Feature Friday: Crashing a Beach Cottage in Port St. Joe

Sometimes it pays to have a friend who doesn’t meet a stranger.  I’m not particularly shy myself, but don’t usually invite myself in someone’s home right off the bat. 🙂

Vicki and I were out one afternoon riding bikes on a nice paved bike/walking path near their house in Port St. Joe and passed a cute girl jogging with a Weimaraner dog, which so happens to be the breed of dog that Vicki owns.  They struck up a conversation about their beloved pets.

All because I wanted to photograph a  pretty white church that I had spotted, we stopped by there the next day.  Right across the street outside in the yard was the cute girl with said dog and hubby, so of course Vicki talked to them again, especially since she had her dog in the car too.  We were headed to the beach.  Vicki talked the cute young couple, Wes and Lindsay, into showing us around and told them all about my blog, telling them that I would love to show their house off on my blog.Of course, I told them I would love to photograph their cute beachy cottage and feature it on my blog and they seemed excited about the prospect.  When we went inside, I went ahhhhhhh.  My fave paint color of the moment happens to be Sea Salt and their entire cottage is painted with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

They have been working hard on their little cottage since last December when they moved from Georgia to be full-time residents of Port St. Joe.  They are young and cute urban professionals and didn’t want to wait until they retired to move to the beach.  So, they came early.

Wait til you see this one!  You’ll love it too.  This is a spur of the moment, photo-taking opportunity with a real-life DIY couple.  Those are the best kinds of ops! Right now, it’s a pink cottage, soon to be painted a beautiful shade of olive-y green, which they tried out in paint swatches on the side.See how adorable it is? This is the side entrance and we were invited in here.When we stepped inside, this is the first thing we saw.  Talk about beautiful! Love the Sea Salt color and how beachy coastal it all feels.  They have fantastic taste and are making it all their own.Check out the staircase.To the left is the living room coming in the front door.  So pretty! Inside the front door, sits this pretty chest. How perfect is this stained glass front door?   Love, love it!A pretty framed grouper in luscious shades of blue.This is a great idea for an old mirror that might have lost its glass. Home is Where your Story Begins, beautiful on a piece of driftwood.

Looking into the kitchen. They showed us the before pics on the kitchen and it was very dark and dated when they bought the place.  You can see it has changed drastically now.

Swoon, check out those ceilings with the painted white boards.  So pretty!

Peeking into the kitchen.New granite countertops and painted white cabinets, a winning combo. I love Lindsay’s seashell display on the island.  A girl after my own heart. This is one beautiful kitchen now. Looking back towards the living room. Pretty blue canisters. And the oven and fridge wall. Just past the kitchen is their little eating area.  Love these table and chairs. With a cute painted sideboard. Down the hall is the guest bath, which is been completely renovated.  So pretty, fresh and clean. Here’s the master bedroom. Pretty coverlet. The large master bath is one area that they are still working on.   A true work in progress.  Did you notice the arrow pointing to the toilet.  Uh, yeah…apparently the former owners thought that was a good idea.  🙂   This tile will all be going and I’m sure this space will soon be drool-worthy too.  It’s a nice large bath area. The guest room is very soothing and pretty too. Lovely bed. Charming built-ins. Birdhouse on top of an armoire.And a sweet little vintage chair propped in the corner.

They then took us out back, where there is a small one bedroom apartment and wait til you see how cute it is! Beadboard which will be kept natural and check out the ceiling, done in vintage and rusty tin.  I just love that!  It has a great feel to it.  They are renting this space out. The bedroom has a sliding barn door to close it off from the living room area. A totally cool space, the bedroom is tucked away in an alcove and how dreamy is that bed? Vintage tin ceiling and such pretty simple bedding make this one gorgeous space. The kitchen area is simple, but practical. As is the bathroom.

Thanks Wes and Lindsay, for letting me crash your house and showing it off on the internet.  I know everyone will love your home as much as I did! At the end of their street is a beautiful view of the bay.

Life in a small beach town.  Heavenly!

Thrifty Treasures is back!  I asked and you answered, so we’ll start the party again this weekend.  The post will be up Sunday night at 6 pm EST, so get ready to share your treasures.  I’ll be highlighting some of my faves in the upcoming parties!

- Rhoda


  1. Hi Rhoda, what a great story, and that cottage is drop-dead drool-worthy!!! What impressed me the most was that this is the way it looked when they just happened to meet you and invite you in? Please tell me they were preparing for a magazine shoot–If someone dropped by and wanted to see MY place, they’d have to wait outside a couple hours! LOL! Cute house for a cute couple. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a precious cottage! I could move right in. I have always wanted to live in a cottage like that. I am in love with that paint color. So pretty. Thanks for sharing your pictures. And what a cute couple. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. Such an adorable couple and an equally adorable cottage. My dream is to live in a cottage near the beach so kudos to them for achieving their dream so early in their lives.

    It must be that southern hospitality to allow someone into their home and take pictures. A warm and friendly friendship right off the bat.

  4. Sharon H. - Texas says

    What an adorable beach cottage. We love the entire Port St. Joe, Indian Pass and Cape San Blas area. Have been going there each summer for the past 10 years as the beaches there are prettier than the ones here! Lots of places to poke around and some of the best seafood I’ve eaten.

  5. Rhoda, could you please put a space at the end of your sentence before you add a photo? When I read it in my blog reader (Google Reader), it gets very annoying having to scroll down to the bottom of the next photo to be able to read the last of the previous sentence. I’m not 100% sure if it needs a space or to hit enter to make it look right. But it would make your blog so much easier to read if all of the sentence came before the photo. Thanks!

  6. I love looking at BLOG homes, but it is so refreshing to see a couple without a blog have a really cute and personal space. Very nice of them to share their home.


  7. OMGoodness, I just fell in love! They are both adorable and their cottage is wonderful! The Apt. out back is perfection too! So nice that they let you in to take these wonderful photos! I am going to GET to PSJ ASAP!!!! Have visited the Fl. gulf coast forever but have never been to PSJ! Something to add to my bucket list! XO, Pinky

  8. What a darling couple and a charming cottage! Cute story. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you just happened upon such a gorgeous cottage! They have a wonderful sense of style, everything is gorgeous!!! I looooove the kitchen, you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming out of there!

  10. The house and apartment were absolutely adorable….Even better…the fact that they followed their dreams and went for it while they are still young enough to enjoy it. Others of us live with that regret!!! Lori L

  11. Leigh cohoon says

    Lindsay and Wes did a amazing job….so pretty and beachy….love the sea salt color too! My husband and i just bought a vacation home in port st Joe in march…such a wonderful place…..girls trip end of may and I will be there all summer w the kids! Such a small friendly town, can’t get over how welcoming everyone is…..maybe run into you guys one of these days! Leigh c

  12. What an adorable cottage and couple! They are doing an amazing job with their home!


  13. Rhoda you found my dream house! Too bad that Lindsay and Wes live there. 😀 I love everything they’ve done inside. I would LOVE to own a home like this someday…. Thanks for sharing another one of your great adventures!

  14. Any chance you know where their couch is from?!

  15. Brenda Dodd Smith Swindall says

    So cute. Love the Sea Salt color. One of my favorites. So relaxing……could move right in. Love love love. ❤

  16. Do you know where the rug is from in the living room? I have been searching high and low for something like that in my “sea salt” living room!

    • HI, Stacie, sorry I do not know. This was house in Port St. Joe that I photographed while there several years ago and the owners have moved out of the home.

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