Monday, June 2, 2014

Bald Head Before and After: Part 1

When I was a little girl, my family started vacationing on Bald Head Island. I was five when we took our first trip and have been going ever summer since (no need to tell how many years that has been). The island is chocked full of memories and I love being able to work on the island when I get the chance. I recently had the privilege of decorating a rental and was thrilled at the prospect. It is a small ocean front villa with a lot of potential. Because of it's size, it needed to pack a lot of punch and seem bigger than it actually is. What better way to achieve that than with new paint and lots of bright coastal colors. Anytime you brighten up a space, it gives the illusion of making the space feel larger. This light and airy beach house does just that! 
It was costly to repaint the main living space because of the vaulted ceiling so I chose to leave the current paint and furnishings, but by adding fabrics and accessories, a rug and a glass coffee table, the space feels much bigger, brighter and tropical. Before, the bones were good, but it needed a face lift and some pops of color. Check out the BEFORE...

The jumping off point Beacon Hill's "Hidden Temple" fabric brought in shades of coral, aqua and green. 
Remember, this $40 CraigsList find? This Baker table got a new home and an update with glossy white paint. 
This lacquered piece from The Coop is the perfect storage option for beach-reads and games. 
A lacquered green corner desk is the perfect fit under the stairwell and adds a computer nook for guests.
 A glass console functions for storage for TV components and a Target pouf (yes $59.99) adds additional seating. 
Accessories and lighting from The Coop added the finishing touches to the living room. 
BEFORE, the original kitchen was dark and a little drab for a beach house with cherry cabinets.  
I loved the floating shelves, so decided to keep them and fill them with pretty things (but still functional, of course). The cabinets got a fresh coat of white paint and lucite pulls to update the look. 
The dark dining table was replaced with a glass top table to take up less visual space. Faux bamboo chairs from The Coop with a vinyl green ostrich fabric will hold up to renters and a bright coral chandelier adds light and color to the dining area. 
Ghost chairs at the head give an airy feel to this small dining space that comfortably seats 6. 
Stay tuned for more transformations of this little beach gem... 
Villa 41 is rented through

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