Christmas Cottage



Coastal Living Magazine hired Mandi and I to style out this beach cottage for the Holidays. We worked like little elves making pillows, decorations and soft bedding to snuggle up in and stay warm. We handmade most of the decorations, filled our sleigh (Land Rover at the time) and brought in wicker chairs, white coffee table, dishes, wreathes, Christmas trees, garlands, cozy bedding, and much more. Summer and Company made pillows, bedding and stockings for the dreamy fireplace mantle and also to hang at the end of the warm and cozy beds. Summer and Company is my “go-to” for bedding and custom pillows etc (owned by my daughter Mandi) Christmas music chimed in the background while we wrapped prop presents and made decorative cookies for the shoot. We then headed outside in the cold to decorate the exterior with simple evergreens from Maine tied up with white bows.  We filled the window boxes with fresh boughs adorned with little red berries. As soon as we finished it began to snow , which was great for the photograph!! To this day, it is still Coastal Living Magazines most popular beach cottage on Instagram at #1. Click here to take the full house tour, or click the cute cottage above to see the inside!





Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xxoo

Tracey Rapisardi Design



Getting ready for a cozy white Christmas in Sarasota Florida. Mandi’s Cottage is like being in a dreamy White Christmas. Baking fluffy mini Christmas cakes and drinking hot cocoas as we wrap gifts and children write to Santa. Oooooh what fun it is getting ready for the Holiday’s. Fluffy Christmas cakes on a cloud of white, topped with snow flakes and silver glitter sprinkles. Enjoying Christmas candy and all kinds of goodies.

Next to the wintery white Christmas Tree are gifts being wrapped with creative thoughts. Then it’s time to sit and get cozy with a blanket and cup of spicy hot cider.  A wonderful way to spend an evening during the Holiday Season. I will be spending my Christmas at Mandi’s Christmas Cottage with family and friends!!

I wish you all a Happy Merry Christmas.
















cottage in kennebunk port maine

A Christmas cottage on the seaside cove in Kennebunk Port, Maine.

A christmas cottage kitchen

Come in and enjoy the Christmas cottage by the sea that me and my wonderful daughter, Mandi, created in the cove at Kennebunk beach in Maine, which adorns the pages of Coastal Living Magazine. We had so much fun creating this project.

christmas night in the kitchen

Making cupcakes and Christmas cookies in the kitchen for Christmas is heartwarming. Stringing seashell lights up the stair case for an enchanting evening!

the kitchen sink over looking the cove

Overlooking the cove on Christmas morning with Christmas goodies in jars.

the cottage sink with christmas candy jars

At the kitchen sink Christmas morning looking out at the sea.

family christmas room

Tumbled beach stones from the beach outside make a wonderful fireplace to hang Christmas stockings. Old general store doors out to a porch overhanging the cove. A warm cozy fire to warm your toes, Christmas tree with handmade decorations, stockings made by Sweet Summer Linens, cotton throws to keep warm so you can snuggle up Christmas day.

christmas stocking

Stockings hanging by the fire, seashells, pepper berries, seeded eucalyptus and pine boughs make the mantle all natural.

a christmas stocking

Make paper cottages to add some whimsy to it and general store jars full of vintage Christmas bulbs. Create a clothesline and pin your stockings like we did. You can add a little sparkle by covering the clothespins in old fashioned glitter.

coastal living christmas

What’s a Christmas cottage without all the trimmings?

coastal livivng seaside mantle

Christmas stockings hanging one by one, filled with Christmas goodies. Oh, how sweet!

paper cottage

Paper Christmas cottages designed by Mandi of Sweet Summer Linens. A fun project to enjoy with your children to embellish your decor.

christmas tree at dusk

Evening time is a wonderful time to sit and enjoy the lighted tree. Seashell lights are a perfect coastal Christmas idea.

paper chain for the tree

Sailboats made from paper with an old fashioned, simple paper chain, glitter snowflakes, white glass bulbs with polka dots on them can make a charming seacoast cottage tree. Simple and fun to make. Tip: We sprayed white paint on the tree to make it frosted.

fun christmas wrapping

What’s Christmas without a few pretty wrapped gifts? So pretty that you do not want to open them.

sleepy time

It’s evening. Time for bed snuggling and dreaming of santa and the cinnamon yeast rolls on Christmas morning with icing.

christmas bed

It’s Christmas morning. Smell the sausage cooking and the cinnamon yeast rolls coming out of the oven. Ooooh, what a smell!

christmas tree

A small vintage Christmas tree to add to a bedroom so when you are sleeping you have a cozy Christmas feel.

Wrapped Gifts

Christmas gifts await at the foot of the bed. Pretty boxes and pretty ribbons add to the Christmas ambience.

Vignette with Desk

A quiet nook to make Christmas ornaments, cards and crafts.

Bedroom with twin beds

Santa quietly filling Christmas stockings at the ends of the beds as you quietly sleep, dreaming of Christmas morning.

Sweet little mittens

A special place to read a Christmas story to the little ones. Paper mittens and seashells hang from the window while fresh boughs with pepper berries adorn the sill. Light the candles on the window sill Christmas night. How enchanting!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and to all a good night!

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