{beach cottage design}

Hello beautiful friends!
How are you on this gorgeous sunshiney spring day???

Me....well you can bet I am beyond happy! I am sitting here  in my happy little sunroom, listening to the French Cafe station on Pandora, glass of wine poured and just plain soaking up the sunshine as I write this post!
I am like a whole new person when springtime hits....
the flowers start to bloom, the sun starts to show it's pretty little face and begin to feel the need to spruce my space. Kind of the like the way a sweet little birdy starts to feel the calling to build a nest:)
I may not live in a "real" beach cottage but home is 100% what you make it....so I choose to make my sunroom into my sweet little beach cottage!

It used to look like this.....
Still pretty cute {I think} but I was just ready for a lighter and brighter space.
Nothing that a couple of cans of spray could't take care of:)
I spray painted everything! The wicker chairs, the table set and just about anything else I could get my hands on!

I also re-purposed some simple things I had lying around the house!
1. paint and scuff your furniture
2. create a magnetic canvas board from $2 canvas and metal
3. paint and scuff up simple cardboard letters from the craft store
4. use simple and natural elements in your space

Happy and oh so simple!
Why would I paint and scuff perfectly perfect wicker chairs from Pier 1.....well because it makes me happy!!
I love that shabby, beachy cottage design and that was what I hope to feel in my spruced up sunroom!

You don't need to copy a design idea from a magazine....just do what makes you happy!!

I did keep my crazy table {a very old table from my grandparents} in the space. I've told you about the table before. But just in case you missed it.....it was an anniversary present from my grandpa to my grandma on their 30th anniversary! I am so honored to have it in my home!

I definitely think your home should have some crazy things that have deep meaning to you!

Your home should be a 100% reflection of you .... not of what magazines you read:)

And of course.....I included tons of turquoise! It is my "beach cottage" after all!!

Happy design doesn't need to be expensive or complicated! These sweet little jars are from a local Christmas Tree Shop and they only cost just over $1 each~  LOVE THEM:)

I also just moved one of my painted vases into the sunroom and included a sweet little clay tag!

I feel just like I have my own little beach cottage! And the view will even be beachier when we open the pool:)

It just makes me so happy to be in this room!
And it even matches my flip flops! Heehee:)

Do you have a favorite space in your home?!?

I think the slip cover will be perfect.
Wine spills...no problem...just take the cover off...wash it with bleach and it will be good as new:)

A must in my house! The wine gets spilled everywhere:)

It might not make it into a magazine....but it sure makes me pretty happy:)

Hope you have a super happy and inspired Wednesday!

A house is made with walls and beams. A home is made with love and dreams."
Author Unknown


  1. I love your beachy sunroom - who cares if the beach just happens to be a little far from the view. It's out there somewhere. I love the white with turquoise - one of my fav colour combinations - and totally agree every home needs some quirky individual items that make it a home. For us it is rocks. We have them everywhere - on almost every windowsill etc. I'm glad you got a photo of yourself with the feet up and laptop where it should be. Enjoy!

  2. Oh my...I LOVE your beachy sunroom...it would be my fav too!!! That coffee table is way cool...love it!!! My fav room is my screen porch.


  3. I LOVE the sunroom. It is so bright and cheerful.
    I have always wanted a sunroom. You have inspired me...maybe I will hit the huggy up to remodel.
    Have a great evening

  4. Oh ms sdaisy.....you do make me smile! and your sunroom completely is a reflection of you. Bright, sunny, happy! Thanks for the sunshine...

  5. It is beautiful Heather! I love you beach cottage room, it is so bright and cheery and I love the aquas and whites! I think I would spend lots of sunny afternoon there too. :)

  6. Great advice. Your room looks very comfortable and beachy yet the most important thing is how you feel when you are in it.

  7. Your sunroom is so lovely, I would be happy to spend lots of time there too. I think you have done a brilliant job of creating a bright, welcoming room. Thanks for sharing it. xx

  8. I so love your space..., and the table is great in it. It feels so relaxed and yes, so happy!!!

  9. you are the sweetest, I love your space, so cute!!! I am DESPERATE for sunshine!!! It's been pouring here these past few days, hoping for some clearing tomorrow and this weekend :)

  10. That table is amazing. I had my grandparents swing from their front porch. I think beach cottage describes your sunroom to a tee.

  11. Your grandparents table in your home is beautiful! And you might live in the midwest, but your beachy sunroom is cozy and relaxing. Love all the turquoise accents.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  12. I love your beachy sun room! Love all the little touches you've added that makes it what it is. Such a relaxing space.

  13. I'm loving the beachy updates...so fresh and breezy!

    We are moving this month and I'm busy painting with the most beachy shade of blue I could find. My kitchen is the next room to be painted and I went with turquoise and a bright green apple shade. It should be loads of fun. ;)

  14. Love all the changes you made to your sunroom. What a special place to spend your time!

  15. So relaxed and fun...feet up comfort...and that bicycle...your best turquoise friend.

    Enjoyed the makeover!

  16. I'm still waiting for my sunroom to be built..then it will be my favourite room. Maybe after the chicken coop is done!

  17. Oh how I wish I had a sunroom like that! I cold feel the warmth of the sun in your pictures. Just beautiful and totally magazine worthy! I can see why it's your favorite spot to relax with a glass of wine. Or two :)

  18. HAPPY HAPPY !!!! all my favorite colors. I love your sunroom. I would forsure enjoy a glass of wine there.....Now I need to clean up my poolroom and have a glass of wine...

  19. Wow!! This is my favorite room yet!!

    Do you mind sharing the name of your paint color?

  20. Just beautifully simply lovely!!!! xoRobin❤

  21. It is fabulous and I love that photo of you with your wine. That's exactly what I'll be doing in my sun room in about 35 minutes. ;)

  22. Ooooh, I swear that bicycle has a soul...a beachy happy soul, no doubt!

    Love it all. You are the beach bomb!!

    Magazine worthy? Uh...YEP!

  23. Oh Heather....no wonder you can lose yourself out there. What a sweet beachy space! So pretty! So YOU! :)

    xoxo laurie

  24. This is absolutely gorgeous. I'm visiting from sealaura. I'm so glad I found you as I'd like to put you on my blog roll.
    The picture of you blogging reminded me of all us girls writing out there in the blogosphere. With wine and French music you can't really get a better lift in your day.

    From one 'beach' cottage to another. Have a great weekend
    Best Carolyn

  25. Heather, the photo of you in your wicker chair with your wine is priceless! Your little beach cottage space is perfect!
    xo, Melissa

  26. Hi Heather, thanks so much for taking to the time to visit my blog! I love the photo of you enjoying your beautiful sunroom with a glass of vino, it looks like a wonderful spot to wile away the hours! :) Looking forward to checking out more of your home!

    xo K

  27. Oh my goodness, Heather! Your room just might make it in a coastal magazine....it's sooooo pretty, and with all the right colors!
    Great job!!!
    LOVE it!!!!!

  28. Heather, WOW your home is gorgeous! You mean is hasn't been published yet, I don't know why not! Love the burlwood table most of all!

  29. As someone who has spent the vast majority of my life living at the shore, I can tell you that your room is PERFECTO!

    I know the magazines can show you some gorgeous rooms, but if you're a REAL beach lover, they aren't practical. They just shout, "Don't track that sand in here!" or "Don't sit in that chair with your wet bathing suit!" or better yet, "Your pina colada left rings on the coffee table."

    Your room says, "Come on in, sit a spell, relax, enjoy yourself and let's chat."

    Like I said, it's perfect!

  30. Looks like a great place to relax and just be yourself :) You're right about the magazines - they're great to get ideas, but the most important thing is to make sure your home reflects your life.

  31. Love your sunroom. I looks so bright and cheerful. I have the same braided jute rug. I love it. Isn't it wonderful Spring is here?

  32. Your house brightened my day! I love all that I am seeing here in your blog!

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  33. I think I will change my sun room in to a relaxing room like yours.......I probably would not get anything done because I too would like to just relax all the time. Where did you get those flip flops ???

  34. That chunky table from your grandparents is the coolest thing ever! I love it.

  35. You've made it your very own and its just lovely!
    I love your aqua bike to!
    My hubby has an army green coloured bike and said because it has the girls bar and I like it, he may give it to me..but I said Id want to paint it aqua..:)
    He said, What?! Lol
    Its a girl thing I told him.
    Anyway..everything is gorgeous!

    Deborah xo


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