Happy weekend! It has warmed up to the 90′s here this week and is beginning to feel like summer. I commented to my husband that I badly need a beach trip. He asked if a canoe/camping trip on a Georgia river would do. Sorry honey, but that is definitely not the same. I want to lay out on the sand, smell the scent of salt water, and listen to the waves crash…sigh. Guess I will just have to settle for dreaming of beach cottages until we can make a trip someplace where we can walk barefooted on warm sand.
Someplace like this…
I’ll start my latest beach cottage dreaming with this house. You may have seen it since it has been used for Pottery Barn photo shoots, and many years ago Coastal Living magazine featured it in an article entitled Fresh Air. From the moment I laid eyes on it, it was love at first sight, but it was not my typical taste. Nevertheless there was just something about it that said, This is what a house at the beach should look like.
It is owned by Thom and Mary Ellen Vernon, the founders of the Fresh Produce line of clothing, and is located in Montecito, California. They put many vintage touches in the home..from bead board to board and batten, from old looking appliances to antiques – but mixed it all beautifully with new pieces. There is even a gumball machine below the wall phone!
It looks like such a happy house to me. I think the blue and green color scheme was what first made me smile, but I also adored it because it had such a relaxed feel – exactly what you would want in a house near the beach. Just look at the toys on the mantle here. That woodie with the surfboard on the top shelf is precious!
Here is the very vintage styled kitchen.
And aren’t the windows just wonderful in the dining area?
In the original article, the owners said they had to convince the carpenters they wanted imperfections (like space between the boards, some scratches on the wood.) They wanted the house to look old and lived in. Can’t you just imagine the looks on the faces of the builders… You want us to do what?? The craftsmen also couldn’t believe all the windows that were in the house, but the Vernons wanted a lot of light.
The look of old and lived in is exactly what they got…especially in their four bedrooms. Take a look at the master bedroom.
How would you like to be able to walk out on this upper deck off your bedroom in the morning? Give me a cup of coffee, and it would be heavenly!
Here is one of the bedrooms for children. It has two iron beds in it. (My boys would probably jump out that window and run for the beach!)
There are also these very cool beds in the bunk room…
And I think the sleeping porch is right off of it.vrbo.com
The fourth bedroom of the house is the guest bedroom. Those french doors are beautiful.
Now here’s something kind of funny to me. Scroll back up and look at the photo of the entrance at the top of the post….Now look at the real entrance area here.
That top photo was on the cover of a Coastal Living publication, Color it Coastal, in 2008. Looks like the editors at the magazine decided a beach view would be better on the cover than the tree in the yard. (It would be nice if it were real.) Amazing what photo editing can do!
Beach view or not, I think the house would be a fun one to stay in near the beach (and I think it does have water views from the upper floor.) The Vernons live in Boulder, Colorado, but this home is where they sometimes go when they head to the coast. It is available for rent here if you are interested. (And there are 15 bicycles available for your use when you rent it!) If this 3100 sq. ft. home is too large for your needs, there is another very cute option available…
Just look at this…
The Vernons took on another building project in 2010. In the fall of 2012 they completed the restoration of two 1955 cottages and added 6 new ones to a compound in Carpinteria.
Aren’t they cute?! These are one bedroom cottages that can sleep 4 or 5 people, and they are located four blocks (quite walk-able) from the nearest beach. Decorated with the same cheerful blue and green color scheme as the Montecito house, they too have that relaxed beach feel.
Vintage styled appliances make their appearance in the cottages, too.
And there are his and her sinks in the bathroom.
The rental information for these is available at VRBO.com and CarpCottages.com. And the rates are very reasonable. I would love to be there this weekend enjoying sunshine on the beach. Wouldn’t you? But instead, I will be here on the other side of the country, watching it rain, and working on final report cards. (Maybe my last ones ever, since I am changing teaching positions next year. Yippee!) In the meantime, I will dream of the beach near these precious cottages…
and know that summer will be here soon.
So how are you spending your weekend? Report cards, anyone?