No Lie: This Blogger's Beach House Has Breezy Vibes for Days

Gabrielle Savoie

How do you make a tired midcentury home on the Jersey Shore feel like the ultimate Mykonos escape? Leave it to Nicole Cohen, an artist, blogger, and photographer with an exceptional eye, to completely transform a space using only crafty cosmetic updates and a few very lucky vintage finds. When she and her husband purchased their summer home from a decorator in the beach town of Deal, New Jersey, it had seen better days—the floors needed to be refinished, the ceilings needed a coat of paint, and the whole space needed a revamp. But Cohen, who has a penchant for nostalgic spaces she calls "granny chic" could already see the potential.

Leaving most of the original midcentury details intact, she reworked the space to feel like a breezy European beach escape—minimal and airy but still layered and deeply rooted in history. With only a few clever cosmetic updates, some very thrifty vintage shopping, and a few favorite IKEA pieces, she was able to create a high-end look without the price tag to match. Step inside the dreamy beach house Cohen shares with her husband and three children—you just might want to move in for the summer.

Next up, how to live that coastal life when you're in the city.

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