East Coast Charm

My family and I rented this amazing old house on the shores of Chester, Nova Scotia — my favourite summertime destination after my first love, France. If you’re planning a trip out east this summer, check out the annual summer sailing regatta in Chester during the second week of every August — not to be missed! Summers on the East Coast are so relaxing — a bit of a throw back in time, if you will. The pace is a little slower, the people are friendly and the homes are full of charming details.

Here are a few snaps of the old house that, while slightly worse for years of loving wear, still maintained its laid back East Coast charm. It was a true testament to the beauty of imperfection.

Here is the view of the white clapboard home perched up high on a hill overlooking a quiet bay of the Atlantic ccean, complete with a double-decker front porch.

This was the view to the peninsula dotted with so many stunning homes. And what front deck isn’t complete without an old wicker rocker? The extra-long painted bench framed the windows nicely.

This was the view in the other direction — you can see we were perched up high for spectacular views all around.

We often had dinner out on the porch at this tiny table with old-school fold up chairs so we could enjoy the sunset.

The glass sunroom, tiny covered veranda and sweeping green lawn added to the home’s charm.

The beach was a bit of a downward hike, but well worth it once you got there. And check out the gorgeous boathouse!

This was one of the bedrooms on the second floor, complete with matelassé bedding, a pale dhurrie rug, cotton tieback curtains and spooled antique furniture. The pale blue walls reflected the East Coast light for a magical, serene effect. I never had trouble falling asleep in this room. This was the writing desk in my bedroom. I actually wrote one of my editor’s letters from here!

One of the other bedrooms featured this floral wallpaper wrapped up over the attic ceiling and a pretty green ladder back chair.

The same sort of sparseness ruled in the dining room as well. The house was filled with antique hooked rugs, which added to the vintage charm of each room. And I’m a sucker for an original built-in corner cabinet — not to mention a display of blue and white china.

Simple wicker chairs were right at home in this sitting room.

I love the brick surround on the fireplace and the simple beauty of just a few found rocks on top of the mantel. And every East Coast home must have some sort of seagull reference!

They also had these vintage royal plates on display — I love how decrepit they are. And the house was filled with all sorts of lovely original hardware like this oval doorknob.

The original pantry was one of the home’s highlights with its horizontal backsplash, luggage pulls and toggle locks. And as much as the kitchen sink was a bit too much of a throwback, I kind of loved how the blue and white ruffled curtains made it feel special.

See our Best Of The East photo gallery for more gorgeous East Coast style.

Photo credits:
1, 2, 6, 10, 14. Cottagecountry.com
3-5, 7-9, 11-12, 13, 15-17. Suzanne Dimma

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