We can all agree that ocean views and beach front property are fabulous qualities of a summer house. To me, it's the details lacking grandeur that make a beach house a home. It's the small choices made for function over fashion, like the absence of carpets so sand is easier to clean up, and the seasonality of the decor that allows for our presence to fill the space with personality.
That said, there are a few items that are essential to any beach house, and, if they are not at yours, I can guarantee they are at the neighbors next door.
Here are the items I believe are essential to any beach house:
-An outdoor shower.
-Peanut butter, in case you get in too late to grocery shop.
-Driftwood, found at the beach.
-A wild raspberry bush.
-A good grill.
-Any number of fishing rods, half with tangled reels.
-An unwelcome visit from a skunk.
-A boogie board.
-A fire pit.
-More importantly, extra towels.
-A happy dog.
-A well stocked wine and beer fridge.
-A half dozen empty sunscreen bottles.
-A collection of something obscure.
-The subtle scent of mildew.
And time that finally feels like it's moving at a breathable speed.
We can't leave out these additions from Michelle M.
The ice cream truck,
And sandy floors.
And a few more from Beth W.
Sandy, water-logged paperback,
T-shirts and flip flops someone left behind (who knows who?),
A beat-up car (ours has mice) to drive to the beach.
I bet you have more to add to this list. Add them to the comments below, I'd love to hear what makes a beach house a home to you.
Lovely gifts from weekend guests
Jackie September 25, 2020
Beachboard, Boogieboard, Surfboard, Paddleboard, Skateboard, Skimboard and a pair of Hobies
John OBrien September 17, 2020