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A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

PS: Which original features do you love the most? AE: We absolutely love the cabinetry around the fireplaces, which are commonly found in primitive colonial farmhouses. Another element that we would never dream of changing, are the rippled and bubbled glass panes in the original windows - a few are cracked, but even the energy audit guys understood that we weren't going to touch them! An inspector informed us that the old pine floorboards are king boards, which means they were cut from the widest part of the trees. We just love their rich honey color and marks of time

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