When February rolls around and Valentine’s Day with it, I suddenly start craving more red in my house. Anyone else? I used to have red accents in my kitchen year-round and kind of miss them. It made things feel cheerfully cozy this time of year when the temps are chilly and there’s often snow outside my window.
This charming 1912 beach-side cottage in Beach Haven, New Jersey, suits my mood today exactly. The homeowners broke away from the typical beachy blues and went with red instead.
It was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and 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.”
A 1912 Cottage in Beach Haven, New Jersey
The Dutch door starts things off on a charming note from the start.
They whitewashed the red-brick fireplace to make it look more “mellow.”
The beach cottage Dining Room is a little more neutral:
“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. Very durable.
The Beach Cottage Kitchen was given a black subway tile backsplash and soapstone countertops:
I’d never think to do that much black in a beach cottage kitchen, but it totally works here.
And how great is that retro oven range? Not to mention the shelf above the window below (LOVE):
Do you like the idea of using black and white with red accents in a beach cottage like this one? Head to BHG for more photos and info. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂