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!

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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

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Finale

     You’ll remember I started working on my kitchen here and here.  Well, its finally finished and photographed!  It was a long process to paint all the cabinets and my island – a little/lot back breaking, but really the hardest part is waiting for coats of paint to dry and living with a kitchen with no doors attached.  I really like the way it turned out, and it was very budget friendly.  I priced having the doors sprayed and it was $50/door – that would’ve been over $2,000 for my entire kitchen and I didn’t even ask if that included spraying the backs!  The cost for me was 1 gallon of paint, 1 gallon of primer and the brushes/rollers and solo cups.   No, I don’t have my dream French stove or my dream ice maker, but this will pacify me for a while…

If you remember, this is what I started with.  10 years ago, I loved dark woods, golds, reds and apple green – blech!  Now I want everything white with pops of blue.  I cringe when I see this photo – I can hardly remember all this dark wood!

Before Kitchen in dark wood - at the beach with Kris

In October, I started Phase I and created a two-toned kitchen.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop here…

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris (two toned kitchen)

And here she is after….

Paint your own kitchen cabinets by At the Beach with Kris

We’ve come a long way, baby!

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris

I ordered the beaded wood chandelier from World Market.  It was even better in person and the quality and the price were great!

world market beaded chandelier - at the beach with kris

The cabinets plus all the trim in my house is Dover White by Sherwin Williams.  Get a swatch for yourself…this swatch looks very dark.  In person it is a nice, creamy white that I adore.

 sw dover white kitchen cabinets - at the beach with krisI painted the island Crystal Blue by Benjamin Moore.  Against all the white, you almost can’t tell it is blue unless the light hits it just right.  My adjoining dining table chairs are painted the same color.

ben moore crystal blue for kitchen island - at the beach with kris

Here is a before and after of the island…

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris - the blue island

I’ve also updated a lot of my original builder grade interior doors and added some glam Emtek door knobs. 

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris (new interior doors and Emtek door knob)

These door knobs – could you die?

emtek glass doorknob - at the beach with kris

You might recognize the bar stools from a post I did here about a beach condo renovation.  I loved them so much, I managed to track them down a few months ago on a trip to Scotts Antique Market in Atlanta!  I found the booth, picked out my stools, paid the money and THEN asked him where he is from.  Wouldn’t you know, he sells these stools right here in Destin and his warehouse is in Panama City Beach?

industrical chic bar stools from at the beach with kris

  Here are a few more photos of the kitchen…

white kitchen with blue accents - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with blue accents - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with blue island - at the beach with kris

I’ve also been working on my family room.  This actually used to be a garage when we bought the house but we tore down a wall, raised the floor, bricked the outside, added doors and windows and voila, our family room!  I’m still working on this space, so here is a sneak peek of my progress so far.  I still have to change out the blinds to woven shades, paint the console (ugh, more painting) and frame some Etsy artwork to hang around the tv…

family room progress - at the beach with kris

For all the details on the products I used and the entire painting process for painting my kitchen cabinets, click here.

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~Kris 

Beachy Inspiration

 I discovered the website of a home builder in South Carolina…feast your eyes on all the loveliness…

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beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 7

I die for this grasscloth…

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You could plank just about anything and up its awesomeness…

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Oh blue…I just can’t quit you…

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A great idea to get a big impact…

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 beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 12

Check out the portfolio here

Happy Monday!

Kris

My Kitchen & Olympic Obsession

 

     I am always obsessed with the Olympics and this year is no exception.  I’ve had a few laughs with all the #sochiproblems from yellow tap water to strange toilets.   How does that segue into my kitchen?  Well, it doesn’t so just go with it!  I’ve written a lot in the past about my kitchen dreams like here and here.  Remember I created a two-tone kitchen here.  Well, painting your kitchen cabinets is NOT fun.  But it must be sort of like childbirth because I’ve pushed that memory far enough into the back of my mind that I’m ready to paint the lowers and the island.  I’m going to paint the lowers the same Sherwin Williams Dover White and then I’m going to paint the island Benjamin Moore Crystal Blue.  I recently had my kitchen dining table painted Benjamin Moore Majestic Blue and the chair are Crystal Blue.  Wish me luck!  I also ordered a beaded chandelier from World Market to go above the island.  I’m going to Scotts in Atlanta in March and hope to find some bar stools as well.

world market beaded chandelier

This is the chandelier I ordered from World Market  – only available online here.

Benjamin Moore Crystal  Blue 2051-70The island and kitchen dining chairs – Benjamin Moore Crystal Blue 2051-70.

Benjamin Moore Majestic Blue 2051-40My kitchen dining table – Benjamin Moore Majestic Blue 2051-40.

Here is a “before” of my earlier “after” of the kitchen taken in October – it should take me about 2 weeks to finish Phase 2!

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And moving right along to the Sochi Olympics…

   I love the Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Canada – as a mother, I can’t imagine having all 3 of my kids competing in the SAME Olympics!  Justine and Chloe both medaled (gold and silver) – sadly the third sister came in 12th.

dufour-lapointe sisters

DufourSisters

chloe-dufour-lapointe-sister-olympic-medals

     Have you watched ice skating?  The 15 year old from Russia, Julia Lipnitskaia, is unreal.  If you didn’t watch it, find it on YouTube…her spins are epic.

julia lipnitskaia

julia lipnitskaia 2

 Gracie Gold from the US – lives up to her name…looks like Grace Kelly and is beyond graceful…and the perfect last name for an Olympian…

gracie gold

gracie gold 3

gracie gold 2

 

Check out this free Olympic printable here!

olympic printable

   In Valentines Day news, I made some delicious cookies I saw on Pinterest – they turned out so cute and are melt in your mouth good… I am actually making a 2nd batch today.  I found some cute red heart plates at Target and am passing them out to a few friends and teachers!  Click here for the recipe.

valentines cookies

 ~Kris

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