Name: Robert and Valerie Schnieders
Location: Balboa Island, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, rented
Rob and Val decided that while renovating the home that they have lived in for 16 years, they would throw caution to the wind and rent a beach house for the year. This would allow them to shuffle furniture around and have a quiet place to go during heavy construction times and help keep their sanity.
They were lucky enough to find a rental that would allow for their pets, however the rental is ¼ of the size of their regular house and at 6'6" Rob was unsure of how he could live with one tiny bathroom. With three children in their twenties who come and go often, the space can get tight very quickly.
What is your greatest inspiration? The great beach houses of the Hamptons.
What is your favorite element of your home? The vintage fireplace from 1928, and the small antique touches that come with a house this age.
What is the biggest challenge of your home? One teeny tiny bathroom.
What do friends say about your home? It is so cute and I will be here every weekend in the summer.
What is your home's biggest embarrassment? The kitchen, I would love to re-do it with butcher block counter-tops and somehow fit in a dishwasher, but alas it is only a rental. Don't love the ceiling fans either.
What DIY project are you most proud of? The mirror in the dining room had an orange frame and I added a zinc finish to fit with the style of this house.
What is your biggest indulgence, when furnishing your home? The Slim Aarons photo above the fireplace, I love amphicars and my daughter and I have even taken a ride in one.
Best Advice: Even if a space is very temporary it should feel like your own, otherwise you will be miserable.
Dream Source: Ochre, ABC Carpet and Home
Furniture: Ektorp Sofa, IKEA
Coffee Tables, Berbere World Imports
Artwork: Slim Aarons "Amphicar" photo
Dining Table and Chairs, Restoration Hardware
Slip covered Chair, Z Gallerie
Nightstand, IKEA with Anthropologie Hardware
Bedding: Restoration Hardware
Artwork: Framed Hermes scarf
Bedding: West Elm and Serena & Lily
Nightstand: IKEA with Anthropologie hardware
Vase: Kate Spade
Desk: Pottery Barn
Thanks, Robert and Valerie!
Images: Claire Bock
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