Summer Beach Cottage


We’re back!! We have been gone for a while on projects for clients and setting up our design studio and showroom in Sarasota, FL.  HAPPY 1st DAY OF SUMMER!!!

Being the first day of summer, everyone dreams of having a cottage on the beach… or nearby… This project was a vintage cottage that I gave a fresh stylish remodel to without taking away the original charm… HAPPY SUMMER and get ready for tan lines and sandy toes!

Cottage Style Magazine

This Summer Beach Cottage is a recent project of mine that was just featured in Cottage Style Bookazine by Meredith Publications. The project ended up being bigger than anticipated, so I’m going to break it down into 3 blogs!

June is my favorite time on the coast. With all the wild roses blooming everywhere, oh the smell of them in the salt air is heaven.

I brightened up the cottage by painting all the knotty pine walls and ceilings. Happy colors for a happy place on this front door.

Summer time calls for sandy toes and bare feet, so give your colorful flip flops and summer sneakers a rest.

Sit and take a break in this happy place of mixed and matched patterns. Fill your beach pales and pitchers with fresh picked flowers from the seaside garden, and enjoy the smells of summer.

Take a traditional sofa and jazz it up with fresh patterned pillows from Sweet Summer Linens. Most furniture pieces were designed by Tracey Rapisardi Design. To add some cottage charm, I designed the starfish cut out at the top of the stairs… details details details…

Oh my god – my favorite… a hot pink dining room table is the perfect addition to this Beach Cottage.  For a twist, paint your Windsor Bow Back Chairs white to break up the traditional stiffness. The scolloped trim throughout the cottage is original to the house – a must stay!

Mis-matched dishes on open shelving? Now thats true cottage style!

Sweet Cottage Kitchen

I put glass panel doors in the original cabinets, again painted it all white and changed out the hardware and hinges. The glass doors in this adorable cottage kitchen helps to make the room feel bigger. The scollops and corner shelves are again original to the cottage, and add wonderful charm. I added bead-board and butcher block to capture a true cottage feel. Colorful accessories add to the fun.

Summer Limes

Time to make the cocktails with plenty of limes… Sweet summer drinks are on the way! Happy Summer Beach Babies!!!

6 thoughts on “Summer Beach Cottage

  1. What a beautiful and fun cottage!! I love the green accents. The soft white paint selection is perfect!! It is so hard to find the right white. (My husband thinks its crazy that I obsess over white!). Any chance you can share the brand of paint and color you used in this adorable cottage? Looking forward to your future projects!!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the cottage, I look forward to you seeing more, If you have any questions about the design please e-mail at and we will try to answer them for you. I understand what you mean about color you are right,that is why there are interior designers because we deal with color everyday! so I get where you are coming from! Enjoy your wonderful summer!! Tracey

  2. I saw the picture of the pink table and the fireplace and the adorable built ins and said “that’s what I want my house to look like!” Then I saw it was a Tracey design. I should have known! I’m a huge fan of everything you do and create! More awesome rooms to dream about. ❤️❤️

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