Apparently we can expect the white stuff to be falling here in the heartland for the next 10 days, and it all makes me wanna make a run for it…to the beach! For some warm, sunny relief from ice and snow, let’s tour a classically beautiful beachy white cottage in Alys Beach, FL, designed and owned by Barbara Ashford (of Hen House Antiques) I spotted here.
Also discover a few similar (and a few exact!) home decor and furniture suggestions (I so love the beachy throw pillow with the quote on it Ashford added to a sofa on a porch below) to create a similar, classic beachy vibe with barefoot elegance. For a second home like this one, you can get away with more casual, cheeky touches like a sign pointing to the beach or a custom sign for the wall like this one:
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Source: Birmingham Home & Garden Photography: Jean Allsopp
Cottage Style Decorating Ideas in a Florida Beach House
1. Charming Shutters on Classic White.
2. Coastal Inspired Lighting.
3. Beachy Green Glass.
4. All White Dishes.
5. White Slipcovered Dining Chairs.
6. Rustic Antiques & Accessories.
7. Cozy Casual Conversation Areas.
8. Sunburst Mirrors.
9. Palm Fronds.
10. The Color of Sea and Sky.
Have you visited Alys Beach?*
Peace to you right where you are.
*Alys Beach is a carefully crafted seaside community with well-connected streets, abundant parks, pedestrian paths, and civic buildings. The streets run perpendicular to the beach for beautifully warm light and Gulf views.
From AlysBeach.com, “Streets are well-connected in a way that brings daily needs within a short walking distance. The intimate design of streets, nestled by buildings and softened by landscapes of native and ornamental plants, makes walking and bicycling safe and pleasant. Parks and public spaces are abundant, from small pocket parks along pedestrian ways to the more open Central Park.
Alys Beach was designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, a Miami-based firm that is the recognized leader in traditional town planning, having completed over 300 projects worldwide. DPZ used timeless patterns of town design to inspire differing building types, landscapes, and street designs throughout Alys Beach, giving an incredible variety of experiences, from urban to rural, in a single beachside town. A less than ten minute walk through Alys Beach takes one from the white sands of the beach, through an active town center of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, down streets of elegant courtyard homes, and all the way to a nature preserve of wildflowers and towering pine trees.”