In the summer of 2009, my husband and I got married and bought our house. From the very first time I saw our house, I envisioned it as a kind of inland beach cottage. It's got kind of a Cape Cod-style look to it, and inside it's so light and bright, with lots of windows and light bamboo floors. I happened upon the July/August 2009 issue of Coastal Living magazine, and inside was a profile that was a major inspiration to me. I couldn't find the article or the pictures up on the Coastal Living website, so I scanned the pictures myself--apologies for the poor quality. The article is about a cottage on Long Island's Peconic Bay that the owners (Tim O'Brien and T.R. Pescod) affectionately call the Fish Shack. Built in 1919, it's a classic Long Island beach cottage, with beaded board, original light fixtures, and approximately 1,200 square feet--it's among only a handful of original cottages on a stretch of North Sea Harbor, an inlet of Peconic Bay. The simple, uncluttered, light and airy decor really appealed to me and was a big influence in how we styled our house. And hydrangeas--oh, how I love hydrangeas.
all photos from Coastal Living magazine. Photographed by Jeff McNamara, written by Gena Sigala.