Betsy Cribb

Even coastal dwellers dream of a white Christmas, but mostly we do it a) with a fruity cocktail in hand and b) when the white stuff is falling a stone’s throw from a bay or a beach. Well, bundle up, water babies ... here's a sweet snowy cottage straight out of the Bing Crosby holiday archives.

It’s along Narragansett Bay, and brims with all the character of its New England neighborhood in Bristol, Rhode Island. According to architect David Andreozzi of Andreozzi Architects, the owners are suckers for handcrafted details (as are we), which really stole our hearts. (Not unrelated: could this be the ultimate gingerbread house? Artful details + cottage architecture + all dressed up for Christmas? Yes, yes, and yes.)

“There's an element of place with this house like no other project I've done," says Andreozzi. "We used local labor and local materials to match other homes in this coastal neighborhood and region.” Lesson learned: pay attention to what's around you. Therein likes the magic.

We love how Andreozzi blended traditional New England shingle-style architecture with elements of the 1900s bungalow."Rather than getting caught up in this style or that," he says, "the owners wanted to design something that’s truly ageless."

For instance, tapered fiberglass columns were crafted by a local boatbuilder (the owners are boating enthusiasts). Talk about a warm, and apropos, welcome!

Rule of thumb: Cedar siding, white trim, and plentiful windowboxes are the stuff of dreams, especially around the holidays. Here, traditional holiday wreaths and greenery deck the windows.

Inside, big water-facing windows bring in plenty of light and a view of the bay. We love the cranberry reds with the living room's maritime palette of easygoing naturals and deep blue.

Here's more!

Could you curl up in this cozy den with a glass of eggnog?

These model schooners are year-round classics.

Hands-down, some of the cutest coastal creatures we've seen!

Merry (Coastal) Christmas, wherever you live!

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