2003 Idea House: Shipshape Cottage

Designed to emphasize views, this beachside sanctuary opens wide to sea and sky. Step inside and enjoy the serenity of our 2003 Idea House.

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Guest Bedroom
Photo: Jean Allsopp

Tropical Flair

Juxtaposing cottage comforts with island style, Linda accented the room with bold floral art and bamboo lamps. Unlike the soothing colors in the rest of the house, this one boasts vibrant red. "It's always fun to have one room in the house that's a little different," Linda says.

Tufted-back upholstered chairs flank a whitewashed pine console that provides display space. Bright artwork by Georgia native Cathie Parmelee adds festivity.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.