I know you have probably seen the cute little kitchen above from a feature several years ago in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Even if this room was not in a house near the water, I would still love it. It has such great cottage elements with its white paneled cabinets, wood floors, apron front sink, window shelf, and curtains in a perfectly simple stripe (and the rug has red!) And if you have seen that kitchen, then you have probably seen this living room, too:
But have you seen it like this?pinterest.com
This home is featured in the 2013 16th Annual Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour. It is always interesting to me to see photographs of spaces taken at different points in time. Same room…same furniture…just accessorized differently. I know the photography, lighting, and photo editing make a major difference, but I think the change in accent color makes a big difference, too.
Take a look at the photo of the chair in the corner from the magazine photo shoot:
And now at the same space photographed more recently. I do love the lamp.pinterest.com
Here is another view of that chair with its partner in front of the fireplace. I am afraid I don’t have a magazine photo shoot one with which to compare it.
And here is a closer shot of the window seat corner in that same room.bhg.com
And now a view of the same space taken recently for the Newport Harbor Home Tour. The seat cushion currently has a cute little print with some blue in it. It seems more beachy in its style now rather than the previous somewhat nautical look. (There is a difference in the two to me.)
I am sure you remember how the master bedroom under the eaves appeared in the Better Homes and Gardens’ feature. (So many of you have pinned this one on your Pinterest boards.)
From this Orange County Register newspaper photo, we can see the same linens seem to be there on that great metal bed, but the lumbar pillows with the red accents are gone. Also, the red striped rug has been replaced by a black striped one.
There is an armchair on the other side of that bedroom that has views of the water. I bet that would be everyone’s favorite spot to sit. Here it is as it looked for the photo shoot with its splashes of red…
and as it is now in another photo from the local newspaper for the Newport Harbor Home Tour. It sports a striped slipcover, and the pillows are gray and burlap.
I see the shiny finished antique black dresser from before is still there.bhg.com
There is another bedroom under the eaves upstairs that was not shown in the magazine feature. Here are a couple of photos of it for the home tour.
I love the simple framed black and white photographs, and I also love that they did include a little red with the trunk there.
One of my favorite spaces in the cottage is the dining area.bhg.com
I have not been able to find any recent photographs online of it. I wish I could take the tour just to see what changes they made there! Do you see the edge of that green cabinet with a chair beside it above? Here is a recent photo of that space.
If you don’t remember the exterior of this charming beach house, you can see it here with its flag, black awnings, and red beach cruising bicycle:
If I had a beach cottage, this would be it. It is perfect with its board and batten walls, beadboard, wood floors, classic upholstered pieces, black and white photography, and wicker in the mix. They have updated the look some to be current by going with more black and burlap accessories, but I still love all the red they had previously…that is just me…nothing wrong at all with what they did. If you have been around here any, you know that I am a lover of all things red.
And if I were over on the West Coast instead of here on the East Coast, I would be sure to have my ticket ready for this tour! It will be May 16, 2013 (in Newport Beach, California). The $65 admission cost includes a welcome reception at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop (which has the tastiest looking health food I have ever seen!)…
and tours of several beautiful homes in the area (including this perfect beach cottage), a luncheon at Newport Theater Arts Center catered by Stonefire Grill, a boutique with 18 vendors for your shopping pleasure …
All proceeds from this absolutely fantastic tour go to a very worthy cause – the Newport Harbor High School. If any of you readers are in that area, I hope you have an opportunity to take part in this. Be my eyes for me! (Unfortunately, no cameras are allowed.) I will wrap up this post with a question for you…
Which room in this beach cottage is your favorite?
Looking forward to hearing from you!