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{Home Tour} A Breezy Blue Beach Cottage

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

Interior Designer, JoAnn Barwick and her husband, Fred Berger, enjoy their vacation home in Boca Grande, Florida, on tiny Gasparilla Island. These two are really enjoying the good life!

From the moment you walk up the garden path, you know that you've arrived somewhere special! Deep pink bougainvillea and hibiscus brighten the walkway which leads to the wraparound porch of this divinely designed Florida Beach Cottage.

JoAnn is the author of Scandinavian Country as well as a furniture designer. Her furniture design expresses her love for 18th century Gustavian style from Sweden.  The designer's trademark palette is blue and white; which is featured throughout her vacation cottage.

"Light, painted furniture goes hand in hand with low-maintenance, casual textiles suitable for a cottage at the beach." “All of the fabrics and textures I used are extremely casual, from ticking and linen to sea grass and wicker,” notes JoAnn.

For the Florida beach cottage, dressing it in her favorite Swedish blue and white worked for a second reason. “The beach is just across the street, and the Gulf is an astounding blue-green. The interior is all about water colors inspired by the surroundings. It was very easy to design, as these are all my favorite colors anyway--all tones of blue, pale aquas, greens, and turquoise. Everything else is light and white.”


Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

A second sitting area in the living room, whose boundary is defined by the blue-and-white toile slip covered chair, is just around the corner from the main window-front area. The sectional sofa and over-scale ottoman ensure comfort.

Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

Seashells, coral and ceramics fill glass shelves; which we REALLY love!. The glass allows built-in lighting to shine through her beautiful collection of beach treasures. Pretty, eh?

   
Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

JoAnn found the dining room’s Swedish-style chandelier in Vermont. “Every Swedish dining room has one,” she says.  We think that the dining room is cute, cute, CUTE!


Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

For JoAnn and Fred's ease, they placed the master bedroom on the first floor.  Stripes, checks, florals and a toile mix serenely into the blue and white palette.



Photograph by Jessica Klewicki

A touch of eyelet on the bed ruffle adds a feminine flair; which just adds to the beach cottage charm!


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24 comments:

  1. What lovely photos. Really made me wish I could redecorate here.

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  2. So pretty, the dining room chairs are great. Love all the stripes. I think I need to go fabric shopping!

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  3. Wow I love it!!
    What great photos!
    I love the blue wood floor!

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  4. Yes, I love that house!! All the blue and white is right up my alley!
    I just love your site! I am going to be adding it to my blogroll and coming back to look at more!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for following!
    Hope you have a great day!
    Beth.

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  5. What a gorgeous home!! I love the blue and white and everything is so beautiful!

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment! Your blog seems to be very professional! I have nothing with the colour blue in my interior, but if I look at these pictures, I really think why not? Beautiful!

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  7. i love Joanne's sensibilities and have always loved her collection for Lexington furniture. our own house has many swedish beachy elements so i would feel right at home in this cottage.

    thx for visiting today.

    michele

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  8. I love, love, love all the photographs you shared today. Since buying our "Mirror Lake" cottage last summer and painting the living room blue and adding blue furniture I'm in love... Stopping by from a Good Life Wednesday!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  9. Blue and white are my favorite colors to decorate with! I'd like to bring a few of those items home! LOL!! Did you see the beach house tour that I posted?

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  10. Looks like a place that I'd love to visit...
    and that collection of beach treasures is gorgeous!

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  11. Hi Ladies

    Thanks for stopping by. I love your feature today. You know I am a fan of beach house blue.

    I am starting a series of posts next Saturday (late Friday in the States)of a lovely beach cottage that my friend has beautifully decorated on a budget. Heaps of beachy inspiration. I hope you will stop by for that one. Have a great evening.

    Best Carolyn

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  12. oh how i would love to live by the sea.
    just so pretty, the whites and the blue together.

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  13. I do love it! A couple of years ago blue & cream became my summer colors here.

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  14. Ooooh, that makes me want to move to the sea RIGHT NOW!!! It's so bright and breezy!

    Sarahx

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  15. oh my God!! I love interiors and those in the pictures are terrific! sometimes I think I mischose my major, I should have studied interior design!

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  16. The palette matches all throughout the room. Come up with different variation to achieve the right theme.

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  17. It's a good theme for the room. You can mix and match various furnishing.

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  18. Very cool set and colors for a beach cottage. Its refreshing and reminds of the deep blue ocean. My aunt plans to buy a home near the shore and I will recommend picture because she can use this as a good idea.


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  19. I love the cabinet filled with sea shells at star fish. This beach cottage has a mesmerizing theme and I like how the designer sticks to the vertical design.

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  20. That's a really great place for my vacation. I would definitely love to go there.

    -Margaret River Accommodation & Guide

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  23. Wow what an informative blog. Thank you very much for sharing. Looking forward to more!!

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