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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.