Bayside Bungalow Renovation

Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a designer returns to Mississippi to breathe new life into a historic home.

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Bay St. Louis Screened Porch
Photographer: Laura Moss, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

1. Reinvent Vintage Scores

Each day at the bungalow begins and ends on the screened porch. To outfit the space, Abercrombie worked with her sister, Ginger, and daughter Jane, a New York—based interior designer, to scour flea markets for the perfect pieces. She then turned to daughter-in-law Sara, a decorative painter in Baton Rouge, to refinish the finds. “It was a collaborative effort,” Abercrombie says. “Everyone had a part to play.”

Get the look: The sofa is from Crate & Barrel. The rocking chairs are from L.L.Bean. The chandelier and wicker chairs are by Maine Cottage. The striped pillows are from Pine Cone Hill. The rug is from World Market.

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