Margaritaville to a Modern Farmhouse Beach Condo

When you envision a beach condo do you think about palm trees, bright colors and Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville?”  Even though these were the trends around 10 years ago, most people can’t imagine a beach condo decorated any differently. Times have changed, styles have changed and this beach condo needed a change too.  How DO you go from “Margaritaville” to a modern farmhosue beach condo?

Let’s start with some before pictures:

This space wasn’t terrible, just dated. It needed to be transformed from bold, dark and heavy, to soft, light and comfortable.

First, I chose a picture from Pinterest as my first piece of inspiration. It’s light, simple, and elegant.

There are a few key elements that needed to be changed: the floors, the lighting, and the paint.

The first step in this makeover was removing the old tile and replacing it with a more “grayish beige” wood looking tile. After the flooring was removed, we chose our wall colors.


Repose gray (top color) was painted on all the walls except to the bathrooms. The middle color was painted on the master bathroom and the bottom color was painted to the remaining 3 bathrooms.

After paint and floors were done, our contractor installed the shiplap to the dining room wall and to the area below the tall countertop in the kitchen.  Any sort of board on a wall always adds dimension.

The final step was all the finishing touches with a new chandelier, new furniture and accessories.

Here are a few of the After Pictures:

Side by side comparisons:

We decided to carry the shiplap from the dining room to the area in the kitchen below the counter height bar area.

Rather than a dining area, we created a peaceful sitting area next to the large windows looking out at the gulf.

Softening up the furniture, and moving the TV to this wall really created a clear “living room” area.

We removed the dark “TV armoire” and added this side buffett and a few accessories.

So what do you think? There seems to be a misconception that a beach condo has to have bright colors and palm trees everywhere, but I think soft hues with a modern farmhouse flair look just fine!

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Decorative window above the buffett: click HERE

shorter demijohn bottle above side buffett: click HERE

taller demijohn bottle above side buffett: click HERE

Chandelier above the dining table: very similar one click HERE

Industrial Pipe hardware for floating shelves in the bathroom: click HERE

Dining room table similar to one in the condo: English Farmhouse Dining Table
from: Wayfair

Gather sign on the dining room wall: click HERE

Most accessories came from Hobby Lobby.

Living room and dining room furniture was from a local store.

For more information about renting this beautiful condo in Orange Beach AL visit the site HERE.

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