Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beach Villa Makeover: Family Room & Sun Deck

When we were looking for a beach house, this was the dream ...

Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Neutral walls, shades of blues and greens, and lots of coastal accessories.

But, the reality was this...

Well, I suppose there were shades of green going on, but it wasn't the "welcome to the beach" look I wanted. However, I was grateful that the home came furnished, and I knew that some cosmetic changes could give it a more coastal vibe.

I had less than two weeks to give the place a facelift. Here's what we did to update the family room:

I started by clearing out all items I didn't want: art, lamps, dark accessories, pillows, the bistro set and the chair/ottoman. Items either went to the local consignment shop or were donated.

I added some small items I had brought from home. My sister gave me the "Beach your children well" sign and the buoy bookends for Christmas. So cute!

I scored the rattan chair and ottoman at the consignment shop for $150. Didn't realize it was the Pottery Barn Malabar chair until I got it home. The cushion covers were nasty, so I am having new ones made. In the meantime, a blue cushion from Pier 1 does the trick. The sea grass end table, tray and lamp are all from HomeGoods.

I removed the end table on one side of the sectional, as it was crammed in there and didn't allow easy access to the built-in cabinet. A floor lamp that I got on clearance at HomeGoods takes its place.

The green sectional wasn't the ideal color, but new pillows lighten it up and add a beachy flair.

New coastal signs and art from HomeGoods (where else??) freshen up the room.

The driftwood dolphin is one of my favorite pieces!

The walls were painted Benjamin Moore "Linen White," and the wall around the fireplace is my favorite Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt."

Off the family room is the sun deck. It was rather nondescript when we bought the place…

I ordered some Adirondack chairs from Ace Hardware for $19.99/each, and had them shipped to the store in Hilton Head.

Ahhh… that's better. Comfy, cute and weather-resistant!

So, there you have it. Some paint and new accessories, and the place is much closer to the beach home I had in mind ...

I'll be back to share details on the other rooms. Have a great day!!

Sharing at Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After Party


  1. Can you spin the sectional so the view is to the outside?

    1. Great question, MaryBeth! Normally, I like to orient the furniture toward the best view. There are a couple of reasons I didn't move it. One: I don't like looking at the backside of the sectional. I don't love it to begin with, and at least the front of it is softened with pillows. Two: The carpet is worn in certain areas, and the sectional's position keeps the best part of the carpet exposed, if you know what I mean :) Eventually, I'd like to put in hardwood floors (and a new sofa!), so we can move things the way we'd like.

  2. Nice makeover on the deck. It is amazing how much better some new furniture can make a deck look. It almost looks like the decking material is brand new. When a deck is properly installed, like this one, chances are it will look good for a long time. And if it ever starts to wear down, you can always just have the wood stained or something.

  3. wow, what a great space. enjoy yourself!