One Room Inspiration :: Classic Beach Cottage in Blue + White

After returning from a beach vacation last week, I feel inspired and creatively rejuvenated, but even more so- I’m itching to bring a little bit of the coastal vibe back home this summer. Sooo, naturally I thought I’d share a charming beach cottage living room as a source of inspiration and items to get the look at home!

a palm beach living room with an east coast beach vibe in layers of blue and white | via coco kelley

This bright and open living room is full of warm natural textures. The woven elements like rattan chairs, bamboo shades, and woven baskets are obvious staples in this coastal retreat. Complimenting these materials monochromatically, the oversized burl wood coffee table, flokati wool rug, and organic driftwood chandelier look so glam(!) while making a statement.

beach house style with woven accents and textures | via coco kelley

All of this against a crisp blue and white color palette is the epitome of a modern beach cottage. I certainly wouldn’t mind spending my summers here! Here’s how we got the look:

get the look - white and blue modern beach cottage | via coco kelley

1 driftwood chandelier // 2 seersucker pillow and herringbone pillow // 3 blue marble swirl base table lamp // 4 woven malawi chair // 5 decorative coral // 6 woven african basket in blue and silver // 7 burl wood coffee table // 8 wood drum side table // 9 blue and white striped rug

That woven chair is calling my name!! The shape, the color, the pattern… I’m loving everything about it. I think this space would translate really well to a sunroom, conservatory, or heated porch. Do you guys ever get the blues after vacay and wish you could bring a little bit of it home? xo, Sarah

images via domino mag

3 responses on “One Room Inspiration :: Classic Beach Cottage in Blue + White

  1. Taste of France

    I have always been a sucker for those matchstick shades. Had them in an apartment until I moved. Had them on my pergola (that didn’t work so well–they harbored bugs and didn’t filter the sun enough). I still love them.
    That driftwood thing is pretty cool, hanging from the ceiling like a natural mobile.


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Happy Friday, friends!! May has been whizzing by for me as we’ve been busy behind the scenes on so many things. I’m counting down to the day we launch the new site design, so if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter yet, you might want to now – you’ll be the first to get a sneak peek of it, and we may have a giveaway or two up our sleeve to celebrate! (Hint hint!)

On the personal side of things – I’m off today with my fiance to do our first round of wedding venue shopping east of the mountains! In search of the perfect winery, perhaps? Stay tuned for more on that! (Eeeek!)

coco kelley weekend loves and links 5.20

1 // Check out this high-contrast beachside home in Sydney that’s all about black and white decor. DREAM HOME!

2 // I’m trying very hard to hold out on any more home decor until our kitchen is finished but this mirror is calling my name in a BIG way! Thinking of putting it in our dining room… should I go for it?

3 // Loving these lip print napkins from Kelly Wearstler – chic but fun too. The perfect non-traditional gift for a future bride-and-groom perhaps? (Ahem…)

4 // I love a refreshing punch of ginger in my cocktails, and this concoction (with bourbon and orange!) sounds so perfect for summer months to come!

5 // Full disclosure – I had literally said to my awesome contributor Sarah last week ‘We should really do a tile source roundup’ and then Emily Henderson went and did the most epic roundup ever for cement tiles, so please do yourself a favor and check it out because she totally beat me to it and it’s fantastic.

6 // J.crew is having another one of their sales, so get this bag for less while you can! I love this hit of gold as a fun summer accessory.


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Come summer time, I’m sure we all wish we were living in a cabana… well, this living room certainly comes close. With soaring tent-like ceilings, and plenty of black and white stripes, the playful space lends a sunny yet styled disposition…

the black and white stripes in this playful living room give it a summery cabana feel | room of the week via coco kelley

There are a few key things about this space that called to me when I first spotted it – the use of natural fibers that lends to that ‘outdoor’ feel being one of them. But more importantly, the use of stripes that doesn’t feel heavy, overwhelming or dizzying. They achieved this by using the striped wallpaper on only one small area, continuing it through the painted shade pendants, and then switching it up with the stripes in the zebra print. It’s continuous, but not saturated, and I love that.

a playful black and white living room with stripes and modern furnishings | room of the week via coco kelley

Ok, so the coffee table might feel a bit busy, but it’s playful and so is the space!

a pink sofa is the perfect accent to this black and white living room - room of the week on coco kelley

The tall art behind the pink chair may seem a bit utilitarian, but it plays a purpose – to fill the wall without distracting from the other focal points in the room. Such as the big bold library wall!

modern red barn doors and a floor to ceiling library add color to this mostly black and white living room | room of the week via coco kelley

When in Spain… mount a few bull heads and call it a day! A few more cool details to call out here – the faux rope that’s ‘hanging’ the pendants brings a nice line to the room and and continues a rope detail that you’ll also find in the railing that you may have noticed in the first few photos. Then there’s those red doors! I love the way they graphically separate the space and lend a big hit of color to the room.

a playful vignette in black and white stripes makes this living room feel like a cabana | room of the week via coco kelley

Last but not least… what would likely be my most favorite spot in the room to perch for a bit (see what I mean about that cabana feel?). The way the stripes meet up from the base of the sofa to the wallpaper is genius attention to detail.

What are your thoughts on this space? It’s rather unconventional, and I love that about it, but do you think you could live in it all the time? What elements would you potentially change?

via elle espana

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  1. Taste of France

    I really like those sconces in the third picture.
    The zebra rug/zebra picture and black-and-white theme is a bit too much. It feels like they said, what else can we do in stripes? One zebra per room unless you’re under age 3. And if there’s a zebra, then let it be the only stripes.
    Of course, if they love it, good for them. Just my personal preference.


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At my family’s restaurant – Radici – we rotate through a seasonal menu, and I have to say that spring might be my favorite because of the fresh greens he puts on everything – especially PEAS!

mint and pea pesto pasta with spring greens | recipe by coco kelley-1

So I decided we needed to whip up our own pasta for you to join in on the goodness. And it’s not just green – it’s DOUBLE green with a pea and mint pesto that’s cool and refreshing, garlic chives that are vibrantly spicy, and the asparagus and fresh peas lend a nice green bite.

What I love most is that this dish can be eaten warm or cold, depending on the kind of noodles you use. The long tagliatelle that we used here is best served warm, but if you use something like farfalle or fusilli, it would pack really well as something to take out for a picnic in the summer sun.

mint and pea pesto pasta with spring greens | recipe via coco kelley

Green Pasta with Pea and Mint Pesto// serves 4

Pea and Mint Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) green peas
  • A large handful of fresh mint, stems removed (about 2 cups of leaves, unpacked)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until well combined and not too chunky. This pesto is best when it’s smooth. It’s a versatile garnish for many things – from pasta to protein – and keeps for about a week in the fridge.

mint and pea pesto pasta topped with fresh spring greens | recipe by coco kelley


  • Asparagus, chopped
  • Fresh peas
  • Garlic chives, chopped
  • ~2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

(Ramps, fiddleheads, fava beans, watercress or any other green veggie would be lovely here as well)

For this pasta, I sautéed the asparagus in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil – if you loosely put the lid on it helps steam the stalks just a bit. Add the remaining olive oil followed by the garlic chives, and sauté over high heat to blister the chives and asparagus.

mint and pea pesto pasta with freshly chopped greens | recipe via coco kelley

Boil your pasta of choice accordingly. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of pasta water when you drain the pasta. Dress the noodles with the pesto and water. Before serving, add your mix of veggies, mix, and enjoy!

mint and pea pesto pasta topped with fresh spring greens | recipe via coco kelley

photography by meghan klein


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I’ve been going through a big debate between copper and brass accents in my kitchen. Funny enough – I don’t usually have a problem mixing certain metals, but doing both together seems excessive and weird in my head, so I’ve decided I can only fully commit to one. And while, of course, there are the obvious ways of incorporating either into my design plans (hardware, lighting, etc) I’ve been looking for other unique ways to bring in these metallic elements…

a metallic panel in a wood built in for this breakfast nook adds beautiful detail - coco kelley in the details

We happen to be building in a breakfast nook, but it won’t look quite as cool as this one with a big copper slab running through the wood built-ins! See how my mixing metals fear has already been disproven here? The brass light looks pretty good with it too.

a brass strip with pegs creates the coolest hanging storage weve ever seen - coco kelley in the the details

Not gonna lie – this one might be my favorite detail and one I’d be most likely to copy – a simple brass band with pegs for holding cooking utensils, herbs, whatever! I like that it’s subtle too – there’s a lot going on in a kitchen, so sometimes these little details do best!

a mirrored copper backsplash makes this hallway bar a cool focal point - coco kelley in the details

So, this isn’t exactly in the kitchen, but I know a lot of us have dead spots like this around our homes. Usually reserved for a piece of art or a mirror, I love how this homeowner turned it into a bar (and a spot for their doggie dishes!). The copper-mirror material gives this piece some stunning depth and character.

industrial style copper details in lighting hood and legs - coco kelley

I’ve seen some stunning brass hoods around lately, but not as much for copper. Perhaps it has to do with that lovely patina it gets? I can see how it might drive some type-A people crazy, but I think it’s pretty cool! The copper pipe lighting situation is also a really unique take on track lighting, and I love that they added the little bit of copper in the legs to the island too – so thoughtful in bringing the metal throughout the room!

a copper backsplash bring patina and detail to this rustic kitchen | in the details via coco kelley

A farmhouse or rustic style kitchen seems the obvious choice for some copper accents. Here, they opted for a copper backsplash to the range. The perfect place for this metal, I think – the history of your meals cooked will long be remembered in that copper!

brass banding in white subway tile - coco kelley in the details

And finally, taking a little inspiration from a commercial space, this patina brass band that cuts through the white subway tiles could easily be translated to an accent wall in the kitchen! Again, I love that natural aging.

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  1. Verena

    Aaamazing!!! I love this collection
    So much inspiration in one post ^^ so many nice kitchens and such amazing designs and ideas to use these materials
    I love how universally the materials are usable – vintage and modern – It looks amazing in every design ^^


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