When February rolls around and Valentine’s Day with it, I suddenly start craving more red in my house. The only room that has much of it right now is my sunroom. I loved this 1912 beachside cottage featured in Better Homes and Gardens because the homeowners broke away from the typical beachy blues and went with punches of red instead.
They whitewashed the red-brick fireplace to make it look more “mellow.”
The article says, “Casual and fun is the perfect description for this minimally remodeled, vintage-adorable two-story home along the coast where open windows let in fresh ocean breezes and a Dutch door welcomes guests. A sidewalk is all that separates the house from the beach.
“With a passion for fixing up old houses the couple saw the potential in this early 20th century charmer right away. The original board-and-batten wainscoting, built-in cupboards, and exposed beam ceilings were remarkably intact, though the fir floorboards were buried under layers of linoleum and indoor-outdoor carpet. The homeowners refinished the floors and freshened the woodwork with durable white marine paint.”
Washable white denim slipcovers protect the chairs. I can attest to the fact that they work. We’ve had a white denim slipcover on our playroom sofa for 10 years and it washes up great.
The kitchen counters and backsplash are black soapstone. I’d never think to do that much black in a beach cottage kitchen, but it totally works. And how great is that shelf above the window? LOVE.
P.S. If pink is more your thing…