Nestled under a breezy canopy of what are rumored to be some of the oldest trees on the island, rests Barb and Mike’s cozy 1950s newly revived cottage. The wrap around porch sets the scene with white rockers and a plush porch swing gently swaying in the breeze, calling one’s name for an after-beach nap. Both Barb and Mike are retired school teachers from Pennsylvania who came to live in Ocean City full time in 2001. The vibe of the home they have created is one of tranquility and relaxation. Designed with entertaining friends in mind, Barb has also created the “Nanny and Pop” second floor for her two married sons and their families. This consists of two completely outfitted guest bedrooms. Each guest bed has a skylight perfectly placed above for star gazing. From the soothing coastal blue walls, to the kitchen full of clean lines, then on to the newly covered deck with a classic tin roof, every inch of this house could not be more well thought out.
But the real story here is not the house, however, it is the history the house holds inside its walls. Vintage framed children’s bathing suits, straw beach hats, old beach signs, and wooden oars repurposed as drapery rods, adorn the walls. Antique corbels from and old hotel in Atlantic City support a mantle style shelf in the dining area, while old iron grates from a basement in Philadelphia hang above and below. Proudly placed on the front porch sits the full sized antique carousel horse. Gleaming in the corner of the living room is the cast iron mermaid torchiere light, buoys are being as doorstops, stained glass is hung instead of a typical roller shade, and vintage carved wooden birds float throughout.
Barb and Mike’s eclectic collection creates a unique coastal themed environment both inside and out that would be hard to replicate. I would imagine it would be even harder to leave should you ever be invited to visit…
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