My birthday boy. He's definitely giving Daddy a run for his money as the No. 1 guy in my life.
They could not believe it had an actual ocean view when properties nearby are selling for hundreds of thousands blocks away from any sight of the coast line.
Here is a little taste of what it use to look like...carpet, popcorn ceilings and horrendous lighting...
And now... you know how I love a dramatic entrance. Sets the tone for what awaits inside.
Rough hewn cedar plank ceilings, whitewashed, give the space the most lovely scent. The smell and the sound of the ocean are the homeowner's favorite things. Peacock Paver flooring, a favorite of mine, had to be the choice for this space.
Lee dining chairs were covered in outdoor fabric and casters added to the legs so they can move around freely. These chairs have a nice deep seat so you can curl up with a cup of coffee or glass of wine too.
A spot on the sofa offers a slice of the ocean outside. Three inch plantation shutters to be installed soon.
A drywall frame was added to give the refrigerator a built-in finish, adding visual weight to anchor the exposed shelves and give them a clean ending point.
After...recessed niches and reading lights were added to each. I'd like to trick out the interior in nautical map wallpaper or some sort of stencil so when you pull back the drapes - BAM - a surprise inside. West Elm bedding and Ikea linen drapes. Closing the drapes are their children's favorite part.
After...horizontal 1 x 2 trim moulding added and a glass shower screen instead of a curtain were installed to keep the space open and crisp. Benjamin Moore's Kingsport Gray on the walls. I fell in love with the color while shopping at Birmingham's Table Matters. Another great B'ham tradition.
Lowe's $12.99 24-inch floating shelves will have to do for now. Future plans for a custom designed wall unit using reclaimed wood coming soon. If only I could make up my mind on my sketches.
Instead of replacing all the door frames, I designed a favorite x motif and had it added to all the doors, again using the same 1 x 2 trim moulding. Stackable washer and dryer tucked away inside.
After...a giant barn door was constructed from a Pinterest photo allowing complete and open access to the closet instead of the sliding doors that tend to fall of track. Absolutely love the sound the barn door makes when it slides down the track. The door is covered in Benjamin Moore's Texas Leather.
The closet glass doors were repurposed on either side of the bedroom window to visually add depth and light. What's not pictured is the flat screen hanging above the dresser. The Mrs. promised her husband if you pull this off big daddy, you'll finally get that television you've always wanted in the bedroom. Marriage: one big sweet crazy compromise.
Due to space constraints between the bed and the closet, I designed a custom floating shelf. I am looking forward to the ghost chair that will sit here soon along with some additional lighting so the Mrs. has a place to sit and primp. Sherwin Williams Ethereal Mood covers the shelf.
An old chippy shelf, a flea market find, was purchased with the daydream of "this would be great for a beach house someday" never thinking it would actually transpire. All the while hearing the husband curse about purchasing furniture for a home that doesn't exist.
When arriving for the initial site inspection the homeowner noticed the unit was no. 16, the same day as her wedding anniversary, a very good sign!
"When you feel your life ain't worth living you've got to stand up and take a look around you then look way up to the sky. And when your deepest thoughts are broken, keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die."
- Blind Melon, Change
The best part of this project and story is the family loves sharing their sweet abode by the sea with others. Yes, you too can wake up to the sound of the ocean and sip your morning coffee here...
Or attempt cartwheels in the town square.
Share in all His bounty with wonderful friends. Nothing screams beach like a low country boil.
Ride bikes with your chickens to get ice cream...
And stare at sunsets and silhouettes like this, a tear in your eye, glass of champagne in hand, and be reminded of just how beautiful life is.
Sound like a plan? Make it your own by reserving your vacation HERE at "beside the seaside". And don't forget to read my other posts HERE and HERE about the beautiful area in which their new home sits. I'll be back to share ALL THE DESIGN DETAILS with you in a later post. Any pressing questions that simply cannot wait, you know where to find me. xx
Thanks for sharing in my work of heart!
Big hug - big squeeze,