Seaside Guest Cottage


I contacted one of my favorite designers, Kate Jackson, to discuss a guest post that I am working on for next week, and she shared one of her projects with me —  featured in last month’s Rhode Island Monthly.  I get so excited at the prospect of seeing any of Kate’s new work, and once again, after looking at the photos, am inspired!
 
Kate’s clients came across an old fishing cottage for sale close to their beach home, and jumped at the opportunity to create a seaside retreat for their guests. 
 
You can practically smell the ocean, just by looking at this photo!
 

photo by Nat Rea

 
The original windows in the living room, were replaced with three, creating a gorgeous frame of the water with the center picture window.  Kate beautifully mixed natural textures, with antiques and vintage nautical decor — her signature style.   I love the linen seat cushions on the leather wing chair, the vintage oar above the windows and the coral sea fan on the wall!
 
 
My favorite thing in the cottage is the nautical hand rail that Kate so cleverly added to the stairwell.  Shipyard rope was paired with oil-rubbed bronze hooks and is positioned with 3 knots at the bottom of the stairs.
 

photo by Nat Rea

 
Towards the top of the stairs, a vintage flag is framed on a linen board.  That, combined with the vintage “Sail” poster and handrail = 3 things nautical.
 

photo by Nat Rea

 
Three colorful, nautical flags hang from a beam in the kids’ room.  “Arches” is the name of the cottage and is the finishing touch – embroidered on a tote bag – to welcome the owners’ friends and family with all sorts of goodies and beach necessities.
 

photo by Nat Rea

 

You can check out additional photos, including Before-and-Afters, of the cottage renovation in the June 2011 issue of Rhode Island Monthly (digital copy via zinio.com).

photos ©Nat Rea Photography, courtesy of Nat Rea and Kate Jackson Design

 


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