The Girls of Summer

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Girls of summer

Oh, the days of colorful vintage bikes for the girls of summer to ride on a hot summer day. And catching fireflies at night…

A magical home by the sea with all the girly touches. Who said you can’t take a classic shingle home and make it fun? Who said! Why not make the house mint green with aqua green anchor shutters, pink doors, an aqua porch ceiling and pale apple green floors, white wicker chairs with down cushions covered in colorful cotton striped fabric, and a round outdoor dining table with beach style chairs? A sea shell path leads to the entrance with pink hydrangeas. Who said you can’t? Why not make it fun and enchanting? Just contact me for an appointment and we can create it together!  There’s a great big wrap around porch to sit and enjoy each other in the afternoon or in the evening by candlelight and listen to the sea.

The girls of summers’ gathering spot in the kitchen’s breakfast nook. A place to have lemonade with buttercream cupcakes, the girls of summers’ favorite. Or sit in the fun summer stripe chairs for a cup of tea!

A girl’s custom kitchen with revamped vintage appliances painted pink. What a girl’s dream! (Sorry boys…)

What a fun area to bake cupcakes. A vintage stove custom painted pink from a potholder mitt which served as inspiration. Buttercream cupcakes…umm umm good!

Summer dinner parties in a charming dining room. Striped walls and a checkerboard table. Fun to mix and match.

Shutter plate holder with cool plates and a vintage buffet. What else could a girl want?

A pretty living room to sit and have girl time. Mix and match fabrics on comfortable down furniture and get cozy. Cotton slip covers so you can sit right on them. If they get dirty, just pull them off and wash. Oh the charm of it all! This is how to live in a home and have fun.

In saying all that, this home was a huge undertaking AND a lot of fun! The kitchen originally had six closet doors in a row for cupboards, a sideways wood stove with red brick underneath and behind it where the new pink vintage stove is now. It had a very high bay window where you see the girls seated in the photo above. Before the redesign, you had to stand to see out of it! I put in farm windows to match the side windows and added a window seat with drawers for storage. The table and milk stools make a breakfast nook. A small sitting area with summer striped chairs where mom can sit and have tea with her girlfriends. I redesigned the walls, ceiling, floors, cabinets, etc…

In the rest of the house, I had the original bird wallpaper stripped (it was everywhere) and painted the walls and the woodwork, which was olive green. Stay tuned for part two of this house!

Sweet Summer Style Coquina Cottage Part I of the Main Cottage

Entrance

To the main cottage we go!

Bubbling Fountain

A bubbling fountain welcomes you to the middle of the court yard. Love that sound.

To Puddle Pool

The pathway to the puddle pool which has no edge. Mermaid spa with seashell cottage.

Back of Coquina

The back of Coquina Cottage is a puddle pool. The front is the beach.

Up to Porch

Up to the porch to have lunch. Key West shrimp, anyone?

Pathway to Beach

To the beach we shall go for the afternoon!

Trees in the Sand

Sea grape trees in the sand and Adirondack Chairs at Coquina Beach.

To the Kitchen

Around the corner and into the kitchen. Coming soon – stay tuned to see the inside of Coquina Cottage in Part II. See you then!

Sweet Summer Style at Periwinkle Cottage

Entry Way

Twin arbor in the compound of cottages.

Entrance

Through the gates to the sister shell cottage. What a wonderful way to enter the sister cottage called Periwinkle.

The Periwinkle Cottage

Enter the old fashioned sleeping porch at Periwinkle Cottage.

Sleeping Porch

What a wonderful sleeping porch with striped floors for fun. A mix-match of soft cotton bedding to snuggle in and rockers to rock as you listen to the waves crash on the beach. Something we should all experience.

The Sleeping Porch

Sitting and reading in a sea of soft linens with patterns and colors. Feel yourself relax and enjoy the day at the cottage.

Reading and Relaxing

A day bed to have a nap or read after sunning on the beach.

Area to Eat

Have a drink on the other end of the porch. Simple wicker chairs and a vintage table under the paddle fan where you can enjoy your summer meals.

The Cupboard

Hot pink cabinet with colorful glasses in this colorful cottage kitchen. Color, color, color!

A Room to Live In

This is two-in-one. A place to have a big gathering of family and friends. Laugh and enjoy each other. Soft furnishings and a fire place to lie by on chilly evenings.

Lanterns and Sign

A mantle with a cool sign and glass lamps that glow at night.

Beach Bedroom

Fun – Fun – Fun master bedroom! Bedding with bright and bold hues and a beach sign painted in great colors. Vintage mantle overhead with these funky finials make up a headboard. Custom linens are fun, after all, this is the beach!

Flower

Sweet hibiscus everywhere.

Sweet Summer Style

Enjoy sweet summer days as you are going through a Honeysuckle Arbor. Open the gate to a wonderful world of sun, sand, surf and salt air.

The tiny cottage along the sea.

A sun-filled cottage with calming colors.

Gathering driftwood to have a fire on the beach. Take time relaxing in vintage beach chairs, which add color and charm to outdoor space.

A pool cottage for guests to enjoy! Anyone for a swim in a Puddle Pool?

Sea shells by the sea shore…

Mermaid with pink details on a sea shell path to the beach.

Rum Runners anyone? A colorful area outside to mix up and indulge in a cocktail before sunset. Cheers!

Stripes and dots – who ever said they don’t go together?

Having fun with glassware; mixing old and new. Sit back with a tall lemonade and enjoy the summer months.

A place to snuggle and enjoy the company of family and friends. Mixing fabric patterns makes the look cheery and interesting. All these pillows make you want to jump in.

Gathering treasures on the beach and holding on to them.

Sit and relax outside among these vibrant colors.

A cute sleeping loft for the beach babies above a sweet cottage with gardens.

Trellis with a growing vine. Gardening in the summer can be relaxing and rewarding.

What a beautiful color!