Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Key West cottage

Simply Seleta posted exterior pics of the cutest beach cottage the other day. Built in 1928 it had mega charm eventhough it's in need work. The charm reminded me of designer David Smith's Key West Old Town cottage renovation that was featured in the Fall-Winter 2005 issue of Decor. Here's two pics that I was able to take of the magazine. Love the entry hall with the original stairway, painted paneling and the pops of purple. That is one massive shell.

Three sets of built-in bookcases surround the plantation shuttered windows. I admire the placement of the desk in the left corner. Pretty much love everything about this room. (original photography by B.Mauer)

So now I'm in a tropical cottage mood and happen to have a Borders gift card burning a hole in my pocket. Could the cover of Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle by Leslie Linsley be any better? Also am charmed by Cottages on the Coast by Linda Leigh Paul.

15 comments:

pve design said...

A cottage of any type would charm me to no end. Just the spot to draw all day long!
pve

Maya said...

The giant clam shell is stunning and Cottages on the Coast has been on my "to buy" list...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

There's not much more charming than an old beach house. The old ones just seem to exude the perfect sort of beachiness. Yes...buy that book!

Scott Fazzini said...

I spent one week in Key West a few years ago and after getting over the initial shock of how shabby and commercial it was I found beauty in some of the little cotteges. Thanks for reminding me. It really is a special little place.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Okay Sister...now you are REALLY talking my language! Lovin' your pics. Ahhhhhh.

pamwares said...

lucky for me i have lived in key west and i have been in your last home pictured. a fine gentleman with great character lives there. pottery barn used the house several times as the back drop of there catalog - fyi. And if you are ever in key west in dec, jan, feb or mar they have a home tour each month. you won't be sorry. and afterwards park yourself at grand vin with a glass of wine!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Oh, I am soooo "IN LOVE"!!! And that LOVELY PURPLE/LAVENDER(?)works soooo well with that magnificent, to-die-for table~~~~ oh, just YUMMMMMYYY!!!!! (I mean to tellya I am reeeeally in loooove with that first photo!!!)~

THANKS SOOO MUCH!!!!!
Linda in AZ *

Linda/"Mom" said...

OMG, I didn't even S-E-E that GI-NORMOUS shell at first, either.... WOW!!! This is TOOOO FABULOUS!!!!!!!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I love those purple chairs! That is not a color I would normally choose for chairs like that, but I love how they came out! Thanks!

-cc

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I could only dream....

Michelle said...

We lived in a renovated Conch house in Key West for 4 years...lovely time in my life. Very hot summers though...without a pool...well, I couldn't take it again.

The cover of the Key West book is stunning...love the greyed wood and white seashells. Great find.

Style Redux 2 said...

I adore the entryway-the purple and that huge shell are wonderful.

Jenn said...

That first photo is perfection! The owners are so lucky. The homes of Key West are so amazing to begin with-- dripping with southern charm in a tropical setting. I think I need to read some Hemingway this weekend!

neonguy528 said...

A great blog. For more photos of Key West I hope you can see my blog.Thanks.

CWID said...

Just returned from Key West! I love it and was so excited to see your post, too! To me, the island has such a blend of cultures- very European in feel but with some kind of a dose of New Orleans mischief. Its spirit inspired me too and I couldn't help but also make a blog post when i returned!
www.highglossblue.blogspot.com
You're fabulous as always-thanks so much!

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