Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Cottage By the Sea

Come on in and see my little house by the water......
When I was designing the remodel/rebuild of my tiny vacation home, I hit the salvage yards with a vengeance.
I found this door with a round stained glass window that screamed at me 
"Take me home and use me!!!!!"
It needed a lot of chalking and paint to make it functional, so it probably wasn't the most practical of choices.....
but then living on the ocean isn't the most practical of choices.
For the outdoor sconce I chose a classic onion light that reflected the nautical theme.
The storm door was the old fashioned wood kind that has both a glass and screen insert for the change of the seasons.

Once you stepped in the door, there was a clear unobstructed view of the ocean.
I had a pair of French doors installed directly across from the front door to accommodate the view.
On the other side of the stained glass front door was the kitchen.
Boston  Globe Magazine 1190
When I raised the roof on the house I had several sky lights added.
In the kitchen I had a stained glass window framed in to rest just below the sky light, so it would be lit by the sun.
It repeated the feeling of the front door.
I wanted the look of a vintage stove, and found this one in a second hand appliance shop.
It cost 50 dollars and worked great.
It's from the 1950's.
Maybe if it had been from the 1960's it would have cost 60 dollars?????
Decorating Magazine 1990
Over the stove, below the rose water color, I hung a pair of alphabet prints of my initials.....
I love my initials.....
They really sum up my outlook on life!!!!!

To the right of the stove is a wall cabinet that I had made out of a radiator cover.
Boston Globe Magazine 1990
I wanted something that had ventilation in the doors, due to the humidity by the water.
I found this in a salvage yard.
I had it turned up side down, and put a bottom on it, and added shelves inside.
See, I turned it upside down!!!!!
I thought the legs made a great looking crown molding,
I know....
I know.....
I'm very clever!!!!!
That's it for today, campers.
I've been working my fingers to the bone on Miriam's ottomans.
I did one wrong and had to redo it today, so not a lot of time to blog.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah


Anonymous said...

I was waiting for this today! LOVE IT!

Mary said...

TOO CUTE! Love all your clever ideas.

From Virginia

cheapdiva said...

You a smart chickee

Anonymous said...

I don't see how you could have given it up, Betsy! It was so perfect..

Unknown said...

Practical or not I would be as happy as a pig in s@#% to live there. That little kitchen is awesome and you are one very clever talented designer. I hope we get to see the rest of it...

Joan said...

I'd love to know how you mounted what I think is a roll of paper towels on the side of the fridge. You're so clever!

Amy Chalmers said...

Love the door Betsy~what a great little cottage you had!

Divine Theatre said...

I was inspired by you and I reupholstered two wing chairs in toile. I will never do that again.
I never knew I wanted a cottage by the sea...until just now.



Anonymous said...

It is so timeless! You have the eye! Don't know how you left it.

AndeM1 said...

I love it....and can't wait to see more. I do have one question... How do you "just raise" a roof! that sounds very complicated and expensive! but the results were worth it!!!!!

Chris said...

Hi Betsy, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. I have been having trouble with GFC and if I am already following you, and you following me, please forgive me. If not, please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Lisa said...

The radiator cover, upside down! LOVE THIS! You are one creative woman!

fixitfaerie said...

Haven't been on the computer lately, so I have missed your blog. Now, I'M BACK! Anyways I love this kitchen, there is absolutely nothing in it I don't like. So that's it for today.

Brenda said...

The radiator cover re-purposed as cupboards is genius.

Unknown said...

From your front door to your kitchen, everything looks lovely! But my favorite will definitely have to be the stained glass front door, where you have such a great view. You'll surely get to spend a lot of quality time there, drinking coffee or just enjoying the view and fresh air. How I wish I have a home like this! ;)


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