Monday, August 31, 2009

Noah's White House with the Blue Shutters

Have you seen the movie The Notebook? Then you probably swooned over the house that Noah fixed up for his lost love Allie like the rest of us.

The real house used in the movie was Martin's Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island (South Carolina). It was built in 1772. In this shot of the front porch you can see the water:

If you haven't seen the movie yet, here's a tip: be sure to have a box of tissues handy. Today I posted photos of Noah's house over at Hooked on Houses. Head over there if you want to see them! (You can see links to all of my movie posts here.)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A 13th-Century English Cottage

I know this blog is called Beach Cottage Love, but the truth is that I love all cottages, everywhere! I've been to England a couple of times, and one of the highlights for me was seeing old cottages like this one, which is near Bath in Wiltshire.

The listing states that this 3-bedroom home, and most of the others in its village, date back to the 13th century. Doesn't it look cozy?

It sits on the bank of the River Avon, beside what is described as "the ancient bridge." Does that mean it's been around since the 13th century, too?

All of this history and charm comes with what seems like a very reasonable price tag: £395,000. I'm afraid it won't seem quite as good a deal if we convert that to U.S. dollars, however (so let's not bother).

Want to go in on it with me?

Today it's Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at Hooked on Houses to celebrate the things that make us happy. This old English cottage is what I'm hooked on. Head over there to see what everyone else is talking about!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Charming Summer Cottage

This sweet garden shed, which sits on the grounds of a distinguished Georgian home in England, was turned into a charming guest cottage.

I think this would be a lovely place to be a guest, don't you? Once I was there, I'm afraid the homeowners may never get me to leave.

I love this votive-candle chandelier:

This cottage is one of JJ Locations' listings of places that film companies can rent. What kind of movie can you picture being filmed here? Something romantic, I imagine! (To see photos of the main house, click here.)

Visit The Inspired Room to see what everyone else thinks is beautiful this week!

P.S. Stop by Hooked on Houses today to see photos of Julianne Moore's $12 million townhouse in NYC.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Low Country Kitchen

Veranda recently featured this kitchen from a guest house on Brays Island in South Carolina. It has beautiful water views. And I love this table. But the upholstered white benches gave me pause.

Does it seem odd to anyone else to have those there? Or am I the only one with visions of peanut butter and jelly smeared all over them? Even the skirts on them bother me. Just too fussy for a kitchen.

Maybe I've just been a mom too long. I can no longer just enjoy a pretty room without thinking about how practical it would be to use (and clean)!

P.S. It's Movie Monday over at Hooked on Houses, and I'm featuring pics of the bright and colorful NYC brownstone from Stuart Little. (Love movie houses? Click here.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hooked on Mrs. Howard

I've always admired designer Phoebe Howard's rooms. They're soft and feminine, but clean and simple at the same time.

So I was happy to discover a blog called Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper that keeps us updated on what she's up to. This bedroom, for example, is featured in her new North Carolina showroom. I'm really liking those oversized botanical prints.

Earlier this year, I wrote a post over at my Hooked on Houses blog featuring five bedrooms that Howard designed, all with different color schemes, and had readers vote on their favorite. I was a little surprised by which color won! You can see them for yourself--and see if you agree with how the majority voted--here.

Today I'm joining both Melissa's Beautiful Life party and Hooked on Fridays. Hop on over to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Christie Brinkley's Beach House

Christie Brinkley, the ageless Uptown Girl herself, is selling her home on the beach in Bridgehampton for $30 million. I wrote a post about it over at Hooked on Houses today, but I thought you'd like to take a peek:

The house, known as "Tower Hill," was built in 1898. Despite its lofty price tag, I think it looks comfortable--not pretentious at all. Check out her beach-themed fireplace:

You can read more about Tower Hill and see the rest of the photos at Hooked on Houses. To see more famous beach houses, click here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Take Me There

It's Monday morning, and I'm sad that summer is ending this week. The kids go back to school in two days, and I'm dreading those 6:30 a.m. school bus pickups. Those afternoons filled with homework. I've got a list as long as my arm of things to do today to get ready for the school year, but I just want to crawl back into bed and pretend it isn't happening.

When I discovered Christine Reilly, a photographer who specializes in amazing ocean photography, I resonated with the title of this piece: Take Me There. Yes, please do. Take me here.

She also takes us under the water with her. In the mood for a swim?
Christine tells me, "Beaches, beach houses, and anything to do with the water is definitely something that is close to my heart." You can see more of her work at her Etsy shop and her website.

Anyone else got the end-of-summer blues?

P.S. I'm showing photos of Diane Lane's Italian villa from Under the Tuscan Sun over at Hooked on Houses today. It's one of my favorite movie houses.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

An Old House with a Fresh New Look

When I saw this house, which is listed on the JJ Locations website as a place production companies can rent to film in, I was surprised to learn that it's in Greater London. It may be an old, four-story Georgian home, but it has a fresh and light feeling to it.

The Swedish Gustavian furniture gives it a romantic look, despite all of the stark white, don't you think? This is beautiful to me, so I'm linking up to Melissa's Beautiful Life party.

I'm also joining Hooked on Fridays, the blog party that celebrates the things that make us happy. This house is what I'm hooked on today. Visit Hooked on Houses to see what everyone else is sharing!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The B&B from "Nights in Rodanthe"

Did you see the Diane Lane-Richard Gere tearjerker Nights in Rodanthe, based on the Nicholas Sparks bestseller? On my other blog, I wrote a post about the house that was used for the Bed and Breakfast in the movie, and a reader who visited it this summer sent me this photo she took:

I was shocked to see how different it looks. This makes me wonder--were the blue shutters and the wraparound porches just special effects? What do you think?

Lisa, who sent me the photo, tells me that the house has been condemned because it is practically falling into the water now. People have been breaking into the house and stealing things because it was in the movie and they want a piece of it. How sad.

You can see more photos of the house in the post I wrote here, or check out a list of all of the movie houses I've featured on my Houses Onscreen page.

UPDATE 1/10: For the latest information about the house and the efforts to rescue it, visit Hooked on Houses.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kate Hudson's Beach House in Malibu

Guess what Goldie Hawn gave her daughter, actress Kate Hudson, as a wedding present back when she married Chris Robinson? A beach house in Malibu! Lucky girl. Here she is playing on the beach in front of her house with her son Ryder (via People).

According to Radar Online, Kate is renting it out this summer for $90,000 a month. *Cough.* I hope that includes cable.

It's right on the beach and looks like a great place to spend the summer.

The article says it's decorated in a "Balinese" style, but I'm not crazy enough about it to show you all the photos. I guess it's just not my thing. You can see the rest at Celebrity Digs HQ, though.

Want to see more famous beach houses? Click here to see all the celebrity vacation homes I've featured before, from Rachel Ashwell's to Billy Joel's.

P.S. I'm giving a tour of Julia Child's former home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today over at Hooked on Houses.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Choose Joy

I discovered the artwork of Canadian artist Eva Juliet when she was featured on the blog Confessions of a Design Junkie recently. I really love this "Choose Joy" print.

I also like her Art Culinary series, which features prints of things like Parsley and Rosemary.

Aren't they pretty? To see more, visit Eva Juliet's Etsy site here.