I live in the most charming little beach neighborhood. Originally settled back in the 1920's as a summer getaway, the area is filled with unique cottages, that over time, have been renovated for modern, year round living....like this one...
...a fabulous home that belongs to my friend, Kelly. It's actually the house she grew up in and once married, she and her husband bought it from her parents and lovingly renovated it. The cottage, like most in the area, is not large, but that never crosses your mind as you walk from one gorgeous room to another.
The dining room is the only eating area in the house, and with a husband and three boys, Kelly, not willing to sacrifice style, made sure that all her white custom-made slipcovers were durable and washable.
She also makes the most of her cozy cottage footprint by using every inch of space. A window seat bench, for example, keeps the table tucked close to the wall and provides plenty of seating for larger gatherings.
The dining room is next to the living room and Kelly carries the white theme straight through. Growing up here, the fireplace was brick and the ceiling beams were brown. A little paint changed all that!
A few strategic accessories are peppered about, but the house has little clutter and very clean lines. With four boys afoot and a dog, oh yes, she has a dog, too, I don't know how she does it!
There are gorgeous chandeliers in virtually every room and wide open windows to bring it the light. Gauzy sheers frame this living room window without closing in the space.
There is a stunning galley kitchen tucked behind the living and dining room areas. The dark flooring is carried throughout to unify the space. The contrast is divine....and don't you just love those crystals?
The last room on the main floor is the family room. White again. Kelly is a thrifting genius. She scored this designer sofa and the beautiful coffee table in the living room on Craigslist.
One of the bathrooms. I have no words. Swoon.
The upstairs of this home boasts three bedrooms, the largest one is of course the master. Perfectly shabby in every way.
The boys' bedrooms are the only rooms with color, smart girl, but the denim bedding is clean and crisp and ties in perfectly with the rest of this breathtaking home.
Even the outside spaces are well appointed and possess the same casual elegance found inside the house.
So charming from top to bottom ~ I just adore this place exactly the way it is.
However, when I spoke to Kelly she told me that some structural renovations were necessary recently and while they were at it, they changed a few things up just a bit. When the paint has dried and the redecorating is complete, she has invited me to come back and snap a few pictures of the updates.
I can't imagine that it could be any more stunning than it is now, but I know Kelly and her designer eye, so I have no doubt that it will be even more fabulous the next time I step inside.
In the meantime, I can drool over these shots and start contemplating painting over the red and lightening this place up...again. Happens ever summer, must be the salt air.
Never going to happen, I'm addicted to that red, but all that crisp white is so dreamy to look at.
Good thing Kelly is just down the street.
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Hey ~ if you liked Kelly's house, you may like my friend Liz's house, too. There's a lot of pretty crammed into this neighborhood!