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More Amazing Makeovers This beachfront jewel box in Laguna Beach proves that good things come in small packages. With its bright white walls and wide-open floor plan, it’s the perfect getaway for a family of four, but it wasn’t always that way. The fun-loving kitchen, for example, with its easy-for-entertaining pass-through and its handsome subway tiles and Shaker-style cabinets was once a cramped, dark space. The adjoining dining room, too—now the epicenter for family dinners—was once only big enough for two. The home’s small size didn’t mean they had to give up on style. There’s plenty of nautical flair throughout, like the porthole mirror in the bathroom and the floor-to-ceiling wainscoting in the kids’ bunkroom, which makes the nearly closet-sized space feel like a cabin on a ship. The master bedroom gets a similar treatment with elegant paneling, a 19th-century travel trunk at the foot of the bed, and a moody English painting of a ship at sea. For all its special touches, though, the family agrees their favorite spot isn’t inside the house at all: It’s out on their sunny patio with waves as far as the eyes can see, where the only thing that feels small is them. For more home decor inspiration, visit

By Coastal Living

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