A Washington woman reinvents her home on tiny Steamboat Island with simple, coastal style.
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Before: An abundance of bulky decorations and dark flooring
made this already-narrow porch seem even smaller.
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A Narrow Escape
After: "This is my room," owner Jerry West Sanders says of
the chair-deep enclosed porch. "I use it particularly for reading
and enjoying the sun, because it really warms up in there."
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Make a Change
Before: With an outdated range hood, floral print fabrics,
and too many knickknacks crowding the walls and countertops, the
kitchen was ready for an update.
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Hot off the Stove
After: Jerry's husband, Richard, loves making breakfast on
the Aga range. In addition to turning out great meals, the stove
keeps the kitchen warm on chilly days.
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Jerry and Richard often use this outdoor room for dining and
entertaining. "On Saturdays, all the neighbors bring something and
gather," Jerry says.
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Jerry took advantage of her warm, woodsy room to showcase her
father's and grandfather's hats and fishing baskets, as well as
antique duck decoys. The arrows are poison darts she and Richard
acquired while living in Malaysia.
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"There's no proper entry, so I had to create my own," Jerry says.
She bought a damaged fireplace mantel and hid coat hooks behind the
trim. Baskets hold hats, gloves, and dog supplies.
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Step Right Up
A natural wood grain dresser topped with a honey-hued mirror brings warmth to its all-white surroundings, while feathery grasses lend a touch of softness to the space. A trio of prints along the staircase breaks up the white expanse and draws the eye up and away from a utility panel.
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Wide Open Spaces
The view speaks for itself in the clean, white living room. The
windows, which extend all the way to the floor, flood the room with
light and unify the indoor and outdoor space.
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A damaged mantel serves as a headboard in the master bedroom. Because the small space doesn't allow for bedside tables, Jerry installed sconces for nighttime reading. She kept the tones muted to accentuate the view.
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"I adore this space and the freedom to see the water," Jerry says
of her bedroom balcony. "I live on the water because I love it. I
don't think there's any other place to live."
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