7 Steps to Casual Beach Decor

A busy mom transforms an outdated Casey Key, Florida, home into a relaxed carefree retreat for her energetic family.

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Green home exterior
Photographer: Mark Lohman, Stylist: Francoise O'Neill

6. Paint on personality.

The home's exterior got a much-needed face-lift and updating thanks to several gallons of new paint. "When we first moved in, it was severely lacking in the character department," Nikki says, so she selected a hue and had the graying cedar siding painted a cheerful sage green with contrasting white trim to give the facade a quaint, Key West feel.

For a similar exterior hue, try Sherwin-William's Kiwi.

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