I love the creative process that goes into designing vacation homes, and because our guests often comment on the design of our homes, I thought it would be fun to share the before and afters of two of our most recent projects, starting with The Landing.

The Landing is the entire first floor of a four-story foreclosure I bought online at an auction. The property has had several incarnations, starting as a private residence then morphing into a B&B before its most recent use as a beauty salon and single-family residence.

The property is zoned C-2, making it legally permissible for many potential uses, including residential. It has an incredible location in the heart of Nye Beach; a quick walk to the beach, shops and pubs of the neighborhood and across the street from the Performing Arts Center.

The Landing Exterior Before Renovation

Exterior After: I added white picket fences and shutters, and painted the front door in my favorite chinoiserie red. We also dug up the existing brick pavers in the front and the median, acid washed them and re-set in concrete for a clean, low-maintenance look. I’m still looking for a small concrete bench for the front.

The Landing was previously a beauty salon. Space was one large room, painted in loud shades of blue, yellow, purple and red, with a large full bathroom and a walk-in closet. Someone had taken a knife to the laminate floors, and two hair-washing stations remained to testify to its former life as a salon

I considered using the space as a storefront for my furniture renovations but decided that the best use for this space would be as a vacation rental.

I envisioned a sophisticated, Portland-style loft with brick and burnt cedar walls.

The garish paint was the first to go. My son Jimmy helped me paint the space.

This open area was the main part of the salon. We tore out a dumbwaiter that serviced the entire property and put up a wall to create a bedroom. I charred cedar planks with a giant blowtorch (it was terrifying) and we used them for this accent wall.

By adding a wall and a privacy screen, we were able to create a cozy bedroom with a queen-size bed. There is also a fold-out couch in the living room, accommodating two couples or a family very comfortably.

I love incorporating new design elements I haven’t worked with before, and this project had a few. The burnt cedar accent walls and stainless steel and butcher block counters were all new to me. I loved the brick veneer in the kitchen so much that I used it for the Secret Game Room in my next project, Captain’s Quarters.

I tried for days to salvage the damaged laminate flooring by repurposing some that was in the closet. My contractor Tim finally talked some sense into me, and we went with a vinyl plank flooring that is warm underfoot and water resistant, perfect for the beach.

The corner gas fireplace was the one nice feature in this space. I definitely appreciated it during our winter renovation!

The Space was already plumbed for the hair salon, so putting in a full kitchen was not that difficult. The biggest challenge was that 3/4 of the walls are concrete, so everything had to be run outside.
I designed the kitchen space and ordered cabinets online through RTA Cabinet Store. The process was easy and their prices are good, and Tim and I were both impressed by the quality of the cabinets.

The space is over 650 square feet, about three times the size of a standard hotel room, so I had plenty of space for a dining area as well as a stainless steel breakfast bar.
I incorporated a wonderful hand-made rustic table I bought at St. Vinnies (I will go into more detail on the vintage/repurposed furnishings in an upcoming post) and a pub-height bench from Wayfair. I created the lighting fixture from a ship’s wheel with the help of my friends at the local hardware store.

The bathroom was painted in a warm yellow. The plumbers accidentally broke the hand-painted Talavera sink, but I really liked it and found a similar sink to use in this space.

Thanks for coming along with me on this renovation! I am itching to start the next one…just have to find the house!

Up next, the renovation of Captain’s Quarters.

Lauri Hines is a real estate investor and serial renovator who loves the world of vacation rentals and the Central Oregon Coast.

She and her husband Roy live on a farm in Oregon with their Rottweilers, cats, goats, llamas, and chickens.

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