Jan collected magazine photos to aid her in choosing furnishings
and designing the built-ins throughout the house. "My poor builder
and cabinet guy were like, 'Another picture, oh gosh,'" she says.
"But it really helped; you don't have to describe the details."
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In updating Annika's childhood room, Jan designed a built-in daybed
with storage drawers underneath. Bookcase-style shelving frames the
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"This is our outdoor room," Jan says of the 1,000-square-foot space
that encompasses a spa, fireplace, and grill. Beyond, the
well-manicured lawn stretches 100 feet to a bluff and the Pacific.
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Jan had the spacious living area's 5 ½-foot-square coffee
table made so that "everyone could just plop down around it," she
says. An antique wooden rocking horse near the sofa awaits
grandchildren. "I bought it as a gift for myself with my high
school graduation money," she says.
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Playful red, white, and blue stripes punctuate the nautical-theme room for future grandchildren.
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Feast for the Eyes
The dining nook, with its built-in banquette, enjoys a prime view of sunsets.
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Comfortable outdoor seating invites Jan and Steve to watch the waves roll in.
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Jan's unique style and attention to detail infuses every square
inch of the home's interior.
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Flowers bloom in a window box and a flowerbed framing a welcoming spot on the front porch. Striped pillows complement the verdant natural palette.
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Fluff and Fold
Even laundry seems less of a chore in this quaint, shore-inspired space. Organization is key, with a place for everything in shelved woven baskets.