Sunday, May 22, 2011

House with a Beachy Vibe

In Honor of Beach Season I dug around in my listing archives to bring you this
Wonderful California Style home .
(For those of you who don't know I am a Realtor.)

Of all the listings I've had this one stands out as "Best Decorated".

It helped that the owners were from California. She's a decorator-- and an art teacher.
He's super handy and did all kinds of things.

The house isn't officially Old--it was built in the mid '80s in Alpharetta in North Fulton County--about 45 minutes north of Atlanta.
But its absolutely Pretty.

Ready to have your socks blown off?

Please notice the french-y painted dressers, stenciled dining room, heavy crown molding...

Little tidbit, the mirror over the mantle was so heavy they didn't want to take it down and move it so they left it.
I need to take a lesson in arranging shelves from this pic. She made the slipcover on the sofa. ...sigh...

The paint colors weren't the same in every room, but they were so similar you just floated from room to room.
Look closely at the mullions in the windows. They're painted dark brown. She said that's a trick to lead your eye outside to the view.
It worked on me.  I want to do that.

Note: lack of clutter. It's clean and inviting and not bogged down with collections and things to dust. Less is better!

For all you with 1980s style oak cabinets: these are the originals, they were painted and lightly glazed. The panels were removed in some and beaded glass added. Those "boxes" were lifted up and reinstalled--one was offset from the wall--just put a 2X4 behind it and screw it back in, a shelf was added under one cabinet with the corbels and the microwave under the other.
The owners did all this themselves--GENIUS!!!

This is a sitting room off the master bedroom. (master is on the main).

She needed something beachy over the bed so she just whipped out the painting. umm, umm, uuummm
Don't you just covet these night stands?

They didn't get around to renovating the master bath, but truthfully, I don't think most people noticed.

One of the upstairs bedrooms was used as a den/tv room.

Unique beds were in the secondary bedrooms.

The screened porch...

with a door to the patio.

I just loved this house!
Hope you enjoyed the tour.
Be inspired!!


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