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A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

PS: Walk me through the process of choosing paint colors - they're beautiful! AE: My initial inspiration was the artwork of Ann Packard of Provincetown, which depicts ethereal scenes of sea, sand, and sky. I never deviated from the Benjamin Moore historic colors, but that still made it a daunting task with so many rooms to consider. I brought the swatches everywhere with me so I could see them in all kinds of light. Eventually, I narrowed it down to 15 colors, but the hardest part was the trim. We wanted to avoid using bright white in such an old house but didn't want it to look dingy - very tricky

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