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House Tour :: This Seaside Cottage In Maine Is Basically My Dream Home

I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about personal style. Finally, at the age of 38, I feel like I've finally got a grasp on not only what my current style is, but what I want it to evolve into. And, as far as houses go, this one might be the epitome of my ultimate 'someday' house goals.

This light-filled seaside cottage house tour is pretty much perfect in my book. With the exception of some decor choices (which I'll share with you momentarily), I could happily live out the rest of my days here, drenched in warm white shiplap walls, lofted ceilings, and a loads of filtered sunshine coming through those big windows...cozy entryway for a seaside cottage in maine | house tour on coco kelley

It's rare for me to fall in love with architects, but Gil Schafer is one that I've long admired. You may know his firm's work from this often-referenced Mill Valley homeย (another favorite of mine), but this beautiful seaside escape happens to be his own.ย dark grey exterior on a beach house in maine | coco kelleyopen plan living area in this cottage style home by the sea | design by gil schafer on coco kelleyorganic wood and creamy walls in a simple dining room | seaside cottage house tour on coco kelley

If you're the type who is into before photos, then you should definitely take a peek at how the house looked when Schafer purchased it. Honestly - it's not much different in structure, but the kitchen was moved, the entire inside washed in a perfect shade of milky white, and dormers and windows were added to the upstairs to make room for more sleeping areas.modern traditional creamy white open lofted kitchen | seaside cottage style home tour on coco kelley

I'm completely obsessed with this kitchen. It's a perfect mix of clean lines and cottage charm. And of course, that vast island it so incredibly inviting! The dining room and kitchen are by far the spaces that feel the most 'me' in this house. I wouldn't change a thing! And can we please note the plethora of storage here, despite the fact that there are no upper cabinets! That's a dream scenario for sure.

The way kitchen, living room and dining room are all open to each other creates the perfect layout for a beach house - it's just made for gathering!

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While the decor in the home is sophisticated, it does manage to have its moments of beach 'kitch' like this antique anchor in the corner, or ship paintings in the hallways. I, for one, am a fan of these little nods and references.neutral beach house living room design | seaside cottage house tour on coco kelleyopen plan living area in this cottage style home by the sea | design by gil schafer on coco kelley

The living room is geniusly separated into two areas that allow for the sofa-loungers to take in the best of either the view or the cozy fireplace. This is the only spot in the house where I feel like I'm not 100% into the design - the sofas are a bit too structured for me, the chunky woven chair by the fireplace a bit too on the nose, but overall, I enjoy the aesthetic of what's happening here.seaside main cottage living room fireplace with art | coco kelley

The fireplace and built-in shelving were kept from the original design, just updated slightly to feel a bit more seamless with the new construction which included this beautiful landing!an open lofted office space in a cottage style home by the sea | design by gil schafer on coco kelley

What a gorgeous little perch to work from, don't you think!? Popping up the second floor allowed for this adorable bedroom, which feels like wandering into a charming holiday house in England! I've always wanted an excuse to decorate with matching twin beds. This space is perfect for it.twin beds in an english cottage style bedroom | design by gil schafer on coco kelleytwin beds in an english cottage style bedroom | design by gil schafer on coco kelleyantique desk in an attic nook | seaside cottage house tour on coco kelley

The rest of the bedrooms are just as sweet and welcoming, with lovely layered details that leave them feeling breezy and cozy at all at the same time.luxurious four posted fabric paneled bed in this maine cottage vacation home | design by gil schafer on coco kelleyconsole and bookshelf vignette in the master bedroom | seaside cottage house tour on coco kelleya classic bathroom in this seaside cottage house tour | coco kelley

It's such a luxury to have a bedroom that opens up to the outdoors like these do - don't you think? Especially when it comes with a view!ย classic cottage bedroom in this seaside maine home | tour on coco kelleykitchy meets modern art beach cottage | maine cottage style house tour on coco kelleywarm wood walls in a cozy library room | seaside cottage house tour on coco kelley

And then, of course, no proper seaside home would be complete without a cozy room like this one - a place to play cards, read books, hide away from the sun on hot days, and cozy into on cool nights.

Yes, I have to say that overall, this is quite the perfect escape! I'll just have to try and recreate it on my own coastline. I think this space would be right at home in the Pacific Northwest!