A Whimsical Oceanside Cottage With A Colorful Personality

How was your Labor Day weekend? Hope you did something fun and relaxing!

A while back I came across the cutest cottage in Edgartown, Massachusetts. I don’t think I’ve ever met a cottage I didn’t love and this one has tons of personality and charm! I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but the colorful flowers spilling out of these window boxes is a very good omen of what awaits within.

Whimsical Oceanside Cottage


Before we go inside for a tour, notice the style of the garage doors and the sweet pergola leading to the front door. Love both those features so much! This house would not be the same without those, would it?

Love the little side porch on the right with the sunning deck above, too. I used to see those on homes a lot growing up but almost never see them on new homes now. All these wonderful details (window boxes, gambrel-style roof, pergola, carriage garage doors, side porch with sunning deck) are what give this house its personality and so much curb appeal!

Beach Cottage in Edgartown, MA


Such an inviting entrance! If you don’t have a front porch and it’s not in the budget to add one, this would me a much less expensive way to add a tremendous amount of curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance. The walkway under the pergola was created using blue stone.

Beach Cottage With Pegola Over Entrance


A two-story entry with open stairways can be a challenge to decorate. Over-sized or large art pieces combined with smaller ones can fill those big empty walls. The staircase and landing were built from reclaimed oak. The paint color reminds me of my fave Sugar Cookie that’s taken over my home.

Beach Cottage Staircase with Colorful Art


The doors give this cottage an historic feel, don’t they? I love the owners bold use of color throughout the home. You’ll see it in both the paint choices and in the furnishings.

Notice the sweet inglnooks on either side of the fireplace. They offer extra seating for this space. Since I’m a book nut, I’d be tempted to add bookshelves on either side of the fireplace, turning this room into a library for the home.

Beach Cottage Living Room Edgartown, MA


Beach Cottage Living Room Edgartown, MA


Great pot rack and the pots look like they are hanging high enough to not get too steamed up from the cooking below.

Oceanview Cottage Gambrel Style Home


The exposed beams are really pretty with the color of the rustic alder cabinetry. Look how much light the skylights bring in! The flooring is Italian stone.

Beach Cottage in Edgartown, MA 06


The kitchen, dining room and great room are all open to each other. Such a dramatic ceiling, must be really amazing to see in person.

Beach Cottage in Edgartown, MA


Imagine dining here with this amazing view overlooking Mattakeset Bay and the Atlantic.

Oceanside Cottage Dining Room in Edgartown, MA


Great paint color…such a pretty blue. Notice how the artwork over the desk is hanging fairly high but the artwork on the right wall is pretty low. I wonder if the owners had already moved out some of the furniture and maybe there was a sofa or love seat at one time under the paintings on the right.

Turquoise Walls In Beach Cottage


Another bold paint choice…love this color with the quilt. I wonder if they bought the quilt first and then chose the paint color to compliment it.

Beach Cottage Bedroom


The chest is beautiful! I always think bold paint colors limit what we can do in a room but look how pretty these colorful painted furniture pieces are with the bold yellow paint. It all works great in this room!

Painted Furnture For a Beach Waterside Cottage


I’m guessing this bath adjoins the bedroom we just saw since the paint color continues into this room.

Cottage Bathroom in Waterside Home


In this bedroom they steered more toward a sunny yellow for the walls. Those beautiful flowers spilling from the window boxes outside were foreshadowing of the pretty colors within!

Beach Cottage Bedroom With Painted Furniture


I’ll leave you enjoying this endless view. Forget an infinity pool, how about an infinity view?!  πŸ™‚

Waterside Home in Edgartown


Love a storybook cottage? Here are two more you might enjoy!

Happy Hollow, A Storybook Home With Beautiful Gardens


Storybook Gambrel-style Cottage and Gardens


A Fairytale Cottage in Carmel

Fairytale Cottage in Carmel


You’ll find additional pictures of this home where I found these HERE.

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  1. I love it! It’s such a warm house with a whole lot of color, some of it is a bit much but I prefer this over the bland decorating you see everywhere. That kitchen is beautiful! I agree with you on the bookshelves, that would make the room more versatile. I have never heard that term, inglenooks before.

  2. What a lovely house. The colors are a little strong for a pastel girl like me, but I love the light and windows in the house. I would love to cook in that kitchen.

  3. What a happy, happy house! Wow!

  4. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, you were right, all those ‘little things’ like the style of the garage doors, the side porch, the pergola, flower boxes, etc. just make this cottage absolutely adorable. There is something about a gambrel style roof that always has me at hello. πŸ˜€ (I call them barn roofs) They are so cozy! And yes, this one looks like the little sister of the Happy Hollow house. How fun.

    I’m not sure which is my favorite – it’s all so cute. Did you notice how narrow the stairs appear to be? They were really going for that cottage feel. And the kitchen is huge! I mean, compared to the overall size of the house. The bedrooms are nice and roomy, too. Lovely view, lovely house. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    (P.S. I hope you’re back isn’t aching after all that staining work you did!)

  5. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    P.P.S. Why do all the houses we love have to cost ‘millions?’ πŸ™ rats.

  6. Marilyn in Mt. √ernon, VA says

    …and, besides everything else I love, I love the paintings of the cows and chickens. In another life I must have lived on a farm! Thanks, Susan, another wonderful tour.

  7. Elizabeth Savage says

    A beautiful cottage! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Such a lovely home. I adore all the color and those views are amazing! Thanks for sharing such a lovely home.

  9. What a cute home. I love the exterior details. The interior has lots of personality and coziness. Wonderful kitchen space! The pictures in that one room seem almost as though they’re playing games with your eyes to create height and width. Either that or as you said something else may have been there before, but you’d think they’d adjust the pictures? Oh well, it’s an adorable place and the art work is fun.

  10. I think I would be comfy in this little cottage! Don’t think I would change a thing.

    Cathy <;)

  11. I could definitely live there with that incredible “infinity view”…. going to look at the Storybook Cottage again…I am ready for “the cottage” !!!

  12. YUM! Could this be a word to describe this home on the out side? I do hate the stone wall.Not sure what I would prefer. Inside I would paint your “sugar cookie”. I hate deep paint colors. I am a tint girl on the walls and darker woodwork or white. I hate the kitchen with all the wood and the counter tops would drive me crazy. I think it should be a white kitchen. I do love the design of the house, and the window boxes are just beautiful.

  13. bobbi duncan says

    COZY COTTAGES–I’m drooling. To me they just say “home”. I could live in a two bedroom home easily, but we would need for them both to be master suites. One could serve as an office as well, especially if there was a window alcove for the desk. We would need storage space-a basement or room above the garage for all our stuff, but I could see me living in a smaller home. It’s the details; moldings, bookcases, lots of nice windows and the like that I love about homes, which could easily be incorporated into a moderate sized home. What joy to just enjoy it without so much cleaning to do. We’ve been downsizing more with each of our last homes–seems the older we get the more we simply want to enjoy our free time.

  14. Susan, I adore so many features of this home especially the kitchen! How interesting that the cooktops face the windows rather than the sink! And those cabinets are so handsome! Thanks for showing this one!

  15. Kathy Braithwaite says

    I just love this cottage! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Susan, I could summer in this cottage. ‘-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Love the exterior of the home with the gray shingles and the stone wall, but the interior does not go with it. I guess the owners really prefer a Tuscan decor instead of seaside cottage.

    I have a thought on the porch over the lower porch. They don’t make them anymore for the same reason homes should not have flat roofs…..no drainage and the shingles/wood will rot. If that were an enclosed sun room underneath, they would have constant problems with a wet ceiling. Esp. true for homes in the north with all the melting snow.

  18. Hi Susan,
    I am back home and have already caught up with all your posts I had missed… πŸ™‚ (What? The pile of “ironing” that needs to be done has the gall to call my name?! I hear nothing at all…) πŸ˜‰
    Seriously, it’s still too hot here…
    Susan, if it is true that your home tells the story of who you are I’d say the owners of that house must be avid color and animal lovers. πŸ™‚
    I love the kitchen and all the flooring.
    ~Hugs to you~

  19. Just perfection! franki

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