This Martha’s Vineyard beach cottage is not just one home. There are three cottages on the site of “Chappy”, as the locals call it.

There is a trio of tiny 1930s structures that were once used as guest cottages, but were being sold as a single unit.

The porch of this Martha's Vineyard beach cottage opens to the water.

When Phoebe and Mike bought it, they were careful not to undo the historic charm. So they took a light touch in terms of decorating these cottages.

Phoebe, who owns Red Dirt Farm, filled them with a pieced-together collection of furniture and artwork.

Much of the furniture and artwork came straight from her family’s own longtime home in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Shells and sea glass are laid on the windowsill to dry off in this beach cottage

Shells and sea glass are collected on the latest beach walk and left to dry on the windowsill.

The living room furnishings are chosen to withstand two dogs and sandy feet at this Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

Phoebe had no plans to rip the home apart. She wanted the original bones of the house kept intact.

So she patched rotted spots and gave the surfaces light coats of paint.

The sailboat weather vane from Phoebe’s grandfather’s Martha’s Vineyard home now graces the mantel.

The sailboat weather vane from Phoebe’s grandfather’s Martha’s Vineyard home now sits on the mantel.

Twin wingback chairs across from a rattan sofa are in the front room of the beach cottage

Phoebe’s philosophy in decorating the home was that everything must withstand two dogs, drippy bathing suits and sandy feet.

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An old chair adds seating to the old wicker table in the Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

The furniture is worn, chippy and aged. And handed down over generations.

Two wood chairs and a weathered wicker table is a perfect place for a game of cards at this Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

A weathered wicker table sits in the corner and is a perfect place for a game of cards.

Director chairs in front of a table against the wall are where the family gather to put jigsaw puzzles together. The view is of the water.

They work on jigsaw puzzles under the window with a view that looks out over the water.

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A simple kitchen with old-fashioned furnishings grace this Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

The kitchen looks like a room from another era.

Phoebe did not want it torn apart to be remodeled and modernized. Her goal was for everything to remain much as it was.

The open shelves store everything from canned foods to plates and bowls.

Red, blue and white transferware is on display on the upper shelves.

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A screened door leads to the outdoors. Straw hats and bags hang on nails at this Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

Next to the old screened door straw hats and bags are hung casually on nails.

A twin bed is in this guest room of Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

This guest bedroom is simplistic but warm and inviting with its twin bed and red dresser.

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Vintage twin beds are in one guest bedroom of the Martha's Vineyard beach cottage.

The white bed linens are interchangeable. Durable hooked wool and cotton rag rugs decorate the floors.

This Martha's Vineyard beach cottage is simply with casual furnishings like this vintage dresser and bed.

Phoebe didn’t want fussy window treatments. She chose simple rod pocket hemstitch curtains just like her mother used.

The bathroom in this cottage has industrial elements like a deep basin sink and a subway tile shower.

In the bathroom, industrial elements such as the deep-basin sink and subway tile shower were selected for their durability.

The floor is painted with marine paint.

At the Martha's Vineyard beach cottage, the family enjoys evening cocktails.

Family members enjoy cocktails and conversation near the water just before sunset.

I hope you enjoyed this simple cottage tour.

{Photos and tour details via Country Living}

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  1. This looks like the perfect place to relax and unwind! I love how she kept everything intact and honored the simplicity of the past too. It’s all really beautiful. Hope your summer has been a fun one, CoCo

  2. It’s so charming, yet not fussy at all. Such a comfortable place. Great place to relax. A lot of reminders from the past.

  3. I absolutely love this cottage! I come from RI and most of the furnishings are so familiar to me. As a matter of fact, we had several of them in my home as a child!

  4. I love Martha’s Vineyard. I could move here today. So glad they left things original. That’s how it should be.

  5. What a charming home. I love how she has let it maintain much of its original self. Did you catch that little round seat that comes out from under the table in the kitchen?

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