Picture yourself on the porch of a Cape Cod beach house. Soak in the sun and salty air, and let the breeze tickle your nose. Now turn around and walk inside the house. What type of interior do you see? Slipcovered white sofas on sisal rugs? Wicker? Maybe some blue and white pinstriped pillows?

All of these elements work together to create a cozy, casual, cottage style. Bright white walls, natural fibers, and beadboard are some of our favorite details of this style. Of course, no two cottage homes are the same. Some fall into the Craftsman cottage category, with abundant woodworking, built-ins, and sturdy ceiling beams. Others, with their cane furniture, oversized plants, leaf prints, and British Colonial references fall into the style we lovingly refer to as the “Tommy Bahama” style. But one thing all of these cottage styles have in common is their proclivity to cozy furniture, natural fibers, and wood ceilings and floors.

The photos below have us craving a good window seat by the ocean – take a look!


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