Learn the tips and tricks that made our Scarborough Idea Cottage a knockout.
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A Whale of a Foyer
In the entryway, hooks and stools beside the staircase offer a handy spot to drop off beach bags and towels.
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Anything but Plain
In the kitchen, striped beaded-board walls, V-groove ceiling
planks, an apron-front sink, and custom distressed cabinets give
the room character. The sea-blue island with its antique rub keeps
the room light and coordinates with the striped walls.
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Three walls of windows and doors make the dining room feel like an enclosed porch. The ceiling's exposed wood beams keep the space airy. The faux-weathered beach sign on the wall and a rusted chandelier filled with sea treasures lend aged appeal.
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Mix, Don’t Match
Portland-based designer Tracey Rapisardi opted for chairs and sofas in an eclectic mix of fabrics to pair with distressed painted wood tables. Tracey’s husband, Richie, built the Nantucket-style shutter doors for privacy between the study and living room.
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Break Out the Glue Sticks
The bonus space above the garage morphed into a craft and media room, using nooks in the house’s eaves for workspace. No worries if paint spills; the white painted floors clean up easily with a damp cloth. The jumbo floor pillows in a variety of colors and patterns invite lounging.
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By placing work tables beneath windows and utilizing sills as shelving, the craft room offers plenty of space for rainy-day activities.
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A sheer fabric tent is the ideal place for kids to read, play games, or lounge. Tracey’s daughter, Mandi, embellished the tent’s crown with shells to bring the beach indoors.
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Fit for a massive sleepover, the bunk room includes two twins and one full bed plus cots. To maximize floor space, wire shelving, baskets, and hooks serve as dressers, and sailboat shelves as bedside tables.
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Splash of Color
A pink-and-lime color scheme adds a vibrant punch to the small guest room. Washed-silk fabric spreads in a bamboo pattern complement the headboards. Cool violet walls and touches of blue on the pillows and window treatments counterbalance the bold shades.
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The garage’s built-in shelving and ceiling hooks organize beach toys from kayaks to balls to lanterns.
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An oversize soaking tub and walk-in shower with body sprays and a rainfall showerhead take center stage in the master bath. Individual vanities and mirrors guarantee ample room for primping.
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Glass doors lead to the dressing room, revealing a full-length mirror, a colorful chandelier, and fiberboard latticework on the walls. Shirts and shorts fit perfectly on rows of shelving, with adjacent built-ins for displaying shoes.
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Pretty in Paint
Painted floors and horizontal wall stripes give the master bedroom its own identity. The sandy creams and watery blues in a mix of prints and patterns blend traditional, beach cottage, and urban trends.
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Forget the Walls
To create an outdoor living room, Tracey centered comfortable resin furniture with plush cushions around a manufactured stone fireplace. The variety of fabric patterns in the same color family brightens the open-air gathering spot.