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Hello my wonderful friends! How are you today? It’s great to be back with this new “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” post especially because I am featuring such a talented and kind woman! Marcie, from @designsixtyfive, is a busy mom of two little boys, and, together with her husband, she managed to renovate and decorate this gorgeous Connecticut beach house.

I can’s stress enough for you to follow her on Instagram because she’s one of those rare people you meet and instantly feel connected to. Here, Marcie shares more details about her home:


“When we began planning for our home renovation, Home Bunch was one of my go-to sources for inspiration, so to be sharing our own home on this platform now is such an honor! I first started Design Sixty Five as a way to document our renovation for posterity, not thinking anyone would actually be interested in following along with the progress. A year later, I am truly amazed at how it taken on a life of its own and has become such a fulfilling creative outlet. It brings me so much joy to exchange ideas and inspiration with others and I couldn’t be happier to share our renovation experience here with you!”

Beautiful Homes of Instagram: Connecticut Beach House
“We bought this 1920’s colonial in 2012 (before having children) when it was only 1,300 square feet with 3 small bedrooms and 1 bathroom. After growing our family to include 2 kids and 2 dogs, we felt it was time for us to either expand or move. We fell in love with the location of this home, which is within walking distance of downtown as well as the beach, so we decided to renovate in order to make this home work for our family in the long term.”

Front Door Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.

Front door knocker is Michael Healy Designs.

Roof: Cedar Shingle & Standing Seam Copper.

Lighting: Restoration Hardware Union Filament Sconce in Polished Nickel – Others: here, here, here & here.
Expanding your Dreams

“As part of the renovation, we essentially gutted the existing house, demolished an old detached garage and 3-season sunroom, and added on an attached garage, mudroom, kitchen, master suite and junior suite. While it might have been easier to demolish the entire house and start from scratch, we loved the original house and wanted to stay true to its history, charm and character. We replaced the windows, siding and roof and added architectural details to create interest and dimension while honoring the style of the original house. The newly renovated house is approximately 2,400 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.”

Garage Lights: Restoration Hardware 18” Vintage Barn Outdoor Sconce in Weathered Zinc – similar here & here.
“When winter rolls around, this becomes the hardest working little corner of our house! A few years ago, we added a small powder room to this corner, which allowed us to create a “mini-mudroom” on this wall using board & batten and some simple wall hooks.”

Entry Door Set: Rejuvenation.

Runner: Dash & Albert.
Foyer Built-ins

A built-in bench and a tall cabinet adds storage and a place to put on your shoes and store coats.

Hardware: Here & Here – similar.
Console Table

Shiplap walls and a distressed console table with beautiful decor complements this space.

Console Table: Home Goods – Others: here, here, here, here, here & here.

Table Lamp: Pottery Barn.

Vase: Target.

Beautiful Greenery: Here, Here, Here & Here.
Mirror: Umbra.
Timeless Coastal Vibes

“On the interior, we opened up walls and added windows wherever possible to create an open floorpan that is flooded with natural light. Given the home’s location, we wanted to achieve a subtle coastal aesthetic that is classic, yet fresh and organic. The decor is simple with timeless elements of natural wood and textures, plenty of white, live greenery, and hints of blue.”

White Armchairs: Lee Industries Model #C1935-01SW in Boomer White – similar here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

Pillows: West Elm.

Poufs: Wayfair.
Paint Color

All interior walls and trim are painted in Benjamin Moore Super White.

Fireplace surround is Pietro Cardosa and the beam is reclaimed chestnut.

Artwork: This is actually a tv (Samsung 55″)! The art on the tv is Lauren Martilla’s “Hesitation”.

Sofa: Restoration Hardware 8’ Maxwell Sofa in Italian Brompton Cocoa – no longer available – Others: here, here, here, here, here & here.

Woven Chairs: Loom Arm Chair in Sand.

Coffee Table: Target.

Coffee Table Plant: Here.
The living room opens to a large and bright white kitchen with hardwood flooring. Notice the beautifully styled bookcase on the right.
Kitchen Island
Island Cabinet Paint Color: CliqStudios “Urban Stone”.

Backsplash: Capella White Brick 2-1/3 in. x 10 in. Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile (painted in white chalk paint) or here (already painted).

Range hood is solid maple with custom stain.

Kitchen Island Dimension: 8’x4’.

Counterstools: Target – Other Beautiful Counterstools: here, here & here.
Kitchen Lighting

Lighting: Restoration Hardware 19” Antique Brass Harmon Pendants – Others: here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here.

Antique Dough Bowl: Here & Here – similar
The kitchen countertop is Silestone Statuario Quartz. It goes perfectly with the white perimeter cabinets and the grey island.

Mirror: Here & Here – similar.
Cabinetry & More

Kitchen Cabinetry: CliqStudios Dayton cabinets. Doors are shaker-style.

Floating shelves are solid oak with custom stain.

Hardware: Door pulls are Hickory Hardware in polished nickel – Bin pulls and cabinet latches are Martha Stewart in polished nickel.

Range: KitchenAid.

Hardwood Flooring: Hallmark Alta Vista Malibu (7.5” European White Oak engineered hardwood) – similar: Here – Other Beautiful Flooring: here & here.
Corner Sink

I love kitchens with corner sink, especially when they’re placed under a row of windows like we see here. Sink is by Kohler.

Faucet: Glacier Bay – similar here.

Sink Pendant Light: Pottery Barn.
Dining Room
This dining room is a dream! It’s beautiful without compromising on practicality.

Wall Sconces: Forma Wall Sconce (painted satin black) – similar here.

Host Dining Chairs: Here & Here.

Side Dining Chairs: Sawyer Solid Wood Dining Chair By August Grove (custom stain).

Dining Table: Pottery Barn (discontinued) – similar here, here, here & here.

Plantation Shutters: Home Depot.
Dining Room Chandelier: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse (painted matte black) – similar Here & Here – in matte black.

Mirror: Here.
Paint Color
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Super White.

Flush Mount Light: Three Posts.
Powder Room

The powder room is as good as it gets! It features classic wainscotting and herringbone marble tiling.

Bathroom Vanity: 30″ Single Vanity (Carrara/White).

Rug: Here.

Floor Tile: Greecian White Herringbone Pattern Polished Marble Mosaic Tile.

Similar Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree: Here.
Laundry Room

This laundry room is everyone’s dream! The gorgeous grey cabinets works perfectly with the white marble quartz countertops and the white marble herringbone backsplash. Brass and acrylic hardware accentuates the shaker-style doors.

Backsplash: MSI Arabescato Carrara Herringbone Honed Marble Mosaic Tile.

Lighting: Adjustable Brass Finish 1 Light Wall Sconce.

Faucet: Pull Down Single Handle Kitchen Faucet in Chrome.

Floating Shelves: Here – similar.

Floor Tile: Dimensions Gris 12″ x 24″ Porcelain Field Tile in Gray By MSI.
Laundry Room Cabinets: CliqStudios Urban Stone.

Countertop: Silestone Statuario Quartz.

Woven Basket: West Elm.

Canvas Utility Carts: Here & Here.

Hardware: Hamilton Bowes Chiaro pulls in brass/acrylic & Knobs.
Mudroom Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Nimbus.

Flooring: Montauk 6″ x 24″ Natural Stone Field Tile in Blue By MSI.

Hardware: Hamilton Bowes.
Home Office

Marcie used two desks from World Market to create this “built-in desk” look.

Chairs: World Market.

Lighting: Globe Electric.

Window Treatment: Designer Woven Shades in Bali White from Select Blinds.

Rug: Safavieh.
Office Built-Ins Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron.

Similar Pulls: Here.

Similar Baskets: here & here.
Having three kids I know the importance of having enough storage in a playroom. These cubbies are great because the kids can easily learn to put their toys away after using them. Make it as a game (“who will finish it first?”) and they will clean-up after themselves in a blink!

Chandelier: Dome Pendant By Mistana.

Organizer Shelves: Target (2x).

Cube Storage: Target – similar here.
This “window-seat daybed” is so dreamy… I would love to read for my kids at this spot.

Beautiful Daybeds: Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here – similar.

Pillows: West Elm, Pottery Barn, Cotton Pillows & Lumbar – similar.

Candle Sconces: Here.

Similar Palm Plant: Here.

Rug: Here, Here & Here – similar.
Serene Bedroom

Marcie made sure to design kids’ bedrooms that will grow with them. Everything feels serene and neutral.

Chandelier: SINNERLIG Bamboo Pendant Lamp from IKEA – Others: here, here, here & here.

Nightstand: Target.

Chair: Target.

Rug:  Here – similar.

Headboard: Here & Here – similar.

Pillows: Here.
Guest Bathroom
Bathroom Vanity: New Yorker 30″ Single Vanity By Kitchen Bath Collection (painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron).

Countertop: Honed Carrara Marble.

Mirror: Here.

Faucet: Glacier Bay.

Lighting: here.

Floor & Shower Floor Tile: Calacatta Cressa Hex Honed 2″ x 2″ Marble Mosaic Tile in White By MSI.

Shower Wall Tile: Fresh White 4 in. x 12 in. Ceramic Field Wall Tile.

Hardware: Knobs.
Son’s Bedroom

Featuring a black metal bed and comfortable white and grey linens, this bedroom exudes a timeless and inviting feel.

Chandelier: Basket Weave Bamboo Pendant Shade – similar here & here (in grey).

Bed: Target.

Rug: Pottery Barn.

Bedding: Here & Here.

Drapery: Here.
Junior Suite Bathroom

This bathroom is one you should keep in mind if you’re building or renovating. The layout is perfect and the size is something you will find in most homes. Notice the attention to detail and how the homeowner used every space to add storage to this bathroom.

Vanity: Bella 60” Double Vanity By Kitchen Bath Collection (Carrara/White).

Lighting: here & here.

Medicine Cabinets: here.
Floor Tile: Carrara Tile.

Wall Tile: Daltile – similar here.
Master Bedroom

Featuring white grid board and batten accent wall, vaulted ceilings, white furniture and natural elements, the master bedroom balances coastal design with an elegant approach.

Similar Beds: Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here.

Bedding: West Elm (highly recommended!).

Nightstands: Here & Here – similar – with these Knobs.

Rattan Trays: McGee.

Rug: Here.

The bench is from Ikea but unfortunately no longer available – Other Beautiful Benches: Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here.

Wall Sconces: Permo (Black) – similar here.
I love how Marcie decorated her dresser. It’s simple and elegant.

Dresser: Here – similar – Other Beautiful Dressers: here, here, here & here.

Dresser Hardware: Hamilton Bowes Chiaro pulls in brass/acrylic & Knobs.
Drapes are from West Elm.

Rods: West Elm.

Door Stop: Here.
The French doors open to a private balcony.

Bedroom Chandelier: Pottery Barn Amelia Bead Chandelier.
Master Bathroom
Serenity is also found at this spa-like master bathroom. The master features herringbone marble floor tile, white beaded chandelier over a freestanding tub surrounded by windows dressed in white bamboo Roman shades.

Chandelier: Large Antique Whitewash Wood Bead Chandelier.

Floor Tile: 4″x16” Honed Italian White Carrara Marble floor.
Vanity: Gazette 72 in. Vanity in Grey with Marble Vanity Top in Carrara White.

Countertop Tray: Pottery Barn.

Mirrors: Pottery Barn.

Baskets: Here.

Faucets: Kohler Purist in Polished Chrome.

Sconces: Pottery Barn Classic Sconce in Polished Nickel.

Shower Wall Tile: 4 in. x 12 in. Ceramic Field Wall Tile – similar here.

Floor Shower Tile (not shown): Arabescato Marble Mosaic Tile.
Tub & Tub Filler

Tub: AKDY – Tub Filler: AKDY.

The mirror is an older Ikea mirror that the homeowner covered in faux grasscloth wallpaper. Isn’t she handy?! The wallpaper is “NuWallpaper NU2215 Wheat Grasscloth Peel & Stick Wallpaper, Neutral” – Other Beautiful Floor Mirrors: here, here, here & here.
Master Bedroom Balcony
Decking & Balcony: – Brazilian Ipe – Railing is steel cable with Brazilian Ipe handrails.
Siding Paint Color

Siding: James Hardie Arctic White; all trim is Azek painted Benjamin Moore Super White.

“I firmly believe that our surroundings can have a tremendous impact on our state of mind, feelings and productivity. In my opinion, a house it not just a shelter for those who live there — it is a living, breathing expression of its inhabitants and should be a sanctuary that serves as a source of calm, positive energy. For our family, this home is exactly that and we look forward to enjoying it for many years to come!”

Patio: Bluestone.

Outdoor Patio Set: Safavieh.

Windows are Jeld-Wen Siteline 2-over-2 Black exterior.

Back Patio Lighting: Beachcrest Home.

Many thanks to Marcie for sharing all of the details above. Make sure to follow Marcie on Instagram & Pinterest to see more of her beautiful home!  

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