Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Chic and Gorgeous Seaside Cottage Renovation

Moving from the "Sound" side house from the earlier post this week,
I thought I would show a very different kind of waterside home.
Jill Johnson is a designer who lives in Manhattan Beach, California.
The house was redone on the inside and outside from scratch - and
as you can see above - with fantastic results for a 1800 sq ft home
where every crook and cranny was put to good use.

I really adore the kitchen and how she used accessories to add a
splash of color (greens and blues.)

Can you believe this was the kitchen before? 
The kitchen was a complete teardown.

A closer look at the details of the kitchen - white cabinets
with luxurious marble and nickel pulls.  Green and blue dishes
and accessories litter the kitchen.

As I mentioned before, the house is only 1800 sq feet and so
every space there was, nooks and drawers were built in
including this sofa across from the kitchen.

The original exterior of the house.

After exterior renovations...Now that's what I call
a Major upgrade on the curb appeal of this home. 
The new window shutters, wood shingle siding and
 brickwork all make a huge difference including
opening up the car port space.

Here is Jill Johnson hanging out at the front door of her home.

A before shot of the master bedroom.

This is what her bedroom looks like now.  Absolutely
divine isn't it?  I adore the colors she used and love her
taste in furniture and fixtures.

A fun living room with lots of different prints.

Her baby's bedroom with a "To die for Armoire" in a
shade of Robin Egg Blue.

What a fun and cozy dining room.  I'm a huge fan of gray and so
I find it cool how she painted the table gray to match the wallpaper
and fabric on the chairs.

Did I mention that I love this woman's taste in furniture?  Right
down my alley with all of the Hollywood Regency references
with the faux bamboo furniture.

So what do you think?  It's sort of like a cottage with a chic and
sophisticated edge to it.  What's your favorite room or thing from
the house?


Musette said...


That is one massive renovation on a tiny space! Just gorgeous! I love how she managed to incorporate such chic, space-saving ideas (am I imagining it or does that padded bench slide under the DR table when not in use? If so, GENIUS! unlike chairs, it allows the eye to rest).

My house isn't nearly as small as that - and yet I have so much less usable space...hmmmm...

Time to rethink!


Jürgen said...

i like the green & blue dishes great idea,thank you for the pictures regards jürgen

A Casa da Vá said...

How lovely. They did such a great job renovating and making it a home!


I would never have had such a vision when seeing the "before" from the street. What a brilliant accomplishment. xx's

chair up said...

Love it all, every room is gorgeous and her furniture is a-mazing!

Karena said...

Fabulous transformation!! very light fresh and utterly delightful!!

Art by Karena

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

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annie markantonatou said...

beautiful home with character!
love the renovations!

RG ART & DESIGN Inspirations said...

Hi Karen,

It's hard to pick a favorite room here... They are all so beautiful and fresh! By the way, i love Costal Living magazine. They always have so beautiful coastal housas there! It makes me dream...

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! I love the robin's egg blue armoire!!!!

sinnlighet said...

Beautiful, sensual & poetic, I just love your blog!

Agneta, a swedish one ;)

Anonymous said...

I love the colors and exterior of the house. Inside it's a bit mature for my taste. Especially the bedroom and the living room look exactly like my granparents had.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh, what a HUGE transformation! It is wonderful.

vicki archer said...

Fantastic transformation....xv

sophiedahydesigns said...

I tried to pick a favorite room, but I really love all of them. What an amazing transformation!

Tiina said...

what a beautiful place this is! lovely use of colors. delightful

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Now thats a transformation, particularly the exterior! Really amazing!

Anonymous said...

What a gentle and liveable transformation!

John Taylor said...

Talk about an amazing transformation. The most impressive, surprising redo is the exterior of the house. And then I looked at the kitchen again, nice touch and big difference with those white cabinets with luxurious marble.
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Walters said...

Fantastic transformation....xv

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