Seaside Retreat

See how a boring spare room is transformed into a seaside space that's perfect for entertaining.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionGone is the bland den and in its place is a soothing blue and white seaside cottage den.
Angelo chooses tones of blue for the walls that mimic seascapes and summer skies. He opens up the room even more by painting the ceiling and the walls the same color. Since the room has a small platform in the center of the floor, Surmelis opts to play it up as a seating area. To further define the area, carpenter Chris Ashe built planter boxes for the four corners. Inexpensive white curtains get a casual sun washed, aged look with a clever batik treatment — dyeing them a deep ocean blue and incorporating seaside designs — by design assistant Wanda Colón.

Products from ICI Paints:

Lifemaster Pearl Blue, semigloss wtb, product code 200-011001
Lifemaster Int. Flat, Hydrangea wtb eb20-2, product code 100-011001
Lifemaster Int. Flat, white, semigloss, wtb eb19-4, product code 100-011001 used on planters

Products from Ikea:

white club chairs, Ektorp, Jennylund
coffee table, Imfors
side tables, Corras
rug, Egeby
white deck chairs, Agen
pads for deck chairs, Lenda
lanterns, Dragby