New Jersey Coastal Cottage

Photography by Scot Zimmerman

The interior is intended also to be true to local cottage traditions—durable enough to withstand sand, seaweed, and wet bathing suits yet personal in that it tells the story of the family and their interests. A split Dutch door with a porthole window opens to the living room. The room sets the color scheme of red, white, and shades of blue used throughout the home, and the furniture grouping around the stove and nautical area rug makes for a pleasing conversation area. Additionally, the blue cabinet encases a television. The interesting wall-hung shell mosaics are “sailors’ valentines” from Barbados, where Tom’s father was born.

Photography by Scot Zimmerman

Opposite the living room is the dining room with a pass-through to the galley kitchen. Maine Cottage, a colorful cottage furniture company, fashioned the dining table and chairs, as well as other furniture in the home. The white horizontal board walls and weathered wainscoting repeats throughout the lower level and continues upstairs.

Photography by Scot Zimmerman