Tuesday, September 1, 2009


For today’s Waterside Wednesday, I’d like to share a sensational makeover.
Decorator Joetta Moulden is the sorceress who turned this tired living room...

... into a seaside paradise on a budget of only $2,000.

Here's how she did it:

When Joetta first saw her clients 11' x 17' living roo
m it was filled with hand-me-down-stuff that looked outdated. The room had dark industrial carpeting and a brown ceiling fan that dominated the ceiling making it feel lower than eight feet.

"With two opposing window walls and a large doorway that opened into the kitchen the room had virtually no walls," says Joetta. " The homeowners, Kathryn and Bradford, tried repeatedly to find a functional furniture arrangement but had given up."After a new floor plan and ocean, sky and sand color scheme was established, Joetta, her intern Toni and the homeowners set to work.

Joetta suggested removing the ceiling fan's schoolhouse light, and painting the fan and the ceiling the same color as the walls to create the illusion of more height.

Lightening the room came next. They couple painted the the walls, ceiling and fan in Behr's 'Riviera Sand' and the aluminum windows, tile window ledges, woodwork, and shelving in Behr's 'Moon Rise'. After painting the window frames, it looked s if they had installed new windows.

Casual blue denim slipcovers (www.surefit.net) made an overwhelming difference on the existing seating. It also transformed a beat up ottoman borrowed from another room and topped with a bed pillow.


Joetta purchased several new items for the room, including a 9' x 12' seagrass rug (www.homedecorators.com). A Colonial style rocker ($200), a rattan trunk/coffee table ($150) and several $8 lined baskets came from Pier 1.

Toni and Joetta cut down discontinued lumbar striped pillow covers from Pottery Barn ($12.49) and used the fabric to cover 'Gosa Gott' down pillows from Ikea. Each $3.99 down pillow was stitched down the center to create a pair of squares!
Ikea was also the source for inexpensive reed blinds ($12.99) and 'Lenda' curtain panels ($29.99). Joetta trimmed the panels with blue ticking stripe for a coordinated effect.

Inspired by the room's new lighter palette, Kathryn painted the base and neck of a seashell lamp, as well as a driftwood lamp in bright white. "We took the lamps with us to Target to try on lampshades, and purchased three new cottage worthy toppers for $38," Joetta says proudly.



New shelving (www.closits.com) is stacked on top of the existing barrister bookcases. It serves as practical storage for the couple's books and adds a decorative element to the wall. The beach scene above the tv was treated to a new simple white frame that the couple made crafted.

The original oil painting was lowered and balanced with another painting.Pretty impressive!

To see more of Joetta's makeovers or subscribe to her free newsletter, go to www.shelterstyle.com.

All photos by Janet Lenzen (www.janetlenzen.com)

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Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

Very cool redo. Very beachy!

Maya said...

It looks so crisp. Blue and white feels just so nautical.

One Shabby Old House said...

That was such an awesome redo. I always love it when people share the paint choices. So thank you Barbara.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Lots of great ideas for recycling and renewing things you already have. I think I'll send this link to my granddaughter, she wants to redo her bedroom and this would inspire her. I also believe she'd love those denim slipcovers!

Daisy Cottage said...

Great post Barbara! And a wonderful redo! I love the ottoman!!!


Alison Gibbs said...

Great makeover, love the colors used to accomplish this look.

Jane said...

Amazing what slipcovers can do for tired furniture. I can't imagine my home full of dogs and young men without them!!! I think they are in the wash at least twice a month.

This room is simple...warm...comfortable.Thanks for sharing all the resources.

Jane (Artfully Graced)

Drawn to The Sea said...

Nice work she did. The driftwood lamp went from tired to happy, amazing what a simple coat of paint can do.


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Barbara... what a beautiful makeover! It looks soo inviting... I am loving your book "Waterside Cottages" I got from Roberta... I stay awake a good part of the night, dreaming about living in one of them... Bisous... Julie Marie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Barbara
I found you through Joan and Rhoda and have linked to your watery wednesday this week.
The makeover in this post looks fresh and inviting. What a difference. Thanks for including me. Julie

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a difference! That's amazing for $2,000! I think I'm going to make a day trip to Carmel this weekend and if I do, I'll be joining in on your Waterside Wednesday next week!

modernemama said...

How super beachy is that makeover? It has such a great summery feel!

SeaWorthy said...


that redo is a dream come true, I am sure. Its just simply amazing what a little focus can do for a room. Its lovely.
BTW, Barbara, just ordered a bakers dozen of your books for the store, 12 for sale, and one for ME ME ME!!

Elyse said...

i love posts like this with can-do transformations! the painting looks so much better reframed. joetta's clients must be elated!

thanks for sharing!


Blondie's Journal said...

Incredible makeover. The slipcovers really worked their magic in waking up the sofa and chairs. I appreciated the tip on wall and ceiling colors in relation to height and I love how far a little fabric can go in tying together all of the elements. Great stuff!!!

Barbara, I went to the link to get more info on Waterside Wednesday and it just keeps coming back to the same page. Just wondering what it is about~I'd like to join, if living on a lake counts... Thanks so much!


NeereAnDear said...

Fabulous post Barbara.... I truly love to see the transformation of the room .... some great decorating tips.... quite lovely I must say....


Mélanie said...

Fantastic makeover !!!

sealaura said...

wow what a fabulous transformation!

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB makeover!!! LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Looks fab - great makeover :0)

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Barbara,
Wow, what a difference. That room was so sad and tired and it is now a very refreshing space. I bet the homeowners are thrilled.


Julie said...

I have not been able to sit and enjoy blogs for a long time...because of my sugery and the meds. I am playing catch up now!

Great makeovers!!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

wonderful make over! Love the new look and cool colors. xo Lidy

daylily777 said...

This ia a fantastic makeover.
Very Beachy.