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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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

Paris? Oui Oui!

 paris is always a good idea - audrey hepburn quote - at the beach with kris

I’m the luckiest girl – my mom surprised us (me, my sister and sister-in-law) over Easter with these cute JCrew shirts…

jcrew tshirt oh la la - at the beach with kris

And the news that we are taking a girls trip to Paris in September!  We’ve rented a darling apartment right in the heart of it all.  And who isn’t inspired by everything French?  Here are some photos of our quaint little Parisian flat – our pied-a-terre for the week…

paris kitchen - at the beach with kris

paris kitchen -  at the beach with kris

 paris kitchen - at the beach with kris

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paris bedroom - at the beach with kris

paris bedroom - at the beach with kris

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 paris at the beach with kris 5

     I’ve spent a lot of time googling Paris and have decided that I need to pack as lightly as humanly possible so I can bring back a purse, a pair of shoes, some perfume and some art – plus Christmas presents!  I will try to find some cute pants with an elastic waist band so I can eat crepes every single day.  I saw they have food trucks in Paris that serve crepes all day, all night.  Speaking of clothes – apparently Parisian women would NEVER be caught in public in their yoga pants!  Shut the front door!!!  I guess these women are way too chic and dress nicely AND in high heels for pretty much all occasions.   Good thing I have a few months to prepare!  This is how I picture myself looking in Paris….

french women dress like this - at the beach with kris

 

beach photo of the paris girls - at the beach with kris

And then there is reality – my sisters have a better chance of looking like that than I do – this is us in a beach selfie over Easter.  They can’t be too mad that I posted this considering they look adorable and me…not so much!

 

If you’ve been to Paris and have some favorites you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you!

~Kris

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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

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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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beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 5

You could plank just about anything and up its awesomeness…

beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 3

Oh blue…I just can’t quit you…

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beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 2

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beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 4

A great idea to get a big impact…

beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 10

 beach inspiration at the beach with kris - 12

Check out the portfolio here

Happy Monday!

Kris

Limewashed Brick

limewashed brick

     I have been wanting to paint my brick house pretty much since the day we bought it over 10 years ago.  Husband is against this idea and thinks it turns a no-maintenance house into a higher-maintenance house.  I don’t disagree, but when did I ever opt for a low maintenance anything?  The other problem with painting my brick is the climate here at the beach.  Warm and muggy and lots of harsh salt air.  So mold can be a problem on a painted brick house because the brick no longer breathes.  There is a gorgeous new house in my neighborhood that was built in what looked like Old Chicago brick (Gah! I would not paint over that!) and they painted it white.  And now a year later, I see mold all over the house.  So I have been investigating limewash – I love the look of the limewash because some of the brick still shows through.  I’m waiting to hear back from a company I have read some reviews on that boasts their limewash doesn’t get moldy and wears and ages with time to look even more beautiful than Day 1 of painting – I think Husband will like that!  If I’m going to do this, I will of course do it myself (any volunteers?!?!) so I need to get busy before it gets too hot!

 

limewashed brick 5

limewashed brick 4

limewashed brick 3

limewashed brick 2

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