Who wouldn’t love to live at the beach or have a beach side vacation home?  I recently completed one for a client and wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

Picture 145-resized-6001.  The original kitchen was made of plain white Formica cabinets and configured with a peninsula and corner sink.  It was outdated and needed better function as well as updated finishes.  We custom built all new cabinets and included some glass doors with bead board backs. We put in a new stainless steel hood and raised it so it wasn’t too low for the cook.  We brought in a small wine refrigerator for easier entertaining.

Picture 147-resized-6002. The peninsula was converted into a more functional island with a deep single bowl sink and high tech faucet, a new trash compactor and a new dishwasher.  The counters are a solid taupe colored quartz in order to not compete with the back splash.  Of course we improved the lighting in the entire kitchen and installed these hanging pendants as well.   There is a tall floor mirror for the back wall in this picture but it wasn’t installed yet when the picture was taken.

2-resized-6003. We used a fabulous carved tile with wave like action for the remodeled kitchen back splash.  It’s texture and movement relate perfectly with the nearby ocean. Here is a close up shot.  It’s really stunning and easy to keep clean!

Picture 144-resized-6004.  The dining area is right off the kitchen and opens directly into the living room.  So casual and comfortable.  The chandelier is gray capiz shells and came from West Elm.

Picture 114-resized-6005.  The client selected linen slipcovered sofas and rustic funiture for a very relaxed ambiance.  We used three shades of taupe paint from Restoration Hardware for the walls in these adjoining rooms to emphasize the architectural details.

Picture 108-resized-6006.  The powder room got a complete makeover too.  We took down the old “fish” wallpaper and replaced it with this elegant grass cloth that is hand silk screened with zebra stripes in tarnished gold.  Very dramatic but tasteful in the neutral colors and simple lines.

Picture 123-resized-6007.  The master bathroom also got a makeover.  The original wall paper was very wild palm leaves so we removed it and painted the walls a calm blue.  The mermaid wall decoration was left by the previous owners and created an appropriate and playful focal point for the room.

We didn’t like the white Formica cabinets so covered them with a grass cloth looking wallpaper to update them without having to change the cabinets, sink and counter tops.  We added new knobs to complete the room makeover.

Picture 124-resized-6008.  The children’s room originally had two sets of very dark and bulky bunk beds that took over the room.  We rearranged the layout and had custom beds built to accommodate the kids and their friends.  By placing the beds in an L shape we  were able to open up the center of the room so they had room to play and we were able to provide drawers for storage as well.

These clients were wonderful to work with and will enjoy this home for many years to come!

All photos by Lila Levinson