I’ve been having so much fun with Grace and Amy here on the West Coast, and I have to say that the San Francisco weather has been on its best behavior for their visit. As luck would have it, not only is this beautiful beach home from Elizabeth just a short jaunt from here in Stinson Beach, but it’s also available for rent — I’d like nothing more than to escape here for a few days and continue to soak in the summer sun. I love that she has stayed true to the home’s beachy, laid-back vibe while also giving it a much-needed modern twist. Great job, Elizabeth! — Kate
See more of Elizabeth’s beach-home renovation after the jump!
Time: about six months
Basic Steps: The house had been decorated in the late ’70s and, in the way that vacation homes tend to, had slowly accumulated a rather intense amount of stuff over the next few decades. The first thing I did was strip everything down to basics and got rid of probably 70% of the items there. We kept some furniture, got window-seat cushions reupholstered, brought in new (often used) furniture where needed, reframed existing art and brought some new art in.
It’s a beach house, and I didn’t want to fight against that, but I also didn’t want it to end up looking like a beach theme park — sticking to a color pallet of whites, blues, greens and yellows made it feel “beachy” without having to bring in a shell motif. Almost everything was painted white (Benjamin Moore’s White Opulence) with the exception of the accent wall in the kitchen and the downstairs bedroom, which is a warm cream and now dominated by a large custom mural done by the amazing Lisa Congdon. My advice: Don’t rush things! And don’t be afraid to edit with abandon. — Elizabeth