Things We Love: Pocket Doors

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If there’s any room divider that we love, it’s the pocket door.
Nancy Fishelson Design Nantucket Cottage

Reminiscent of an era gone by, the pocket door adds that cozy, cottage feel to any home.

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Either fully opened and tucked away for later use, 
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Or slightly open so the beautiful details add to the room.
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Pocket doors are a great way to add interest to a room, 
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Or close off a space while keeping an open feeling.
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They are the perfect place to add a splash of accent, like a bold color.
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This mirrored design is so pretty we might want to keep it open all the time!
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This open-weave design adds privacy while maintaining the space’s airy feel.

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These great black doors really set off the room. 
The pocket doors at the Beaufort house are one of our favorite features. We’re working on sanding them back to the original wood for that coastal feel. We’re heading down there today, so we hope we have a long-overdue update soon!


Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you all have a wonderful afternoon!

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Insanity…

 

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And, no, we don’t mean the workout. (Although, I’d kind of like to try it… Any thoughts?) We finally, after months of searching, bought a house in Beaufort, NC! Yay! Here’s the insane part: It’s a MAJOR fixer upper. The front part was built in 1813, the rest in 1907, and we’d say it hasn’t been updated in a good forty years. Add to that that it has been empty for five, and you can imagine what we have ahead of us.
It was one of those places that we walked in, chuckled and murmured under our breaths: “Who would buy this place?” But there was something about it that just wouldn’t let us go. 
Brace yourself for these before photos. You have to see the before to really be able to appreciate the after, right? We’re just going to give you a glimpse into the downstairs today. This is the entrance. Good news: fireplace. Bad news: Faux brick mantle. 
The bones and charming details are there, but these photos actually do the condition of the place justice. Even the ceilings have to be completely redone. Well, I mean, they don’t have to be, but ceiling tiles covering peeling plaster weren’t what we had in mind for our dream coastal vacation spot.

 

Bright side: The hardwoods under this carpet are in fixable shape!
It has a great, big dining room for holding lots of fun summer parties! (You’re all invited any time, of course.)
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Ta da! We are actually beyond thrilled with this kitchen. There is really nothing salvageable in the entire thing, which is great. It reduces that “Well, maybe we should save the cabinets and redo them later” thinking. The true tabula rasa.
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We can gut it, add French doors and windows… a few hardwood floors… a little marble… a giant island… some glass cabinets… snazzy appliances… and — voila! — we’ll have the kitchen of our dreams!
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This is going to be a darling mudroom when it grows up!
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This is the downstairs master. As Will said, you can tell there was a well-worn foot traffic pattern going on here. Bad news: The floors under here are not salvageable.
Good news: The toilet seat cover came with the house. I bet this was one sassy bath in its day!
Oh, wait. What’s that you say? There’s another bathroom on the other side of the downstairs master! Until you walk in it… Or, rather, crawl on your hands and knees. The ceiling is, no exaggeration, four feet tall. It is one of the great unanswered questions about this house. When we find out why one would have a bathroom with a four-foot tall ceiling — in the downstairs master — we’ll let you know!
Although, truth be told, the view sort of makes up for any of the home’s shortcomings… Pun intended 🙂 We can’t wait to show you rest of it and keep you updated as we begin this fun renovation! I’m sure we’ll need lots of advice, and we’re lucky to have all you chic readers to help us out! Stay tuned…
Happy Monday, everyone! 

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MondayMusings:Historic Shore Decor

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If you follow our blog, you might know that we have been on the hunt for a beach house the past couple of months. As it turns out, it hasn’t been as easy as we thought! On the bright side, we have a new potential contender. The best part? It’s a historic home! We know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we are huge fans of the charm that accompanies a place with a little age on it. (And those little plaques on the front doors!) Mixing coastal style with classic charm can be tricky, but we think we’re up to the challenge! This living room has loads of inspiration.

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The house has an entrance “parlor.” If you’re picturing velvet-covered Victorian furniture, you’re right on the money. Pull down the sheers and bring on the light! This round table has a welcoming appeal and the upholstered furniture is much more the look we’re trying to achieve. Plus, a classic chandelier combines the old with the new.
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Sitting porch? Yes, please! Coffee and crosswords are even better with a water view.

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If there’s one drawback to a home that hasn’t been renovated since the ’60s it’s — you guessed it — the kitchen. But, we figure we can grin, bear it, and count our blessings that it wasn’t last renovated in 1907! 
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Mom wants a bull in the kitchen. I’m on board.
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A formal dining room is great in a formal house, but we’re wanting fresh off the grill, (and out of the ocean!) lots of friends, and no dress code. This farm table, chairs and these great light fixtures are a fabulous combo.

This art is coastal, chic and just a touch refined.
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A built-in china cabinet doesn’t have to display the good stuff. We much prefer the eclectic coastal look of this set up.
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An antique french bed painted white is light enough to be beachy but still fits the age of the home.
One of the most important considerations I always have is where my desk is going to go! One of the winning points in our latest obsession is that it has a perfect spot for a desk in the corner of my bedroom, in a window overlooking the water. Just think of all the blogging I could do! 🙂
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We love a look like this for baby Will’s room. It’s masculine, Hemingway-esque and could carry him for years. His new baby hammock would look great in there for now. Yes, baby hammock. Sometimes there comes a point in life when you and your husband look at each realize it at the same time: No matter what that d*&! sleep book says he’s never, ever going to sleep in that crib.
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We just love twin beds. They probably aren’t the most practical for guests — but we love the sailboats over the headboard!

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Bathrooms can be tricky when you’re looking to maintain a level of certain historical integrity and make it look up to date. Mosaic tile and pedestal sinks are such a classic choice.
So what do you think? Are you more of a new house person or do you like a bit of a fixer upper?
Happy Monday, friends!

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