Living Large in Small Spaces: Charming Cottage by the Sea

This Massachusetts home feels much larger than its floor plan thanks to being just steps away from the ocean. Skylights, round portholes and sliding glass doors all brighten the interior, while a screened-in porch and sunny deck invite the owners to get outside and enjoy views of the water.

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Photo By: Richard Gayle

Gray and Blue Ocean Front Cottage Exterior

This beachfront home is full of cottage charm, shingles, shutters, round windows. The blue gray colors are inspired by its surroundings.

Coastal Screened Porch With Beach View

Why not spend all day on this screened-in porch? It offers up panoramic beach views, a cozy sofa (durable, too, in all weather-upholstery), even a tv.

Blue and Tan Coastal Living Room With Round Windows

Sand and blue outside, sand and blue inside...and travel easily between the two via sliding glass doors! Round porthole windows are another adorable nod to the home nautical ties.

Coastal Living Room With Blue Striped Armchairs

To help connect the beach cottage's interior with its waterfront location, designers incorporated organic textures and sea-inspired colors. New windows and skylights fill the rooms with natural light that bounces off the reflective surfaces.

Coastal Eat-In Kitchen With Porthole

In the makeover of this beach cottage, the designers worked hard to bring the outdoors in via new windows, including gorgeous skylights in the kitchen and a fun porthole-style window. A vibrant blue-and-green pattern lifts the look of the barstools.

Cottage Open Plan Kitchen With Fern

The countertops and cabinets curve all the way around the wall to offer up maximum storage and prep space in the smaller kitchen.

Close Up of Kitchen Drawer Pulls

Small touches make a big difference in the beach cottage's renovation. In the kitchen, new drawer pulls and a beautiful, textured metal farmhouse sink add delicate layers of texture.

Blue and White Coastal Bedroom With Rope Bed

A bed hung by ropes from the ceiling? Sailor approved! The nautical theme is continued via blue shades with tidy ribbon trim and coral artwork.

Blue and White Cottage Bedroom With Rope Bed

Crawl into a bed uniquely hung by ropes from the ceiling. Pops of blue pay homage to the nearby waves.

Neutral Bathroom With Patterned Floor

This bathroom is a pretty example of how the home draws color inspiration from the beach outside, using shades of blue and taupe. The patterned floor is a vibrant addition to the serene wash of neutrals.

Gray Cottage Bedroom With Niche

The bed gets an extra cozy frame by being tucked back into this niche. The bedroom's palette is beach inspired: blue, white and gray.

Blue Bedroom With Oceanfront Deck

To keep this bedroom feeling as open as possible, there's lots of built-in storage: drawers and cabinets. And a sliding glass door directly connects the room with a deck overlooking the water.

Oceanfront Bedroom With Built-In Storage

A whole wall of built-in storage means there's no need for extra dressers in this bedroom, and all attention can be directed to the beautiful setting. A sliding glass door joins the room with an adjacent waterfront deck, part of the designers' strategy to make the rooms feel like a natural extension of the outdoors.

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