Taking it to the Beach

I’ve always had an affinity for the water. Whether it’s a ditch, a coulee, a lake, the gulf, or ocean makes little difference to me. Of course, as an adult, I try to stay out of ditches and coulees and I much prefer to be able to see my toes in the sand on the bottom. The idea of a beach house sounds divine; even if this beach house is situated in the heart of the Lafayette Oil Center.

So, I can completely relate to this home owner who longs for the seaside now in their new home and then be able to transition to the actual seaside upon retirement. They love the water and want a home that reflects this love. As avid travelers, they need a place to showcase their varied collection of memorabilia. And, as transitioning empty nesters who are prepping for their first grandchild, they want a relaxed, family and pet friendly home with a bit of fancy and fun.

Their home was updated prior to moving in but their current upholstery was solemn and tired. Mismatched chairs and antique casegoods left the rooms feeling worn-out and without spark. The rooms were large, disconnected, and without intent. We needed cohesiveness. We needed purpose. We needed fun.


My inspiration for the rooms was her current dining table. The set is a tile top table with legs painted in a whimsical Alice in Wonderland effect. These colors will easily translate into multi patterned pillows. Solid slipcovered sofa, swivel gliders, and sectional will provide a casual, coastal feel, easy cleaning, and flexibility to change the look in the future.


New tables and lamps give a soft nod to the sea without going “coastal”. The new cocktail is painstakingly crafted from kabebe sea shells that have been carefully inlaid and polished to a satin luster. The faux bamboo octagonal end tables have a penn shell top that is stained emerald green and surrounded by antique brass finials. Mercury glass lamps with burlap shades accented with a chunk of turquoise dangling from a silver chain add a bit of sparkle.

963-150 moth of pearl cocktail960-801 box on standtheobald lamp

Typically, I am against painting beautiful wood pieces; however, the armoire needed a little TLC so it was finished in a worn white with accents of soft blue to accentuate the carving. The armoire will act as a room divider between the conversational and keeping areas.The oriental hand carved end table was the perfect height for an english tea table to go between the two navy and cream checked wing back chairs situated fireside.


The rooms were divided into a more formal conversational area in the front of the house, a keeping area conjoined with the kitchen, and a tv area in the back of the house. These three areas are now linked by color which is tied to the colors used in the dining room. There is a purpose for each area and the rooms feel seaside and are family oriented. Now, its time for a few boat drinks.