Step inside this contemporary-meets-rustic cottage on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Shop this cottage in our boutique! Charm and character are nice in a home, but so are air conditioning, heat and the conveniences that make everyday life easier. So, when a young family fell in love with this run-down beach shack, they had one mission: preserve the best parts of its original eclectic style while introducing plenty of modern flair. To do this, their architect, Richard Bubnowski, and interior designer, Donna Grimes, have paid special attention to the home’s natural materials, maintaining the cedar shake siding and bringing lots of reclaimed barn wood indoors. They’ve also introduced contemporary touches like easy-to-maintain porcelain tile floors, washer-friendly slipcovers, top-of-the-line stainless appliances, and industrial-inspired lighting. The furniture selections echo the feeling of old-meets-new. In the dining room, the table is made from metal legs paired with a recycled wood top; and salvaged chairs have been stylishly reupholstered. Meanwhile, in the guest room, a reclaimed pine shelf and paneling combine to form an unusual nightstand. It’s the unexpected touches that make this a home the family will enjoy for years to come. And they plan on doing just that. For more renovation inspiration, visit

By Coastal Living

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