14 June, 2010

Long Weekend Palatial House Tour... A Weekend Cottage on Fire Island N.Y

I'm on a lovely long weekend, June Long Weekend, here in Australia, and with that in mind was thinking of weekenders & home-away-from-home cottages and I came across this gorgeous 'weekend home' located on Fire Island NY,  in Country Living magazine...it belongs to Alex Bates, who is the creative director of [U.S Home Decor & Furniture company] 'West Elm'.
By using a crisp, clean palette and pared back, simple furnishings Alex has successfully created a calm, serene presence that 's not comprised by 'just' being a weekender! I know you'll love this cottage as much as I do... Enjoy! x

[above] A vintage breadbox, earthy vessels by Heath Ceramics, and blue Martha Stewart bowls stitch together the room's beach-inspired color scheme.
[above] In the kitchen, Alex Bates paired contemporary West Elm chairs with a weathered farm table that belonged to the home's previous owners. The oyster plates were a gift from Bates's mother-in-law.
[above] For the guest room, Bates added cotton slipcovers with contrast piping to twin headboards from her own childhood.
[above] Bates furnished the master bedroom with a headboard and linens from West Elm, plus a couple of vintage paintings. A linen tablecloth draped over an upholstered headboard adds a subtle sense of depth.
[above] The couple's enclosed front porch doubles as a guest room, thanks to a built-in daybed decorated with pillows from West Elm. Alex found the turtle shells at an antiques store.
[above] Sun hats & green grocer bags hung on the front porch also add a welcoming feeling.
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[above] The owners, Alex and Andrew Bates - bicycle along one of Fire Island's boardwalks. Berry bushes line the boardwalk behind their home, where they pick fresh blueberries for making pancakes. So jealous! 

[above] The vintage sofa is covered in easy-to-wash white canvas, [you can have your upholsterer or interior decorator organise removable slip covers for a favourite lounge or chairs that you'd like to keep, or check Ikea for similar styles]   and on the floor for a fuss-­free look is an affordable jute rug. An antique sea coral print hangs between the windows. High-gloss white paint on a ceiling reflects natural light, painted floorboards in white also helps keep the space clean, bright & fresh.

Images from Country Living.

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