Monday, January 28, 2013

Warm Weather Dreaming.....

Even though I'm stuck up here in Massachusetts, 
and it's snowing
right now, this very minute, where I am.......
I thought I would show you guys the house that brought me down to Flerida.
My buddy, Connie, used to be my client.....
She figures if she moves, she'll be my client again.....
Let's hope she stays where she is.....
('cuz I'm lazy.....)
Anyway,
I was working on her house on the beach
(very often referred to as a beach house.....)
when I got it into my head, that I could have a home in Flerida too!!!!!
Soooooo.....
She's a big reason that I live down there in the cold months.
She and her husband Chris had bought a pink stucco shack on the water,
in order to get their hands on the land.
They took down the existing house, and built this cute little cottage.....
Traditional Home March 2007

We played around with the color, and arrived at this cheerful yellow.
Connie wanted a strong color for the front door, so I chose this
 
screamin' purple.....
It's hard to see behind the porch post.....
Then I added insult to injury by having the rockers painted Caribbean blue...
As you walk around the side of the house, towards the back.....
you pass the outdoor shower, 
which you can see part of to the left of this shot....
It's a combination garbage can shed/shower booth!!!!!!
Tres chic!!!!!
Straight ahead is the ocean, just over the dune.

Following the path all the way back, brings you to the deck overlooking the ocean.
Since I took this picture, in 2006, we've tweaked the deck.
HOWEVER!!!!!
Because I'm in Massachusetts.....
I can't run over to her house and reshoot some of these shots.....
When I get back to Flerida, I'll do that for you guys....
'cuz that's the type of conscientious and considerate blogger that I is!!!!!!!
Down at the other end of the deck are a couple of chaises.
I love this outdoor fabric, I think it's 
very cheerful!!!!! 
However, because Connie and Chris live on the ocean,
where everything gets destroyed by wind sun and salt.....
the fabric has been replaced at least once.
Connie can't live with worn out stuff the way I can.
I just walk past it and don't even see it.
She paces around just looking for stuff to redo,
She claims she doesn't, 
but she must!!!!!
Winding sand paths that lead from the deck to the waves are bedazzled with beach jewelry!!!!!
(TASTEFUL BEACH JEWELRY!!!!!)
Sharks!!!!!
Flamingos!!!!!
(which I found on ebay.....)
We are always on the lookout for more highfalutin' items.....

As you continue around from the  back towards the front.....
you come to the side pergola that connects the house to the garage.
Traditional Home March 2007
It's somewhat protected from the ocean gales  breezes, 
and feels nice and private and cozy and pretty and comfy and 
I like it a lot!!!!!
I found an outdoor fabric that mimicked what we had used in the living room, which is right off this space.
I will be showing the inside of the house in my next few posts.

Coming all the way back to the front......
 
And that's the outside of my buddy Connie's house!!!!!

See you guys in a couple of days.....
My writing schedule is really shot to #$% since I am on family patrol up here in the big old MA.

So on that note.
Later Gator
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15 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

I want you to know that it is exactly 1,305 miles from my house to...somewhere in the center of Massachusetts. We learned that today in home school. Gracie teaches me lots of stuff.
Go home! I want photos! No...not THAT home! That one!

xo

Andie

Lottie said...

I love your yellow beach house with blue rockers! What a great place to think about on such a cold day!

Sue@House Pretty said...

Gosh, I love that yellow beach house! BUT, I wouldn't exactly call it a "cute little cottage"! Goodness, if that is your idea of a cute little cottage, I'd hate to see what you call a mansion, lol!

drue said...

Love the house and all the decor, but I have to say that the first thing that really caught my eye was the border of Carissa around the deck because, having lived in Florida for 20 years, my son grew up eating carissa berries everytime we could find them ripe at the beach. He's now 30, I'm a grama and seeing those brought tears to my eyes!!!

Anonymous said...

You had me at yellow. Stay warm by the fire. Beth C.

Vikki said...

Great post. Looking forward to seeing the inside. Stay warm Betsy.

Donnamae said...

That beach house is gorgeous! And, what a view! Do they accept house guests?? ;)

Sharing Shadymont said...

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!!!! All the way around! (get it?) :)

Pondside said...

In the words of an old elementary school test:
That house is to cottage
as truffle is to mushroom.

PattyM said...

Just read the Wall Street Journal review of your nephew's book. Very cool.

Pinkiegirl said...

Beautiful sunny house! I love the floral fabric on those loungers! It is really pretty and kind of unusual. Plus, I wouldn't mind living there! Let me know when they are ready to sell! ;-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Betsy, I recognize this house plan! Our former beach house was built from this plan with a few tweeks. Love the paint color and I am looking forward to seeing the interior.

Miss Char said...

I feel you pain about being stuck in the snow...just got home from Florida and then South America and I'm looking out the window at the snow coming down here too. We seriously need to look for a little something in Florida for these winter months.

Love everything about the exterior of this beautiful coastal home, can't wait to see more from the inside. Oh and the purple door is perfection.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I loved this tour! You did such a good job. Laughed heartily when you said Connie just looks for things to redo and that she can't live with worn out stuff like you can!! Oh you funny girl Bets.

Brenda said...

I have Chicago brick envy.

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