Room Candy

March 25, 2013

Seaside Cottage Makeover

Here's a recent redesign and styling of a little oceanfront cottage that the clients are renting.
A fresh coat of a soft white paint really brightened up the space but they also needed some updated pieces and the final layers to make it feel like home.

Living Room Before.... great bones ( floors fireplace and new seating) WOW nice view!!!

Living Room After... casual comfy "Elegant Beachy" I say! 

Much needed extra storage for the space behind the sofa. Love these lamps we scored from Homesense.

Because its a rental it was key to refresh without any structural changes. We did replace 3 main light fixtures and paint one wall but the rest was cosmetic.

The front door opens directly into the dining area and made for a jumble of shoes and coats and drop zones. The old pine table was solid ( and loved) so we had the client use a vinegar and steel wool wash to weather it. This is a great simple way to add a beachy grey feel to wood. I have done it with great success to a couple of old treasures! See our Facebook post on 'how to' DIY or click the link above

Here's the freshly weathered table and awesome new chairs...makes for a brand new look at half the cost! The teal drapes were the jumping off point for the colour pop and feel through out the little cottage.

Adorable wooden "hooks" from CB2 and new IKEA Hemnes shoe storage unit complete the dining area.

Kitchen before...

 We added a eating/utility console on casters to the otherwise blank stark wall. 
 Chalkboard paint in a dark grey and a vintage frame sprayed out blue add some fun!! The inexpensive light fixture was a drastic improvement from the tired old globe in here before.

Master bedroom off centre (no view) window creates a very unbalanced feel to the room and the array of hand me down furniture was no longer working for the this professional young couple. 
(2 thumbs up for the creative use of wood clamps to hold the sheet!!)

The drapery "wall" is an inexpensive way to create a dramatic headboard as well as balance the room.

New dresser side tables and bedding pull it all together.

Add in some more storage in the bathroom

and a touch of whimsy

and this place is updated ready for entertaining and comfortable waterfront living
...all without breaking the bank!

Enjoy the view. 

** Kudos times a million to design colleague extraordinaire Josee Lalonde on this project. Absolutely zero fun would have occurred with out her and her grande talent and super cute dancing abilities !

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