Be inspired by a coastal cottage in County Down

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The former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is surrounded by sea on two sides and has beautiful views across the Irish Sea.

1/9 Exterior

house exterior

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2/9 Entrance hall

room with wooden flooring and lamps

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French-style and limewashed furniture create an elegant coastal feel with framed views out to sea.

Console table, lamps, wicker candleholders, chair, footstool
Helen Turkington Interiors
Lene Bjerre

3/9 Living room

living room with white wall and sofa chair

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All the walls were painted white, but bold floral blue and white patterns add interest in the clean scheme.

Blue velvet lovechair, floral armchairs, coffee table, mirror
Helen Turkington Interiors
Tray table
Lene Bjerre
Blue armchair fabric
Manuel Canovas

4/9 Living room

living room with white wall and sofa with cushions

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Shell and coastal inspired pictures and prints are grouped together above the white sofa.

White sofa, footstool
Helen Turkington Furniture
Cushion fabric
Manuel Canovas
Black and white prints
Trowbridge Gallery

5/9 Entrance hall

hall bench with cushions

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wicker drawer unit and a wall shelf provide handy storage. Ticking stripes are perfect for cushions.

Wicker drawer bench, wall storage unit
The White Company
Seat cushion fabric
Jane Churchill
Striped and blue cushion
Ian Mankin

6/9 Kitchen

kitchen with white wall and white cabinets

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The original Shaker style units were given a lick of paint to create a calm scheme.

Kitchen units painted in Salt and Pepper HT4
Helen Turkington
White jug
Helen Turkington Interiors

7/9 Main bedroom

bedroom with white wall and bed with cushions

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A classic navy blue and white bedroom scheme makes a statement. An oversized headboard was added for a strong focal point of interest.

The White Company
Cushions, curtains
Helen Turkington Interiors
Chair fabric
Osborne & Little

8/9 Main bedroom

bedroom with bed and dressing table

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A distressed chest of drawers was an auction find and introduces a little country appeal. The oversized mirror and tall symmetrical lamps add grandeur.

Lamps, mirror, ginger jar
Helen Turkington Interiors

9/9 Bathroom

bathroom with shower area with glass partition

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The walk-in shower covers the width of the room An auction-find wicker chair adds a splash of colour.

Shelf unit
Wicker basket, towels
The White Company

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.