When designer and his wife began looking for a home, they knew they wanted a few things: a great location, a great front porch, customizability, and that one thing that always draws people into the housing market—more space. The cozy bungalow that they ultimately purchased fit all of these criteria beautifully. “When I walked into this home,” James notes, “I instantly saw the potential it had and had to have it.”
The house as it stood, though, would require a lot of work. With a less than desirable floor plan, awkwardly divided spaces, and earth-toned wallpaper that looked tragically dated, the home needed all the love it could get. Luckily, James and Diana were up to the task. Beginning with inspiration boards created on Pinterest, the couple chose a nautical theme to guide them through their decorating and purchasing decisions and got to work. The end result, a completely opened up space, is stunning. Filled with light, beautifully curated vintage pieces, and subtle punches of color, the now maritime-themed home functions both as a living space and a dreamy retreat from the world. Check out the rest of the photos and James’s thoughts on the renovation process after the jump! For an even more in-depth look at the whole renovation process, be sure to check out the . —Max
“I started the renovations by simply creating some inspiration boards. I used Pinterest to start that process, just pinning anything and everything I liked. I knew by doing this, a theme would come through. Shortly through this process I noticed all the spaces I was loving were white, they were open, they had dark floors, and funny enough anything nautical, i was loving. So i thought why not just go with it. I have renovated homes before and I know that if you pick a theme it helps with decisions. If it doesn’t fall in the theme, you don’t use it.
“Once I decided I was going to go mainly white and nautical, everything else fell into place. I wanted to use stripes where I could, red, blue, white were the colors I was going to stick to. I used Picasso travertine in the office as it doubled as a back entranceway. I loved the natural stone feel it had and it reminded me of seaside because of the blue veins it had running through it.”
“Our light fixtures and many of the details in our home came from the antique market as well. I picked up a giant vintage light fixture which was formally in a factory and added it to the dining room. The kitchen light fixture had a nautical feel to it so I went with it too. All came at a cost but added a great touch to the kitchen and dining room.”