At the time we bought our Maine house, there were two of us, two daughters, one son-in-law and an infant granddaughter.  There was a place for everyone, but it wasn’t too long before the hubby and I realized we’d soon need more room or at least another bedroom.  So began Seaglass Cottage.

Seaglass CottageA stone wall wraps around the garden area, and we wanted the cottage to look as if it were part of the wall.  Also, we wanted it to be as invisible as possible from the street making it a very special retreat. 

Seaglass CottageThanks to a very talented architect, we got just what we wanted.

Seaglass CottageWhen no one is visiting, I enjoy going down to the cottage to sit quietly, read or take in the sights on Rockport Harbor.  

Seaglass CottageSometimes kayakers drift by adding color to the surroundings which look so different from this vantage point.

Seaglass CottageWant to peek inside?  Come on in.

Seaglass CottageIt’s a simple space…concrete floors, exposed rough hewn beams, a mantle made from one of the 2×12’s I found during the construction process.

Seaglass CottageIt was fun collaborating with a Houston artisan to come up with a creative fireplace surround and countertop for the bathroom.  He made both from stainless steel and polished it to look like a pewter finish.  If the surface streaks or scratches, it can be buffed out.  So far, no maintenance has been required.

Seaglass Cottage.I bought yards of white material on sale and made a duvet cover and pillow shams.  The quilt is a Texas star made many years ago by my grandmother and great aunt.  I have about 15 of their creations, and I’m so happy to have a place to use some of them.The cottage also proved to be the perfect place for a collection of photographs I bought when we first started coming to Maine more than 20 years ago.  They have now come full circle.

Seaglass CottageMy favorite piece of art in the cottage hangs over the fireplace.  It is one of my daughter’s multi media paintings, and I am so glad it didn’t fit into the car when she returned to Houston from Boston!

Seaglass CottageFurnishings in this space are minimalist: a bed, a bureau, a small TV and this wonderful rocking chair I found in an antique shop in the south of Maine.  I had thought to paint it, but you know, I like it just the way it is.

As you might guess from what you see, my taste is quite eclectic.  There are just so many things to like that I have a hard time resisting what catches my eye.  In any case the cottage is quite comfortable, and what I know for sure is that guests linger there for a very long time!

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21 thoughts on “The Making of Seaglass Cottage

  1. What a wonderful retreat, Lulu! I love the natural elements and how the cottage seems to blend in with it’s surroundings. Your style says so much about “You”!

    XO,
    Jane

  2. Linda, This is fabulous!! The key to eclectic decor is knowing how to put the right pieces together and you have created a space that works perfectly and is so interesting! I just love this little building and the quilts and the art…and of course your view is also one of a kind! We’re headed back to Maine tomorrow but I don’t know if we will make it to Rockport or explore some of the inland lakes. Thank you so much for this tour. Linda

  3. Oh My, Linda, I love this! if I came for a visit, you’d never get me to leave. I love the architecture; I love the stainless vanity top and fireplace surround; I love those windows and doors; and I love your décor. And I haven’t even mentioned the view. I want exactly like this on a lake somewhere. laurie

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