(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The owners of this home had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.
From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.
Subtle nautical touches abound in the artwork, accessories, lighting and wall treatments, all referencing the sea. Wide plank tongue-and-groove oak floors warm the cool palette of blues, as do the many antique quilts from the owners’ collection that are scattered throughout the home. The overall effect is intended to capture the breezy spirit of this family’s longtime love affair with Bethany Beach.
This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Priced at $30, tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.