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A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

POPSUGAR Home: I know you're a recent West Coast transplant. What brought you to Cape Cod? Alison Evans: Between the two of us, my husband and I have lots of family history here, and after years of making more frequent trips back and forth from the San Francisco Bay Area, we decided to find out what it would be like to make Cape Cod our home base. We knew we wanted to be somewhere in New England but could not imagine a suburban life, so we chose this beautiful, alternative, and sometimes challenging place

A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

July 5, 2013

We always knew interior-designer-turned-apothecary-owner Alison Evans had great taste, but moving across the country to restore a historic home (in under just four months!) takes vision. Built by a sea captain in the early 19th century, the home hadn't been touched since the '70s, but beyond the layers of dingy linoleum, wallpaper, and carpeting, Alison and husband Jon could envision their dream home. Located in East Orleans, MA, their new hometown is known for its sweet mom-and-pop shops, fabulous farmers market, and the best beaches around - including an exclusive residents beach just a five-minute drive from their home! Keep reading to see some of our favorite design moments in the house and get Alison's tips for starting a decorating project from scratch.

Photos courtesy of Organic Photography