A Charming French Coastal Cottage … Hippies Use Back Door!

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The moment I saw this French coastal cottage, I knew it was love!  Okay… not so much the exterior … it could use some work … but let’s go inside and you’ll get to experience the casual, fun, hip nature of this cottage.  It makes me want to settle in … sandy feet and all!  It’s that “don’t take yourself too seriously” kind of home which is my very favorite kind of beachy home!

Need I mention they had me at the word “hippies” …  oh you know they would {!} … and as you scroll through the images, you’ll see exactly what I mean!

Let’s Start in the Foyer

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This home sets the casual tone right from the very beginning … from the recycled wood settee; to the re-purposed crate ‘shoe shelf’; to the driftwood star; to the hand-woven basket; and finally the white washed bombay dresser and round mirror. Need I even mention the white-washed clapboard siding that runs throughout the interior and the amazing light fixture?

Moving into the Salon

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This room just shouts “come on in and get cozy”.  Don’t worry about putting your sandy feet up on the sofa’s because the sofa’s are the color of sand!  This room is purely casual and open to the rest of the living areas.

and the Play Area

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This play area is actually the other side of the “living room/salon”.  Don’t you just love the rattan toy box, which translates to “Travel Trunk”.

Color and Style

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This is a French coastal cottage, but the color palette and overall styling would feel right at home in a coastal home here in Oregon.  When I lived in Florida, the coastal colors matched the colors of the flowers and the beautiful turquoise waters.  In Oregon, our water and skies are often presented in shades of grey and a grey palette, accented with natural wood and white would be right at home!

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You can see how the living room opens right into the eating area, heated by a wood stove and accented with shades of gray and white… with one splash of apple green. How unexpectedly delightful is that!

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The entire house is filled with light which bounces off all of the white surfaces and keeps the grey from feeling drab.  This slatted “picnic style” table feels right at home in this beach home.

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This open space kitchen is all part of the great room styling and in typical European style, it doesn’t have any upper cabinets.  Did you notice the pear on the back counter, next to the sink? And did you notice the pear canister on the dresser next to the front door?  Hmmm… how very French!


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Here you start to get a real sense of the openness of the architecture and the amazing details that were built in! Just look at those ceilings!!!

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The upstairs hallway showcases the ceilings and some storage. You find a door at the end of the hallway leading to a balcony.

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Again, we notice the light! Even the stairs have a skylight to bring the outdoors in.  Right at the top of the stairs you find a petite bathroom.  It’s tiny, but it doesn’t fall short on style.  I adore the pillow sink.

The Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom is a study in simplicity. Truth be told, it’s too simple for me. I love the “bones”, the skylight and beamed ceiling, but I’d love it to be much cozier and romantic.  I can’t read the entire artwork on the back wall, but the one on the right says “nuit” (night).  I’m sure it’s some kind of simple “day/night” or “good/night” message.

Unexpected Details in the Bathroom

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This bathroom gives me the biggest nod to it’s specifically French design.  Notice the simple bottles as flower vases; the tarnished bucket for rolled towels; and the crystal chandelier in a wire cage!  If you want some similar French cottage touches for your beach home, I can highly recommend Boutique de la Mer as a great place to start!

Boutique de la Mer | French Cottage Seaside Goods

Hippies Take Note

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The kids bedroom is pure fun and the tone is set right at the door!  This is the sign that had me at hello :)

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Love is in the details in this room. I love the built in bunks and the little vintage school desk — perfect for homework.  How cute is the beach photography with little “blackboard” fish dangling below. And who wouldn’t love the little play area at the top of the two steps!

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Oh what a perfect French seaside cottage where family, function and style take center stage and live together in perfect harmony.

I could be joyfully, blissfully, happy here … how about you?

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Isabella March 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!


Lesli March 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hi Isabella, I wish I could tell you I have some magical secret for writing blog posts. Truth be told, I don’t. I guess if there’s any secret at all, it’s find a topic you genuinely love and the words will follow.



Marie @ Boutique de la Mer March 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I love this house! So many wonderful details inside. Thanks for the mention too!!



Lesli March 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I figured it would be right up your alley, Marie. And it would be right at home in the Peninsula too, wouldn’t it!

Lesli :)


Jessica April 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I die. I LOVE the decor in this house!


Lesli April 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi Jessica, it’s fun, isn’t it! I love it too.



Britt January 4, 2013 at 2:17 am

Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was
extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for beginner blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.


Lesli January 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

Hi Britt, Blogging takes a lot of time and heart, so my biggest suggestion is to only blog if you have a topic you’re passionate about. If you’ve got a topic you absolutely love, start studying how to blog. There are so many sites out there that offer training, much of it free. I’m no expert at the whole thing, but that will get you started. Best of luck to you.


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