New Jersey Coastal Cottage

Photography by Scot Zimmerman

The four bedrooms are just large enough—a study in space efficiency much like a ship’s cabins. The cheerful master bedroom breaks from the red, white, and blues of the rest of the home with its butter yellow tones. The other three follow the color scheme, but each has a distinctive approach.

Photography by Scot Zimmerman

The painted floors are a local seaside cottage tradition dating back to the 1920s and 1930s when swimming and water sports spurred interest in summering at the Shore. When the floors become scratched or worn, it adds to the character, and it is also easy to add a new coat of paint. The tradition of painted wooden floors and walls grew because it made cottages simpler to maintain. Keeping things simple allows for fewer chores and more time for fun in the sand and sea.

Photography by Scot Zimmerman