A few years ago I began working on a new design project for a client’s vacation/rental home at the newly built Waterscape Condominium on Okaloosa Island. Fortunately, everything went so well, she decided to hire me to give her other property in San Destin’s Tivoli a facelift also. Since this property was a rental, it had been treated harshly over the years and was in desperate need of repairs and renovation, so we dove right in and came up with a plan. The first step was to patch holes and paint the entire unit top to bottom to cover the existing soft yellow. We chose Sherwin Williams Relaxed Khaki for the living spaces and saved pops of color for the bedrooms. After also painting the beadboard under the bar, baseboards, and ceilings the place already had a freshness it was lacking before. Next was to replace the broken tile flooring and crumbling grout along with the dirty, ripped carpet with a cost effective and great looking new tile throughout. Then we could add a rug in the living area that was more durable. It will be a lot easier and faster in the future to replace a worn rug in a few years than will be to have new carpet put down, which could cost my client valuable rental days! We also replaced the formica counter top with granite, complete removed the “dreaded Tivoli columns” and replaced all the appliances with stainless steel. Sorry the before pictures are so grainy! My memory card was damaged, so I had to upload the printed version.
The final step was to tackle the furniture and accessories. For some reason, unbeknown to my client or myself, there were over fifteen silk plants in corners, on ledges, and various other places making it seem a bit like a faux jungle. She immediately told me to get rid of all of them, which I was happy to oblidge. For the living and dining area we chose to use a dark rich wood and mix with textured fabrics in hues of caramel, cream, white, and navy for a sophisticated coastal palette. We replace the yellow and royal blue striped sofas, white wicker furniture, and cheap prints with warm slipcovered sofas for durability and oversized dramatic abstracts to emphasize the soaring ceiling heights. We then added simple white drapery panels and tasteful accessories to complete the living area. For the dining room we replaced the white set with woven seagrass chairs which can hold up despite wet bathing suits, spilled food, and sticky fingers! Paired with a dark farmhouse table, the area is now timeless but still has that coastal atmosphere we were shooting for.
Sand dollar pillows and french script pillows help plump up the sofa and a cozy throw encourages vistors to curl up on the couch and relax. The rug is a natural fiber which is stain resistant to begin with, but the various tones throughout help to hide any other damage that may occur. The rattan panels on the side tables and accent chairs add another dimension of texture to the room, which we furthered by raffia accent pillows, and linen drapes. Texture is one the best ways to add warmth to a room, even when keeping the color palette and furniture clean and simple. By using the same dark tones on all of the casegoods we created a nice flow that helped tie this large room together. But an important note is that we didn’t use everything from the same collection and company, which I feel is vital to making a room feel unique and personalized and not just a catalog page or matchy matchy.
We also added a bar/desk section near the spiral stairs that lead up to the bunk room. This was previously wasted space with (no surprise!) just silk plants in a grouping. With the fold out desk available for a laptop, and the bar on top to serve cocktail hour, this area now serves a function and looks great too!
The master bedroom started out with all white louvered furniture and floral pink and green bedding. While the furniture was in nice condition, it didn’t really suit the rest of the redesigned condo, so we decided to replace everything in the room (and remove silk plants!) We also painted this room in Sherwin Williams Liveable Green which created a nice spa like atmosphere for us to build on.
The new king bed is a black cane piece by Palecek, which we paired with reclaimed lumbar open nightstands and a neutral duvet and standard shams. The euros have a multi-colored coral print on them which brings in the green on the wall as well as shades of turquoise. The new lamps have a beautiful iridescent shine to them, that is enhanced when the sunlight comes in off the balcony which overlooks the golf course of San Destin. Notice in the picture above, while cute, the draperies in the master were out of place, too short, and didn’t treat the transom which allowed for harsh morning sun to shine right on the master bed. We solved this problem by replacing them with a solid wheat colored linen which we lined with black out and hung above the transom. We also made a panel for the door which can be swagged back out of the way when going in and out on the balcony.
More to come!
The upstairs loft started with the same yellow paint as the rest of the unit, which was also repainted. We then replaced the beds, bedding, and accessories for a whole new look. Since this overlooked the living room, we kept the same dark wood as below to create a sense of unity. We also kept the navy and white color scheme and added a small pop of lime green for a touch of fun. Check out the before and afters below!