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A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

PS: What are your go-to decor staples that capture the look? AE: I like small-scale, classic silhouettes when it comes to furniture and prefer most of the color to be on the walls, leaving textiles soft and neutral. My interest in oriental rugs is borderline obsessive, and the more tattered and worn, the better. I recently ordered a plush, wool Beni Ourain rug from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and am so in love with it that my husband is worried! When it comes to artwork and accessories, I've always gone with my gut and am sometimes surprised by my own choices but somehow it all pulls together

A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

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