ISSUE 25  |  Life Aquatic

Steal This Look: Beach Cottage on the Dutch Coast

August 25, 2015 4:00 PM

BY Dalilah Arja

Located 34 miles southwest of Amsterdam is Katwijk aan Zee, a beach town on the North Sea where Dutch firm Kust Architects has placed 10 stylishly simple beach cabanas on the white sand. The cabanas are available for rent; each can accommodate from four to five people and comes equipped with a kitchen and wi-fi. 

While we feverishly try to dream up an excuse to host a Gardenista retreat in one, we’ve sleuthed the elements to create the look. 

Above: Each cabana, designed and outfitted by Kust Architects, has a color palette that ranges from blue to blue (make that from periwinkle to aqua). Photograph courtesy of Vtwonen. 

Above: An oversized Microcotton Luxury Towel (bath sheet size) comes in periwinkle and is $71 from Scandia Down.

Above: The hanging light fixture on the veranda is the Z1 Cotton Lamp, designed by Nelson Sepulveda and manufactured by Ay Illuminate. It’s $510 from Bodie and Fou.

Above: Each cabana is furnished with Fermob Stacking Armchairs. A set of two can be purchased from French Bistro Furniture for $1,430. Photograph courtesy of Style Park.

Above: A bamboo block like the one on the porch can be used as a stool or a side table. We like this vintage Woven Stool, from Etsy seller Solstice Home, $49.

Above: Can a beach hut be complete without a hammock? The Classic Single Ocean Hammock is on sale for $135 from One King’s Lane


Above: Perfect for hauling beach supplies and little ones, a sturdy Steel Crate Wagon can be found on Amazon for $283.

Above: To turn your wagon the right shade of sea blue, give it a coat or two of exterior paint. Benjamin Moore’s Buxton Blue is $69 per gallon. For more of our favorite seaside hues, take a look at Palette & Paints: Coastline-Inspired Blues.  

Above: Complete the look with a few tufts of beach grass. For more information about purchasing American Beach Grass, see Vans Pines Nursery. Photograph by Royal Broil. And if you’re planting a seashore garden, see more of our favorite coastal plants at 10 Easy Perennials for the Seaside Garden.

For more coastal inspiration, check out our slew of Beach Style posts, and take a look at another waterfront oasis in Just Open: A Hidden Beach Hotel in Oaxaca.

June 24, 2014 as part of our Life Aquatic week.