18 June 2010

Before & After – Rosemary’s Beach

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Well, it’s hot in Houston.  BIG surprise!   The summer heat is at full steam and it’s got me thinking of the beach and beach houses in particular.   So, I was especially excited to receive these photographs of a beach house remodel in Rosemary’s Beach, Florida.  The designer is Jenny Johnston who currently leaves in Shreveport, Louisiana, but is actually a native Houstonian who was lucky enough to work for 8 years as an assistant to the great interior designer Cathy Chapman.  I adore Cathy’s work – so I had a feeling that Jenny’s work would be top notch too.  The Rosemary Beach house is Jenny’s client’s vacation home. 

As you will see, the before pictures are pretty cute which is no surprise for a house in Rosemary’s Beach!   But, Jenny has moved it into the 2010s - where interiors are a bit more quiet and toned down.  Jenny has captured that trend perfectly!    There’s a LOT to learn from these pictures if you are looking for ways to update your own house, so take notes.   To show you exactly what changes Jenny made, for each room, I will show you the Before and then the After picture.  

 

 

image BEFORE:  Living room.   Typical 1990s yellow painted walls with lots of patterned fabric.   Notice the humongous armoire – to hide the TV in and the orange stained floors.  

 

image AFTER:    Jenny has painted all the walls white – trending the house into the 2010s.   The patterned fabric is exchanged for a family/pet friendly white linen slipcover.   The slip is updated for the 2010s – it’s tightly tailored and as far away from Shabby Chic as you can get.   Instead of fabric shades, updated textured shades are placed in the French doors.  The British Colonial type sconces were removed.  The limed wood coffee table is another example of updating the interiors for today.   A striped dhurri rug in gray and white picks up the colors in the pillows.   And – the armoire is gone.  Instead there is a beautiful painted French buffet with a flat screen above it.  In all, the new interiors seem more sophisticated, quiet, and ready for the next decade.

 

image BEFORE:   Looking from the stairs into the living room.  Notice the pine console on the wall by the back door.   And, notice the wood stain on the banister – orange.   So 90s!

 

 

image AFTER:   A tall, linen skirted buffet replaces the dated pine console.  Modern lamps and artwork add an eclectic touch.   Notice the dark wood floor which really grounds the white walls.  The dark wood is so much better than the old orange stain!

 

 

 

image BEFORE:  British Colonial decor in a corner of the living room.  Notice the ceiling fan here.

 

 

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AFTER:  The same corner.  Here you can see the linen curtains on the side windows and the contemporary floor lamp.  Notice the ceiling fan – all these contemporary touches work so good with a mixture of the more traditional pieces like the antique painted French buffet. 

 

image BEFORE:  Looking towards the kitchen and the stairwell. 

 

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AFTER:  Notice how Jenny painted the stairwell banister dark, getting rid of the pine colored stain from before.  Also – notice the darker wood floors.    I love the way the curtains were made and I love the simple rods.  The simpler the better going into the 2010s. 

 

 

 

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Close up of the living room’s pillows.  Youthful fabrics are perfect for a beach house. 

 

 

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Notice the cute table next to the side chair.  

 

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BEFORE:   Back entry – pine console with Ballard twisted barley lamps.  

 

image  AFTER:  Skirted buffet, contemporary lamps and art work, gray wicker chairs, textured blinds and rug.   LOVE THIS!!!!  

 

image BEFORE:  corner chair.  

 

image AFTER:   corner chair with darling turquoise blue table.  I love the touches of blue throughout the living room. 

 

imageBEFORE:   Granite kitchen with white appliances and eat in table.

 

image AFTER:  The kitchen was updated a notch – new countertops, new stainless appliances,  new industrial lights over the sink, new zinc and wood table with gray wicker chairs.  Notice the new refrigerator.  One small change really updates a look tremendously.

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AFTER:   Here you can really see the great zinc top table and the gray wicker chairs.  There are also bar stools in the gray wicker. 

 

 

image BEFORE:  Downstairs study.

 

imageAFTER:   This room is now a daughter’s bedroom.    The two chairs from the BEFORE living room have been painted and moved into here – which is a great idea!  Love the curtains and the chandelier.

 

imageThe bed, which doubles as a sofa for the daughter.  I love that gray painted lamp.  Nice size.   

 

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image BEFORE:  bathroom.

 

imageAFTER:   new marble countertops and backsplash.  White walls instead of green walls.   

 

image BEFORE:  stairwell with British Colonial type sconce and orange stained wood.

 

image AFTER:  Industrial light, white walls, dark banister, and textured blind.   

 

 

image BEFORE:  Bunk room – this room is very small and the beds really took up a lot of space.

 

 

image AFTER:  By building in the bunk beds, they become little rooms of their own.  Notice the built in lamps.  There is a TV built into the end of each bed.  Jenny says the room seems so much larger now.   The master bedroom is not yet completed, but hopefully, I’ll show those pictures as they become available. 

 

 

image A big huge thank you to Jenny and her client for sharing these pictures!!!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing how you can take a beautiful interior and update it for today!!!

 

Jenny Johnston can be reached on Facebook HERE, and by email at texasjennyj@comcast.net

93 comments:

  1. Not my style, but all very well-designed which is a quality I respect - no matter the style. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love the new look. It's very fresh. I really love how she built in the bunk beds, and I love that fabric in the daughters bedroom. Do you know where it comes from?

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  3. Cinderella goes to the ball and keeps the beautiful dress after midnight...great transformation into a fresh, clean new look.

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  4. Love the "happily ever after" update!
    pve

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  5. Loved it, love the different cushions & the built in bunkbeds were fab so classy! :)

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  6. Great idea with the bunk beds, I would like to see a photo with the tvs and would also like to know the fabric used in the daughter's room. I learned alot, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

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  7. Lovely changes, very fresh and uncluttered but still very beachy and comfy. Do you have the source for the zinc top table and the gray wicker chairs?

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  8. I think this is so beautiful. Great work, and what a comfy spot to get away to.

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  9. Great transformation. I really love the bedrooms!

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  10. Went from one era's lovely catalogue trend to another.

    Not a bad thing. But, is it a good thing?

    Would love a 'signature' Joni post about catalogues driving interior design styles. And magazines tagging along.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  11. Gorgeous and very instructive, too!!
    Thank you so much for this great post!

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  12. Oh I love Rosemary Beach! We go every summer. I love the updates she has made to this house! SO fun to see things like this. Thank you!
    Elizabeth, Houston

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  13. I never what a big fan of the British colonial, and seeing it up against Jenny's newly designed rooms just makes it almost painful to look at! I think as our worlds get crazier, our need for quieter spaces really comes to the forefront. These new rooms are clearly relaxing. As the pendulum swings, we'll be back into color before long, but we can enjoy this quiet trend for now. Lovely pics.

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  14. gorgeous photos of the makeover!!! I love the living room pillows - XOXO

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  15. Can anybody tell me how to make up a bunk bed built-in? I can just see me climbing in to tuck in a fitted sheet. Love the look but think it would be hard.

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  16. with just the paint alone-
    what a huge difference.
    I love the update.
    makes me want to go break out another paint can and get busy.

    also love all the new lighting, as well.

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  17. It's gorgeous! I love it and wish I had the talent to pull a room together like that!

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  18. * It's simply uber delightful, full of terriffic natural light and JUST what's needed for a charming n' relaxing beach house!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Lnda in AZ &
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  19. Okay - it seems clean and fresh, which is what you want at the beach - but, tell me this, are yellow walls completely "out?" Do yellow walls scream 1990? I JUST painted my dining room a pale yellow. Yikes!

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  20. I particularly like the updated wood floors and banister. I never did like the light oak stained woodwork. We built our house in 1983 and I put in walnut stsined hardwood, (agsinst the advice of all my friends) and have never tired of it. Still love it. The other updates are terrific, thank for sharing this wonderful house! XO, Pinky

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  21. I loved the before, minus the british colonial decor. The after is gorgeous, too, but it reminds me again of why I dislike the trends that rule the decorating world. I love the "orangey" floors. That's what I have, they are 83 years old, so they have been in and out several times, I'm sure. The dark floors that she has there will be out in a few years too, what will she do then? I know that is how so many people stay in business. I am trying to get a timeless look in my old house, something that doesn't go in and out every five years.
    Thanks for the look at this gorgeous beach home.
    Hugs, Cindy S

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  22. fabulous!
    I love the before and afters'.
    nice before, beautiful after!

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  23. What a transformation!

    Absolutely lovely and soothing. Well done.

    Tamra
    The Gilded Barn

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  24. Love the before and afters too, Joni!!! Keep them coming!

    Also, where can I find the grey wicker bar stools (more specifically, I need counter stools!) that you mentioned??? I have been desperately looking...

    XO,
    Tracie

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  25. Hey there everyone! Thanks for all the nice comments about the project...it was super fun and i love the way it turned out! To answer a few questions:

    tha fabric in the daughter's bedroom is Carleton V's Boca Grand in the colorway Aqua.

    the zinc table, wicker dining chairs and the wicker barstools were all purchased at Pizitz Home and Cottage in Seaside, Florida.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

    thanks again - Jenny
    texasjennyj@comcast.net

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  26. OHHHH .... the dilemma of the innes and outees syndrome. Both interior designs were attractive. Some lean toward the British Colonial interior .... others prefer a more contempory look. As far as the floors go ... I've had both (dark and oak). Both are very attractive. Lighter floors brighten and open up rooms more than dark floors but if you have a white room, one would definitely need darker floors to anchor things. The only aspect of the re-make that I didn't care for was the light over the kitchen table. Sorry but it is just not my taste.

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  27. I love the new look. I lived in the Destin area for many years and spent much time in Rosemary Beach.
    xo, Sherry

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  28. Joni, you walked us through a great makeover. simple and concise and easy to follow. You were right this was a great example of how to change things up. I had to smile because as you said the before was already nice but when compared the after looks so much better!! I still am glad they left a little color in the mix. I am a girl that has to have some color!! I know the tone on tone look is more restful but it is a bit boring to my eye. The pop of pattern and colors in the pillows on the sofa made the room come alive and the addition of the little blue table was a great answer to adding color. Great tour and lesson, thanks Kathysue

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  29. Karyn - making up a built in bunk bed is near impossible! My parents put them in a bunk room in their beach house and it is the pits. Thankfully it is only used when the house is packed.

    I did see an idea on a built in bed where the cabinetmaker put in "slides" under the mattress part where you could slide the bed out and make it up and then slide it back. The separation was concealed by a strip of flat molding I think and it looked great and seemed to function much better!

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  30. the bunk beds were a nice way to get a bit more floor space. and the lights add a great finish.

    the kitchen looks great, too. I have the same oven so I feel cool knowing she picked the same one. :) ha!

    today is the last day for my giveaway on my blog- it's a gorgeous gold necklace from Nest Interior Design's maiven- Beth Dotolo. You should come enter! :)

    www.aspiringkennedy.com

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  31. Love this beach house! That is our favorite area of the Gulf & we usually go to Seagrove during the summer. Rosemary is right next door, so this was fun to see.

    The designer did a fantastic job updating this house & yes, it looks much fresher & up to date, but I had to chuckle, because in 10 years, we'll be looking back at THIS design with a little disgust and push it right on out of the way with the next thing that is surely going to come along.

    That's always the way it is, no matter how pretty something is, it gets shoved aside for the next trend. :)

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  32. Joni, Thank you so much for sharing this!! The kids bedroom is fantastic! It really gave me inspiration because I am designing a kid's room right now! Thank you!!!!
    xx
    Greet

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  33. Hi Joni!

    Jenny did a beautiful job of decorating this house. However, as several other commenters have said, the owners will be wanting to remodel it again in 10 to 15 years. Why? Because it's so 2010! When grey wicker and zinc-top tables are no longer in style, the rooms will look dated again. It makes so much more sense not to embrace trends in their entirety, but to apply them sparingly instead and decorate in a timeless manner.

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  34. A pleasing update to the beach house.

    Now Joni, in many cases I'd follow the WWJD approach to decorating (What Would Joni Do? Apologies to the other J who may guide behaviours in realms other than decorating). On floors, though, I'm of a different mindset. The orange floor stain is actually clear, that's the color of the oak. Perhaps it is a Southern thing. In the Northeast, it is dark at 4PM in the winter, and all that dark flooring would depress me. Dark wood flooring is most certainly trending up in this area, but I can't commit for the depression factor and the trend fear factor. In the house in your post, the "after" floors are an improvement. And the stairway...HUGE improvement. But I'll stick with my natural oak, thank you. Except my natual oak stair spindles, newel posts, & bannister. Those have GOT to go.

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  35. I think the house is lovely, a bit too trendy for any staying power,but when you own a beach house I guess it doesn't have to have staying power...part of the fun would be to update every few years. I jealous...lol

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  36. Hard hard, and expensive is it to darken hardwood floors?

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  37. great post. esp love the tutorial as I need the help in updating my tired ole style.

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  38. Oooo, I'm still in the 90's and 2000's. I like the yellow walls but not the large green floral on the sofa. I like a simpler look for the 2010's but not the greys. I hate orange-y wood but darker floors are too dark. I liked the before kitchen, particularly the built-in frig.

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  39. My decor will always be timeless - not timelessly in style - just timelessly out of style.

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  40. Love the new look, very relaxing and soothing (though I will always love yellow.) I was relieved to see the living room chairs re-used in the daughter's bedroom - - would have been sad had they been tossed out! Love the look of built-in bunks. I, too, recently saw (in Traditional Home) a built-in bed with slides, to make the "making" of the bed easier.

    Another great post!

    Jennifer

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  42. It's the perfect beach house. I really like all the changes. It looks so fresh and airy now.
    Deborah

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  43. Thanks so much Joni! I am in the midst of changing the master bedroom at our lake place. Seeing these after photos tells me I am on the right track!woohoo!:-)

    I always find inspiration here!
    Happy Weekend!

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  44. I wish I was there. Now.

    I've given you a bit of a shout out in my latest post Joni! Hope that's okay.

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  45. I agree with some of the other posters that this house has gone from one trend to another. Although the "after" photos are beautiful, the use of all white with a splash of blue is such a trend now. While I appreciate a white/neutral slipped sofa or chair, the fact that the coffee table and so many other pieces are neutral makes it appear trendy. I would have much preferred an eclectic mix of woods/mediums used throughout the house. All in all, it's a beautifully decorated home though.

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  46. I agree with the poster who commented on the original floors probably have a "clear" stain. In our farmhouse and in a 19th century log house we restored and rebuilt, we have pine floors. They are stained to look like pine floors because we wanted the house(s) to look like they are what they are. The log house floors are reclaimed antique floors. They have no stain on them--just a clear coat of finish. They may appear "orange" to many, but to us they look like the floors that they are--and what the original builders of the house would have had. That was important to us.

    I love seeing the latest trends--but also long for "timeless" which I realize is defined differently in each decade.

    These photos are lovely. I enjoy seeing both the before and after. I love the built in beds, but realize they are probably hard to make up. I think I would be willing to tackle that--because the look is so great.

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  47. I really love the new look of this home but don't think the old look was bad either. I love the large sofa covered in a white slipcover with bright fun pillows and the flat screen tv hung on the wall. I love the stainless steel applicances and industrial lights. I love the texture of the blinds (it's also very fitting for a beach house). I love the new darker floor color and banister color. I don't care for the console table covered in fabric however. I find it too formal for the room and think the pine piece would've suited the room just fine. Afterall, it picks up the color in the windows now. I like a mix of woods in a house anyway. I think it keeps the home more interesting looking like it has evolved over time. This was a fun tour to see how it morphed into the year of 2010, but I'm afraid I like a mix of other years in my decor. That way, no one can really tell which exact year it was decorated. Ha!

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  48. BEAUTY is TIMELESS. TRENDS are NOT.

    This home was lovely in its original configuration. It is lovely now. It is not better. It is only different. It may be trendier but it is not more beautiful.

    Is the goal to be TRENDY?

    Beauty is timeless and I believe we need to repeat that to ourselves and each other over and over again until we GET IT.

    The Green movement, the move toward more sustainable decor and design, will require that we look toward something more than trends. Our beloved EARTH will require as much.

    We can start now.

    BEAUTY IS TIMELESS. Trends are today and then, suddenly, they are so, so very yesterday.

    Let's all decide that what really matters is beauty not merely trends.

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  49. Yes, let's talk about trends. I see an additional post coming on this.

    Is there anything truly timeless? As people change, don't tastes change, styles change? Isn't this part of the fluidity of life?

    What about catalogs- aren't they a piece in the tastemaker puzzle, more often than not expressing the trend rather than creating it? Are following trends, via catalog or magazine or blog problematic? Can anyone interested in design really expect not to update their style?

    Discuss amongst yourselves :)

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  50. What a beautiful transformation! Staining the wood dark made a huge difference. Jenny if you are still reading: just wondering what the new countertop material is - quartz? and did you rip out the granite to have a lighter look?
    Thanks.

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  51. I think the disconnect is that the "before" was a house that would have been considered just absolutely lovely by so many people. The "after" is very lovely as well--but is it more beautiful? Maybe, maybe not. It is more in keeping with the latest decorating trends, but how many people can do away with lovely for trendy?

    I think about the green issue also. Are we a throwaway society? These are very tough questions.

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  52. Wow!

    That looks truly amazing!

    Not only does the house look idyllic but the interior takes you to another world.

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  53. very fresh indeed! I feel as if I took a a little webinar on how to update into the "2010's" today! I would love to re-do my 2 bathroom sink tops in a fab marble! Working on the exterior awnings and front door ... then on to the kitchen seat covers... and THEN maybe the bathroom sinks! Thanks for sharing this most informative post and such wonderful tips!

    Happy Weekend Joni! ...well EVERYBODY!

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  54. I don't think I would have done a total revamp of this house. I do think the bedrooms came out to perfection, however the living and dining areas needed minimal changes. What bothered me most about the before living area is that is was too brown for a beach house and the floral fabric was on too much area. Simply reupholstering the main sofa to a lighter solid and keeping some rattan chairs with the floral print would have helped. Also painting the armoire and console to a lighter shade would have lightened things up. I prefer the character and personality of the before house over the after house.(despite that is was messy with a lamp on the floor and baskets tossed about) The after house, while neater and cleaner, looks like a pottery barn style and unless you read the article, you don't even realize it's a beachouse. For beachouses give me carved mahogany, ceiling fans, sisal rugs, tropical fabrics, old rattan and bamboo furniture and potted palms!!!

    In general.... the after house looks too citified for my taste.

    But great tutorial Joni if one does want to trend up a place and make it more today. Your good eye always helps me understand things better. Thanks!

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  55. I think this is a gorgeous transformation, so airy and fresh! It fits with where the house is located! Bravo!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  56. I enjoyed this thoroughly, Joni. Please be sure to let your friend know how much fun it was to get to see the befores and afters and what a nice job she did on this remodel! Thank you, too, for sharing...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  57. Love the transformation Joni.
    Color vs neutrals I have to go with the neutrals.
    L.

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  58. How come no-one has mentioned the influence of the Something's Gotta Give House on the new renovation.

    Is it me or is that shade of yellow beginning to look "retro" in a good way. Weirdly, I can see it coming back soon now that I'm obsessed with painting my whole house white and limewashing all my wood.

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  59. Inspirational remodeling pics. Enjoyed them! Also, I am a native Houstonian(33 yrs) and 6th generation Texan, so I know what you mean when you say Houston is HOT! My husband, daughter and I moved to Florida on the east coast 4 yrs ago. I miss Houston time to time...but, not that balmy heat!

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  60. yes, liked the before, loved the after - those bunk beds are divine - best i've ever seen!!!

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  61. love these before and after picture...the before always look so outdated...I wonder how the"new design" will be looked at in 20 years...Hope they never revert to the yellows and palm...

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  62. Appreciate the post and the intelligent back-and-forth about style trends. Maybe we adopt trendy looks within the construct of our overall interior themes just to keep our homes looking attractive and fresh. On a personal note Joni, I wanted to extend a very warm thanks for your not-so-subtle suggestions (here in this blog) to go with seagrass as a floor covering. I hadn't considered it before, but now have seagrass rugs in two rooms and absolutely LOVE the texture and overall look. Could not be happier. You get all the credit!!

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  63. what a great transformation! all the changes are fresh and beautiful. i really like the wicker chairs and the fabric in the girls room!

    i must say about the built in bunk beds...we just put some in and the whole bed making routine is fairing quite well. i just keep a fitted sheet on (no top sheet) it with a duvet thrown over top. extra blankets come out of the drawers when needed. when guests come or i want a tighter look i just tuck the duvets into the sides. the fitted sheets take maybe an extra 5 minutes to change. worth it for us! :)

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  64. Looks so very pretty and refreshed!
    love the curtains in the smaller sitting room! What color can do, right?

    XX
    Victoria

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  65. Great post, J. Webb--
    love the corner chair and table
    and bunk beds
    BarG

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  66. Picture perfect! I can only imagine how beautiful in person. Jenny did an amazing job!

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  67. There are so many RIGHT things going on in this house that I hardly know where to begin. But when I close my eyes, the three things that jump out at me are the layering of window treatments in the living room, the zinc-top table in the kitchen and the bunk beds. Well done, Jenny. The owners must be So pleased. And Joni, thanks for another great post!
    xo...Linsey

    P.S. I'm adding the zinc-top table to my very active "table hunting" file. I may bore my readers to death with all of my table posts! Wink!

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  68. What an excellent example of an update!!! ALl fo these changes had HUGE impact. Love this post. Jenny is quite talented!

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  69. Joni has also convinced me to try sea grass. She is very persuasive!

    This was a very thought provoking post. I am still pondering what influence trends have on us. I agree with the poster who stressed the importance of freshening our surroundings.

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  70. Love the update--very 2010's. I am looking at ideas for my flat screen and don't want to put it over the mantel, but was told that a second buffet in the room was too much, thanks for showing me it can be done!

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  71. It looks terrific, I keep looking at the photos! Any guess where they got the striped rug?

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  72. What a fabulous look and feel for a family beach house! I especially loved all the little details, like the embroidered seahorses fabric on the "corner chair" pillow in the living room.

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  73. Love the updated look! Your are so right about the yellow's and orange wood floors. The yellow in the before is what I have in my home. I SO want to update! Considering changing all my paint to a neutral BM Carrington Beige. Love this blog!

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  74. Rosemary Beach is such a cute little spot, and much more accessible than Seaside, although I do love Seaside, too. The best transformation was the old study/new child's room. Somebody needs to give Jenny free reign throughout the Florida panhandle. Maybe she could get a grant or something :)

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  75. The kitchen table and wicker chairs look to me to be the original ones with gray stain put on the brown wicker and a zinc top put on the oval table and painted the base white. Where do you buy big sheets of zinc to do that?

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  76. Love the daughter's bedroom and the bunk beds! Great idea building them in!

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  77. the designer did a fabulous job transforming but keeping things relaxed and easy...love this post!

    thanks Joni!

    Kit

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  78. How stunning! love rosemary that is our go to vacationing spot.

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  79. I just love how polished you rooms look!!! Gorgeous....I've admired your blog for a few yrs, and am learning how to blog, but if you have any advice I'd love to here it!

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  80. Please, what is name and manufacturer of the floor lamp in the living room? Love it

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  81. Perfectly gorgeous! The kitchen - Wowza! And the built-in bunks - Yippee!!

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  82. This house is just not my bag! There is not much that I like here. But thanks for sharing!

    The Designer Insider

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  83. Linda, Brett and Patti deserve a standing ovation!
    Much success for their hard work.

    What a great resource for Houston!

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  84. An amazing transformation, to be sure! Love the choices you made for the space. It definitely feels fresh, clean, and current, but not beachy-tacky. I hate it when beach houses are overly "themed" - a simple, serene, relaxing setting is all that's needed to create the perfect beach house ambiance.

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  85. The changes are so great; it makes me want to get out the white paint and go to town at my place. Love the linen curtains. I might need to make some of those. -- michele

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  86. She did an amazing job! I love those new bunk beds and I adore that skirted buffet!

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  87. I love the warmth and comfortable feel of the before and don't care for the icy coldness of the after. Guess that's why I'm not a designer.

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