Monday, March 26, 2012

The evolution of a sandy toes beach bungalow…Or…the art of beach living…

Sandy toes, surf boards, art… family

The stuff of which a good beach home is made no?

Enter friend Julia, Artist extraordinaire, her family of 5…

…and the story of a sandy filled beach house…

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The 1960’s original two bedroom home…smack on the rolling Atlantic Ocean…where Jules’ husband David grew up…

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A few decades later…and with David’s influence…The beach bungalow has grown a bit…

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The Beach home has the soul of an art studio….

note the ship porthole in the front door

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The devastation of three hurricanes…destroyed much of this home…. But not it’s family or it’s soul.

And today the once tiny, once quirky beach bungalow has been renovated once again.

Still retaining the soul of an art studio…just all grown up.

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Come join me in a tour of this unique and beautiful Vero Beach place…

On the very end of a lovely, quiet, once sandy, lane…

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The backyard is truly wet and wild and ever-changing…

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The colors and the mood of the liquid salt sea…

is reflected in… and inspires every corner of their home…

Custom made crystal drip lighting…I can taste the salt.

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IMG_2197-1The kitchen…overlooking the coconut edged Atlantic…has a granite imbedded with the texture and color of the surrounding turquoise sea…and the backsplash is a seemingly color changing gray/green glass.

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organic elements meld beautifully with modern shine

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And the spray of sea salt enrobes everything (literally….it is the color used on the upstairs walls)

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The upstairs bath has a beautiful sink made by a fellow artist and friend Glenda Taylor…as a matter of fact, Julia’s fave things to point out in her abode… are the art of her fellow artists…and her talented family. The home explodes with the color of creation!

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Turtle handle for sink vanity (originally a door knocker)…and shower wall and floor made of wood grained porcelain and green glass tiles

It is always the details

…no?

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Master bedroom and bath…Ocean breezes

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Closets throughout the home are spacious…and…artsy…Antlers hold a bevy of jewelry

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Downstairs are three children's rooms and a bar/kitchen/hangout area….and art…lot’s of art…

you can get there via elevator (the porthole door…remember the front door of the old house?…is an elevator)

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OR…you can take the stairs…

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Julia’s collage work of family…door to my heart… is at the bottom of the steps…welcoming…

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Kids rooms are packed with color and personality…and yes. Art.

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Darling pink bath in Daughter Greta's room…

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Downstairs bar and hanging out area…Yes please.

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…Which opens up to outdoor areas with outdoor kitchen and fireplace…pool and fire pit…and the ever beckoning sound of surf…

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Upstairs again….there is another turquoise ceiling lanai… overlooking the sea

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Art and home….

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Visit more of Julia and her artist friends at Tiger Lilly Studio and Gallery in Vero Beach…

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Hope you could taste and feel the salt…too.

33 comments:

The Polished Pebble said...

Linda!!!! What a really fun and cool house, I just love it!

xx kelley

kara rane said...

really enjoy when nature is invited inside the home.. light, bright colors, the sea~~ & Art*!

Rick Forrestal said...

Ok, ok . . . we're eating our hearts out.

Wonderful transformation.
(Great photos, showing it off, too.)

mollie's mom said...

I am sharing a little sunshine that was shared with me...
http://madebymolliesmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/spread-little-sunshine.html
Your blog is a little sunshine every day!
Marcie

Karena said...

Linda wow! I love this bright, fun, artful home! By the ocean as well!! So unique and personalized.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
Artists Series 2012

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Truly...this is a place that my pictures did not do justice to...You are only seeing the teensy tip of the iceberg!

Mollie...sweet...Thank you!

Jalon Burton said...

Wow... did I say WOW... yep, WOW. That is SOME 'beach' house - absolutely beautiful and I agree totally (of course) it is ALL in the Details! LOL AWESOME - thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Jalon @ Design is... All in the Detail

An Urban Cottage said...

Wow, amazing place. So many wonderful details but my favorite detail is the water in the background. I think it must look different every since day.

Sheri said...

wow. awesome. i love vero beach. is it close to the disney resort? thanks for sharing. be blessed.

alison g. said...

Incredible it had such humble beginnings. Love all the attention to details!

Marcy said...

What a warm, vibrant home! Love the tour.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Sheri...This lovely home is the opposite direction from the Vero Beach Disney Resort...it is South on A1A.

Marion@Life Tastes Good said...

Beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous, Linda, and the collage of the family artwork has inspired me! I knew I was saving all that childhood art for something! Now, if I could just get inspired to bring all the stored art down from the attic!

Carla Aston said...

What a great house by the beach! The reno really did it justice. Love the lighting and the quirky details. Great dark floor. I want her jewelry! Thanks for the tour, Linda.

becky said...

Linda, this is a fabulous makeover and superior decoration. If you're out there finding places like this that haven't been published, you really must submit your finds to magazines!

Kaybe said...

This ain't your grand daddie's beach house. Love all the color. The best is the house looks like a home not a designer showcase. From the kid's art on the stairway wall to the turtle cabinet pulls - just gorgeous.

Renée Finberg said...

i want to LIVE in a cabana!!

you took great detail shots and
you know and i know....
it's always in the DETAILS!!

xx

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

WOW! What an incredible transformation! That porthole door is amazing and that granite and backsplash tile in the kitchen...divine! Thank you so much for sharing :)

tearinguphouses said...

what a great view and outdoor space...

anita said...

W O W

and again i say WOW :))))

Sarah - Squeezed Daily said...

I just loved all the unique details and the effort in capturing the essence of life on the Atlantic, I can imagine the fun you would have had photographing all of that awesomeness!

Ps that collage was so amazing and inspiring, a great idea to put all the kids precious drawing and treasures into an amazing artwork.

Sar x

Karen Deborah said...

That must be hard to take. So much beauty so little time. I have the placemats! But um what I could really go for is the view and the little bungalow in that modern lovely style would be exactly what my soul is yearning for.

africanaussie said...

So many wonderful ideas, gosh that is a lovely home, and yes I could smell the sea air! .

Scandi Coast Home Australia said...

It's like a holiday all year......
Wow! It's very homely too......
TM xx

DILA said...

Thank you for the tour. What a lovely house. My favourite part is the kitchen. What a dream!

Love Dila

Jane said...

An amazing transformation! And such beautiful art... Hope there are no damaging hurricanes for many more years... Vero has certainly had its share.
Jane

Julie Lounibos said...

What an absolutely lovely home and location! Looks like you had a GREAT time with your camera, Linda :)

Creative Rumblings said...

Totally loved this post, and your friend's house. The art, and the attention to detail, is breathtaking!

SHERRY HART said...

Believe it or not I could live in the first version or the last....as long as I could hear the sound of the waves:). Seriously though that place is the bomb!

country house plans said...

I can stay there inside for a long time without getting out.

somepinkflowers said...

oh
oh
oh
swoooooning still
over the cabinet pulls
alone!


me?
wellll
this year we celebrate the 85th year of our beach*house
sitting on the dune
and
not one floor is level,
not one window square
but

:-)

Love
is
Love
for 5 generations,
is it not?

Renae Moore said...

Wowowowowsers! What a glorious transformation..so beautiful. The rug on the back porch area really caught my eye!
xx

Melissa said...

OMG. I don't even know what to say. That place is simply STUNNING!!! Thanks so much for sharing it, especially all the little details! I can't believe the color of that granite. I must have that in the next house. And the views. OMG. The views...

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