Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Beach House Reno! Before and After

 A dear friend approached me several months ago and asked me to look at a beach house to see if it had potential. The answer is always "YES!". We lightened everything up -- including the floors which were refinished to their natural state, new paint a new front door to let the light in and lots of new furnishings and accessories to turn this hidden gem into.....
A beach retreat! Vintage McGuire chairs were lacquered and the cushions were upholstered in Cotton and Quill fabrics. 


Sofas were slip covered in white cotton in the living room and accented with pops of emerald and blue...
The "Grasshopper" lacquered table adds a bright punch to the natural texture of sisal.
The den was drab and dingy BEFORE:
I convinced the home owner to keep the sofas and slip cover in washable linen.  The den and the living room open into one another, so I wanted them to flow.
An upholstered coffee table with a glass top is a fun twist on a traditional coffee table. The master BEFORE was boring and a little too simple...
With refinished floors, new paint and beautiful new custom drapes, this room came alive.

Remember this cabinet? It used to be black lacquer. I had it painted "Gray Matters" and it doubles as a TV console and dresser (TV is on it's way)....
 The room opens up to a glass sun porch. 
The dark tile and old furnishings were traded for a rattan sofa with new linen upholstery and brightened up with pops of color. 
The chairs are indoor-outdoor from World Market and will hold up to fading and sun in this bright spot. 
My trusting client let me make selections and allowed me do the installation this week so I could surprise her when she arrived yesterday to see her new cottage for the first time. She loves it can't wait to bring her family down for lots of Summer visits. Summer time is calling....
bye bye birdie...
-H

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