recent poll on Instagram, the majority of you voted for an update of our dining nook first.  

I have to say I'm pretty happy with the progress so far! The lighting arrived yesterday and the new rug should be here any minute.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for today's deliveries!

The most recent addition was this white buffet cabinet (also here) and it is even BETTER in person than I though it would be! I was a little concerned at first with the white on white and all of the lines, but it works beautifully. Since the space is both small AND open, adding new white curtains, painting the door white, and adding the white buffet has created a really cohesive look, making the room feel bigger and brighter.

Our beach house is relatively small at about 1900 sq. ft. and when you walk into the house you basically have an entryway, a small living and dining space, and the kitchen and nook by the window on the water side.  Minus a laundry room/bathroom and lower guest bedroom and bath, that's the entire lower floor.

Here is a BEFORE PHOTO of the home when we had it listed as a vacation rental. It's changed SO much since then, in particular, when I painted the cabinets a glossy bright white and added hardware.

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Here's where we are now!

1. The table is a thrifted piece I painted and refinished.  I did a tutorial on it awhile back about how to whitewash furniture.  Since then, I've painted the base with white chalk style paint.

2. The gray tufted settee sits in front of the window with the water view. Even though that door leads to our garage (aka major foot traffic), and the placement of the settee isn't ideal, it's a favorite spot for everyone in our house at different times of the day and gets used a lot.....and I mean A LOT!

3. I updated that small wall to the right of the garage door with horizontal planks from, believe it or not, repurposed wood blinds.  What can I say? I had an impulsive idea (not uncommon), and went for it! We had some previous wood blinds just laying around, so I cut them to various lengths and installed them with a brad nailer. Then I filled the holes and painted them Benjamin Moore's Simply White in Semi-Gloss. That's the same color as our kitchen cabinets, doors, and trim through our house.

My last post about Coastal Dining Chairs was because one of our last steps (after installing the chandelier and rug) is to choose our dining chairs. There are 5 of us in our family, the foot traffic from the garage, the settee, and to the right of it all is our living room. Needless to say, there's not a lot of space and I don't want it to look cluttered, so comfy, discreet, and low profile is essential. I'm still debating what to go with so any insight from you guys is welcome and very much appreciated!!

And yes, that is a Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini-split system and we LOVE it!  Should I do a blog post on it? We've had ours for over 5 years so I can attest to long-term satisfaction!






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Beach House Master Bedroom Progress

Bedroom, Coastal InteriorsAnneke McConnell

Hey friends! The Beach House Master Bedroom Project is moving along quickly and I'm excited to share the final AFTER soon! The plan has changed a bit since I first shared the edesign plan we were going for - you can see the original plan HERE.

Our bedding has arrived from Serena & Lily (on major sale right now!), and I'm so excited about their linen duvet cover and shams - nothing says beach house like linen, right? 

Also, after reading more reviews of the original desk we chose, many people said the color was very different from the photo, so I switched it up and went with this pretty white writing desk (also acting as a nightstand). Needless to say, I.LOVE.IT!!!! It fits our space perfectly and is exactly what we need with two small side drawers and a center laptop tray drawer.

More to come soon, but here are some "not so perfect" progress shots!



I couldn't have done all of this installing of window shades and curtains without my husband Michael!  He has been a HUGE help! Thanks babe!



We also got one of my favorite affordable traverse rods installed on all of the four windows.  It takes a bit of extra time, but pinching the hooks closed before mounting the rod on the wall is well worth the effort in the long run - I'm saying that from experience of them sliding out easily!




We're still waiting on a handful of items to arrive like our new bed, but I'll keep you posted as it comes together! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Goose Rocks Beach Cottage by Whitten Architects

Home Decor, Home Blog Posts, Coastal Interiors, House FeatureAnneke McConnell


Often times when we jump into decorating our homes, we debate and research and wait, completely overanalzying and second guessing our decisions.  Today's beach cottage home feature via Whitten Architects is proof that keeping things simple and uniform can be a beautiful recipe for success - making a house feel calm, cohesive and welcoming. 

***To view more photos from today's home feature, and to see further details, resources, and collaborators, head to Whitten Architects' website HERE.

This elevated Goose Rocks Beach Cottage is located in Kennebunkport, Maine, on a beautiful dune with views of the Atlantic Ocean.  With seagulls blue, beach sand neutrals, and casual lifestyle textures, this home is suited for entertaining and well as an active family lifestyle. 

I absolutely LOVE the mix of contemporary elements with clean lines, yet the coziness of multiple nook spaces balances everything so well. I'm pretty sure our kiddos would be found in these built in bench spaces OFTEN!

The open concept between the kitchen, dining, and living room flows really well.  As a family who lives in a smaller beach home, I can't help but notice the sleek integration of storage from the kitchen to the built in benches, above the fireplace as well as the furniture.

Even with a cohesive color palette of turquoise / teal, tans, whites, grays, etc., there is a wide variety of textures used which adds TONS of interest to the beach cottage.  You have both wood and tile flooring, plenty of beautiful white planked walls (never met a shiplap wall I didn't love!), metal railing, mixed metals between hardware (drawer pulls, doorknobs, etc.) and lighting (this sconce is a coastal FAVE), etc.

I love how the shiplap extends to the ceiling here with those beautiful natural wood beams. What a FUN game room with those blue acrylic bar stools, built in benches, nautical sconces, and ping pong table!

When it comes to the master bedroom, again, all of the planked walls are just beautiful, and the choice of bed of patio furniture really allow you to take in the view without any obstructions.  Some people may prefer roller shades or curtains for privacy or blocking light, but what a gorgeous view to wake up to!

And no beach house is complete without a fire pit!  For a long time we had a gas fire pit, but living in the Seattle area (Pacific Northwest) just really lends itself to needing a wood burning fire pit.  It typically gives off much more heat and of course is best for s'mores (my husband has a thing for making s'mores with reeses peanut butter cups - anyone else?). ;-)

I hope you've enjoyed today's featured cottage and found inspiration for your own home.  Remember, making a house a home takes time. Enjoy the moment and be thankful with what you have and where you are today! :-)


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