Annie’s House

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

     We made our annual trek back to Lake Metigoshe in North Dakota this summer and enjoyed the reprieve from the heat and Destin summer traffic.  While there we attended a concert at the Bottineau Winter Park, which is a winter ski “resort” in the Turtle Mountains.  They just built a new lodge called Annie’s House and I was so touched by the story, that I took a lot of pictures just so I could share with you!

         Ann Nelson was a young 30 year old girl from North Dakota.  Working an impressive job as a bond trader at Cantor Fitzergald.  In New York City.  On 9/11.  So you know the ending without me having to tell you the tragic ending.  Ann’s parents received her belongings from her apartment, including her laptop.  Her mom was too sad to open up that laptop – wasn’t ready to see photos and bits of Anne’s life.  It wasn’t until 2005 and 2006 that she finally was able to make it a part of her daily routine to open up Ann’s files.  In 2006 she opened the file titled “Top 100″.  That file turned out to be Ann’s bucket list – filled up to #36. You can read her entire bucket list here.  You’ll read that her bucket list didn’t include much in the way of material things – no fancy cars or diamonds or Viking ranges – it was about helping others, spending more time with family and to someday own a house in North Dakota.  Annie’s House brings three of these bucket list items to life – (1) to own a house in North Dakota (2) to helicopter ski and (2) to help a charity.  Annie’s House is not only a place to warm up and get some hot chocolate after a cold day of skiing, but it is the state’s first adaptive ski lodge that teaches disabled children and wounded warriors how to ski.

     So, back to the concert – we attended with the all the kids in tow – and even they sat listening to the Celtic music with interest, and looking around at the beautiful surroundings.  My eyes welled with tears a few times, looking at the bucket list painted on pieces of wood in the ceiling beams, thinking that we should all live our lives in such a way that someone would build us an Annie’s House when we are gone.

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

Annie's House - atthebeachwithkris.com

 ~Kris

 

 

Before & After – a beach condo

http://www.atthebeachwithkris.com/kitchen-finale

 I’m putting my toe in the water and starting to market my services for staging and photography.  My first “official” job was a big one – this condo was purchased as a foreclosure so it was completely empty.  It needed everything – furniture, linens, accessories, artwork, mattresses, flat screen tvs, dvd players, kitchen supplies like plates, silverware, pots/pans and patio furniture.  To further complicate matters – I had 2 weeks to come up with a design plan and order or purchase everything and I had only2 days to install it before the first renters checked in!  (Praise the Lord for good friends with trailers and SUVs to help a sister out!)  Whew – it was a lot of work and this was all done in July – the absolute busiest month in Destin traffic and tourist wise.  And did I mention this project needed to be on a budget?  In the end it cost just under $10,000 to purchase everything…not bad considering a sofa sleeper is almost always $1,000, the washer/dryer was over $1,000 and the TV’s were also over $1,000.  I love the way the condo turned out and so far the feedback from the renters has been terrific and the condo has been rented every single day its been open!  Feast your eyes on the before and afters…

The living room before was a blank slate….check out the gorg views…did I mention this condo is Gulf front?

before and after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

Here are the after photos of the living room.  The first thing I purchased was the painting above the couch that served as the jumping off point for the rest of the condo…

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

You are probably thinking – a white couch for a rental?  Its a slipcover so it can be removed and washed.  And I purchased the stain protection package which promises even red wine won’t stain!  Sleeper sofas have a tendancy to be on the ugly side and have a commercial look.  This was about the only option that I liked!

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com
Renters want big TV’s and wifi service so I put a 52″ in the living room and a 42″ in the master bedroom…before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

I added baskets filled with board games and puzzles.  I also purchased a tv “strap” that you attach to the back of the tv and then to the furniture and the wall.  A great idea for TV’s that aren’t mounted to the wall – I’d hate for a renter to knock it over or for it to injure someone in the process. 

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

The dining space was tight so I found a long and narrow table.  I added two slipcovered host chairs (I went through 2 cans of Scotch Guard) and some smaller metal chairs that could tuck under the table easily.  I also had a glass company custom make glass tops for the dining table, coffee table, end tables and nightstands…for less than $300 this cost was worth the peace of mind of damage to all this beautiful wood furniture!  (It was installed after the photos were taken.)

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

The kitchen had all new appliances and granite counters…

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

You might recognize the bar stools from my own kitchen here….I love them so much I had to use them in this project as well.  The kitchen is fully stocked with beautiful blue pottery dishes, glasses and lots of pots, pans and baking supplies.  Providing additional items than “required” is always a good idea – it keeps the renters happy and coming back again and again!

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

The Master Suite needed to be somewhat luxurious and definitely inviting.  I used quilts that can be easily washed versus those hotel style polyester comforters that make me squeamish – I want to put on gloves while I remove it and never touch it again during my stay!

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

When you are laying in bed you can see the “Beach” directional sign…

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

The hallway bunk beds received new mattresses, quilts and beachy pillows…

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

 before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

There are 1 1/2 bathrooms…

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

And last but not least – the balcony.  I added a high table and 2 high chairs for better viewing over the balcony.  I also added two smaller chairs in each corner so renters would not be tempted to pull any chairs from inside to the balcony!

before & after beach condo - atthebeachwithkris.com

I wish I could give you a source list, but most things in this condo were one of a kinds, purchased from Home Goods and Marshalls.  I also scored some great pieces at amazing prices at a moving sale of a local furniture store.  Other finds from Pier 1 Imports, Target, WalMart and a few on-line stores.

If you are interested in renting this condo, you can rent it here!

If you own a condo along the Emerald Coast and want some fluffing, staging or just plain need some help, you can contact me at Seaside Staging and Photography – you can follow along for more great before and afters when you “like” our Facebook page here!

Happy Hump Day!

~Kris

House Stalking in Sandestin

Southern style home in SandestinI’m a sucker for any house with that Southern, coastal style – a nice big porch and cottage style finishes.  This house is for sale in the Sandestin Resort and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with kris

Home Tour in Sandestin - at the beach with krisThis house resides in the Sandestin Resort neighborhood with pools, tennis facility, golf courses, marina, shopping district, tram service, beach, restaurants, spa, hotel and much more!  Its listed under $550,000 and is being sold fully furnished – click here for the MLS listing.

~Kris

 

Obsessed – Cement Tile

 making cement tiles - at the beach with kris

     When my little guy was a toddler, he wanted a “Hulk” toy at Target soooo bad.  It was called “Hulky Hulk” and I knew it would be a toy he’d play with once and probably never again.  He would not stop obsessing about this toy and in our house we now refer to this obsessive behavior as “Hulky Hulk”…and let me tell you, I’m Hulky Hulk for cement tile – also known as Cuban tile.  By the way, of course I gave in on the original Hulky Hulk and it was played with once and then it ended up in the bottom of the toy box.  Just saying…

     Cement tile is bold and beautiful – it definitely makes a statement.  I personally love it for small touches, like a backsplash, bathroom floor or shower or a smaller room like a laundry room.  I’m sort of glad we put off remodeling our hideous brass master bathroom for the past 10 years, because I need to work some cement tile into the design.  Here are a few inspiration photos I have saved on my “Tile” Pinterest board and at the end, I’ll include a few websites where you can order these tiles for yourself!

cement tile kitchen - at the beach with kris

cement tile kitchen backsplash - at the beach with kris

kitchen backsplash cement tile - at the beach with kris

sabine hill cement tile blue - at the beach with kris

cement tile shower - at the beach with kris

sabine hill cement tile neutral - at the beach with kris

cement tile laundry room floor - at the beach with kris

     I follow a blogger from here on Instagram and her house is worthy of a magazine spread.  I’ve seen glimpses of her killer tangerine colored barn doors and I’ve seen cement tiles in one or two bathrooms and her laundry room…

 

 cement tile bef - at the beach with kris

cement tile laundry bef - at the beach with kris

 

      A few samples of all the loveliness from the Cement Tile Shop…

cement tile shop amalia black - at the beach with kris

cement tile shop sunset- at the beach with kris

cement tile shop cordoba - at the beach with kris

cement tile shop bayahibe white - at the beach with kris

cement tile shop madrid - at the beach with kris

     I have a few sites bookmarked for the day I get to pull the trigger on my bathroom remodel.  I envision everything plain and white and then BAM, a Hulky Hulk floor! 

Cement Tile Shop                          

Sabine Hill

Villa Lagoon

Granada Tile

Happy Hump Day!

~Kris

 

 

 

 

Before and After – a Beach Townhouse

 south Bay Townhouse - at the beach with kris

     This little gem (at South Bay by the Gulf) was purchased recently by my clients – it is SO close to the beach and they fell in love because it has 3 bedrooms - plenty of space for their family of 4 when they visit Destin!  It also has a nice yard for their dogs and you can see the swimming pool from their front door and the master bedroom.  What they didn’t fall in love with was the décor.  They embarked on a trip to the beach for closing and brought with them a trailer stuffed full of all kinds of Home Goods goodness!  The initial plan was to be here for an entire week for this extreme makeover, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, they were only here for 2 days.  You will be impressed with what they did achieve in 2 days – I will post again once they come back and do more – they really wanted to tackle the peach paint and the kitchen, but there just wasn’t enough time.  Here are some photos of the 2 day mini-makeover…

before & after - living room - at the beach with kris

In the living room, they added new throw pillows, switched up the artwork, added a sisal rug and new tables and lamps

before & after - living room tv- at the beach with kris

We’ve gone from Motel 6 to beachy chic in the living room tv area!  I love this transformation!  I’m always surprised at how many properties I show and sell that haven’t replaced the old TV’s with flat screens.  When I am working with buyers, they chuckle when they see the old TV’s and it is a turn off – definitely replace your TV’s when you are selling or even just renting!

before & after - living room tv view - at the beach with kris

before & after - master bedroom - at the beach with kris

The Master Suite is my personal favorite – the added splash of pink is just so fun!  New curtains, bedding, artwork, lamps and tables complete this room.

before & after - bunk room - at the beach with kris

The guest bedroom was cute before, but now with the two sets of bunk beds, the townhouse can sleep 2 more guests which is great for rental income!

before & after - guest bedroom - at the beach with kris

The guest suite looks nothing like its former self – its much more soothing and mature now – pretty much everything changed!  Decorating note - whenever possible, have the bed facing the door so you see the bed when you enter the bedroom!

pool - at the beach with kris

pool - at the beach with kris

patio - at the beach with kris

rear view of townhouse - at the beach with kris

If you are planning a trip to Destin, you can rent this townhouse here!

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~Kris

 

 

Beach homes that will make you weak in the knees

beach house with living room - at the beach with kris

beach house great room - at the beach with kris

blue slipcovered ottoman - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with planked walls and distressed wood island - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with planked walls and canopy - at the beach with kris

planked island - at the beach with kris

beach house great room with pops of turquoise - at the beach with kris

bathroom with wood framed mirrors and shell sconce lighting - at the beach with kris

beach house bathroom with planked walls - at the beach with kris

tiled bathroom - at the beach with kris

beach house bedroom - at the beach with kris

beach house guest bedroom with pops of green, banded curtains and a fun accent wall - at the beach with kris

beach house bedroom with distressed headboard

bunk room - at the beach with kris

     In the midst of writing this post, I realized I need to buy a lottery ticket so I can live in one of these beach homes – gah!  These homes are from the portfolio of a local builder, Romair Construction.  (These homes are mainly in WaterColor which is located on 30A!)  I don’t know what I love more – the tile, the furniture, the planked walls, those shell sconces in the bathroom - I just love it all.  They’ve really nailed the beach house décor!

~Kris