If you’re fond of
sand dunes and salty air ocean-worn brick and gray-shingled houses with clever names, you may want to take a trip to the Cape. I grew up family-vacationing in a little cottage called “Bunker Dune”, and this past summer two cool people I know got married outside an AirBNB lake house reminiscent of my childhood stays.
Cape Cod has its own unique style of decor that mixes materials from a simpler time (think Pilgrims and Moby Dick) with beachy touches and quirky but lovable trends:
- gray Pine shingled houses
- the name of the house on a wood banner above the garage or living room window
- outdoor showers (for both maximum enjoyment of nice weather, and minimum sand in the house)
- Starfish in windows
- an overabundance of Hydrangeas (never a bad thing. But I’m not even kidding- growing hydrangeas is an art form up there.)
- homes often have repurposed nautical objects, like a Lobster Trap as a coffee table
- rough granite bricks bordering streets and driveways
- old brick and cobblestone
- am I forgetting anything?
Maybe one of these days I will take you on a tour of some of the beautiful homes and gardens I’ve seen (yes I sometimes take pictures of cute houses I walk by or whatever. Totally acceptable), but this post is about the lake house. Focus, people.
The house was a 2 story loft with lots of big windows and a few modern pieces to balance out the traditional Cottage-y feel. The focal point was this gorgeous spiral staircase above a cozy living room with a fireplace:
It’s clear that the owners of this house really loved blue. There were Navy sofas, Turquoise vases, Robbin’s Egg walls, Mint bedspreads, Electric-Blue chairs, Ocean Blue pillows, Sky Blue throws, to name a few. Even the kitchen counters were teal. I don’t usually decorate with blue, but maybe it’s time to start? I’m thinking my dining room chairs could use an update!
Anyway, I know all you care about are the pictures:
This house has floors that are very similar to mine in color, so I’m thinking of just stealing the entire color palette. Does anyone else get vacation renovation-inspiration?