coastal design

A Bright and Airy Update

Older homes often come with plenty of potential, and if you’re willing to put in the work, that potential can turn into a home with tons of charm! That was the case with this historic coastal home. After designing the master bedroom and family room (which you can see HERE), the living and dining space was up next. Beginning as a fully wood paneled room, it felt outdated and dark. We believe preserving history in an older home is important, but we find that it has to suit a client’s lifestyle in order to be enjoyed. This room had great features like the wood beams, fireplace, and french doors, but with so much orange-stained wood, the space wasn’t inviting and all of those special features just blended in. We decided that instead of preserving the entire room, it would suit the clients and the space better to highlight the best features and bring the rest up to date. So, with lots of creamy white paint, natural colors and textures, along with fresh greenery, we brightened it up and created a space with timeless coastal charm. Check out the before and after photos below!

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After

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While we designed the rest of their house to be kid-friendly, our clients requested a more formal room where they could entertain. Of course, the layout of the space meant it was too big to be just another family room, and we really wanted it to be functional as a more formal space. So, we had the idea to make two rooms in one. On one side is a comfortable tone-on-tone sitting area, and by the fireplace is the formal dining space. To finish it off, the lighting fixture acts as a defining detail making the two spaces feel separate while remaining complimentary.

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Now bright and airy, the best features of this room have come out of the woodwork (so to speak) and are now showcased in this timeless space. It’s now ready for good conversations, scrumptious meals, and new memories to be made! Thanks for reading!

 

 Design by: Julie Benitez

Elegant Outside

Bringing a backyard to life is about more than making sure there’s enough seating for BBQs and get-togethers. We take into account the purpose of the space, the size, the way it connects to the interior of the home, and of course, the elements. Once we’ve figured out those aspects, it’s time to bring our vision to life and create a space that invites its owners to enjoy the outside.

We recently finished the interior of this elegant home (which you can check out HERE), but to make it the complete package, we needed to carry on its cozy coastal features to the outside. One of the great qualities of this home is its ability to open up. The patio connects to the family room through glass french doors which creates an outdoor extension to the room. These clients love to entertain and host family and friends, so we wanted to enhance the patio’s ability to connect to the inside by using complementary colors. Just open the french doors, and it becomes one continuous space. The clients wanted a firepit, so we found a great one that doubles as a coffee table when not in use.

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With cream, navy, and robins egg blue acting as the primary colors for the interior, we carried this palette out into backyard as well. The pool area was already beautiful, but with so many hard surfaces, it needed to be softened. Using fabric as our means, we placed custom upholstered pieces throughout the space which adds both a cozy and useful flair. The seven umbrellas also soften the space while creating shade and dimension.

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Just off both the family and the living room is this outdoor dining terrace. With enough seating to host friends, it’s ideal for scrumptious dinners on cozy evenings. By finishing the area with a large rug, this area feels inviting and complete.

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We love that this backyard has been transformed into a place that’s useful and welcoming. From pool party to elegant dinner gathering or enjoying the rising sun with a cup of coffee, it’s genuinely become another cherished part of the home. Thanks for reading!

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Elegant Coastal

Whenever we receive a new project that begins with an empty house, it gives us the opportunity to really envision a design that’s fresh and new. With so much open space, this next project definitely enabled us to dream a little! These clients asked for a coastal style and, while most people might picture a beachside cottage, we envisioned an elegant resort-like home. Of course, with any house that’s made up of such large spaces, we had to keep proportion, flow, and space in mind. The final result is a grand house that still feels inviting…a true place to call home.

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The bones of the house featured neutral tile flooring, large arch ways, and columns—making the home seem more tuscan or mediterranean. In order to make the coastal design feel natural, we played off that mediterranean style and went with a resort flare.

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This was such a fun project, and we hope these clients enjoy their home as much as we did designing it! Thanks for reading!

Ahh...Light and Airy

As newlyweds, first-time homeowners, and soon-to-be parents, this young couple was ready to create a forever home for their future family. Of course, that’s what we love to do most! When we came in, this coastal home felt closed in and dark. Aiming for light and airy, we began with Dunn Edwards paint in the color Whisper to open up the space and neutral tone-on-tone fabrics for pillows and window treatments. Then we added pops of robins-egg-blue for a bit of color and let the cedar beam ceilings stand out. The result? A home that feels open, light, and timeless–a perfect beginning to a forever home.

The Living Room

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The Bedroom

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As these clients enter an exciting time of life, we are only too thrilled to help them begin creating their forever home. We can’t wait to continue working with them in the future!


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