1.05.2012

Our Beach Cottage Remodel Highlights

Last year was a good year for completing home projects and 
settling in to our 1950's beach cottage. 
Here's a recap...
 The living room before we installed new double paned French doors, 
an insulated ceiling and a new mantel.  (Please click on links for greater detail). 
The dining room before and after.
My mother's gilded sconces were restored.
In the kitchen, we raised the ceiling and put in an island.  
This was one of the first rooms to be completed and
I keep "playing with" the sitting area.
"Before" 
"After"
Our teen-aged son's room was finished...before above and after below.
Our daughter's room was finished.
I designed the bannister and at the top of the stairs we carved out a loft office space.
In our master bedroom, custom linen drapes were installed.  
More details on the room transformation here.
The master bathroom was finished with some heirloom pieces.
We used the granite from the old kitchen in the laundry room and installed 
shelving for basket storage on both sides of the room.

 The patio furniture was updated with new custom pillows.
Home projects in 2012:  I want to "beautify" our closet, have more storage in my office,
consider window treatments in the dining room and bathrooms, a runner for the stairs, 
have more art and ???  

I also hope to entertain and volunteer more, have happy clients enjoying their spaces, 
plan some affordable trips to new places with people I love
...and the usual, ditch a few pounds.

How about YOU?  What are your plans for 2012?


72 comments:

  1. Mary Ann-
    That is a major accomplishment, and it looks gorgeous! I know the thou are proud of yourself.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. Your projects are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Just want to say that it took some vision (I think my husband thought I was crazy at first) as the house reeked of cigarettes and dog urine when we bought it and it needed all new windows, plumbing, electrical and a roof... at the minimum. All's well that ends well and we are happy! Thanks for coming by!

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  4. It truly is amazing seeing the entire transformation like this all in one post! You would never know it was the same house. Kinda the idea huh? LOL! You are so talented Mary Ann and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2012. :-)
    Vanessa

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  5. It was so fun to see the tour off all the room. What a gorgeous difference. I'm also really intrigued by your fountain in the last photo.

    Yes, ditch a few pounds is on my list too.

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  6. Love every inch of your beach cottage! You are a girl after my own heart. Our first two houses needed vision, I shocked husband , friends and family. There is such satisfaction in finding a diamond in the rough. Now , I enjoy the "icing" that I am able to put a new construction. We only put the " icing" on the previous houses when it was time to sell.
    PS love your outdoor potty in first picture;)))))

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  7. I never tire of looking at pictures of your home, Maryann! Gorgeous!

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  8. LOVE your beach house!! So inspired here! Happy New Year!

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  9. Your cottage is just stunning. I just love your before/after shots & think your place just looks so clean & lovely. Love it!

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  10. I wished I could just move in. I love your taste and all of the choices you have made...it is all wonderful!!!

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  11. Your home is fabulous and all of your transformations are unreal beautiful. Thanks for the recap. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I can't believe you got all of that done in a year!!! It turned out to be so gorgeous!

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  13. MaryAnn,

    The hardest part about design is usually convincing others to TRUST your vision. Sometimes it's a bigger job than the actual design project. It takes confidence in your vision, knowledge about sources, and a great team of trusted contractors to bring the end result to fruition.

    Everyone shines when team work is exactly that, led by, fought by, and absolutely seen by a visionary creative who does not take "it can't be done" as an answer.

    Your results are beautiful and rewarding as a project, a living, and most importantly "a home" to be at peace in.

    I'll take more of that in 2012...Happy New Year!

    Bette

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  14. Mary Ann, your home is one of my absolute favorites! I love your style and the "feel" you create. Thanks so much for sharing it. You are inspirational!

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  15. Every time I see your sitting area in the kitchen I love it more-and I've seen it highlighted on so many blogs and Pinterest.

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  16. love, love, love! Truly makes me want to move back to Southern California and live at the beach again. Congrats on an absolutely charming renovation.

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  17. Mary Ann, you did such a beautiful job on your home. What I love is that it is the picture of elegance and pretty meets cozy and welcoming, the best of all worlds. Love how you made it feel so homey without compromising beauty. Your kitchen is gorgeous and it appears your whole house gives off a vibe of one that this is a house that is always filled with lots of love and happiness. All the best to you in 2012!!

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  18. Amazing all the work you did. The kitchen is fantastic! Love, of course, the beachy touches here and there!!

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  19. You really turned an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. A job really well done. Best wishes for the New Year and I hope you manage to stick to your resolutions, but if you don't, that's also fine! You can be proud enough of what you accomplished in 2011.

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  20. it is all so amazing and so clean and beautiful! i just love your daughter's room! and seeing the befores shows just how far it all came.

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  21. Please tell me that this will be in a magazine? Spectacular. What else can I say? I love every single inch of it. Wow. Wow.

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  22. I just love your home! I could stare at those pictures all day! Thanks for sharing!
    -Shelley

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  23. HOLY SNIKEY!!! This is amazing! Major casual elegance! love it.

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  24. It's incredible how much you've accomplished in just a year! I'm tired just looking at all those projects. Your home is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Mary Ann,
    I love seeing your house! It's so pretty and inviting and looks like a wonderful place to come home to...love the stair railing you designed, your bathroom, the sitting area in the kitchen, the sconces...all so wonderful. What is the floor in the kitchen? You did an amazing job.
    xo annie

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  26. It looks beautiful, Mary Ann! I love what you did with the house. You got a lot accomplished and made a huge transformation! Can't wait to see more of your work in 2012.

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  27. I love what you accomplished and have many of the same projects on my 2012 list. I am waiting for the curtains for 3 rooms to come back from the workroom and need to finalize some builtin designs to get them fabricated. I think I will always have a to do list....good thing I love it!

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  28. Wow. Your home needs to be in Renovation Style for the before and afters. Amazing work and great design.

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  29. What a beautiful home you have created! It is an inspiration to look at your 'before & afters'. I have made a New Year's resolution to completely finish all the public living areas and our main bedroom. Thank you for giving me a little extra motivation!

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  30. Mary Ann, you've created such a comfortable yet sophisticated home for your family, it's truly stunning! I've never loved white paint more!

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  31. L O V E your kitchen and sitting room. Will you come to Austin, Tx to recreate both for me : )

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  32. Mary Ann: I just found your name on my blog comments from a year ago! So I had to come over... Love your blog. Had I been here before? not sure... I also pinned those photos of your laundry room: we are just planning our redo and oh the decisions, decisions!
    I'm following you now, and will put you on my blogroll!
    Best wishes for 2012!
    Libby

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  33. Wow! Gorgeous! What a transformation!

    janet

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  34. Wow! Everything is beautiful! Classic interiors with panache!

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  35. Love your redo. Very classic and beautiful. What an eye you have.

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  36. Mary Ann,
    Your cottage turned out beautifully! Wow, you accomplished a lot in just one year, very pretty. Is this your primary home or a getaway home?
    I hope to get my library finished with new upholstery for the loveseat and window seat. Beyond that I think my focus will be garden, and possibly art.
    Karen

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  37. WOW Mary Ann. You did so much in a year. I can't believe it! I am looking forward to seeing everything you complete in 2012..... You are busy!!

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  38. Mary Ann,
    This is just beautiful, you must be so proud and happy every time you walk into any of these rooms! Thanks for sharing your home with us.
    ~R
    ps: I know that fabric well on your office/desk chair, I have a sample of it, but haven't found the right project for it, thankfully I can visit your chair now on my saved images :)

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  39. Mary Ann, I have been following your blog for a while and I love what you have done to your home. I'm moving to Miami and we are looking at homes to renovate...I will remember not to be put off by smelly smells and try to use your home as inspiration. Thank you and Happy New Year.

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  40. Straight from a magazine! It's stunning...

    ♥Linsey

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  41. mary ann, I love love your home and truly I think I could move in without changing a thing!! You have an impeccable eye for design and you know how to make a home comfy and beautiful at the same time, Happy New Year,
    Kathysue

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  42. Mary Ann,

    Wonderful job on the renovation--great vision! I have been looking for some hurricane candleholders like the ones on your living room mantle. Are these a recent purchase and could you share the source? Thanks!

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  43. That is quite a before and after. I am impressed and know the work (and patience) it requires to oversee a successful renovation. All of the bedrooms feel very peaceful and relaxing, its a very welcoming feeling home.
    Happy new year.

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  44. I never get over seeing your gorgeous beach cottage, it is one of my favorites! Happy weekend Mary Ann.

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  45. I love how you have renovated your beach cottage! :) I especially love the double paned French doors. :)

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  46. Your home is my inspiration...or should I say, pinspiration!

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  47. What an amazing renovation! Your cottage is simply beautiful. I love everything about it!

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  48. In 2012 I will take less for granted. Dig in on priorities and let the rest wait its turn.

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  49. Dear Cindy M: Those hurricane candle holders were bought in Paris 10 years ago...but I have seen similar ones at Pottery Barn. Good luck.

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  50. What a fantastic renovation, really a home to be proud of!
    Wish you the best for the year ahead!

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  51. Every room looks fabulous, Mary Ann. Congratulations and happy New Year.
    All the best...Victoria

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  52. WOW!!!!!! What a year!

    How have you liked the marble in your kitchen? I know you actually cook, and I've heard that the marble stains very easily. What's the word from the real world?

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  53. Maryann,
    I love the transformation of your home. You did such a wonderful job. We are thinking of moving and I cant wait to start re-designing it. Even though we haven't bought anything yet!

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  54. Every inch of the cottage is beautiful and dreamy! Thanks for linking, it will be featured next week!
    XO
    Kristin

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  55. I would really like marble in my kitchen but am afraid of the staining.How do you like it so far?

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  56. Since we have been cooking like crazy for a year now...the stains don't bother us at all....seriously! They sort of fade and add patina. I think they still look great and I have not been so tidy leaving oil, wine and food stains overnight. I would do it again.

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  57. Very lovely home. Looks like it's out of a magazine.
    Your newest follower, Mary Alice

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  58. You really did a lot of work last year! Everything is so pretty, know you enjoy it!

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  59. wow, what a fabulous transformation, thanks so much for linking up to VIF, I'll be featuring this post today! xo

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  60. Oh, just beautiful Mary Ann. You have a dream coastal home! Thanks for sharing :)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  61. I love your sitting room ottoman/coffee table! Would you mind sharing the source?

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  62. Thank you! The ottoman was originally from Williams Sonoma Home but when I had it recovered in Kravet raffia, I had the upholsterer raise it with more padding and double nail heads.

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  63. Just found your blog from Kristen... love love... newest follower!

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  64. Wow, Mary Ann! What an incredible transformation of your house! I can't believe the difference! You should have this featured in a magazine, girl! :) Or you should consider a career in remodeling/design! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  65. STUNNING! Where did you get that upholstered desk chair? I need it desperately. :)

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  66. Totally love your remodel, Mary Anne! I hope you can share it with everyone at our blog hop going on this week {nauticalcottageblog(dot)com}

    Marie
    xoxo

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  67. Wow it all looks amazing my friend we are still in the middle of remodeling our bathroom can't wait until it is finished. So lovely to catch up with you again, hope you have a great week.

    Always Wendy

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