Cape Cod Stunner – Before & After

So I have a little before & after treat for you today. One of my favorite designers and blogger, Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home, recently finished remodeling her home and I want to share with you the crazy good results. Lauren and her family lived here a little less than a year and I’m astonished by the amount of work they’ve accomplished in such a short time. The house is a suburban Cape Cod Revival built in the 80s, with charm and potential galore so naturally I was intrigued. Luckily for her readers, Lauren shared on her blog the entire renovation process together with before and after photos. Not only that, but she generously agreed I share along as well. Yaay! Thanks Lauren.

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( Brick patio and a front yard vegetable garden – could life get better than this? )

Now, one of the things I admire about Lauren’s work (aside from her talent) is the amount of thought + research that go into her projects – this home is a good example. Her design vision was to embrace the Cape Cod architecture and pare it down to look more of an original Cape than a 1980s replica and all the design decisions were dictated by that. This is how the house looked like in September 2015…. 

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…and here it is now, totally changed!!! The exterior got a fresh coat of white paint and the shutters were removed. New square garage and front door were painted black and the result is a beautiful classic exterior, clean and simple.

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The foyer before…

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…and the foyer after. As for the interiors, Lauren replaced all the trim with 1x4s and in general simplified all the Revival detailing. Painting the floors (and trim) Farrow & Ball’s Ivory white seriously lightened up the space. I’m not sure how practical it is but it sure looks stunning!

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The living room before was connected to the library and was lacking a focal point.

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The living room after, view from the foyer.

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In the absence of a fireplace or any other focal point, Lauren created one by hanging a 17th century tapestry of Jesus flanked by two niches. Displayed artwork, layered antique Turkish rug on seagrass and oh, how I’m loving that odd chair!

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The cypress tree found by Lauren’s dad has been beautifully displayed in all of Lauren’s homes.

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The dining room before.

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The dining room after, view from the foyer.

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Most of the furniture is from Lauren’s previous home but it all works great in this space. Love, love, love!

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At the back of the house, the kitchen (before) felt dark and was lacking drama.

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Here it is now, feeling bright and spacious! The recessed lighting was replaced with Barn Light Electric lights. Lots, and lots of them! A custom hood, exposed copper pots, cutting boards and veggie baskets bring in warmth.

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As it happens, the house is currently on the market and I have no doubt some very lucky folks will live here happily ever after. I know I would. While Lauren and her family are ready to embark on a new real estate adventure, I’m happy that she invites her readers along for the ride.  If you’d like to know more about Lauren and her work, check out her blog – Pure Style Home.

Have a great end of the week!

xo,

Eva

4 Comments

  1. glenda LaFont
    November 18, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I absolutely love this everything about it. Stunning

    • Eva Contreras
      November 20, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you, Glenda! I’m with you on this, love Lauren’s style and all that she’s accomplished with this particular home xo

  2. Kelly
    February 16, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Where is the entry shelf from?? I LOVE it!

    • Eva Contreras
      February 16, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Hi, Kelly! I’m pretty sure it was repurposed from a garden urn or something similar. xo, Eva

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