How to Update a Classic Coastal Cottage (from functional to fabulous)

Steps to changing this living room from functional to fabulous

  1. Rip up the wall to wall carpet and re-finish or repaint the floors (we know there is wood under this carpet)
  2. Paint the ceiling, beams, trim, fireplace and window bench-Ben Moore- Decorators White (great bright white)
  3. Paint the walls one of the colors below…this is where I need your input please vote for your favorite color
#1 Ben Moore: Woodlawn Blue
#2 Seren & Lily: Gull
#3 Farrow&Ball: Barrowed Light

4. Add a new area rug to ground the seating area, I like Dash & Albert rugs for durability, colors and patterns.

Option 1: Indoor/Outdoor wide blue stripe
Option #2 Navy striped indoor/outdoor rug
Option #3 Khaki mixed stripe (indoor/outdoor)

5. Replace the window bench cushions

6. Replace the loveseat with 2 chairs on casters for mobility, this way they can be moved over to the window bench are or stay in front of the fireplace.

This is my choice for the chair on casters

7. Replace the sofa with a new sofa with clean lines that is strong enough to hold up to both children and renters

Something like this option from West Elm in a textured fabric

8. New coffee table with a better scale for the furniture and the room, I like this one below because it looks like driftwood.

9. Replace the existing chair and ottoman with a comfortable slip-covered version.

Cottage style slip-covered chair and ottoman

10. Finally you need to fill that walls with art and perhaps a mirror over the fireplace?

I am so excited to get going on this project! It is a wonderful beach front cottage, it looks like the house that is in the movie “Moonrise Kingdom“, but our vision is to make it into the house from “As Good As It Gets“. I hope to get started this fall and finish it in the late spring. It is such a beautiful spot, I even enjoy the hour drive.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Please follow my blog if you do not already do so. We love to hear from you so keep those comments and questions coming…do not forget to vote for you choices of rug and wall color!

Best, Celia

3 thoughts on “How to Update a Classic Coastal Cottage (from functional to fabulous)

  1. Reblogged this on sneak peek and commented:
    I just love a great “before & after”. Maine’s own talented Celia Bedilia Designs is starting another great project and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Check out these terrific ideas and vote for your own favorites. Enjoy!


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