Monday, June 12, 2017

You, Me and my Cottage by the Sea

So, it took some time, but the weird little hobbit hut that we inherited with our house has finally been transformed into a pleasant place for our guests to come and stay a while. I wish I had some before pics handy, but suffice it to say it wasn't any place you'd like to spend more than 30 seconds in. But now I think it's kinda cute. We love sharing our beautiful little town with it's perfect laid-back summer vibe and we hope to see ya'll here real soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Ah hem.. so we did actually move into the house in late October, but with a job change, the kids hectic schedule, the  holidays, and life in general I guess I just let the blog slide.  Well, you know how that is. Life is busy and best intentions aren't always the most realistic.  BUT, anyway, here you go.. a bunch of pictures of the finished (well 95% finished) product!  We are, overall, thrilled with the way the house turned out.  We weren't without some bumps in the road, and we did have to compromise on a few things, but in general everything looks great and we now have a very comfortable, very livable, family-friendly home.  Now- all we have to do is get through the long, quiet winter and we'll be sitting pretty- happily and lazily enjoying our new life by the sea... well until the next project comes along!  Wait, what??!!! Well.... never say never!










Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Lots of exciting things have happened over at Beach St during the past week or so.  We have a FLOOR! Woot Woot!  We have CABINETS!  We have a 99% complete bathroom!  We have LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.. Here are a few quick pics of the state of affairs now.  Check back soon (well, hopefully soon) for the big reveal! 
Schrock Kitchen Cabinets in Dover Grey.  I am gonna need a stool to reach the top shelves

Red Oak to match the existing floors in the rest of the house-
not my first choice but what can you do when you're on a budget (drat that stupid budget!!)?

Old grey, stained brick gets a facelift with a quick coat of paint
(can you tell I love white?!!) 

Hall ("kids") Bath
We replaced the floor, the vanity, toilet, mirror and light but left the original wall tile 
Oh and BTW I bought the star wall decals on (thanks Owlhills!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

So much for my grand plan to document every step of our latest renovation project.  I guess life (kids, work, general daily mayhem) got in the way. Plus, lets face it- looking at pictures of demolished walls, unfinished framing and old linoleum flooring is booooooring.   BUT, since I've been gone we have made lots of exciting progress and I'm excited to show you where we are now!   You can definitely say we've come a long way since we started.  Getting there!!

New exterior paint color- BM Classic Ivory (brick to be painted too!)

New doors and trim throughout house

Wall and paneling removed, ceiling fixed

Ready for new hardwoods
barn door installed in family room

Family room carpet installed- a DIY using Flor!

I love this product!
new French doors, new drywall in kitchen (to cover crazy amount of brick)

drywall over brick wall, old tile removed from floor

White, white, white.. LOVE white!

New tile floor

Ready for cabinet install!
New fa├žade for mantle and shelves (bye bye groovy waves!)

So much better

It's the little things...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here are just a few of the (OMG literally!!!) hundreds of images I have saved in my 11 Houzz ideabooks for this project. We're hoping the house has the same sort of feel that the rooms featured here have. I'm not sure what to call the style- definitely coastal (but not obviously "beachy") and leaning toward modern (but not too stark). Though I absolutely LOVED our 1846 farmhouse in Westwood, I'm excited to be going more mid-century here. At least the walls won't be crumbling- something that quickly went from being "charming" to frustrating in our old house. Change is good, and this is going to be a beautiful one!