Coastal Cottage Looks we Love

Growing up on the New England coast, the coastal decor style was prevalent. With tradition going back over 200 years, old compasses hung on walls, sea glass sparkled on mantles, and sea shells were a common summertime centerpiece in New England homes.

But what I didn’t consider for a long time after moving to Ohio was that the midwest has a nautical heritage of it’s own. The Great Lakes have been a center of trade and commerce since before Ohio was a state. Small coastal towns such as Vermillion and Marble Head speak to this heritage, and the houses in these towns all have the quintessential coastal feel. _DSC5112

There are so many ways you can achieve the coastal look, from funky & fun to traditional to modern. For our photoshoot, we harkened to the modern farmhouse look and fused some coastal elements. The result was a surprisingly serene sitting room.


I love the brushed texture on the Compass Rose Wall Hanging, and I love how the green is the same color as the bay.

Shop the look: Compass Rose Wall Hanging, $64.99


Nothing makes you want to cuddle up with your loved one like a good day on the coast. Coastal Cottages tend to be the perfect romantic getaway where you can fall asleep listening to the crashing waves.

Shop the look: XOXO Pillow, $49.99


I don’t think there’s anything I’ve featured more than the Aqua Glass Vase. It goes with every decor style. It’s modern, fresh, and it’s thick glass means it’s going to last forever.

Shop the look: Aqua Glass Vase, $51.49; Schoolhouse Timer Lantern, $46.50

Next we moved on from the sitting room to the kid’s bathroom.

_DSC5135Speaking of kids, this Schoolhouse Timer Lantern is one of my all-time favorites. It fits with every single decor style and its rounded, clean lines make it pleasing to the eyes.

Shop the look: Schoolhouse Timer Lantern, $46.50


Your kids will feel like they’re at summer camp with this adorable and whimsical Rules for Kids Sign.  Pair it with a Mason Jar with a Rusty Frog Lid, which to me evokes summer nights catching fireflies and crickets. But instead of fireflies in the jar, we’re storing cotton balls because this is a bathroom, after all.

Shop the look: Mason Jar with Rusty Frog Lid, $13.49; Rules for Kids Sign, $24.99;  Schoolhouse Timer Lantern, $46.50


One of the rules in our house is “Wash your hands!” I love the sea glass look of this Dazey Churn Glass Dispenser. It works for every season and bridges the gap well between farmhouse and coastal.

Shop the look: Dazey Churn Glass Dispenser, $14.89

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Author: Rebecca McCusker

Rebecca is the Creative Coordinator for Craft House Designs. Her interests include writing, playing piano, guitar, songwriting, and playing in her all-female rock band Linden Hollow. She enjoys gardening, hiking, teaching piano, reading, and painting animal portraits. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband, cats, and Australian Shepherds.

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