And with its rich family history, this seaside cottage doesn’t host the typical beach décor, but rather, it displays a dressed up, comfortable country style. With an oak dining table, sideboard, walnut chairs, and plenty of seating areas, Lucy says the porch is like an extended living room.
“We live out here most of the time,” she happily admits. And, she says, with five children and eight grandchildren, it’s great to have a space where they can all comfortably spend time together. When decorating the porch with furniture not meant to withstand the elements, Lucy says she and her husband were conscious of their choices.
They added a layer of mildew-resistant paint to protect their heirlooms and porch furnishings. And Lucy says she learned early on to choose her outdoor pillows carefully. “If you cover down pillows and put them outside, they will mildew in a heartbeat out here,” she says, adding that regular polyester-fill pillows are not only inexpensive, but they won’t mildew. When decorating porch furniture, “slipcovers are by far the best route to go,” she adds.