I’m taking a break from house planning to share my parent’s new house in Florida. You may be thinking, wait, didn’t you just completely redo their new Florida condo? Why yes, yes we did! And then in a strange turn of events they sold it and bought a house instead. It is a super long boring story, but basically a few months after they moved in a lawsuit over the dock space came about so no one would be able to use the dock until the lawsuit is settled, whenever that may be, meanwhile my dad’s boat had no where to go. That combined with deciding they wanted to be closer to all their friends on the gulf side prompted them to just put the condo on the market to see what would happen. It promptly sold in one day :) and they began house hunting over in the Clearwater/St. Pete area. They found the perfect house where they can park their boat right in their backyard, their 3 dogs have a fenced yard to run around and they are a 15 minute drive to all their friends. Win-win for everyone, yet another God thing ;)
The good news this time around was the house had really great bones, brand new counters and beautiful cabinets! We just needed to paint, swap some light fixtures and furnish the whole thing (the people who bought their condo bought all the furniture too). I flew down this past weekend for another frantic power shopping session, and I’m excited to give you the brand new tour. Unfortunately, we didn’t get everything done before my flight home, but I did manage to shoot most of the rooms before I left.
Today, I’ll give you a quick spin around the backyard and the formal living room. This house has it’s own cute little pool area, but the outdoor furniture hadn’t arrived by the time I left. Can’t wait to show you this area when it’s all done.
They also have their boat parked right out the back door on the canal here, which is just off the Manatee River and is about a 20 minute boat ride to the gulf. My dad took us for a cruise after a long day of power shopping and we saw 8 dolphins, so fun! My kids are going to love visiting here. I realized I forgot to take any outside shots of the house, but it’s so cute, another excuse to go back and visit :)
Could those two palm trees be set up any more perfect for a hammock? I know what Santa will be bringing my dad this year!
This house has a formal living room right when you come in the front door overlooking the pool. The previous owners had a very formal/traditional style that we wanted to make feel a bit more casual and beachy. They had heavy drapery on all the windows that made it feel dark, so that was the first thing to go.
Next, everything got a coat of Top Sail by Sherwin Williams. We loved the color so much in the condo it was a no brainer to use again.
Then my mom texted me approximately 42 zillion different couches from the furniture store (we may have also face-timed too, totally normal shopping move…) and she settled on these cream colored couches with blue piping. The comfy striped ottoman helps with the laid back vibe.
When I got down there this weekend, we found the basket and mirror at Pier 1 and swapped out the ornate chandelier for this fixture from Lowe’s.
A few throw pillows and this cute vintage chest – my mom’s friend added the dock cleat hardware to it, and this room was done!
I’ll be continuing the tour next week with the kitchen, but for now, I’m back to sanding the 6th layer of paint off what will be my gorgeous, amazing antique sliding pantry door at the new house, but right now is just a headache and a gallon of paint stripper waiting for me…
disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links
Light fixture – Lowe’s
Furniture – Local Florida furniture store called Hudsons
Rug – Wayfair
Mirror – Pier 1
Octopus Pillow – Pier 1
Paint color – Top Sail by Sherwin Williams
Basket tray – Pier 1
Knit Pillow – Marshall’s
Cabinet – Antique store
Throw blanket – HomeGoods