Hey, if you’re going to have a summer house, why not get one on the beach? And if it’s on the beach, why not make it a Victorian cottage with its original gingerbread trim and a wraparound porch overlooking the water, right?
An article about this beautifully restored Victorian in Maine Home + Design magazine says, “One of the most important threads in the home’s historic fabric are its dark wood beams and beadboard. To preserve this classic cottage feel, the Neubergers opted against gutting the place and turning it into an insulated year-round home.”
They’re only the second family to own the seasonal cottage, which had been passed down through the generations but had been mostly unchanged since the 1880s.
I love that they preserved the roses that an original family member painted above the fireplace.
On the first floor they washed all the stained beadboard and then rubbed all the walls and woodwork with oil to rejuvenate it.
On the second floor, they painted some of the bedrooms white to lighten them up.
One of the most updated rooms is the kitchen. Wish we could get a better look at the painted floors in here:
I like how fresh and beachy the blue and white looks with the dark woodwork:
Like it? Visit Maine Home + Design to read the article by Rebecca Falzano and see the rest of the photos by Matt Kalinowski. Thanks to Lisa for telling me about it!