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Casa Craving Challenge: Seaside Cottage Chic

Welcome to our first Casa Craving Challenge! Every Thursday on CasaSugar, I'll give you a decorating theme — an inspiring photograph, a hot trend, or a specific room — and I'll ask you to go Casa Craving for items that fit the theme. In case you missed it, here's a post explaining what a Casa Craving is and how to create one.

Since we're in the midst of Summer, I'm devoting this week's Casa Craving challenge to Seaside Cottage Chic. Beach-inspired decor is tough: Too many pastels and seashells, and your room look like a 1980s Florida condo. So I'm thinking more along the lines of this seaside cottage featured in the August 2007 of Better Homes and Gardens. I love how the blue-and-white palette and driftwood accents evoke the beach without a bit of tackiness.

What would be your seaside cottage essentials? Tell me by creating Casa Cravings for the furniture, accessories, and accents you think would best complete the look. I'll feature the results next Wednesday, August 1. Be sure to tag your Cravings with the phrase seaside cottage, or create a list of your seaside cottage bookmarks. Please let me know if you have any questions. For a list of online home stores to try,

Amazon Home
Bed Bath & Beyond
Crate & Barrel
Design Within Reach
Jonathan Adler
Lekker Home
Linens and Things
Macy's Home
Pier 1
Pottery Barn
Restoration Hardware
Room & Board
Urban Outfitters
Unica Home
West Elm
World Market

Join The Conversation
funkybrewster funkybrewster 9 years
i'm desperately scouring the web for that cabinet too! it's gorgeous!!!
meganmarie meganmarie 9 years
Does anyone know where the white cabinet from the magazine spread is from?
daddio49 daddio49 9 years
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love the beach cottage look and would really do that with my house if it were a more open design with more windows. I think that just by using that pallette and putting up a few ocean-y touches you really can transform your place into a summer beach oasis. You don't need to go overboard and run the risk of things looking silly and overdone. I love this room. It's really pretty and laid back, not uptight at all. It's calming and makes me wanna have a nice dinner on the patio and curl up with a book.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
let me try this again:
audreystar audreystar 9 years
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
:woohoo: RCL! Your widget worked!
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
itsmyhappyplace itsmyhappyplace 9 years
I love that whole look. It's so clean, comfortable, yet modern. I would never really think of painting a living room area that color of robin's egg blue. I use a lot of color in my house, but I guess I'm not that daring. Now I want to paint my dining room. Maybe not blue like that...but to think outside of the box on the color
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
I have terrible luck with widgets, so who knows if anyone will see this??? ' />
alillee alillee 9 years
wow these all sooo pretty! i really like everyone's ideas!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
Okay, I think my entry is done.. (no promises!) check it out! (I don't know how to link it here... oh well.)
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
oh I love this look!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
here's my list:
klynnmorton klynnmorton 9 years
I chose a white, green, and dark wood color palette...with a pop of fresh red roses in the dining table vase. Seaside Cottage Chic!
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
I love, love, love, love this look!!!! : ) As a recent college graduate, I cannot wait to get things going, and eventually have my own place decorated the same way!!!!!!!! I can't get over how much I love this!!!!
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
Love the crisp white color(or lack of color, rather) and the way the things like the mirror and driftwood POP against it!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 9 years
I love the Seaside Cottage look!
Linny Linny 9 years has good things for cottages
mcollazo mcollazo 9 years
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tommi tommi 9 years
I love the mirror! Reminds me of a outdoorsy version of me DREAM mirror, check it out here:
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
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sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
i like the mirror too... i'm not a big fan of the cabinet (too ordinary)
vienvien vienvien 9 years
For me --a seaside cootage essentials wouyld be a hammock, bamboo floors (real bamboo logs), grass roof, and a narra bed . I don't like seasehells as decor. The seashells belong to the beach shores. Also , an open air lanai is great and rattan and bamboo furnishings
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