Tracey and Mandi’s Christmas Cottage On A Seaside Cove

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!

A Small Cottage on Charming Nantucket Island

Stone driveway

A small charming cottage with beach rocks in front for your parking spot.

Cottage back

A grassy casual path to the front door. Simple, simple, simple.

Room to live in

I try not to do the red, white and blue theme on the homes I do on Nantucket. This is one where I did not follow that path. This lovely room with its ice pink walls and colorful pillows is not traditional. (I will bring you this soon in another blog.)


The kitchen nook with a bedroom off the kitchen is a true small cottage making space for everything. Charming, charming, charming. Instead of formal cabinetry, I used vintage pieces for the cabinets. Add a fun table and mix up!

Basket in Laundry Room

A small place for your laundry. I striped the walls to make it fun and unique.

Shelves with dishes

Took doors off to make open shelving. Found vintage fire king dishes to mix in with newer dishes, which looks great with the color of the fire king. The old breadbox is perfect.

comfy bedroom

Old iron bed with vintage fabric pillows from Sweet Summer. All the linens are from Sweet Summer in this project. What a great place to snuggle in after a long day in the sun and salt air.

Nantucket cove

The quaint harbor of Nantucket. I have done numerous projects here and have a special spot in my heart for it. More on Nantucket to come!