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The design team was inspired by traditional beachfront architecture from the 1940s. "We wanted to take that home and elevate it to a level in a new build that it was meant to be," Joel says.
Originally, the site had no landscaping at all. The team transformed the barren lot into a lush lawn, preserving a palm tree that the sisters' grandfather had originally planted in the yard. A side lot was turned into a yard with a fieldstone paver patio.
The new structure takes full advantage of natural light. The ceilings were lifted to 10 feet on the first floor and 14 feet on the second — a change that made a big difference in the home's feel.
The budget for both the interior and the exterior design was limited, so the team had to get creative when it came to style. Luckily, the homeowners gave them almost free rein. Their one specific demand was that the walls be covered in white boards. The walls in the open living room, dining room and kitchen are made of horizontal 1-inch-by-10-inch butt joint paneling.
Rug: GDC Home; couch: Hickory Chair; pillows: Thomas Paul for Duralee, Schumacher
Function and ambiance were the biggest priorities. An open kitchen, dining and living space made the most sense for this vacation home. Although this isn't a full-time residence, the team had to design for large numbers of people, since multiple families stay here at once.
Open shelving in the kitchen keeps it casual and bright, while slate tile floors are both durable and stylish. The kitchen cabinets were done in a simple Shaker style and painted to match the marble countertops. The Cooper and white milk glass ceiling fixtures in the kitchen were salvaged from an old saloon. The light above the dining room table is from Circa Lighting; Joel had the trim and hood painted powder blue to give it a vintage look.
Table: Hickory Chair; chairs: Crate and Barrel
Cane furniture in the loft's living room creates a cozy sitting space where the family often spends mornings. Some of the furniture and accessories came from the sisters' elderly mother, who passed away during the project; they add a personal element the sisters love.
Rug: GDC Home; coffee table, cane chairs and console: refurbished vintage
A vintage desk set got a makeover with bold yellow paint and glass drawer pulls, making the perfect vanity for the upstairs bathroom. Classic subway tile and simple sconces keep the space light, bright and functional.
Knobs: Pinch of the Past; chair cushion: Sunbrella; sconces: Circa Lighting
All the bedrooms are paneled with batten strips in a classic coastal style. Joel applied pine strips directly to the sheetrock as an inexpensive way to get the look the sisters wanted. Simple dressers were accented with sea-green hardware, a simple and affordable touch that feels high end.
Bedding: vintage and West Elm; side table and bed frame: vintage