A Bold, Bright & Beautiful Beach Cottage

a california beach house bungalow in newport beach, balboa island.

I love, love, love this beach bungalow that would be equally at home in Key West as it is in it’s native California harbor.  Designed by Krista Ewart for her sister Laurie Thiel, this little cottage on Balboa Island (off of Newport Beach), California is my idea of a h.a.p.p.y space and I’d be thrilled to get an invite!

If you’re afraid of bold colors, this beauty might just change your mind! It’s pure F-U-N!!

A Happy Mix!

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"My style of decorating is, 'I love this, I love that, let's put it all together and make it work,'" Ewart says. "I'll mix polka dots and prints, all shades of green." In the living–dining area, a vintage coffee table and stools in Hable Construction's Sweet Pea Beads sit on a zebra-print rug by Jonathan Adler. The embroidered tablecloth, from Mexico, is available at Jacaranda Home.

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Laurie spent much of her childhood on Balboa island and though she lives in London now, she wanted her kids to have the same childhood experiences, hence this little fairytail house on Balboa Island, complete with a ferry, and a darling main street. The kids kayak, sail, ride bikes to the candy store. It's a small-town way of life — and the quintessential California summer life. In front of the 1938 California cottage is a Liberty of London bicycle from Target; it belongs to designer Krista Ewart's sister Laurie Thiel, the home­owner.

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The living room window seat is a favorite spot for reading. I love the mix of colors and patterns. At first glance, it's something you might think wouldn't work, but it absolutely does!

Laurie Thiel beach home, balboa island, california

Dining chairs from the 1960s are painted semigloss white. "White makes them disappear into the walls — it's less busy and helps open the space — but still lets you see their super-cool design," Ewart says. White coral almost fills a bookshelf: "One big accessory has more impact than a bunch of miniatures."

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A pink Smeg refrigerator from Sears is the showstopper in the guest-suite kitchen. Lina rug from Plastica. "How about that pink fridge? Isn't it great? It's tiny — perfect for a small kitchen."

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A Dutch door opens to the kitchen and a children's room beyond. Stripes, polka dots, and big blue whales are a surprisingly compatible mix.

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Little Whales from Walnut Wallpaper is a buoyant backdrop for a dresser Ewart painted so that "every room has at least a peek of green."

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She chose turquoise and red for her 10-year-old niece's bedroom because "they're always great together." A Bubble-Up side table from PB Teen is paired with the vintage painted bed.

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"The bathroom is hilarious: It's so tiny, there's only the little sink and a shower." Hinson's Fireworks wallpaper by Albert Hadley highlights a mirror Ewart designed as a simplified version of the living-room mantel mirror. Light fixture from Old School Lighting. Pottery Barn towels. "This polka-dotty print with the pink herringbone shower curtain just makes me happy," Ewart says.

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"I was driving by a store in L.A., saw this 1960s patio furniture, and screeched to a stop," Ewart says. "It's modern without being stark, and petite — there's not a lot of room out here." The pattern on the surfboard is a fabric print from a friend's handbag line. This is the perfect 'surfer chick' patio.

So there you have it.  A cute little beach bungalow packed with a lot of bold colors — that’s how to make a big splash in a small space.  Be sure to hop on over to House Beautiful for even more photo’s of this cutey and the “whole story”.

What do you think?  Would you enjoy having a beach house with all these bright colors and bold patterns?  Speak your mind … you know I love your comments {BIG SMILE}

Peace, Love, and Vivaciously Bold Spirits,

Vibrant colors, a mix of patterns, and flowers everywhere — real, painted, and printed on the sofa’s Clover Poppy, from Hable Construction — make the living room “cheerful, bright, and playful,” says Ewart.

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PhotoPuddle August 8, 2012 at 4:16 am

Beautiful house. Love all the colours. You’d definitely feel smiley when you were there.

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