Beach House – A Simple Way of Life

Beach Cottage

Beach House. The words alone have the hypnotic associations Henry James once famously ascribed to summer afternoon, “the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Much of the beach house’s allure is in its reflection of a simpler way of life, a pared-down existence where the breeze is the housekeeper, the furnishings don’t mind a damp swimsuit, and the most precious treasures are seashells and memories.

Beach Cottage

The style is soft and cozy, nothing is too precious here…dishes don’t match and are maybe even chipped as they hold the fresh food perhaps grown in the garden right outside the window. Essentials to achieve this style are chipped paint, hand woven textiles softened by a wash line hung in the salty air breeze and bleached by the sun. Beach style vintage finds from the shops of Vintage and Main will help you set the stage for the warmer days ahead.

Beach Cottage CollageTop left to bottom right:
Salvaged Car Seat Springs // Antique Juggling Pins
Ocean Seashells // French Porcelain Oyster Plate

We lived in NYC and had a teeny cottage at the beach in Southampton, featured in the Sepia photos you see here. It was christened “Tumbledown” because every summer something would fall off a shelf or window sill or the roof itself. Crooked, chipped and craggy, we loved it anyway, with just a ten minute bike ride from the ocean.

Beach Cottage

Each day a new memory is found amid the shifting sands that always seem to be under the carpets and in your swimsuit. But each one of those grains of sand carry a dream of  warmer days and cool night, a stolen kiss while swimming with your love, a full belly and perhaps a few too many glasses of wine.  It left us relaxed and recharged ready to head back to reality smiling a new smile.

Top left to bottom right:
Antique French Painting // Antique Linen Men’s Jodhpurs
Aluminum Teapot Kettle // Cotton Lace Tablecloth

Sweep the floor, put away the dished (that seem to always be in the drain), toss the cut flowers into the compost heap and make sure you have picked all the ripe tomatoes to take home with you…

Beach Cottage

And as you eat them at your desk during the week, you can close your eyes and dream of the sand between your toes, the glimmering candlelight and the cool night breeze shimmering across the old linen sheets you found at a flea market in Paris. A bit of luxury was needed here to create a warm safe haven to recharge our batteries.

Beach Cottage CollageTop left to bottom:
Vintage Ironstone Pitcher // French Tole Chandelier
Wooden Picnic Basket

A beach house creates dreams and memories that, overtime like my photos of Tumbledown Cottage, turn to Sepia; a glimmer of a memory, cherished forever.

Beach Cottage

All beach cottage photos are copyright by Sebastian Araujo of Gentlemanly Pursuits

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Written by: Gentlemanly Pursuits
Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.
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Sebastian Araujo is a decadent sort of chap who lives with one foot in the past and the other in a dream of the past. A penchant for silk cravats and omelets in gay olde Paree. Living in Hemlock House, a hand built log house set into a deep forest in the lush countryside of Northern Vermont after escaping from the rat race of NYC, he spends his days dreaming of beauty and magic while waiting for the corn to grow and the fairies to whisper as they flutter around the flowerbeds. He seldom follows the weekly news.

24 Replies to “Beach House – A Simple Way of Life”

  1. no place has ever looked quite as lovely or inviting as this marvelous beach house you’ve shared with us all. a simply divine getaway and your selections perfectly complement the photos and feeling. merci!

  2. I sit here smiling from this wonderful trip to Tumbledown. Your images and words bring it alive. I feel the warmth and welcome of sea, sun, sand and cozy. All the things I truly love. Thanks for sharing this wonderful beach house and your sweet memories.

  3. Love this! What a fabulous inviting place to spend a holiday. I can imagine curling up with a great book and getting lost with the sea air. Well done! Will inspire some decorating for sure.

  4. Seb – Love your style – the living in the past and dreaming of it with magic and faries – who can beat that? Love writing, to boot! Hemlock House must be a very special place. Smart to keep the everyday toxicity of the world at bay. 🙂

  5. This is totally poetic, like a gentle sea breeze…the photos and the evocative descriptions of the essence of the unique peaceful charm that was a little cottage by the sea…a touchingly sweet glimpse into a friends intimate memories…

    Thank you, S…

  6. Such evocative words stir up memories of childhood sights, sounds and preoccupations living on the beach. So, too, I’ve come to realize how living this blessed existence in my hometown, on the Vineyard and Fire Island has given me a transcendent ability to transport myself simply by closing my eyes. I’m grateful to you for sharing the beauty of precious objects, light, gardens and even fairies! The restorative power of sand and surf flow through head and heart now, and I thank you.

  7. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the
    same subjects? Thanks a lot!

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