Before and After At The Beach

I can't believe that the 4th of July is now in the rear view mirror.  I'm always a little sad after the 4th of July weekend because it means that the summer is half over.  But, it was a great action- packed weekend seeing friends and neighbors, with time in the ocean and pool and lots of food!  Last week's staging job feels like it was years ago but I promised to send a few before and after shots so you could see what we did.  

First, a little about the cottage.  Built in 1960 across the street from the beach, it has a large deck, a screened porch and 3 bedrooms with one bath upstairs on the main level and a guest bedroom and bath downstairs.  A rear porch was likely enclosed at one point to create a large family room.  Built during the time when beach houses were simple and unfussy, it still has the original cypress paneling on the walls. and the kitchen is charmingly rustic.  The owners had renovated the bathrooms, replaced the HVAC and lovingly maintained the house inside and out.  It was charming with their things but, vacant, seemed a bit tired and sad.  Also, the rooms felt small without furniture. 

Here is a photo of the family room before.  The room was well proportioned, had some great features like board and batten walls painted a fresh white, built-in bookshelves and lots of light. 


The wall to wall carpet is not ideal in a beach house so I often layer an area rug on top to create some interest.  In this case, I used an indoor outdoor rug.  Nothing says beach more than navy and white stripes!

I loved the screened in porch with its black and white painted floor, blue ceiling and interesting geometric framing.  

All it needed was some wicker furniture and some flowers to make it a place where you would love to have your coffee in the morning listening to the sound of the waves and the palm trees swaying in the breeze.

The bathroom is fresh and clean and lovely in its blue and white!


The dining area before felt small without furniture and although the cypress paneling is a typical feature at the beach here in SC, it can look dark.

White upholstered or slipcovered parsons chairs brighten things up and a graphic black and white print helps to keep things whimsical.

All the kitchen needed was a cute striped rug and some blue and white pottery.

A small sitting area adjacent to the dining area is a bit dark and nondescript before staging.

Beach-y seagrass club chairs, a blue and white area rug and pillows that tie in the aqua valances that the homeowner made help to define this space and make it inviting.  Can't you imagine reading here in the evening?

Before the deck felt empty and with the table and chairs pushed to the end it seemed a bit impractical for entertaining.

By adding a seating area on one end of the deck, we created a great space for hosting friends for cocktails after a day at the beach.

It was a fun quick project and a great way to kick off the fourth of July.  Available for sale for $622,000, its a great little cottage. 

Happy Tuesday!