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!
"In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."