See how this Georgia native uses creative touches to reinvent homes and refresh outdated spaces.
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"Original windows are the heart of the house," Jane says. "If they're too rotten to salvage or local codes don't permit them I try to keep the authentic sashes and reuse them inside."
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Flawed But Inviting
The seating in this beach shack ranges from wooden porch chairs painted Caribbean hues to a comfortable sofa and chairs dressed in soothing solids and bold stripes. Local art fills white walls, and the decor features a sea-and-sky palette.
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Jane finished this master bath with a chaise from the Salvation Army slipcovered in a cotton shell-print fabric. Even though the robin's egg blue vanity is a reproduction piece, Jane suggests turning an antique dresser or console table into a vanity for extra character.
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Jane designs for “coffee in the morning and cocktails at night. Pull out a daybed and there’s no better place to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean,” she says.
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“I can’t live without comfortable seating, a place to dine, and a few odd items,” Jane says. “They make an outdoor space feel like a room.” Curtains made out of outdoor fabric lend privacy and offer relief from the sun. Large shells, potted plants, and splashy local art complete her signature style.
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Jane rarely passes up a chance to promote preservation of classic beach cottages. “I hope people appreciate the potential of funky little beach shacks and fight to keep them,” she says. In this kitchen, glass-tile countertops in iridescent sea shades play up the room’s shoreside charm, but it’s the screened pantry door with a conch shell knob that really turns heads.
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In this guest bedroom, Jane used an old door panel in lieu of a traditional headboard. She often finds inspiration in found objects and reinvents her treasures by using them in fresh ways. “They add energy, provide history, and are irresistibly inviting.”
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In this dining room, Jane painted and distressed the 10-foot-long heart-pine dining table and complemented the look with a hodgepodge of side chairs scored at a local thrift store. A fresh coat of white paint and a candy-stripe fabric unifies the mismatched styles.
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Jane refinished the original freestanding claw-foot tub and made it the room’s focal point. “I look for old photos and talk with neighbors to find out what the house originally looked like,” Jane says.
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In lieu of glass, Jane installed chicken wire into the four middle cabinet door faces to creatively display dishware. A retro refrigerator and range give the room an authentic vintage feel.
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Jane made shabby look chic when she breathed new life into this Georgia home. She let her building blocks―pine floors, plank walls, pocket windows, and exposed ceiling rafters―speak for themselves.
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Vintage Style Trick
“Wood walls and ceilings are just about the most important thing in a house,” Jane says. “Go with wood, even if your budget allows it on only a single wall.”
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Light & Lively
You can pump up the charm factor with salvaged cabinet doors. “The addition of a single door face adds layers of depth and interest to a room,” Jane says. She highlighted the effect in this laundry room by painting the door a contrasting hue from the rest of the cabinetry.
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Jane never tires of “great fabric,” she says. “I select prints that are sophisticated, durable, and whimsical. Shades of blue and natural hues cool off a beach home. But most importantly, I choose what makes me happy. I always add a little bold color―orange, hot pink, etc.”
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Old Made New
“Look for original wood beneath carpet and behind drywall or cheap paneling. Wood gives a house its character,” Jane says. Unpainted boards saved from this original home now cover walls in the dressing area adjacent to the outdoor shower.
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“There’s just something about having a piece in a room and knowing you won’t walk into the neighbor’s house and find the same thing,” Jane says.