A beach-front va­ca­tion home re­ceives a top-to-bot­tom ren­o­va­tion with an an­tique coastal vibe.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR

Check out the top-to-bot­tom ren­o­va­tion that cre­ated a more func­tional home and a warmer, co­zier coastal look.

How do you warm up a space while us­ing a clas­sic coastal pal­ette of cool colors? When de­signer Brit­tany Stiles came on to help ren­o­vate a va­ca­tion home on Bal­boa Is­land in New­port Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, coastal warmth was the name of the game. “[The home­own­ers] still wanted it to be coastal, but they wanted to make it cozy,” she says.


The first place to start was with func­tion­al­ity. The fam­ily had used the beach-front prop­erty for eight years as a va­ca­tion home, and the lay­out just wasn’t work­ing. “The kitchen was shoved into the back of the house,” Brit­tany says. “The way the fur­ni­ture was laid out ... didn’t make sense. The sofa was re­ally far away from the fire­place.” Be­cause Bal­boa Is­land is such a cov­eted real es­tate hotspot, the houses are small and don’t have much yard space. “The houses are close to each other, so we had to make the best use of the space we could,” Brit­tany says.

With­out in­creas­ing the build­ing’s foot­print, Brit­tany re­ar­ranged the kitchen so it was open to the rest of the liv­ing area. “The kitchen had a penin­sula, and we took that out and put an is­land where the wall was,” she says. She also sec­tioned off the din­ing and liv­ing

“I tried to keep the more per­ma­nent things in the house

clas­sic, tra­di­tional and sim­ple.”

ar­eas so that even within the large room, the two quar­ters felt sep­a­rated. “The changes were mostly to make it more func­tional,” Brit­tany says. “We had to be re­ally ef­fi­cient with fur­ni­ture place­ment.” Be­cause of the long, nar­row shape of the room, it was easy for the fur­ni­ture to get in the way of traf­fic flow. But Brit­tany cir­cum­vented this prob­lem by mov­ing the din­ing ta­ble and chairs next to the sofa in­stead of be­hind it by the stairs, where they had been orig­i­nally. “That left a lit­tle space in the cor­ner, so we made a read­ing area.”


When it came to the dé­cor, the fam­ily wanted to stick with the coastal theme they al­ready had, but warm up the space. “I don’t think they would have thought that blue and white would make the house warm be­cause that’s what it was be­fore,” Brit­tany says. But it’s all about pick­ing the right shade. “I sail with my dad, and my fa­vorite boats are the ones with an­tique navy blue,” Brit­tany says. “It has a lit­tle bit of gray in it, so it’s not too in-your-face.”The sub­tle hue brings in the coastal el­e­ment but al­lows other clas­sic pieces of the house to shine, such as the wood pan­el­ing they added to the walls and ceil­ing, as well as the new re­claimed wood floor. “For me, the blue was im­por­tant to bring in the coastal el­e­ment, but it was mostly about the lay­er­ing of the tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als,” she says.

“Keep things sim­ple in de­sign and form, but then layer them on top of each other. Not ev­ery­thing has to be a show­stop­per.”

The fam­ily also didn’t want the dé­cor to be too trendy. “They wanted a more au­then­tic beach house aes­thetic,” Brit­tany says. “I tried to keep the more per­ma­nent things in the house clas­sic, tra­di­tional and sim­ple.” From the an­tique prints on the wall to the tongue-and-groove ceil­ings and tra­di­tional tile in the bath­rooms, the house is truly an an­tique beach house dream come true.

|ABOVE LEFT| MIX AND MATCH. When it came to art, Brit­tany lay­ered in dif­fer­ent types to pro­vide a rich vibe with an over­ar­ch­ing coastal theme. Along­side vin­tage prints she or­dered on eBay, she framed an old American flag and black-and-white...

|BOT­TOM RIGHT| CUS­TOM COM­FORT. In the mas­ter bath­room, a cus­tom cabi­net with stained oak looks clas­sic but also per­fectly suited for the space. “I don’t nor­mally do cus­tom fur­ni­ture, but cus­tom pieces are of­ten higher qual­ity for the same price, so...

|RIGHT| MO­SAIC MAD­NESS. In the down­stairs pow­der room, mo­saic tiles are the star of the show. “It’s not so much about hav­ing 200 fab­u­lous things in a room,” Brit­tany says. In­stead, stick with just one show-stop­ping piece, and let the rest of the...

|BOT­TOM LEFT| CO­HE­SIVE WHOLE. In the mas­ter bed­room, a replica vin­tage Ja­panese chest stands as a bed­side ta­ble. Even up­stairs, Brit­tany pulled in the navy-blue-and-white pal­ette, as well as the wood pan­el­ing on the walls, to keep the whole house...

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