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Thursday, November 13, 2014

We're still waiting to get back to the beach!

Back in May we had a pipe burst under our kitchen sink , in our main residence. 
Let me just say this , I do not know how people stand living in their homes during major remodeling projects! 
Our tale started off with a massive water flood under the sink. 
My husband and I scrambled to clean up the water poured out everywhere! We have manufactured wood floors so water is not your friend! I grabbed my carpet cleaning machine to suction up the water , which worked actually really well . My husband set heaters that had running for the next 4 days just to make sure things dried out. 
We thought were good , then about 2 weeks later we started noticing buckling of the floor in a area several feet away from where the water had been! 
Called our insurance company, TIP OF THE DAY! most of the time these things are covered by insurance if you call right away!  Servpro came out and turns out water was sitting under the  dishwasher was pushing water out under the floor and as we walked we were pushing along the floor even further!

 So new floors right? Wrong! Cabinet was water logged, cabinet that housed sink and dishwasher would have to be removed and replaced.  Cabinet people came in stated that cabinets were European specialty order & oh goody no longer made! So now we would have to have all new cabinets! 
Our granite counters were only a couple of yrs old  so we were hoping they could be saved? Nope , they broke ! 
So after 3 full months we have a brand new kitchen , thank God our insurance covered it !  Here is a little peek of our new kitchen new pictures to follow.  As you can see Teddy is ready to to head to the beach!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The beginning

                  Endless Summer the beginning.                This cottage sat vacant for 3 yrs. The railings were dried out from lack of maintenance , the beige color had faded , the accent color was a deep brown had washed out  to green!
  Good news ,she was only 5 yr.s old when we found her and was a nice tight ,strongly build home. Something to be said for good bones and good builders!  

This after repainting , doesn't look like same cottage does it?

The master bedroom was large but painted this color made it feel cramped,. Previous owners picture from listing. We also inherited a lot of furniture from previous residence .

Fresh cream walls with new art and shelving , light airy curtains . Bed frame and bedding .Looks fresh and inviting.

 The red wall had been repainted before we saw it , I would suppose the Realtor suggested the change to the pale yellow on the rest of the walls. Fell in love with the fireplace , which uses propane so no wood chopping for us!

Fresh cream walls add to light airy feel splashes of color come from accessories. Still waiting to replace couches. Little by little we are coaxing our little cottage into it's full potential. 

 Kitchen was in good shape just plain . over sized dining table took up a lot of space. 

added sand pails sand castles , fun curtains and my hubby tiled the back splash in gorgeous pale hues and complimentary marble tiles . The center island butcher block top is from Ikea  counters, cut down to fit our island. My husband added bead board around the back and sides of the island and painted SW tidewater. 3 mismatched stools were added painted in colors matching the seat cushions on the dining set.

added oiled hardware from EBAY

guest bedroom , unfortunately it was the worst shape of all and I forgot to take a picture of it. It had a monstrous homemade bunk bed the literally took up the whole room. It was the first thing my husband dismantled. In one word GROSS bed wetter ! Yikes!  After, it's is a room worthy of guests with it's Queen sized bed (IKEA 99.00) large enough to move around and have 2 nightstands. with full, closet even a dresser and flat screen TV! Display shelf items picked up at EBAY as well as the  bedding from PB but found on EBAY half the price new! Picture was from Zazzle.

the key here is to do a little at a time... Have fun 
finds deals online, we will have owned Endless Summer for 2 1/2 years now ,it is still a work in progress and we are loving very minute of it! 
Little table from Joss & Main but I also found it on Amazon, just a matter of who had better price.

A lot of my finds came from Mor  furniture  OREGON (dining table set was 374.00) seat cushion recover material came from and so did kitchen curtains. Best selection of beach themed material and low price!
I have picked up accents pieces from Joss & Main pillows, beach themed items & accents. Hint ! check whole site sometimes same item will be listed in 2 different areas under different name , 1 will be cheaper.
My spurge Pottery Barn octopus serving tray ... pricey but had to have! 
Basket on hearth from EBAY, however these have been showing up on Joss & Main new and cheaper sometimes as set for around $33.00.
Sea shells , some collected, usual ones also came from Goodwill  and

Also shopped our own house for items to bring up . Bedroom shelves were all made by my husband , Pottery Barn knockoffs. There is a link on side that will take you to DIY instructions. Similars shelves like these were 300.00 on PB small ones were 169.00 .   Shell mirror EBAY 

Shutters! loved these but at 400.00 a pop not so much!
 My husband made these for me for about $25.00 total !!!!  and I love them!!

goodwill find (in process of recover )chair was $14.00!! Material cost 20.00! 

From this (100.00) Amazon find

                        to this repaint and distressed
Hope I have given you some idea's !! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Finished seat cushions for Endless Summer!

Hooray!  finally finished recovering the new dining chairs for the cottage! They turned out so cute !
   I decided to have vary color because I couldn't just pick one! 
  Fabric was purchased from  they have excellent selections for all kinds of projects! and awesome sales too!  Picture of our little girl Zoey sweet little Pom 6 months old and a total beach baby!! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


 First let me say I love these pillows!!  I could spend a small fortune on them.... However right now I don't have to because they are posted on the Joss & Main site for half off!

These little treasures are all available on Joss & Main . I already own the Dans La Mer pillows and the colors are beautiful, look just like the picture.  

  Several of the pillows are hooked pillows and if you have ever priced these pretties they can be expensive! Some where around $65 to $75 dollars  a pillow. The ones I have pictured here are priced from $29.95 to $35.99 half of the price!!  I have added a link to take you directly to the pillows! Just scroll down....


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Beach Cottage

Hooray! I have finally found a smaller dining room set for the beach house that won't break the bank!  The current dining set  came with the house , we purchased it furnished which was great because we can take our time replacing pieces we do not wish to keep. 
This is our new set ,scored at Mor Furniture for $375.00 for the entire set!!!I will be changing out the plain cushion coverings with a combination of  the ones below . 

 I will post chairs , once my material arrives! Can't wait... Fabric arrived yeah! 
 If you would like to check out the this fabric , great price , material was nice weigh 
Lots of great material and  will have discounts for this company as well as most retailers !! Don't forget to use EBATES.COM too !

old set  very large and heavy 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On to the New Year

Well now the Christmas Season is over and all the decorations are put away ... It's time to get back to work! Found this cutie on Joss and Main  simple with elegant curve lines  Wouldn't this look nice with painted distressed finish >>>$65.95!!! Tell them Susan Vanderhoek sent you! Steal Here's the link ! 

Caspire End Table

We had a new addition to our family this Christmas please meet Zoey ! She loved her first trip to the beach, however she needs training up before she investigate on her own.... the last one is recent in our main residence she loves to explore , dig bring in dead leaves!! She is a Pomeranian is now 16 weeks (she was 10 weeks in the first picture )Well off to create!