2007 Idea Cottage: Gulf Coast Getaway

Just minutes from the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, our 2007 Idea Cottage offers location, style, and plenty of inspiration.

2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL

Photo: Jean Allsopp


2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL | Living Room

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Living Room

The living room is outfitted with soft blue walls and oversize chairs outfitted in low-maintenance slipcovers. Neutral pillows customized with grommets have a subtle nautical effect. Elegant drapes and dark-wood furniture give the room a sophisticated air, while a candy-stripe rug and vibrant accent pillows keep it from feeling too formal.

Chairs: Lee Industries; Paint: Valspar; Drapery and neutral pillows: Calico Corners

2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL | Dining Room

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Dining Room

The dining room is formal enough for large dinner parties, but still comfortable. Slipcovered chairs are paired with a table reproduced from an antique. A splash of bright mango on the binding of the rug and trim on the chairs makes a big—but not too overwhelming—statement.

Dining chairs: Lee Industries; Drapery fabric: Calico Corners

2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL | Kitchen

Photo: Jean Allsopp


The small but well-equipped kitchen occupies a prime location, opening to both the breakfast area and the den. The muted color palette is a reminder of beach tones such as sand and sea foam, with neutral taupe cabinets and a wide island painted marsh green. Bar stools  upholstered in a stain-proof fabric continue the theme, uniting cabinetry colors with the den and breakfast area.

Paint: Valspar; Bar stools: Lee Industries; Appliances: Viking; Fixtures: Delta Faucet

2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL | Breakfast Room

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Breakfast Room

Cheerful yellow slipcovers cover the chairs around the white-painted breakfast table, which is open to the kitchen and den. Built-in cabinets and shelves are painted the same taupe as the kitchen cabinets, uniting the two spaces.

Paint: Valspar

2007 | Gulf Coast Getaway | Bon Secour, AL | Den

Photo: Jean Allsopp


Furniture slipcovered in linen signals that the den is a place to relax. Windows open to a private courtyard. To make them appear taller, interior designer Carol Murphy hung Roman shades and draperies close to the high ceiling.

Roman shades, drapery, and yellow pillows: Sunbrella; Upholstered furniture: Lee Industries; Paint: Valspar; White pillows: Calico Corners

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