Happy Summer-like Weekend! I hope you are not tired of cottages in Seaside, because I have one last one to share with you (for awhile :)) This one was actually my first love and the very one that made me visit the little town. In my last post, I shared with you a home from a magazine article saved from a 2003 issue of Coastal Living. Well let’s go even further back in time today…way back to the late 1990’s when this magazine was in publication..
Do you remember Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion? I loved her artwork and fabrics back then. In fact, at one point the kitchen in our previous home was wallpapered in one of her cherry print papers (with framed Susan Branch recipes decorating the walls), and my daughter’s nursery linens were all made from a Mary Engelbreit cherry fabric. Boy that was looooong ago! Okay… back to the story at hand here.
In an August-September issue of the Home Companion magazine in the late 1990’s… not sure if it was the one pictured above, there was an article featuring a cottage in Seaside. It was built by Tom Christ for Becky and Louis Portera of Dallas, Texas and named Crystal Blue Persuasion (after the 70’s song.) When I saw the photos of the interiors I absolutely loved them. And of course, I wanted to see more. So I searched through all the information I could find on Seaside rentals but soon found out the house was not available to rent.
We then had a vacation planned to the wonderful town. Being the super house sleuth that I am, 🙂 I tore out the tiny photo of the house…
and walked all the streets of Seaside with the photo until I found it there on Pensacola Street.
Becky Portera owned an antique shop in Dallas, and her husband loved old maps and shells. So many pieces of brown transferware, numerous antique maps, and a large number of shell encrusted items were included in the four bedroom cottage. At some point in the history of the home, the Portera’s sold it, and its name was changed to Changes in Attitudes. The new owners have continued to keep much of the original style of decorating.
Here again is the magazine article with the original living room.
Here is the living room today with different owners.
Take a look at the collection of maps on the original staircase.
And here is the same space now.
Another view of the dining area looking into the living room.
The Portera’s daughter’s room was decorated in “Florida flea-market” style with pink walls.
I believe this is the same room. It is a little hard to tell with the view out the windows over the bed being so different now twenty-something years later. If it is correct the current owners now call this room The Hula Room, and they included a shelf on the wall as the previous owners did. Just look at how you can open up those french doors and walk out on the deck there….sigh.
There was a wall of “touristy” plates opposite the beds when it was owned by the Porteras.
And in the new version of the room, it looks like they have plates hanging in the same place, too.
Here are two more bedrooms that were featured in the old magazine spread. It was these bedrooms that really started my infatuation with the cottage.
They now call the room pictured in the upper left, The Captain’s Quarters.
I miss all the antiques in the new master bedroom – the little rattan table, the ship, and the brass binoculars. But the newer version is calming with its sandcastle colored palette.
A little different version of the room here (change in art work and pillows.)
Several rooms were not pictured in the magazine article, so these next ones do not have an older version with which to compare them. Here is the current master bathroom (with a bathtub full of water waiting on you!)
And they have a bunk room with four built in bunkbeds.
I don’t know why they did not include the tower bedroom in the magazine article. What a fantastic room!! And can you imagine the view?!
Besides all the great rooms inside the cottage, there are a number of even more wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy with this house. Wouldn’t you like to be dining out on this porch?
And look at this precious pergola covered deck.
Although it is not directly oceanfront, the best outdoor place to me has to be the upper deck that can be accessed from the bedrooms.
This view of the water from the tower is amazing.
Oh yes, I could happily live out my days at this beach cottage in Seaside. And lucky for all of us, this time, the cottage is available as a rental (but it is booked for the summer.)
And this time, there is a full virtual tour so that you can enjoy the house any time you would like.
I hope you are having a great Saturday on this first weekend in June whether you are by the sea or not. My husband grilled steaks and prepared a new potato salad for lunch here today. It was a “send off” for our middle son as he left for a summer job in Atlanta today. I am off to “summer-ize” the screened porch. We’ll be enjoying it more in the evenings now as the summer heat begins. I love a porch at night..whether it is here at home or at the beach.
Enjoy your weekend. 🙂