Call it women's intuition, but when Jenny Cook walked over the threshold of an aging Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home, she saw something her husband, Kevin, didn't. "It had this terrible wallpaper, and he said, 'No way!'" she says with a laugh. "I instantly loved it, though. I knew it was going to be a project, but it had a lot of potential. I could really see our family there."
Over seven years, they made minor adjustments to their house in bits and spurts until some cracks in their kitchen countertops prompted them to call designer Andrew Howard. A few suggestions led to a remodel plan that involved raising the ceilings and painting the rooms with fresh, light colors. Here, Howard shares his wisdom on how to transform a sorely dated residence into a dream home.