To achieve this, Annalisa mixed in period-style Hawaiian floral prints in addition to a few coastal motifs to go along with the beach cottage theme. She continued to break up the floral theme by using striped linens for her pillows, which were made from French mattress pickings. To add her personal flair to the design, Annalisa brought in a little bit of animal print in the form of rugs and pillows as well as pieces with an East Asian-style influence.
When negotiating the purchase of the home, Annalisa didn’t just ask for the property—she also asked that the chandeliers be kept, as well as two red vintage chairs in the dining room that the previous owner had found.
In addition to incorporating personal style through furnishings, the couple also made some tremendous renovations. They completely overhauled what little was present in the kitchen—the previous homeowners had left them essentially without one—including bringing in hand-distressed cabinetry from Arizona and honed marble. Annalisa also got a butcher block-topped island to match the shabby chic vintage style in the rest of the home.
Though the kitchen was the largest renovation in the house, Annalisa and her husband didn’t stop there. Their master bath was also a major renovation. The previous homeowners went with a coastal theme for the room, which Annalisa promptly removed. “It just didn’t fit with the rest of the home,” she recalls. She replaced the porthole window with an old window from a greenhouse, put antique wooden posters around the tub, and added curtains to create the ultimate retreat.
After six years of renovating the home, Annalisa fondly calls the cottage her labor of love. “When I get a project I’m working on, I live it and breathe it until it’s done,” she says. Through an abundance of design-savvy style and renovation choices, the couple brought patinated charm back to their beautiful home.
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