BeforeHost Joan Steffend and designer Keri Beyer liven up a suburban home for spring by bringing in the beach with colors inspired by the sun, sand and sky.
AfterThe makeover starts with the couch being re-covered in soft, blue slipcovers. The secret to stay-put slipcovers is to buy two–one to cover the base of the couch and the other to sew separate covers for the cushions. The loveseat and couch are given some extra panache by tying a piece of fabric around the middle section of the cushion.
The floral accents on the pillows are actually dryer sheets! Beyer dipped the sheets in pastel-colored water and then bunched them together with a rubber band.
- slipcover: Bed Bath & Beyond: 4729328739
Wall ArtThe plates are then grouped inside sun-bleached wooden frames.
Wicker Rockers, Water Feature and Capiz ChandelierRibbons are sewn onto rectangular pillows and tied to the top of the chair for a neck roll. Matching cushions are placed on the seat, and colorful ribbon is weaved through the wicker as an accent.
For the center table, a fountain inspired from the natural beauty of the sea is created using a glass bowl, a water pump and seashells.
Strands of capiz shells are hung on carpenter's cloth (wire) to make a hanging, wind-chime light fixture to go atop the water feature.
Coffee Table and Fireplace ScreenThe circles are then lightly painted with glass paint to mimic the capiz-shell lamp.
Sea grass is used to create a decorative fireplace screen. The sea grass is sandwiched between two layers of white plywood. Pieces of beach glass are glued onto the plywood for a decorative accent. (Beach grass is very flammable–do not use when there is a fire in your fireplace.)
- coffee table: Ikea - Dalfors #18239
LampsThe lamp is topped off with a crisp white shade and some bead trim.
Window Treatments, Beach Mats and a BirdhouseInstead of painting the walls, several beach mats are painted soft pastel colors and then hung around the room.
To illuminate the rustic birdhouse, an electric candle is attached to the top of a pedestal.The bottomless birdhouse is then placed on top of the pedestal, over the candle.
- window treatments: Cost Plus World Market - Kantha blue stripe
A unique little treasure chest sits on top of the fireplace mantel and is filled with trinkets, baubles, seashells and moss.
Aqua-colored, vintage canning jars are transformed into vases by placing carpenter's cloth inside the outer lid to serve as a frog that holds the flowers up.
Oyster BarThe letters are first covered in glue and rolled in sand for a beachy look. A deck table is made using cedar fencing for the top and plumbing supplies for the legs. Maps are decoupaged onto barstool seats. The oyster bar look is pulled together with galvanized buckets and accessories.
A simple clock mechanism is attached to a table round, then two faux robin's eggs are sliced in half to add accent to the oversize timepiece.
GreenhouseA glass shelf is added as well as an awning over the window and then lots of natural, seaside accessories.
Valance and Flowerpot LightThe branches are placed over the window and decorated with tissue paper to give the illusion of a budding tree. A matching blue terra-cotta pot is inverted and made into a hanging light fixture.
Dining TableGlass chargers are decoupaged with Caribbean-colored tissue paper. The silverware is dressed up by adhering beach glass onto the handles. A water glass inside a bulb planter is filled with fresh tulips and water to serve as the centerpiece.
The dining chairs get a taste of spring with new decorative backs. Enlarged color copies of seed packets are ironed onto transfer paper and adhered to fabric. Ribbon ties are used to fasten the fabric onto the chair.
Nautical BathroomShe paints nautical-inspired stripes on a sailcloth. The cloth is cut into two, creating a shower curtain valance and matching valance for the light fixture above the vanity.
Seashells are glued onto barbecue skewers and then placed in a vase of sand to create a lovely seaside bouquet for the vanity.
A sea-savvy towel bar is created by attaching cleats to small blocks of wood, then attaching the blocks to the wall and draping twine across them. Conch shells serve as vases.