Seabrook Island getaway

I met with a very cool Atlanta couple in January that recently purchased a rental on Seabrook Island, SC.  3618 Loggerhead Ct. hadn’t been updated in over 25 years and the owners weren’t ready for a major reno just yet.  They wanted it ready for the 2016 rental season and asked me to come in and put “lipstick on the pig” as they called it.   So Scott (the most hard-working, reliable contractor I know) and I went right to work.  Here are some before and afters of the 4 bedroom 3.5 bath beach home.

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Before, the walls in the upstairs living room were a washed-out yellow with artwork randomly placed.  The rug was too small and the furniture and accessories said anything but “beach”.


After, the walls are a modern, neutral gray (Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray).  The branches above the couch are straight from the beach.  The abstract above the fireplace reminds me of an oyster shell.  Since it’s a rental, I kept the furnishings simple and forgiving.  And the beachy accents were kept to a minimum.  Scott also updated the ceiling fan here and the recessed lighting throughout the house.

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Here in the dining area, the walls were a coral/orange color.  Again, the furniture and accessories didn’t seem to flow.


The walls throughout the house were  painted with SW Mindful Gray to keep things consistant and easy to touch-up.  I switched up the old glass-top table and upholstered chairs to some that are easier to clean and maintain, galvanized metal and wood.  I kept the existing bar cart but the owner removed the shells and I painted the drawer front and updated the accents and artwork above.


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The old kitchen had a ceiling fan above the island and a pot rack hanging right in front of the oven…hmmm?  And the dated tile backsplash had a random floral motif.


Scott removed the fan and installed this more appropriate fixture (Rick’s Lighting).  He also switched up the brushed nickel hardware for oil-rubbed bronze.  The 3 woven  barstools were replaced with 4 backless stools to keep things open.  Instead of replacing the entire backsplash, the floral tiles were covered up with self-adhesive stainless tiles.   With a fresh coat of paint and by removing a few things and replacing others, this once dated kitchen is now modern.


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In this bedroom, the window treatments were too heavy, the furniture, the bedding, the lamps…well, you can see, the whole room needed some love.


I replaced all the furniture with a rustic driftwood set.  I love these lamps, they are chrome and agate.  And to contrast all this neutral, I added striped navy and white curtains for the doors.


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This bedroom was once a porch that the previous owners converted to an en suite.


I kept the bed and armoire but replaced the curtains and added a striped rug, new accent tables, lamps, and rug.  The Spoleto artwork was from another bedroom.


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This was the old kids’ room.  The paint and carpeting are the only things to remain.


I thought it made more sense to bring in two sets of bunk beds and free up some space on the floor.  I found the oars in the garage storage closet and painted them white.  And the clownfish and coral artwork is by an award-winning artist…my 9 year old daughter.


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This is the downstairs family room as it was.



We replaced all the furniture with the exception of a few pieces.  The new sleeper sectional has a fold-out full bed.  The TV is now mounted on the opposite wall instead of in the built-in.  I wanted this room to have a laid-back vibe, so I brought in a geometric rug, fun coastal colors, beachy accents and art, and striped curtains.

“After” photos are by Real Estate photographer, Phil Shepard.

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