A Family’s Coastal Cottage with “Fresh-Squeezed” Color

Colorful Coastal Cottage in BHG

This “coastal cottage” featured in Better Homes and Gardens belongs to an active family of four. They wanted to create some vintage beach style with “a fresh-squeezed color scheme,” starting with the tangerine front door…

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The colors they used were inspired by the painting over the mantel.

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The dining room has coral and white-striped curtains that steal the show:

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Outside the dining room is a cozy built-in bench:

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Although the house is clearly bigger than what you’d usually think of as a cottage, they were aiming for that kind of charm and style in the rooms.

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Visit BHG for all the photos and details.

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The house looks so bright and cheery, doesn’t it? It’s been rainy and cool here in Ohio–wish we could get some of that warmth and sunshine today! -Julia :-)

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  1. Maddie May says

    This is a storybook cottage. Charming from the front door to the wonderful splashes of color inside. The colors are happy without going over the top. Beautiful kitchen. This home feels truly like a well loved family home. Love it.

  2. says

    I remember this house — I thought all their light fixtures were pretty rad. Ditto on the front door color love, Maddie May. I’m trying to persuade myself to do something NOW with our front door color. The exterior will be white + gray . . . + I worry that red is SO ‘last century’!
    K A Y

        • jep says

          Our 12 year old cottage home has a red door, very English style. I wanted a storybook cottage and that is what we got. Love the red, but those other colors would look nice, too…just not on our house. 😉 Great cottage here, thanks for sharing.

    • Kelly says

      Do you remember what issue of Better Homes and Gardens this house was in?

  3. Marsha says

    This is so pretty. Lots of white but not boring like some. Love the colors they used.

  4. Alie B says

    This place is gorgeous, Julia! It’s just the right mixture of color, natural fibres and wood tones. I loooooove this kitchen!

  5. says

    “fresh squeezed color” is a perfect description for this house! That front door really pops! The whole place looks like it would be lots of fun for kids! Very nice

  6. says

    I’ve seen this house before, very bright and cheerful!! We’re warm and sunny today, anybody up for a trip to the gulf coast? Come on down!!! 😉

  7. says

    This is the exact house I have cut out and used for inspiration as I have been remodeling my house. The light fixture in the living room I found after searching and searching and searching the internet. When I found it I saved it and drooled over it, but could never justify the cost. Sigh, I still want it.

  8. Cindy says

    I am swooning over here! Love it! Nice balance between the white and the color.

    I’ll join for the gulf coast trip! 😉 North central Indiana is still a bit cool and cloudy…I’m wondering if we’re going to skip spring altogether and head straight into summer. :-\

  9. Laura says

    I think the woodwork really makes this house – moldings, built-ins, paneling, etc. Very nicely decorated too, and I love the exterior!!

  10. Emma says

    I love this house – The citrus accents are so pretty, and the front porch is just dreamy.
    Love all the sunshine in the kitchen, too.

    A giant thank you to Julia for the pictures, because you sure can’t see anything on the BH & G site. (Which has to be the most user-unfriendly site ever…)

    Hooked on Houses can keep me occupied for hours :)

    • says

      Thanks, Emma! It really is a frustrating site to try to navigate. Wish they’d give it a more user-friendly makeover–it would sure make my life easier when I’m trying to track things down on it!

      • says

        I agree! I love BH&G, and I’ve had a subscription for years. I wish they’d get a more user-friendly site with a better catalog of their images. I have stacks of pages I’ve torn from the magazine over the years, and I’d love to get rid of the paper, but when I try and find the images from the issues online, I rarely have any luck.

        • 65andcounting says

          I’m a total techie and am hooked on the website Houzz for most of my photo gathering for our upcoming renovation but overwhelmingly, like Erin, I still clip and save pages from magazines. Some things are too good to change.

  11. Teresa says

    Love everything about this house, love the stairs with the space under them!

  12. says

    I hope you get some sunshine too. It’s sweet and beautiful out here in Washington State!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Pretty pretty cottage!

    • says

      Thanks, Julie! It’s still raining here and looks like we’ve got nothing but more rain to look forward to all week. Boo.

  13. Melinda says

    I love this house! Im pretty sure that I pinned almost every room to my “someday” beach house folder in Pintrest. Thanks for brightening up my rainy Monday, Julia!

  14. Rebecca C. says

    I love all those pops of color. It just gets me inspired to do that to my house.

  15. Christina from Dallas says

    This house is beautiful. The pops of color are so pretty. I love the view under the stairs!

  16. says

    I want to see what they did with the wonderful outdoor space to the left of the front door. Looks like a beautiful porch area. This house just seems like such a happy place, loving the colors.

    • martha says

      I agree, the Lucite chairs look out of place, I guess they don’t break up the space visually….but I don’t care for them. LOVE the rest of the house!!!!!

  17. says

    I totally needed this post today! How refreshing :) I don’t think there’s a space in this house that I don’t love. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Jen says

    Its cute looks very light bright and airy love that in a house and the colors are beautiful too cute bookcase and bench as well its only a pity not see more of the outside

  19. Kim says

    What a bright and cheerful house. I want a home like this where the sunshine brightens up the rooms. I saw some of these photos on pinterest about a year ago and I pinned them to some of my boards. How fun to see them on your blog.

    Here in Washington we have had beautiful weather these past few weeks. It’s the best Spring we have had in a long time. I wish I could bring some of this sunshine to you.

  20. Tiffany S. says

    I’m also in Washington! Betcha you didn’t know you had so many WA followers.

    I LOVE these colors. Did you pin them? I’ll have to do that when I get home to my laptop. Perfect for our “someday” cabin.

  21. says

    What a happy happy house! I love all the color in it. We have had our share of rain and cold here, too. What in the world is going on with the weather these days??

    • says

      I don’t know what’s going on with this wacky weather, but I’m getting tired of it. I’m ready for some warm and sunny days! :)

  22. says

    Wow! I love everything in this house. It is amazingly done with all the bright colors inside and out. It looks bright and cheerful! It’s so great to live there.

  23. Samantha says

    Looking at this house actually made me smile :)
    It is lovely

  24. MimiG says

    When I first saw this a few years ago, I immediately smiled. The colors, the light, the cozyness of this home is beautiful. Thanks for reminding me to find my magazine and have another swoon fest!

  25. pat says

    I read all the comments and not one person asked you about the coral and white striped curtains. I want them!! I just painted my living room a dark gray and we have a lot of white custom trim!! Thanks to my wonderful Trim Carpenter Hubby!!! and I am looking for gray and white or coral and white curtains!!!

  26. says

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who will design the color scheme of a room around a painting or a tapestry:)

  27. Esther George says

    Hi Julia thank you for sharing this beautiful home. Love the colour scheme. It has a happy look about it. Hope the sun shines for you soon. I don’t know about you guys but too much rain depresses but everything in the garden turns a beautiful green. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS in case I get sidetracked Have A Happy Mothers Day.

  28. Maria says

    Where can I buy the beige/burlap color with print throw pillows used on th banquette? Thanks.

    • says

      I believe the article said they made them from old bags. Follow the link at the end of my post to the Better Homes & Gardens website for source info like that.

    • says

      I believe the article said they sewed them out of two different fabrics. Go to the BHG article for all the source details.

  29. Kelly says

    What issue of Better Homes and Gardens was this house from? It’s my dream home, and would like to get a tangible copy of it.

    • says

      Wish I knew! I couldn’t find that info on their website anywhere. I have subscribed to the mag for years but didn’t remember seeing this article so I thought maybe it was new. Several readers have mentioned that they remembered it from last year, though. Does anyone know the issue it was in?

      • Robbie Andersen says

        This home was in the February 2011 edition of BHG…I tracked a copy down on ebay, and this house has provided so much inspiration for the home addition we are starting!

  30. says

    Does anyone know the paint company used for the blue gray shutters or the “tangerine” front door on the Fresh Squeezed Cottage? I would like to track them down. Also, can anyone tell what color the roof is?