Making a House a Home, part one

We recently purchased a home in Vero Beach, Florida.  We’re lucky enough to have our own little slice of heaven on the barrier island waterway.  My Mister gets to drop the boat in from the backyard, and I can hear the ocean from the front.  It’s magic.

In the months since we signed on the dotted line, we’ve been busy improving a house that pretty much didn’t need improvements.  That’s normal though, right?  From the hardwood to the paint, we’ve been making it our own.  There’s still quite a bit to do, but we’re off to a good start & it’s nice to have a place that represents us a little better.  Of course we have no idea when we’ll ever actually move into this house; but whenever we decide it’s time, he’ll be ready for us.

Here’s a little snippet of what we’ve started.  You’ll notice the house is practically empty, the switch plates are missing (oh boy I special ordered THE most gorgeous little suckers, they just came in last week!), and there is nothing on the walls. But stay tuned for tons of updates, photos & furniture (!) to come!

For some reason, our first purchases were all dining related.  We had a custom dining table, outdoor dining table, and two coffee tables created by Stephen Wain of Wain Green Wood in Charleston.  He works with reclaimed southern heart pine to create these beautiful pieces.  Our new dining area is rather small but he was still able to capture the grand farmhouse feeling we were hoping for.

Shop:  Custom tables from Wain Green Wood, Chairs from Celadon Mt Pleasant, sisal rug from GDC Home.

Shop: Wain Green Wood custom tables, new patio chairs needed desperately!


We installed new handscraped oak floors in all of the bedrooms and restained the rest of the home’s honey-colored cherry floors to a lovely dark brown.  We love the contrast of the Great Room’s paint (Valspar’s Woodlawn Sterling Mist) and the lightwash furniture with the dark wood.  The darker paint in the game room/office on the left is Valspar’s Winter Flannel.  Entry table from Nadeau Home.

Note: that sad chandelier & my discarded Stephen Sprouse Louis have got to go before that room can be labeled a man cave, dont’cha think?

This will appeal more to the fellas, but we also had the dock re-done! Two boat lifts, an addition and a lot of gadgets later – we’re ready to float!



Our lovely new kitchen, save for the plastic dog feeder & ladybug tea kettle, obvi.  With views of the water from the kitchen, you can’t help but want to cook.




What could be better than my favorite beach bar a mile down the road?  If you ever visit Florida, try the conch fritters at Mulligan’s Beach Bar & Grille. De-lish.

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