A cherished seaside cottage gets beautifully refreshed in Rhode Island

coastal house exterior

Taste Design together with WKP Construction has completely refreshed a treasured family cottage into a dreamy coastal getaway in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Reimagined for an active family of seven, this summer home provides fresh elements to already beloved spaces, imbued with family memories. 

Called ‘Meadowmere Cottage’ the design team created warm and efficient living spaces. The vintage cottage had a series of small rooms that were thoughtfully transitioned into open-concept spaces ready to support family life. A first-floor guest room with the best view in the house was reallocated to the kitchen space plan, providing a vista to the water and easy access to the pool.


coastal house exterior with a blue front door

Throughout the house, rooms are brimming with personalized touches and tradition. The interior finishes and design are a supportive backdrop to the owner’s collection of antique furnishings and art, including their seven-foot diameter antique dining table.

coastal house entry with a blue dutch door and built-in storage and seating

The entry features a dutch door and brick flooring inlaid with pine.

While it’s a home all about family, the designers complimented shared spaces with well-deserved doses of luxury for Mom and Dad. The finished result is a home rich with patina yet filled with modern conveniences for the bustle of family life.

coastal style hallway

What We Love: This seaside cottage in Rhode Island provides a family with newly refreshed living spaces that are open and airy. The design team did a wonderful job of creating a more harmonious floor plan with a spacious new kitchen and improved flow to the outdoor spaces. All of the improvements in the makeover helped to greatly improve this family’s lifestyle needs to enjoy summers at the beach.

Tell Us: Would this be an idyllic getaway home for you to spend quality time with loved ones? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Rhode Island: A dreamy New England beach house with seaside views and See the remarkable transformation of a beach barn house on Block Island.

coastal style kitchen with a large island

The kitchen was originally in a hallway and was the main access to the swimming pool. The project team stayed within the existing footprint to reconfigure spaces to improve the flow. This entailed knocking down several interior walls. The main-level guest bedroom, boasting the finest water vistas, underwent a remarkable conversion into a generous kitchen space. Retaining a sense of tradition, it features V-groove ceilings, rustic barnwood beams, and elegant cherry furnishings.

coastal style kitchen

coastal style kitchen range wall with a round window

coastal style kitchen range wall with a round window

coastal style kitchen

coastal style dining room

coastal style living room

Above: In the living room, the fireplace is clad with V-groove paneling. The mantel is reclaimed barnwood.

coastal style living room

coastal style home bar

coastal style chair with a table and oil painting on the wall

coastal style bedroom with a fireplace

Above: The main bedroom does not have a closet, so the designer created built-ins for storage. A wood-paneled wall with sliding glass doors opens out to a private deck that overlooks the water.

coastal style bedroom with a skylight

coastal style bathroom with a window

With the addition of a primary bathroom on the second floor, the family no longer had to share just one bathroom for seven.

coastal style bathroom vanity

coastal style bedroom with a rope ladder and loft bed

Above: This boy’s bunk bedroom features a stow-able rope ladder, saving space in a tightly confined room. This space features family heirlooms, including the brass bed and glass-sided cabinet.

coastal style bunk bedroom

Above: In the girl’s bedroom, the ceiling was opened up for the accommodation of a bunk bed. Built-ins help with easy storage solutions.

coastal style bathroom

Above: This second bathroom is compact, yet custom cabinetry and a trough sink help to keep this space feeling light and airy.

coastal house exterior with a pool

Above: The swimming pool, cabana, and carriage house were added before the interior renovation, which inspired the refresh.


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