February 7, 2011

Julie's Waterside Shanty Makeover

Evening Gals.  I did a post on this makeover when I was blogging on Typepad but that's gone forever so here goes.  Welcome to Julie's Waterside Shanty. 

Very New England and cute right?

She told us that she was bringing things in to the Shanty with no rhyme or reason and was getting frustrated not having the time to organize since this was her second home.  She was coming down from Boston on weekends but not enjoying her coastal gem.

Of course we talked about the budget and what was to stay and what had to go.  This was a one day re-do with not much dough for thrills or frills.   Her husband was promising to paint and refinish the floors but she had waited long enough! 

  Can't miss the orange life ring.  I would have tossed it out the galley kitchen window into the water but Julie wanted us to use it.... somehow.  

Good thing Carol was with me.

             This life ring actually saved the day don't you think?  It's so much fun!

I had the chandelier in my car at the ready, never expecting it to look this darned cute!  The white wicker desk lamp was the perfect thrifty score for this corner and we found the matchstick blinds in the closet!

We placed the two wicker hampers for recycling bins right by the kitchen door.  Love that idea!

And did you notice the piles of fabric in the before pics?  We wrapped the chairs at the last moment to unify the dining area and to give Julie some ideas when she was ready to recover them. 

before: okay, there's the dining table before on the right.  Now keep your eye on the green dresser on the left. 

Party central, a pretty place to store linens and a pinup light to create ambiance!   (the frig is to the left). 

The rooms all have a purpose now and flow nicely.

A nice gathering spot for guests while Julie is preparing dinner.

before: note the bookcase to the right side of pic

after: the nice painted cabinet that was in the working pantry resides in the dining room now showing off some of Julie's favorite things.

                  and the bookcase was moved into the waterside room to create a comfy reading nook


Julie loved it all but we all thought that the new life we gave to the life ring saved the day!


chateaudelille said...

Great job. Looks so much more liveable and conducive to relaxing and having fun! Fiona

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a adorable little place. Soo cozy and welcoming:)Love the view too.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great transformation, Roberta! Julie must be thrilled! I love how you changed all the spaces with some simple moving of furniture. And the life ring...what a story she has to tell.

BTW...do you always carry around chandy's in your car?!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

It looks fabulous Roberta...
What a sweet little shanty.. and the wrapped chairs are fab... I used to keep sarongs for just such but recently threw them all.. looks like I'll be buying more now.. hahaha

I think the lighting really sets it all off.. the chandelier and the lamps.. so lovely.. and both those green tables/cupboards... love them.. Great job

So just peeked at your last post also and love your photos of the red tulips.. especially the last...

Have a great week ... ciao xxx Julie

Deb said...

Such a cute little place...I just love it!
Thanks for stopping by...so happy to have found your blog! ~Deb~

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...great makeover on that sweet little shanty! Great view too!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

You really breathed life into it, Roberta. It's amazing what can be done with imagination & very little else.

night owl said...

OMG I love this post- great pix!!! I wouldn't touch the floors, btw, they look fine. I covet that desk...Jules

Passionate for White said...

Great job! Oh...what I wouldn't give to own that cute little shanty....

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The life ring idea is brilliant!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Roberta - What fun to see your blog today, which I've been sharing with everyone I know. It makes me long for the sun and spending time at our place -which you so artfully redesigned. I want to have you back for an update/second floor or deck design. Anyway each time I enter the cottage I do thank you for what you did for making it more special and more of what I love about being at the water's edge.

Anonymous said...

What a great makeover! My favorite was the life ring around the chandelier, too... so creative and fun!!

Finally White said...

Hi Roberta,

first of all I'd like to say thank you for the lovely comment you left me about my daughter and her room!

It seems that you had a lot of work in this little house but it was worth it! Everything looks beautiful!

Wish you a nice sunday!

Chatelaine said...

Amazing transformation, full of rustic charm.

That life ring is fabulous with the chandelier. Just genius!

Ellie said...

What a cozy little shanty. It just beckons fun and relaxation. Your pictures are gorgeous. Oh my gosh, the life saver and chandy ooze charm. Only you would think of this. SMILE!

classic • casual • home said...

How inviting and cozy...would love to have a little dinner party there and relax. Here from Completely Coastal.