Growing up, I always loved driving by beautiful homes. I didn’t know it then, but it was definitely foreshadowing for my interior design future. I remember visiting my aunt and uncle in San Francisco and truly appreciating the homes and their architecture at such a young age. In New England we would drive to Maine in the summers and those gorgeous coastal homes always caught my eye. Summer is in full swing and I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorite summer locations and what their architecture brings. Which is your favorite?
I have to start with the place where it all began. Summers spent driving to the coast with my family and we always knew when we were close to the beach by the site of the beautiful, coastal homes. I’m sure the people that live in them call them “cottages”, but let’s be honest, they were anything but a cottage. The weathered gray siding is EVERYTHING and instantly makes me think of home.
Door County, Wisconsin
The first time I visited (and MET!) my husband’s parents was in the summer of 2009. I flew up to Wisconsin, a state I had never been to before, and after a few short hours in Green Bay, we drove up to their cottage in Door County. It reminded me SO much of coastal towns of Maine and New Hampshire! Quaint, picturesque and walking distance to everything. I fell in love!
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Quintessential New England and probably what most envision when you say New England beaches. Cape Cod and all of the little towns that make it up are absolutely precious. Think sailboats, ice cream cones and lobster rolls. And tons and tons of single siding on all of the homes. Oh, and does “cape cod style home” mean anything to you? Expect to see lots of slanted roofs to help prevent snow build-up in the winters.
Charleston, South Carolina
I would argue the 2 years I lived here were two of the best years of my life. This is when I realized I had to live in the south forever (sorry Mom and Dad). The large oak trees, the historical downtowns and the incredible beaches! And you can actually go in the water in these beaches, unlike the freezing cold Maine ocean. I LOVE the architecture too. Big, open porches and architectural details to boot!
New England Lakes
More often did we spend time at the lake than the ocean, and boy did I love those sweet New England summer cabins on the lake. They were simple, rustic and forced you to spend time outside and in the water. Expect to see large screened in porches to enjoy dinner on without messing with the mosquitoes.
Newport, Rhode Island
Moving away from New England really makes you appreciate all of those cute little coastal towns I grew up around without even knowing how lucky I was. We didn’t go to Newport often, but my little sister ended up going to college near by and my we had a celebration of life service for my uncle at one of the historic mansions. It’s an extremely unique and special place everyone should visit at some point. The architecture is quintessential New England, with a dash of Baroque details.