My little family is happiest when we're at the beach. My husband grew up in Southern California surfing before he could walk, we were married on the Oregon Coast and both of our children have spent their lives going over every chance we could get. My greatest dream has always been for our family to have a little retreat of our own and last Summer we were able to make that happen. We bought a 1960's single story home that had great bones but desperately needed a facelift. We've spent the last six months driving over every weekend and working crazy long hours to transform her into the oasis we knew she had in her. Are we exhausted? Absolutely! Was it worth it? No question!
I'm often asked, who is George? George is my father in law who heartbreakingly passed away before my husband and I met. He was the ultimate waterman. He spent his life on the beaches in Southern California working as a careered lifeguard in LA County and surfing every moment he wasn't working. My husband was surfing before he could walk and spent the summers in the water with his father. Obviously the loss of George is a gaping hole in our family and we wanted to honor his spirit and memory in our home. In fact, the longboard that hangs above the beds in the kids' room is his actual board. The indentations from his knees are still visible in the board. Sidenote: this board was also the altar at our wedding when we were married just a stone's throw from the house on the beach.
Ok, but really; we all just want to see pictures! Here you go, a bit of before and after magic.
AFTER: We removed the bar from the kitchen to open up the space and moved the refrigerator to the opposite side of the kitchen. With the extra space we were able to add more seating and make the living area feel cozier and more inviting.
As a teenager I spent summers working for my Dad painting houses in Seattle. My painting experience came in handy as I painted the ENTIRE house. My favorite change was to the brick fireplace that had chipped white paint. I chose a slate grey that really allows the glowing fire to take center stage.
The kitchen is my favorite part of the house. We saved all the original cabinetry and repainted it tones that tie in to the Oregon Coast, (think greys and soft whites). We added a new solid slab countertop and the funnest backsplash ever. The tile is from Z Tile in Portland and we added a gold glittered grout from Ann Sacks. I'm in the love with the final product!
For the bedrooms my greatest goal was to create calming environments where you could retreat and relax.
AFTER: Soft tones, neutral bedding and it's an entirely different space.
AFTER: We wanted the room to feel fun but not too "kiddy". The dark walls help the space feel refined but not too stuffy.
BEFORE: Originally this room was used as an art room/storage room. It's on the back of the house and is super quiet so obviously we thought, "Master!"
AFTER: Clean, neutral and so, so peaceful. We have some Moroccan lamps on the way for both sides of the bed and the headboard is a vintage screen from India.
BEFORE: The main bathroom was really bland. It did have super fun "mermaid" tiles in the shower so I took those as my inspiration for the renovation.
AFTER: We swapped out the linoleum floor for a beautiful tile, we added a wainscoting to break up the wall and then painted the upper sections the richest emerald green. Now the mermaid tiles pop against the green.
The greatest takeaway from this renovation experience has been to keep an open mind. It's phenomenal what you can accomplish with paint, new floors, rugs and of course, plants. xo,
P.S. I shared this for inspiration but also because our little oasis is available to rent! Come stay in our surf shack and let me know what you think of our changes.