Coastal Living Inspiration Photo Numbered
Coastal Living Inspiration Photo
Coastal Living Inspiration Photo Numbered

When the days get hot and muggy, it’s easy to start dreaming about having a cottage by the lake or sea.  Remember the retro cottage kitchen I share with you a few weeks ago?  Well, I’ve found a bedroom to match!  It’s part of a beach house featured by House of Turquoise and Coastal Living.  It looks like the perfect place to stretch out and take a nap after combing the beach for driftwood, doesn’t it?There are a lot of things about this room that give it a coastal cottage vibe.  The white, wide-planked walls are a big nod to cottage style.  The lightly distressed furniture makes the space pretty but unpretentious, and the linens all look crisp and clean.

Knowing that I’m not the only one who dreams of a cozy cottage with water views, I looked around blogland and found five tutorials to help you make a room that looks like this one–without the designer pricetag.  Enjoy!

Coastal Bedroom Collage Feature Pic

1.  Ceiling Fan Update

Pretty Handy Girl ceiling fan makeover

Ceiling fans get a bad rap–in many cases the fan is a necessary part of the room but it isn’t exactly the prettiest part of the room.  The ceiling fan in my inspiration photo manages to serve it’s purpose without detracting from the coastal decor.  Check out this tutorial for updating a fan at Pretty Handy Girl.

2.  Headboard with a Vintage Look

Infarrantly Creative diy door to headboard

Remember this headboard I made from an old door?  Well, it reminds me a lot of the headboard in the beach house bedroom:  white, distressed, and substantial.

Dana McDowell diy bed skirt

3.  White Cotton Bed Skirt

There’s something romantic about a skirted bed.  Here’s a tutorial for making one of your own from Dana McDowell.

Four Generations One Roof diy burlap no sew curtains

4.  Burlap Curtains

The burlap curtains in this inspiration photo are reminiscent of the color and texture of a sandy beach.  Perfect for this beachy room!  Four Generations One Roof offers a no-sew tutorial for burlap panels.  

House of Smiths planked walls tutorial

5.  Planked Walls

The planked walls in this room definitely give it a coastal cottage vibe.  Get a similar look by following the instructions provided by The House of Smiths.

Which of the elements in my inspiration photo are your favorites?  If you could have a summer cottage somewhere, where would it be?

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  1. You know who is dreaming with you on this one Beckie! Of course–love the planked walls. I see a Dash and Albert rug in the main pic I think–would be my go to for every room in a summer home. I like the tutorial for the curtains better than the original. And I am checking out your headboard tutorial! I LOVE it!!! We have yet to get a headboard for our bed. Married 19 years and no headboard. I am just starting on a mini makeover for our bedroom (I got a great deal on a rug from PB kids). Isn’t it always the last room to get done? Hope your summer has been going well . If you have had any “getaways” yet, I hope it was an awesome time for all!

  2. I LOVE this beachy look… our year round house is on a lake and I just want to add paneling to every room… I wonder if you can have too much paneling. These planked walls are so gorgeous and I love the natural fibre curtains. Gorgeous room!

  3. Thank you, Kristin. We have had a couple of trips visiting with family that have been nice getaways. Hope you are enjoying your summer as well!

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