Home Decor, Beach House tour part 3

After last weeks devasting storms, I can’t help thinking about one of our storm experiences and how the possibilities the future holds can arrive in unexpected ways~

Hurricane Ivan forced us to make some changes in our coastal home.  We have owned this little beachside bungalow since 1986.  Our children grew up vacationing here year round.  Our daughter was married on the beach here 2 years ago.  This is our little haven and when Hurricane Ivan blew through back in 2004 and it was a gut wrenching experience.  Our boat was 1/2 mile away in a neighbors yard.  Piles of unrecognizable debris were everywhere.  But we were lucky, this is a second home and we did not loose everything like so many in the storms last week. I pray that they can find some ray of hope to cling to as they try to rebuild their lives.

Our story was “A door closed but a window opened” type thing,  except in our case the roof  blew off and the ceilings caved in.  That’s one way to get rid of the old popcorn ceilings!

Brace yourself though, some of these photos aren’t pretty!

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Let me emphasize that some of these photos are OLD…since we have owned our little house for 27 years,  things have changed and been redone time and again.  I don’t have photos of all the different decor stages but, these are bad enough!  Don’t judge me, I’m sure you have some “decorating don’ts” in your past too!  Apparently this was my “pink” phase…check out the pink plastic coffee table, wow.

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The kitchen was equally “charming!”


and then Ivan did a little redecorating


By this time we had at least re-tiled the fireplace and painted the pink walls

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View from the kitchen into the great room


It looked like a bad snow storm…

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The good news is that we decided to get rid of the fireplace, which was rarely used.

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and we opened up the room with  a wall of glass looking out to the Gulf of Mexico

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We were able to raise the ceiling in the kitchen and square off the awkward bay window

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We were able to raise the ceiling over the great room also to make the space feel 3 times bigger

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The kitchen went from looking like this…

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to looking like this!

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On this side is the electric glass cook top which is a dream to keep clean

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the sink and dishwasher are now in the squared off part that was formally an angled alcove, and a large island floats in the center.  We designed this kitchen so multiple cooks can work at the same time, there is four feet of space around the island so there is ample room for someone to be prepping on the island, someone using the cooktop,  and someone loading the dishwasher.  With a family that all loves to cook, this can be a busy place~

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Across from the refrigerator, on the other side of  the island is an ice maker and a beverage refrigerator.  These two appliances really come in handy for keeping thirsty guests happy!  People can help themselves to beverages without even getting near the busy prep and cooking areas.

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The end of the island features a raised bar top which is a great table for two or for buffet serving.  It also serves as a visual divider between the living and kitchen areas.

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We were able to keep the existing tile floor in the great room and married it to the new kitchen tile with a transitional border


Here’s the area where the fireplace was removed, that now matches the floor in the kitchen


The furniture is simple and beachy, rattan chairs and counter stools,

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Creamy soft leather couches that are very forgiving about damp bathing suits and sandy feet

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Cotton pillow covers are easily washed or replaced.

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A round weathered table sits in a corner by the porch, and can sit 6.  The bar height sofa table behind the couch has 2 rattan chairs also, so we have lots of seating options for dining and relaxing.

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There are ottomans that can be pulled up to any seat and a indoor outdoor rug on the tile floor

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One side of the living/great room is a built in cabinet that has been modified over the years.  The shiny wood finish was sanded off and left raw to look weathered.  The center upper cabinets were taken out and the wall was finished with a thick stripe of the same small tiles used in the floor borders.  A large flat screen TV is hung in the center and can be viewed from anywhere in the kitchen and living room.

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The large palm leaf fan is the conversation piece of the house


Time to go outside and enjoy this beautiful day,


It’s hard to believe there used to be a fireplace here!

There’s still more to see, next week I’ll show you how we transformed the awkward guest bath into a spa retreat~on a budget!

Thanks for touring with me today, sometimes opportunities arrive in very strange ways indeed.


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:




A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY


No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

The Country Cook for WEEKEND POTLUCK

check out these amazing blogs!

11 Responses to “Home Decor, Beach House tour part 3”
  1. Joyce says:

    I am sorry your darling beach bungalow had to go through a hurricane. Thankful you and yours were not there when it hit. But WOW!! What a wonderful makeover! love the tile work, sea friendly colors and remodel!
    Thanks for sharing-

  2. Wonderful new look for your beach house, Jenna. Smart idea removing the fireplace…wow what a view. We’ve used the fireplace once in 10 years at our lake place. I don’t know why we didn’t have it taken out. We would not have been able to add an extra window since it is a condo unit, but I can think of a lot of ways to use that space.
    I love how you were able to “marry” the two tiles. Just fabulous!

  3. You have a precious cottage Jenna. It is terrible people have to deal with these tragedies to their homes…a very frightening situation.

  4. CC says:

    A beauty! Looking forward to seeing the bath!!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your beach home with us, Jenna! And wow — such devastation with the ceiling! Everything truly looks wonderful now though! 🙂

  6. Mary says:

    This is gorgeous Jenna! Your tile work is stunningly beautiful and I love that ceiling fan! So glad you found the silver lining in Ivan. Popcorn ceilings and pink ceiling fans and rooms were what we had in our 1984 lake house we bought in 2001 🙂

  7. They say “out of the ashes rises the Phoenix” and that kitchen is gorgeous!!!…Such a beautiful retreat for you and your family!

  8. Sherry says:

    We must have lived close to each other when Ivan hit. We lived on Navarre Beach which was hit with a 21′ surge and lots of damage. Our home was completely gutted and it took more than a year before we were able to move back in. Your kitchen remodel turned out wonderful and your beach home is so cute! Thanks for joining the Open House party.

    • Oh, Sherry, I am so sorry you had so much damage from Ivan, I know Navarre got hit very hard several times. I pray to the hurricane gods every summer to please spare us all! Jenna

  9. Wow! It turned out beautiful! I love all of your fun colors! What an incredible location too!

  10. a blessing in disguise although I’m sure you didn’t see it that way at the time. It looks beautiful now. I can see why the fan is a conversation piece. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I really like it.

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