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Our PNW Beach House Patio Makeover Plan

Coastal Interiors, Edesign, Home Blog Posts, Home Decor, Our Home, Our Beach HouseAnneke McConnell

Our beach house is relatively tiny and living in the Pacific Northwest Seattle area means that when it's warm and sunny outside, you want to make the most of it!  Updating our patio space for the Summer has been "on deck" for awhile now, and I'm so excited to share more of the transformation on Instagram as this plan comes to life! Here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

1. The patio is an extension of our home, but also where we really spend A LOT of our time during the Summer months June-September. The weather is typically between 70s and 80s and perfect for playing outside, beach activities, walks, kayaking, boating, outside dining, etc.

 

2. We LOVE to have people over to hang out, eat good food, let the kids play, etc.  Updating our patio dining area has been HUGE on my wishlist for the past couple of years, so I'm pretty excited about this new outdoor dining set to welcome family and friends alike. With the added space, we can host larger groups than other times of the year when it's gray and rainy outside.

 

3. We're a "down to earth" kind of family and things can get messy, so whatever we planned for the patio had to accommodate fishing activities (the fire pit area is also where we'll need a spot for bait boxes, coolers, etc. as we come and go during launching).  Our kiddos and their friends are also often running across the deck from one house to the next or from the beach side of the house to the street/back lot side. Sand is flying, rock treasures abound, etc. and so I've been brainstorming design ideas to make this patio a happy balance between a "beautiful and calm oasis" to "family-friendly fun zone". :-)

 

Some of the items in today's design we already own (like the outdoor sectional) and others are on order slowly arriving one by one.  This will definitely be completed in a few phases.  

Let's dive into the design plan for the three different sections of the patio: the lounge area, the dining area, and the fire pit area (also right off the boat ramp and multipurpose utility area).

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BEACH HOUSE PATIO LOUNGE AREA

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BEACH HOUSE PATIO DINING AREA

Beach House Patio Makeover
 

BEACH HOUSE PATIO FIRE PIT AND UTILITY ZONE AREA

Beach House Patio Makeover

Foldable adirondack chairs were a MUST for this space since we need to be able to move everything out of the way for fishing gear at different times. 

 

There can definitely be more components when it comes to an outdoor space since they may be multiple "zones" you're working with.  This kind of feels like three rooms in one. :-)  We're excited to share the process and how it all comes together, and hopefully it inspires you and gives you ideas for your own patio or porch space!

I'll share updates as we move along (hopefully writing more too)! It's crazy town here at the end of the school year!! xoxo

 

 

From the Beach,

Anneke

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The Best Sources for Neutral Accent Chairs

Home Blog Posts, Interiors, Living Room, Office, Our HomeAnneke McConnell

First off, thanks for reading through my last blog post on New Beginnings.  It can be a little scary to put yourself out there in such a personal way, but I'm striving to be more transparent on the blog.  As soon as I'm done here, I'm off to get my workout in!

With that said, something I've been wanting to do for a loooooonnnnnnggggg time is kind of a weekly Life Talk series like yesterday that is basically video with snippets of, well, "Life Talk"!  

Honestly, I feel like I've put this off for quite sometime because I don't ever want to come across as a "know it all" or "oh so wise".  I just want to help people who may be going through some things I've experienced or people I've worked with one-on-one in the "Life Coaching" space, and share my thoughts and ideas.  I'm not perfect!  

The first one is set to go live within the next few weeks and full blown once the kids start school in the Fall. I can't wait!!!

Ok, so moving onto to today's topic - CHAIRS!  I love me a good tufted or slipcovered comfy chair! And a neutral one at that. We live in them here at our beach house.

After years of researching and decorating, I've learned a thing or two about where to find the best to get that coastal modern farmhouse kind of style I love so much and live by. ;-)

They move around often in our home (the advantage of accent chairs), but here you can see my favorite chair ever front and center when I did a whitewash makeover on our fireplace stone. We've had these comfy tufted chairs for about 4+ years and they are literally timeless - I can still snuggle with a kiddo to read a book together. :-)

Many of you that follow along on Instagram, have asked frequently about the chairs over time, so I hope this roundup of sources helps speed up your search for that perfect neutral chair.  I personally lean toward either tufted or slipcovered (and more toward slipcovers since moving to the beach house).  There are a few "splurges" listed below, but most of the chairs are under $400. 

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When trying to decide what chair to go with for your home, the #1 most important factor is the measurements! Always make sure to measure your space and consider doorway openings.  Most chairs arrive with the legs detached so that helps, but still be aware of that.

Other than that, it is a personal preference for exact color, fabric, and details like tufting, skirting, the color of the legs, nailhead trim, etc.  

I'd love to know if you find these kind of blog posts helpful and if you end up going with one of these for your home!

***Edited to add.  JUST spotted this stunner for only $263! If this is a style you love, you can find it HERE.

 

Have a beautiful day friends!

xo,

Anneke

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if you haven't yet. There are so many great deals to be had!  I wrote a several posts about it, but below are just a few.  Click to see more if you'd like!

 

 

 

 

How To Whitewash Stone: DIY Fireplace Makeover

Home Blog Posts, Living Room, Our HomeAnneke McConnell

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Hi friends! I'm can't WAIT to share today's before and after with you!  It has actually been a few months since I finished this, but I'm finally able to share all of the details with you.  And with Spring just around the corner, I think a lot of us have some house projects on the brain.  

 

Thankfully this project was incredibly easy, not too messy, and took just a couple days to get done while the kids played and read books.

Ta-da!  Haha! We're so happy with the results!

Ok so here's the before you guys. You ready for this???

And now to see them side by side!

Thank you in advance for pinning and sharing my little ol' blog ideas you guys!  This is going to save people so much money and trouble!

Ok, so honestly over the years of sharing some home tours and whatnot, many people would say how much they LOVED our stone fireplace.   Every time this would happen, I'd check my attitude at the door because I have wanted to rip that thing down and out for awhile now and add beautiful wide white horizontal planking and marble and ALL things white and bright and coastal.  Did you know I love white? Lol

 

My husband and I go back in forth in our conversations about how much money we really want to invest in this home when we have different financial goals.  The options have ranged from "just live with it as-is" to "tear the entire thing down and rebuild a new home" to less extreme tangible options in between. ;-)

So here are some further details.

The fireplace has a funky hearth that is raised and sticks out that we still have yet to deal with.  This 18 inches or so will make a huge impact in our ability to place furniture in a more user friendly way in the long narrow space.

I've also personally never cared for the way the stone is recessed with sheetrock surrounding it, BUT without cutting into the sheetrock (which is an EXTREMELY messy endeavor) and giving the fireplace a more welcoming look that goes with the vibe of our style, whitewashing the stone was the perfect option.

Now our kitchen is open to the living and dining rooms, to to tie the spaces together I decided to paint the mantle the same color as the cabinets, Simply White by Benjamin Moore (we used Advance semi-gloss).  You can see our Kitchen Makeover series we did last fall here >>>>> kitchen makeover.

 

Ok so the process of whitewashing the stone is SO easy you guys.  

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Here's a breakdown of supplies and the steps:

SUPPLIES:

Staining Pads >>> (this is THE SECRET to epic results. They are super absorbent, little to no drips, but great transfer of whitewash mixture)

Paint Brush >>> I use my trusted Purdy brushes. ;-) You want to make sure it is angle and medium to stiff bristles.

Plastice tupperware container

Chalk style Paint you can choose whatever color you'd like for your project (I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen for the first layer, and then Vintage Market and Design Chalk Paint in Dove for the final layer)

***Two alternative white colors I recommend are Rustoleum's Chalked Paint in Linen White OR Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

Water: to mix with the chalk paint

Work Towels >>> to clean any drips that may happen

Work Glasses and Rubber Gloves >>> YES, you should wear these!

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1. Clean your stone with warm soapy water.

If your stone or brick is super glossy and slick or pretty dirty (unlike ours which was very porous and relatively dirt/soot free), you may need to use a product like TSP to get the job done. 

 

2. Take your paint, water and tupperware and create your whitewash mixture.

It doesn't matter what your ratio is, but you DO need to mix the same ration every time you make more mixture. I personally created a ratio of about 1:1  Too much water with create drips and lighter color.  Too much paint will not look translucent on the stone, but rather "painted on" and coated over the top of the surface.  If you're concerned about the paint not adhering, add a little more paint and always do a test spot first to see if you like the color and the way it looks when applied.

 

3. Apply the whitewash mixture one small section at a time.

Don't be afraid to really push your brush into the stone and brush with X-like motions to evenly cover the surface.  Working in a small section either one stone at a time like I did with our stone, or if you have brick working with a small area (for example 2 feet by 2 feet) is about right to brush on the mixture.

 

4. Use your staining pad to wipe any excess whitewash mixture.

Once you brush the whitewash mixture onto your small section, use your staining pad to wipe away the excess and even out the color.  This process moves along at an even pace, so you don't have to wipe the excess away quickly and you don't have to wait a bajillion hours either.

Just brush on, wipe off. Brush on. Wipe off.

 

******An alternative is to simply use your staining pad to apply the whitewash mixture if your stone is not too rough.  You can always test an area, but a rough stone will simply rip the material of the staining pad. A bristle brush really gets into the cracks and crevices of the stone more easily.

 

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 section by section until complete.

6. If you are layering colors, wait for the first layer of your whitewash to completely dry.

I personally waited a day in between doing a base gray-wash layer, and a top white-wash layer.  Meaning I finished the first coat late at night, went to bed and woke up to start the second layer.  You likely don't have to wait that long, especially the more porous your stone is.

 

That's it! Easy peasy.  Thanks in advance for pinning and sharing this post and supporting this blog.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and hope this helps give you the confidence to give it a try!

 

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Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enjoy the view!

 

xo, 

Anneke

 

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