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A Cape Cod Fixer-Upper Becomes a Fantasy Beach House

PS: What's the story behind it? AE: The house was built in 1830 by a sea captain that belonged to one of the founding families of our town. His son occupied the house after him and was killed on Nauset Beach, which is just down the road . . . No ghosts yet, though! The original settlement was called Snow Village and was mainly farmland with ancient trees and kettle ponds. When the wind blows in from the east, you can hear the ocean roar, and you really get the sense that you are in a historic and soulful place

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