Hello my wonderful friends! How are you today? It’s great to be back with this new “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” post especially because I am featuring such a talented and kind woman! Marcie, from @designsixtyfive, is a busy mom of two little boys, and, together with her husband, she managed to renovate and decorate this gorgeous Connecticut beach house.
I can’s stress enough for you to follow her on Instagram because she’s one of those rare people you meet and instantly feel connected to. Here, Marcie shares more details about her home:
“When we began planning for our home renovation, Home Bunch was one of my go-to sources for inspiration, so to be sharing our own home on this platform now is such an honor! I first started Design Sixty Five as a way to document our renovation for posterity, not thinking anyone would actually be interested in following along with the progress. A year later, I am truly amazed at how it taken on a life of its own and has become such a fulfilling creative outlet. It brings me so much joy to exchange ideas and inspiration with others and I couldn’t be happier to share our renovation experience here with you!”
“We bought this 1920’s colonial in 2012 (before having children) when it was only 1,300 square feet with 3 small bedrooms and 1 bathroom. After growing our family to include 2 kids and 2 dogs, we felt it was time for us to either expand or move. We fell in love with the location of this home, which is within walking distance of downtown as well as the beach, so we decided to renovate in order to make this home work for our family in the long term.”
Front Door Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.
Front door knocker is Michael Healy Designs.
Roof: Cedar Shingle & Standing Seam Copper.
“As part of the renovation, we essentially gutted the existing house, demolished an old detached garage and 3-season sunroom, and added on an attached garage, mudroom, kitchen, master suite and junior suite. While it might have been easier to demolish the entire house and start from scratch, we loved the original house and wanted to stay true to its history, charm and character. We replaced the windows, siding and roof and added architectural details to create interest and dimension while honoring the style of the original house. The newly renovated house is approximately 2,400 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.”
“When winter rolls around, this becomes the hardest working little corner of our house! A few years ago, we added a small powder room to this corner, which allowed us to create a “mini-mudroom” on this wall using board & batten and some simple wall hooks.”
Entry Door Set: Rejuvenation.
Runner: Dash & Albert.
A built-in bench and a tall cabinet adds storage and a place to put on your shoes and store coats.
Shiplap walls and a distressed console table with beautiful decor complements this space.
Table Lamp: Pottery Barn.
“On the interior, we opened up walls and added windows wherever possible to create an open floorpan that is flooded with natural light. Given the home’s location, we wanted to achieve a subtle coastal aesthetic that is classic, yet fresh and organic. The decor is simple with timeless elements of natural wood and textures, plenty of white, live greenery, and hints of blue.”
Pillows: West Elm.
All interior walls and trim are painted in Benjamin Moore Super White.
Fireplace surround is Pietro Cardosa and the beam is reclaimed chestnut.
Artwork: This is actually a tv (Samsung 55″)! The art on the tv is Lauren Martilla’s “Hesitation”.
Woven Chairs: Loom Arm Chair in Sand.
Coffee Table: Target.
Coffee Table Plant: Here.
The living room opens to a large and bright white kitchen with hardwood flooring. Notice the beautifully styled bookcase on the right.
Island Cabinet Paint Color: CliqStudios “Urban Stone”.
Backsplash: Capella White Brick 2-1/3 in. x 10 in. Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile (painted in white chalk paint) or here (already painted).
Range hood is solid maple with custom stain.
Kitchen Island Dimension: 8’x4’.
The kitchen countertop is Silestone Statuario Quartz. It goes perfectly with the white perimeter cabinets and the grey island.
Kitchen Cabinetry: CliqStudios Dayton cabinets. Doors are shaker-style.
Floating shelves are solid oak with custom stain.
I love kitchens with corner sink, especially when they’re placed under a row of windows like we see here. Sink is by Kohler.
Sink Pendant Light: Pottery Barn.
This dining room is a dream! It’s beautiful without compromising on practicality.
Side Dining Chairs: Sawyer Solid Wood Dining Chair By August Grove (custom stain).
Plantation Shutters: Home Depot.
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Super White.
Flush Mount Light: Three Posts.
The powder room is as good as it gets! It features classic wainscotting and herringbone marble tiling.
Bathroom Vanity: 30″ Single Vanity (Carrara/White).
Similar Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree: Here.
This laundry room is everyone’s dream! The gorgeous grey cabinets works perfectly with the white marble quartz countertops and the white marble herringbone backsplash. Brass and acrylic hardware accentuates the shaker-style doors.
Lighting: Adjustable Brass Finish 1 Light Wall Sconce.
Floating Shelves: Here – similar.
Laundry Room Cabinets: CliqStudios Urban Stone.
Countertop: Silestone Statuario Quartz.
Woven Basket: West Elm.
Mudroom Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Nimbus.
Hardware: Hamilton Bowes.
Marcie used two desks from World Market to create this “built-in desk” look.
Chairs: World Market.
Lighting: Globe Electric.
Window Treatment: Designer Woven Shades in Bali White from Select Blinds.
Office Built-Ins Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.
Similar Pulls: Here.
Having three kids I know the importance of having enough storage in a playroom. These cubbies are great because the kids can easily learn to put their toys away after using them. Make it as a game (“who will finish it first?”) and they will clean-up after themselves in a blink! 🙂
Chandelier: Dome Pendant By Mistana.
Organizer Shelves: Target (2x).
This “window-seat daybed” is so dreamy… I would love to read for my kids at this spot.
Candle Sconces: Here.
Similar Palm Plant: Here.
Marcie made sure to design kids’ bedrooms that will grow with them. Everything feels serene and neutral.
Rug: Here – similar.
Bathroom Vanity: New Yorker 30″ Single Vanity By Kitchen Bath Collection (painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron).
Countertop: Honed Carrara Marble.
Faucet: Glacier Bay.
Floor & Shower Floor Tile: Calacatta Cressa Hex Honed 2″ x 2″ Marble Mosaic Tile in White By MSI.
Shower Wall Tile: Fresh White 4 in. x 12 in. Ceramic Field Wall Tile.
Featuring a black metal bed and comfortable white and grey linens, this bedroom exudes a timeless and inviting feel.
Rug: Pottery Barn.
This bathroom is one you should keep in mind if you’re building or renovating. The layout is perfect and the size is something you will find in most homes. Notice the attention to detail and how the homeowner used every space to add storage to this bathroom.
Medicine Cabinets: here.
Floor Tile: Carrara Tile.
Featuring white grid board and batten accent wall, vaulted ceilings, white furniture and natural elements, the master bedroom balances coastal design with an elegant approach.
Bedding: West Elm (highly recommended!).
Rattan Trays: McGee.
I love how Marcie decorated her dresser. It’s simple and elegant.
Drapes are from West Elm.
Rods: West Elm.
Door Stop: Here.
The French doors open to a private balcony.
Bedroom Chandelier: Pottery Barn Amelia Bead Chandelier.
Serenity is also found at this spa-like master bathroom. The master features herringbone marble floor tile, white beaded chandelier over a freestanding tub surrounded by windows dressed in white bamboo Roman shades.
Chandelier: Large Antique Whitewash Wood Bead Chandelier.
Floor Tile: 4″x16” Honed Italian White Carrara Marble floor.
Countertop Tray: Pottery Barn.
Mirrors: Pottery Barn.
Faucets: Kohler Purist in Polished Chrome.
Floor Shower Tile (not shown): Arabescato Marble Mosaic Tile.
The mirror is an older Ikea mirror that the homeowner covered in faux grasscloth wallpaper. Isn’t she handy?! 🙂 The wallpaper is “NuWallpaper NU2215 Wheat Grasscloth Peel & Stick Wallpaper, Neutral” – Other Beautiful Floor Mirrors: here, here, here & here.
Decking & Balcony: – Brazilian Ipe – Railing is steel cable with Brazilian Ipe handrails.
Siding: James Hardie Arctic White; all trim is Azek painted Benjamin Moore Super White.
“I firmly believe that our surroundings can have a tremendous impact on our state of mind, feelings and productivity. In my opinion, a house it not just a shelter for those who live there — it is a living, breathing expression of its inhabitants and should be a sanctuary that serves as a source of calm, positive energy. For our family, this home is exactly that and we look forward to enjoying it for many years to come!”
Outdoor Patio Set: Safavieh.
Windows are Jeld-Wen Siteline 2-over-2 Black exterior.
Back Patio Lighting: Beachcrest Home.
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