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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Making the new house work at the Beach

Children 10 and 8 when we moved into this house from Richmond.  Had a very hard time finding true traditional homes -- many had the "mediteranian-meets-palm beach-meets never seen an architect" look - sort of modern, funky layouts, beachy colors, big but lacking any specific style.  We ended up finding a traditional house in a great neighborhood; but the house had been owned by an older couple and felt "museum-y" & needed updating...
Started with the outside, repainting trim, replacing wood rot, added pool, landscaping etc...

Completely remodeled kitchen and all baths; added a morning kitchen in master bedroom, replaced carpets upstairs with hardwood floors and refinished everything to match.  Added wainscotting and archetectural trim where lacking...changed all chandeliers, lighting, hardware, doorknobs, hinges, fixtures from brass to nickel, painted all rooms, added recessed lighting, surround sound on 1st and 3rd floor, all custom window treatments ...

Almost all the furniture and carpets came from our old house in Richmond with similar floorplan.

Kept traditional, but updated for a young family.  I get "love it or hate it" feedback on the art throughout the house -- all original works from Virginia-based working contempory artists. May not be textbook "safe" decorating, but who wants that?  Do what you love.


1 comment:

  1. Your home is gorgeous! I know y'all love every minute in it! xoxo