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Classic * Casual * Home Tour!

23 May 2011

Classic * Casual * Home Tour!  by Mary Ann

When charming Cassity from Remodelaholic asked me to give you a tour of our 
1950's Newport Beach, California cottage I was thrilled and then a little nervous.  
Remodelaholic was one of the first blogs I started following--
and they know what they are doing!  I am not as handy as many of you, but 
I appreciate good craftsmanship and finding a deal.     

(After photo) We live on small property lots on Lido Isle 
but we are near the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a nice climate.
(Before) You can see that we tried to make the entrance more pronounced 
and added energy efficient windows. There is more about this project HERE.

Here is the living room before we installed new double paned French doors, 
an insulated ceiling and a new mantel.  Our energy bills are much lower
compared to a year ago.

The dining room before.
We arched the opening to raise it a bit, removed the window (plenty of light already) 
and removed the left door to make a walk in pantry in the kitchen on the other side.
More details HERE.

In the kitchen, we wanted to raise the ceiling and have better circulation around an island.
You cannot tell it from the photo but the cabinets were falling apart.
Our kitchen after...you can see lots more photos of the room, pantry, 
beverage center and sitting area HERE.

Our son's bath before and 
after...see all three, including master bath remodels HERE.
His bathroom was decorated with flea market finds.

We had to maximize storage in our tiny guest room.
 There is more about this here.

The stairwell up to the master bedroom had a door at the bottom. We removed it, 
tore down part of the wall and built a new banister.
I will have more posts on the upstairs 
including the office loft space and master bedroom when we have
a few more details completed.

The laundry room before and
 after.  We repurposed the kitchen counters here and bought the sink and faucet from 
Overstock.com and hardware from Target.  Read more about the 
laundry room project HERE.

The patio fountain was made out of an 19th century French animal trough that
you can read about HERE.  We'll be spending more time out here
now that it is getting warmer.

 Thanks, Remodelaholic for letting me give you a tour of our happy home.
Best wishes,


Shelley May 23, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

Mary Ann-

This is jaw dropping gorgeous!!! What an amazing transformation :D Would LOVE for my house to have this look and feel!


Red Hill General Store May 23, 2011 at 7:16 AM  

Gorgeous remodel. Love this walk through with Mary Ann, definitely have to check out her site this morning.

Lisa May 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

This is one of my favorite house remodels! I love Mary Ann's style! So inspiring!

Kim @ keller-creative May 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

Wow! This house is gorgeous. The kitchen and light fixture in the guest room are my favorites!

SHERRY HART May 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

It is like Mary Ann remodeled and designed this house for me! I could not love it more:)

Anonymous,  May 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

Major pat on the back--what a fabulous job! And you truly have a great design-mind!

Champe@MyDesignGuide.com May 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Great remodel and interior design job...very much in line with our My Design Guide core values that less is more and a few larger items of decor are more impactful than a lot of little pieces....lovely.

Simple Dwellings May 23, 2011 at 7:10 PM  

I love Mary Ann's blog! Her home has amazing before and afters! I love her style. :)

Si May 24, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

Wow. Amazing transformation. Thanks for the walk through. Loved it!

Stephanie May 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM  

This transformation is unbelievable! Such vision you had. I love how you arched the ceiling in the dining room and removed the window. The bathroom, to die for. Kudos to you for your talent.

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