I have stated before, many, many times, that I live in the sweetest little beach neighborhood. It was originally settled as summer community almost 100 years ago and was peppered with the tiniest cottages, designed for a weekend at the shore.
Over the last century however, as people found it harder and harder to leave the beach during the off season, the neighborhood has morphed into a fulltime residential area.
Of course, most of the original structures were not built to withstand the winter elements or the daily requirements of a modern family. So people renovated. And renovated. And renovated some more to make them livable by today's standards.
Now, most of the houses were built on 40x100 lots of land, so obviously much of the renovations had to be done either in the existing small footprints or by going up. Consequently or perhaps fortuitously, today there are many, many gorgeous and creative cottages in my neighborhood and they are all truly unique!
Now, I may be a just a wee bit prejudice here, but I think that my girlfriends happen to have the best homes in the hood. Every one of them is a DIY masterpiece...and since they don't have blogs to show them off, I get to do it!
Today, I am starting with a sneak peek into the home of my fabulous friend Liz. She has an unbelievable eye for detail. She renovated the entire space and her home is filled with those decorator touches that make it look magazine worthy! Feel free to drool...it's that good!
We'll start in the kitchen....
Check out the backsplash.
The galley style kitchen has a great breakfast bar and a chef worthy stove.
Did you catch that giant chalkboard on the wall?
Accessorizing with an ode to the beach....
and flowers from her garden.
Mercury glass ornaments add a sparkle to the table, as we wrap up the tour.
Her powder room is equally as elegant. She keeps the same window treatments and décor theme throughout the first floor. I am in love with her light fixture and the pattern it casts on the ceiling.
I am also in love with the rocks in the sink. The details make such a difference in a space.
As I said, space is always at a premium in this neck of the woods, so Liz turned a closet into a built-in desk area.
Here's a quick shot of a vignette in her family room complete with simple open frames, more accessories from the beach and a piece of original artwork.
The whole house is stunning.
I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek my friend's home. I have already
begged asked several more friends if I could feature their homes and they have been gracious enough to say yes! So keep your eyes peeled for more in the series...I have a lot of talented friends!
Like Liz's cottage? Check out Kelly's!
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