Design Secrets for Coastal Cottages

These families updated their beloved cottages by injecting luxuries of modern living while still honoring its past.

Living Area
Photo: Richard Leo Johnson

Mix New With Old

When it came time to decorate the house, Jane blended the owner's collection of vintage furniture and accessories with new items to prevent the interiors from looking like a period museum. "The more eras represented, the more interesting the room," says Jane. In the living room, the yellow vintage typewriter table, antique lamps, and old ship's lantern pay homage to the past, while a white retro chair, graphic pillows, and simple, colorful artwork give the space a contemporary edge.

An oyster shell painting over the sofa by local artist Bellamy Murphy ties the living area's range of hues together.

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