Before & After: A "Florida Beach House" in Canada

Before & After: A "Florida Beach House" in Canada

Nora Taylor
Apr 16, 2016
Second bedroom before
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)

Project by: Ana Braunstajn Interior Design
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

This is a 1960s four level, side-split home that was very much out of date. The project encompassed two stories, and everything was to be updated, from the ceiling fixtures all the way to the baseboards. The idea here was to bring this out of date house into 2015. I started this project in January 2015.

Second bedroom turned office
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)

Inspiration: I would call this style "Florida beach house." Gold accents, rich textures and patterns throughout give it a glam feel while the white walls keep it clean and modern. I love how bright and energetic it feels with the rich patterns and textures against a white backdrop. It makes the space feel so rich yet not too overwhelming. It definitely has a fresh feel to it, which was a major update from the 1960s rose/taupe era it was stuck in.

Living room before
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)
Living room after
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)

Problems: 1. The wonderful thing about this home is that it had original hardwood that was preserved over the years with the carpet that was installed on top. We removed the carpets, sanded the floors down which was a major challenge because we were staining it a much darker color, and the thick layer of urethane was very difficult to sand off. What was thought to be a one week job, turned into three! But the result was well worth the extra time, and the floors are so beautiful with their warm tone and visible grain. All other problems seemed so minor in comparison to that!

Master bedroom before
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)
Master bedroom after
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)
Master bedroom after
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)

2. Everything was taupe, from the wall, to the door to the trim! Everything. All interior doors have been replaced along with the trim and repainted. I had the entire house painted. That was a big job. There was duct tape everywhere!
Resources: Most of the furnishings in this project were sourced from Home Sense.

(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)
(Image credit: Photos by Ana Braunstajn)

The third bedroom turned into a dressing room closet system is IKEA ALGOT, which was incredibly affordable, and we have used this IKEA ALGOT system throughout the home, in the smaller closets as well. The wall and trim, and door color is Benjamin Moore Decorator White, coffee table is from Home Sense and was spray painted gold. The chandelier in the dressing room was in the home originally, I had it moved from the second bedroom to the dressing room to give it the 'boutique' look that we were after. The curtains throughout are from Rodeo Home. The lamps in the Second Bedroom that was turned into an office are from Ralph Lauren Home.

Thanks, Ana Braunstajn Interior Design !

• Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.

Created with Sketch.