Frey opened up what she describes as closed-off and dated rooms on the ground floor by removing a wall separating the rooms. She kept the structural wall's support posts but integrated them visually into custom cabinetry, thereby adding storage on the kitchen side and paneling detail (not visible) on the living room side.
MaterialsA big part of the vintage coastal look is about making things look like they've been there forever. Using architectural moldings and paneling, such as tongue and groove, board and batten or just wide boards, you can create interesting features in an otherwise characterless room. Tip: Fix 2-by-4 foot lengths of timber to your ceiling at intervals. To make them look aged, I like to have the edges chamfered, or you can fix a rounded bead molding (available at many hardwood or craft stores) to the edges. Line the remaining ceiling with tongue and groove or wide boards. Paint all of it, including the walls, in soft whites.