Nick’s Cove Cottages: Reimagining an iconic Northern California hideaway

IDF Studio was honored to take on the revitalization of Nick’s Cove Cottages in Tomales Bay, a beloved destination for both locals and tourists since the 1930s. We preserved its architectural integrity and honored the quirks of each individual cottage with period-specific lighting and original antique furnishings from the settlement. A refreshed coastal color palette, character-rich wall coverings, and highly durable materials ensure the updated cottages will stand up to a new generation of visitors.


Nick’s Cove Cottages is a West Marin institution boasting twelve cabins nestled along Tomales Bay. Well-loved for their rustic nautical charm and picturesque setting, each cottage has its own look and feel – that unique history and sense of place informed the redesign. Newly-painted paneling, refinished floors, updated lighting, and quirky wallcoverings give the century-old settlement a fresh identity without sacrificing its architectural legacy. Salt-and-sand-proof upholstery and floor coverings will stand up to visitors, and updated accessories, like plush blankets and pillows, add a sense of comfort typically reserved for residential projects. We’re proud to say that the cottages feel fresh and nostalgic at once.