Remodeled beach home on Tybee Island in Georgia
Richard Leo Johnson

Before-and-After Ideas

It takes a certain eye to see the immense potential in an unsightly space, but these homeowners have taken eyesores and turned them into inspiring coastal homes. Browse these remodeling makeovers and find before-and-after ideas that showcase hidden potential.


Shelter Island home remodeling, before

Shelter Island Oasis, Before

Homeowners and design-geniuses Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler turned a Shelter Island, New York, shack into a stylish pad dedicated to entertaining. The backyard pool is the perfect place to host fabulous parties and lounge during the warm summer months.


Backyard inground pool in Shelter Island, New York
Melanie Acevedo

Shelter Island Oasis, After

Jonathan and Simon added new windows, new heat, and loads of funky accessories; turned the back deck into a roofed veranda; and had a 75-foot pool installed in the yard.


Dilapidated cottage once owned by Henry Ford in Georgia

Marshfront Cottage, Before

Vanita and Harry Morgan found this rundown, 800-square-foot, late-1920s cottage, which once belonged to auto pioneer Henry Ford, while touring the Ford Plantation. Though it was going to be torn down, the little place -- with its terra-cotta roof, board-and-batten siding, and livable floor plan -- oozed charm.


Restored Georgia cottage once owned by Henry Ford
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Marshfront Cottage, After

All this Georgia cottage needed was TLC. The Morgans updated fixtures, replaced decaying siding, and added extra space.


Dilapidated cottage living room once owned by Henry Ford in Georgia

Marshfront Living Room, Before

Rotten window frames and peeling paint made the Morgans’ cozy cottage house look sad and gloomy.


Restored, coastal cottage in Georgia with poplar tongue-and-groove wood paneling, heart-pine flooring, a working fireplace with full surround mantel, and colorful throw pillows
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Marshfront Living Room, After

The stripped original poplar tongue-and-groove boards, heart-pine flooring sealed with a clear polyurethane, and a beeswax-polished pine mantel lend a warm, welcoming glow. The off-white trim is a crisp touch.


Dilapidated, coastal kitchen in Georgia

Marshfront Kitchen, Before

The Morgans’ kitchen was dated and dingy, with Formica countertops, low ceilings, and mouse-infested cabinetry.


Small, Georgia kitchen with vaulted ceiling, heart-pine wood paneling, a double drain-board sink, and painted green wooden cabinets
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Marshfront Kitchen, After

Reclaimed heart-pine counters, open shelves, and a vaulted ceiling exude vintage charm. The Morgans found the 1952 double drain-board sink at a Georgia roadside antiques stand.


Dilapidated bathroom in Georgia, once owned by Henry Ford

Marshfront Bathroom, Before

The Morgans’ cramped master bath was full of rotten and dilapidated fixtures.


Cottage bathroom in Georgia with porcelain clawfoot bathtub, white tile floors, and painted white wood paneling
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Marshfront Bathroom, After

Vaulting the ceilings and lengthening the room by 3 feet gives a light, airy feel to this coastal, Georgia cottage. The claw-foot tub lends an old-school appeal.


1970s beach home makeover in Arch Cape, Oregon

Oregon Beach Bungalow, Before

Friends Pam and Lois found this beachfront home in Arch Cape, Oregon, and began a total overhaul with the idea of sharing weekends by the shore. Built in 1972 at the end of a winding country road, the house had good, modern bones and a spectacular beachfront setting – but it also came with poorly planned spaces, a depressing vibe, and small windows.


Remodeled 1970s beach bungalow in Arch Cape, Oregon
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Beach Bungalow, After

Pam and Lois resurfaced nearly all of the shack’s dark-wood paneling with wallpaper, tile, and painted drywall. They opened the space, removing a partial wall that separated the kitchen from the living room, and left the wall opposite the beach-facing windows bare as homage to the house’s original mid-century origins. They converted unused attic space into a sleeping loft and expanded the oceanside deck.


Outdated beach house living room in Arch Cape, Oregon

Oregon Living Room, Before

A giant hearth overtakes this Oregon coastal room, and seating turns its back on the water view.


Living room in Arch Cape, Oregon with concrete-and-tile fireplace, vaulted, exposed-beam ceilings, a painted white chandelier, and neutral furniture
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Living Room, After

A concrete-and-tile fireplace surround doesn’t crowd the space, making for comfy spots to watch the waves.


Dark, outdated open living and dining room in Arch Cape, Oregon
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Dining Room, Before

The original room in this Oregon beach bungalow looked more like a dreary chair graveyard than a light, bright living/dining area.


Open and bright living and dining room in Arch Cape, Oregon
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Dining Room, After

Creamy white paint and a few more shade-free windows bring this coastal Oregon space back to life.


Dark, outdated beach house kitchen in Arch Cape, Oregon with blue Formica countertops and dark wooden cabinetry
Dark, outdated kitchen in Arch Cape, Oregon

Oregon Kitchen, Before

The blue Formica countertops, wan and outmoded appliances, and dark wooden cabinetry closed in the space.


Open, airy kitchen in Arch Cape, Oregon with wallpaper, open shelves, Phillipe Starch for Kartell Charles Ghost Stools, and concrete countertops
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Kitchen, After

Removing the partial wall that separated the area from the living/dining room and installing a kitchen island improved the traffic flow. Open shelves help the space look larger than upper cabinets would. Concrete countertops lend an earthy, modern tone.


Bathroom in Arch Cape, Oregon with dingy wallpaper, dark wallpaper, and no windows

Oregon Bathroom, Before

Dingy wallpaper, dark cabinetry, and no natural light made this Oregon beach bath feel cramped.


Open, modern bathroom in Arch Cape, Oregon with Carrara marble and subway tiles and a sleek glass door
Lisa Romerein

Oregon Bathroom, After

A mix of Carrara marble and subway tile, run vertically to mimic the shower’s new windows, gives the bath a sleek look. The glass partition lets light from the window stream into the room.


Outdated, ranch-style house on Cat Island in South Carolina

Cookie-cutter Chic, Before

Jim and Jill Tucker bought their 1984 ranch-style Cat Island house because they loved the location, just a quick drive from Beaufort, South Carolina, but with dark, exposed brick, mauve bath fixtures, and popcorn ceilings, the interiors inspired bad 1980s flashbacks.


Remodeled coastal home on Cat Island in South Carolina with an inground pool and crisp white wood siding,
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Cookie-cutter Chic, After

The Tuckers added 1,000 square feet, whitewashed the brick, added tongue-and-groove ceilings, updated the kitchen, and added wood paneling to the walls.


Dark, drab kitchen on Cat Island in South Carolina

Chic Kitchen, Before

The Tucker’s dark, cramped kitchen felt heavy and drab.


White, coastal kitchen on Cat Island in South Carolina with white Carrara marble countertops, sleek white cabinets, and a blue-and-green patterned, tile backsplash
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Kitchen, After

Custom floor-to-ceiling cabinets maximize storage in this Cat Island, South Carolina, home. White walls, white cabinets, and white Carrara marble countertops make the room feel sleek, clean, and contemporary.


Outdated living room on Cat Island in South Carolina with low ceilings and dark exposed beams

Chic Living Room, Before

The Tucker’s cheerless living room is overhung with beams that seem to close in the room.


Coastal living room on Cat Island in South Carolina with a white-painted brick fireplace, shelf mantel, white slipcovered furniture, and a white, vintage chandelier
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Living Room, After

White paint updates the original brick walls and ceiling beams. The furnishings and textiles channel a French country look with antiques and an array of printed fabrics.


White, coastal living room with leather upholstered ottoman, white twill, slipcovered sofa, and whitewashed wood panelings
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Living Room, After

Soft white cotton twill slipcovers create a relaxed, kid-friendly vibe in living areas, while porcelain vases, blue-and-white prints, and artwork add style and sophistication.


An underused screened porch on Cat Island in South Carolina

Chic Breakfast Porch, Before

An underused screened porch took up too much precious square footage, so the Tuckers closed it in to create a breakfast area.


Simple breakfast table with a built-in bench and windows looking out over the bay
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Breakfast Porch, After

Piled high with pillows, a built-in bench makes the Tuckers’ breakfast nook (what was once the screened porch) an even more inviting spot to watch the boats glide by.


Outdated bathroom on Cat Island in South Carolina with mauve bathtub

Chic Bathroom, Before

The Tuckers’ bathroom, with its mauve spa tub, dark vanity, and fussy floral wallpaper, looked outdated.


White, coastal bathroom with subway tile in the shower and a tempered glass door
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Bathroom, After

A double walk-in shower makes more practical use of the space because it gets used every day, unlike the spa tub. The all-white subway tiles, sink, and cabinetry foster an open and airy feeling and bring the bath into a new decade.


Master bedroom on Cat Island in South Carolina

Chic Master Bedroom, Before

Two awkward windows on one wall broke up the spectacular view in the Tuckers’ master bedroom.


Master bedroom with matching wallpaper and bedspread in a blue pattern
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Chic Master Bedroom, After

Adding a third window expands the view. The large-scale print on the walls and bedding, balanced with a woven rug and shades, make the space cozy.


A historic cottage in Cedar Crest, Southhampton before it was renovated.

Southampton Cottage, Before

When a historic Hodgson kit cottage in Cedar Crest, Southampton, with wraparound water views came on the market, Tim and Susan Davis snatched it up. The 930-square-foot hideaway was just steps from their main home and perfectly sized to house their guests, but cramped spaces and drab decor needed a major update and a serious style boost.


Hodgson kit cottage in Southampton with blue shutters, a pathway with brick pavers, and neat landscaping
Tria Giovan

Southampton Cottage, After

Tim and Susan began with a few simple items on their checklist. First up: fresh paint and new furnishings. To make the house feel larger without changing the footprint, they vaulted the ceilings and painted almost every surface white.


Back porch on Hodgson kit cottage in Southampton

Southampton Exterior, Before

The wimpy deck on the Davis’ guest house didn’t add much outdoor living space.


Hodgson kit cottage in Southampton with bluestone-and-brick pavers and blue patio furniture
Tria Giovan

Southampton Exterior, After

They reconfigured the outdoor space, extending the deck and adding a bluestone-and-brick patio.


Living room in Southampton, New York

Southampton Living Room, Before

A lackluster dining area in the Davis’ guest house felt cramped and dreary, despite the views.


Living room in Southampton, New York with neutral walls, slipcovered furniture, and blue accents
Tria Giovan

Southampton Living Room, After

Replacing a wall, a breakfast bar separates the living room from the kitchen, which makes the space -- now a plush seating area -- feel bigger than it is.


Outdated bedroom in Southampton, NY

Southampton Bedroom, Before

The decor in the Davis’ guest bedroom, what there was of it, had no character and was anything but welcoming.


Guest bedroom in Southampton, NY with creamy white walls, an upholstered blue-and-white striped headboard, and light blue bed linens
Tria Giovan

Southampton Bedroom, After

Creamy white wainscoting, painted shutters, sumptuous bed linens, and an upholstered headboard make the room luxurious.


Guest bedroom in Southampton, NY with built-in bench and window seat
Tria Giovan

Southampton Bedroom, After

A cozy window seat adds extra appeal to the bedroom in the Davis’ guest cottage.


Outdated living room in Morehead City, North Carolina

Tweaked Living Room, Before

The homeowners considered gutting this Morehead City, North Carolina, beach bungalow, but instead, they decided to preserve the floor plan and save the angled fireplace and built-in mirror.


Living room in Morehead City, North Carolina with blue molding and trimwork, a blue painted fireplace, and numerous built-ins
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tweaked Living Room, After

The trimwork in this Morehead City, North Carolina, home was highlighted with two different blues to give the architectural detail a washed look, and all the furniture was reupholstered in complementary blue-and-white fabric.


Dining room in Morehead City, North Carolina

Tweaked Dining Space, Before

This pass-through room was originally used as the master bedroom in this Morehead City, North Carolina, home, but it didn’t offer much privacy.


Neutral dining space with upholstered benchs and blinds
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tweaked Dining Space, After

Two wall-mounted lights flank the window, and built-in banquettes serve as a breakfast area, a cozy reading nook, or an office. Glossy, painted wood floors are a low-cost, high-charm treatment for a beach cottage.


Outdated kitchen in Morehead City, North Carolina

North Carolina Kitchen, Before

The old, beat-up original kitchen cabinetry in this Morehead City home looks like a picket fence gone wrong. Standard-issue fixtures and boring black appliances did nothing to add personality.


White kitchen with whitewashed horizontal planked wood siding and two-tone glass-front cabinet doors
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

North Carolina Kitchen, After

A galley-style kitchen was added where attic stairs once stood, making room for a kitchen island. The horizontal planked wood siding on the walls also covers the ceiling to add character, and two-tone, glass-front cabinets inject subtle color.


Old, outdated guest bedroom in Morehead City, North Carolina

North Carolina Bedroom, Before

A cramped guest bedroom was removed to create space for the master bedroom in this Morehead City, North Carolina, home.


Coastal master bedroom in Morehead City, North Carolina with blue molding and trimwork, wall-mounted sconces, and a headboard with a storage shelf
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

North Carolina Bedroom, After

In lieu of floorspace-hogging bedside tables, this headboard has shelf spaces for books and an alarm clock. Wall-mounted lamps for reading preserve floorspace as well


Smallm, tent-shaped beach home on a barrier island off Florida's Gulf Coast, designed by architect George Matsumoto

Simple Shack, Before

Built in 1965, Judy and Paul found their perfect beach house in a tent-shaped, 680-square-foot home on a barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Minneapolis couple quickly saw past the interior’s cheesy paneling, scruffy carpeting, and abandoned thrift-shop chairs to its sun-washed, salt-fed soul.


Restored beach home on a barrier island off of Florida's Gulf Coast, designed by architect George Matsumoto
Troy Campbell

Simple Shack, After

They coated the cement-board siding with solid acrylic stain, protecting it from the salty air. They also restained the peeling deck.


Remodeled beach kitchen with rotten, outdated cabinetry and chipped laminate countertops

Shack Kitchen, Before

They got rid of the home’s rotted cabinetry, broken laminate countertops, and old appliances and added soft track lighting.


Beach kitchen with stock cabinetry, white laminate countertops, new appliances and painted plywood floors
Troy Campbell

Shack Kitchen, After

The Madsen's retired damp-rotten cabinetry and installed stock look-alikes and traded chipped, broken yellow laminate countertops for fresh white ones. They installed new appliances and peeled away linoleum flooring to refinish the plywood beneath


Old, outdated beach house living room off of Florida's coast

Shack Living Room, Before

The Minneapolis couple ripped out the cheap paneling and old, ragged carpet to uncover its original plywood walls and floor, which they coated with paint.


Beach house living room with white wicker chairs, white painted floors, and windows without treatments
Troy Campbell

Shack Living Room, After

Spray-painted, white wicker chairs, bright white floors, and windows without treatments make for a sleek, modern beach bungalow.


Mismatched living and dining room on Malibu Beach in California

Malibu Living Room, Before

This cottage living room on Malibu Beach, California, had a killer view, but an unwelcoming and outdated interior. With a makeover mentality, this Malibu living room went from dark and cramped to stylish and simple.


Malibu living room with white slipcovered furniture, white walls, bamboo blinds, and wooden accents
Roger Davies

Malibu Living Room, After

First, every surface was coated in white paint. Slipcovered furnishings, framed artwork, and rustic wooden pieces created a relaxed-chic vibe. Simple bamboo blinds were mounted above the frames to make the ceiling appear taller without blocking the view.


Malibu living room with white slipcovered furniture, white walls, bamboo blinds, and wooden accents
Roger Davies

Malibu Living Room, After

Beams were added to the plain ceilings to create interest and differentiate each space within the large great room.


Beach house deck in Malibu

Malibu Deck, Before

While not terrible, this cottage deck on Malibu Beach did not create a sunny, California vibe.


Deck on Malibu beach with privacy wall, a built-in bench, and brown-and-white color scheme
Roger Davies

Malibu Deck, After

A privacy wall on the side of the house is pumped up with charm with a graphic chocolate-and-white striped paint scheme. A banquette was added to the railing for extra seating.


Ugly, outdated kitchen in Malibu with bright, mismatched colors and old appliances

Malibu Kitchen, Before

Though the layout of this kitchen worked well, the decor and color palette did not. A rainbow of pinks, blues, and yellows covered the countertops, walls, and cabinets.


Malibu Kitchen, After
Roger Davies

Malibu Kitchen, After

The butcher block counters and grass cloth wallpaper add texture to the kitchen, providing warmth and echoing the natural materials throughout. A mirror over the sink doubles the room’s ocean views.


Dark, outdated kitchen in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York

Hamptons Kitchen, Before

When Alejandro Saralegui and Kendell Cronstrom bought their retro beach cottage in 2002, the kitchen was completely dark, dated, and cluttered.


Open, light kitchen in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York with an undermount sink, Carrara marble countertops, and new appliances
Tria Giovan

Hamptons Kitchen, After

They moved the sink to a spot under the large window and installed a sleek undermount sink. Carrara marble countertops replaced the old Formica ones, and a dishwasher was added.


Dark, outdated kitchen in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York

Hamptons Kitchen Before

The stove, rather than the sink, benefited from the view, and a window doubled as the venting system.


Light, open kitchen in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York with Carrara marble countertops,
Tria Giovan

Hamptons Kitchen, After

Dutch tiles in varying shades of white were installed over the stove, and built-in bookshelves underneath the dining counter bring pops of color to the kitchen.


Ugly, outdated bathroom

Small Blue Bath, Before

This bathroom was boring and beige, but a blue-and-white color scheme and charming cottage accents breathed in new life.


Small blue bathroom with a vintage farmhouse sink, wall-mounted faucet, and mirror with built-in medecine cabinet
Erica Georges Dines & Tria Giovan

Small Blue Bathroom, After

A vintage farmhouse sink on top of a simple table makes a shipshape, stylish vanity. The shiny new wall-mounted faucet saves precious space.


Small blue bathroom with built-in medecine cabinet, sconce lighting, and wallpaper inside the cabinet
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Small Blue Bathroom, After

An adjustable library sconce lights the vanity, and a coat of cool blue paint matches the salvaged medicine cabinet.


Dilapidated bathroom with flaking paint

Classic Coastal Bath, Before

Though flaking paint and a gutted bathroom were a dingy start, they offered a blank slate for this charming white master bath.


Classic, coastal remodeled bathroom with shutter window treatments, a skirted vanity, beaded board walls, and wood floors
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Classic Coastal Bath, After

Salvaged shutters and windows set the tone for this master bath. The shutters serve as interior window treatments, and a pair of lattice windows was fashioned into sophisticated mirrors.


White, coastal bathroom with a skirted vanity, a trio of swivel sconces, and nickel-finished sink and bathtub fixtures
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Classic Coastal Bath, After

An organic paisley pattern, printed on natural linen, conceals ample storage within an oversize console. A trio of swivel sconces illuminates the vanity, and the lights’ nickel finish coordinates with the old-fashioned sink and bathtub fixtures.


White bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub and beaded board wainscoting and wood paneling
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Classic Coastal Bath, After

Beaded-board wainscoting pairs with pinstripe wallpaper to give the room nautical texture.


Gutted, empty bathroom

Map Bathroom, Before

There wasn’t much to start with in this soon-to-be nautical blue bathroom.


White, cottage bathroom with map wallpaper, a pedestal sink, and beaded board wainscoting
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Map Bathroom, After

Vintage elements mingle with nautical details in this quirky bathroom makeover. The blue-and-white palette complements the map wallpaper and calls for a fresh, crisp design with nautical references, like a rope towel bar.


White bathroom with map-print, Ralph Lauren wallpaper
Erica Georges Dines, Tria Giovan

Map Bathroom, After

Ralph Lauren’s Great Harbor wallpaper, with its island maps, is the perfect backdrop for a coastal look. Toiletries with handsome packaging are displayed, while others are tucked away.


Old, dilapidated beach house on Little Tybee Island in Georgia

Island House, Before

The Wilsons stumbled upon this dilapidated 1904 Little Tybee Island, Georgia, cottage and immediately wanted to restore it. The house was compromised by aluminum windows, cheap paneling, and wall-to-wall carpet, but underneath, the original structure was intact.


Beach home on Little Tybee Island in Georgia, restored and brought up to code
Richard Leo Johnson

Island House, After

The Wilsons brought the house up to code, added insulation, and installed heating and air-conditioning.  They purchased the house furnished and kept the original pieces, painting and freshening as necessary.


Old, outdated kitchen on Little Tybee Island in Georgia

Island Kitchen, Before

Dark wooden cabinets and Formica countertops did not make for an inviting coastal kitchen in this Little Tybee Island, Georgia, home.


White kitchen in beach home on Little Tybee Island in Georgia with glass-tile countertops and a screened door to the pantry
Richard Leo Johnson

Island Kitchen, After

Glass-tile countertops in iridescent sea shades play up the room’s shoreside charm, but it’s the screened pantry door with a conch shell knob that really turns heads.


Screened-in porch on Little Tybee Island in Georgia

Island Porch, Before

This bare bones porch on Little Tybee Island in Georgia was underused but had immense potential.


Screened-in porch with swinging twin beds and tropical-print, green furniture
Richard Leo Johnson

Island Porch, After

This screened-in porch is 12 feet deep and close to 50 feet long, and it boasts dining, seating, and outdoor sleeping areas.


The family’s favorite spot is where there are two hanging beds. The beds are wonderful naptime, playtime, and goodnight spots for everyone.
Richard Leo Johnson

Island Porch, After

The family’s favorite spot is where there are two hanging beds. The beds are wonderful naptime, playtime, and goodnight spots for everyone.


Small, outdated beach home on Manhattan Beach in California

Manhattan Beach Shack, Before

The living room in this Manhattan Beach, California, 1970s beach shack had all of the signatures of a 1970s beach shack with none of the retro cool.


Small, updated beach home on Manhattan Beach in California with a brick paver driveway and cedar shingle siding
Grey Crawford

Manhattan Beach Shack, After

A new white paint job breathes new life into this beachside bungalow. Instead of a street-facing entrance, it is tucked into the side of the house with curb appeal-boosting brick pavers leading up to it.


Dark, outdated living and dining room in beach house on Manhattan Beach in California

Manhattan Beach Living, Before

Painting the whole room white revealed the house’s true potential. New pitched ceilings and high windows bring even more light into the space. Hardwood floors give the rooms texture and keep the look airy.


Living room in Manhattan beach home with white walls and vaulted ceilings with painted wood paneling
Grey Crawford

Manhattan Beach Living, After

Painting the whole room white revealed the house’s true potential. New pitched ceilings and high windows bring even more light into the space. Hardwood floors give the rooms texture and keep the look airy.


Old, outdated galley-style kitchen in Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach Kitchen, Before

The galley-style kitchen in this California beach house was not space efficient or aesthetically pleasing.


Updated open kitchen in Manhattan Beach, California with wainscoting, vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, a skylight, a kitchen island with Carrara marble countertops, and track lighting
Grey Crawford

Manhattan Beach Kitchen, After

Wainscoting gives this space a more established look, and a picture ledge hangs below the ceiling, which is covered in V-groove paneling. Extra-thick countertops were a splurge but well worth it for their sense of style and character.


Outdated bedroom in Manhattan beach, California home with dark, exposed-beam ceilings

Manhattan Beach Bedroom, Before

Dark exposed-beam ceilings made them feel even lower, and the dark wood furniture was too large for this small bedroom in Manhattan Beach, California.


Master bedroom in Manhattan Beach, California with exposed-beam ceilings, a striped area rug, and vintage bamboo chandelier
Grey Crawford

Manhattan Beach Bedroom, After

A wide-striped rug takes the formality out of a smartly dressed bedroom, and painted bamboo chandeliers keep the mood light, with a touch of vintage beach decor.


Unfurnished home in California | beautiful bay window with sweeping views of the coast

California Bay Window, Before

The bay windows in this Pacific Palisades, California, home were beautiful and left untouched.


Bay Window in Pacific Palisades, California with gauzy white drapes; a driftwood, glass-topped coffee table; and a structured, white sofa
Dominique Vorillon

California Bay Window, After

No structural changes were made to this Pacific Palisades, California, bay window. Gauzy, white linen drapes hug the curves of the bay window, and a statement-making coffee table made from driftwood plays off the ocean views beyond.


Dining room in Pacific Palisades, California with damask wallpaper and a brick fireplace with full-surround mantel

California Dining Room, Before

The existing damask wallpaper in cream and sage was a pretty backdrop, but the window treatments and brick fireplace left much to be desired in this California family home.


Dining room in Pacific Palisades, California with damask wallpaper, a white-painted brick fireplace with full-surround mantel, blue silk drapes that puddle on the floor, and a crystal chandelier over the dining room table
Dominique Vorillon

California Dining Room, After

The brick fireplace in this dining room was painted white, and the bamboo blinds were replaced with opulent blue silk drapes. A crystal chandelier adds a touch of glamour to this white, kid-friendly dining room table.


Dining room in Pacific Palisades, California with damask wallpaper, blue silk drapes that puddle on the floor, a crystal chandelier over the dining room table, and large windows with views of the Pacific Ocean
Dominique Vorillon

California Dining Room, After

The chairs at this dining room table are a modern interpretation of the 18th-century Chippendale classic. Their bamboo backs give a subtle beachy presence to a lavish space.


Large brick fireplace in Pacific Palisades, California

California Fireplace, Before

This large brick fireplace creates an odd, asymmetrical focal point off of the kitchen.


Breakfast room with large brick fireplace, painted white floors, and an antler chandelier over the breakfast table
Dominique Vorillon

California Fireplace, After

The brick fireplace got a new coat of white paint, as did the previously dark oak floors. A cheeky white antler chandelier hangs over the breakfast table.


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