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We first featured this tiny East Coast escape in 2012, and it's still inspiring! See how H&H design editor Margot Austin refreshed a small space using lots of white paint and reclaimed furniture and created a preppy-meets-coastal vibe. You'll tour the mudroom, kitchen, living-dining area, bedrooms and bathroom in this video. If you love blue-and-white decorating, you'll want to explore this nautical home!

Margot kept original features like the kitchen cupboards, farmhouse sink and wood plank flooring. To update the kitchen, Margot added a new penny round tile backsplash, cabinet hardware and an open shelf. Over in the living area, a wall of artwork adds character and colour to the space. A daybed sofa doubles as a bed, adding room for guests. Using outdoor fabric gives white side chairs durability, and director's chairs suit the home's light and airy feel. Bold blue paint delineates the mudroom entryway from the main living area. Over in the bathroom, Margot relocated the sink to create a better layout. Along the staircase, a DIY rope handrail adds to the nautical vibe. Margot also turned the staircase landing into a mini guest bedroom. In the main bedroom, Margot outfitted the room with second-hand furniture and antiques, and a bright yellow headboard keeps the room fun and fresh.

Tour Margot's former bungalow in Toronto for more decorating ideas.

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Entryway: Wall colour, Trinity Blazer, floor colour, Patina, Beauti-Tone, Home Hardware,; blinds, light fixture, The Home Depot, 1-800-628-0525 or; curtains, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or

Living room: Sofa, Home Furniture,; coffee table, rug, large picture frame (above sofa), Ikea, as above; tray (on coffee table), Walmart,; white chair fabric, Sunbrella,; chair upholstery, Soft Options Upholstery, (416) 465-9131; seagrass cube, Haus Interior, (212) 741-0455 or; wall paint colour, Paper White, floor paint colour, Patina, Beauti-Tone, Home Hardware, as above; rope lamp, West Elm, (416) 537-0110 or; ceiling light fixture, The Home Depot, as above.

Dining area: Chairs, Pier 1 Imports,; chair seat fabric, Sunbrella, as above; chair seat sewing by Gail Leger, The Sewing Studio, (416) 461-6683; blinds, curtain rod, The Home Depot, as above; curtains, Ikea, as above; mobile, Ella & Elliot, (416) 850-7890,

Kitchen: Appliances, GE,; cabinet and countertop fabrication and installation (oven side of kitchen only), Joe Dunphy, (902) 961-2848,; cabinet pulls, stainless shelf, bird print tray, white curtain, picture frame, Ikea, as above; photo in frame, House & Garden August 1952 by John Rawlings, Conde Nast Store,; backsplash tile, Saltillo Imports, (416) 441-2224 or; curtain fabric (blue lobsters), Shellfish in Marine, though designers, Suzanne Brown & Associates, (416) 944-8311; blinds, The Home Depot, as above; pendant light, Rona, 1-866-283-2239,; white lacquer tray, West Elm, as above; cabinet, wall and ceiling paint colour, Paper White, floor paint colour, Patina, Beauti-Tone, Home Hardware, as above.

Bathroom: Sink, sink cabinet, faucet, extendible mirrors, drying rack, Ikea, as above; antique washstand, Hardy's Used Furniture & Appliances, (902) 894-2739; tub and shower walls, blinds, light fixtures, The Home Depot, as above; tub/shower faucet and showerhead, Delta,; tumbler, hand towels, shower curtain, West Elm, as above; Turkish bath towel (on hook by tub), Au Lit Fine Linens.

The Snug (stair landing bedroom): Mattress and boxspring set, Home Furniture, as above; lamp, PB Teen,; curtain, rug (discontinued), The Home Depot, as above; quilt (discontinued), West Elm, as above; wall colour, St. Georges, Beauti-Tone, Home Hardware, as above.

Bedroom: Mattress and boxspring set, Home Furniture, as above; headboard, two-drawer chest, Hardy's Used Furniture & Appliances, as above; bedside lamps, blind, The Home Depot, as above; bedside chests, rug, floor lamp, duvet, duvet cover, Ikea, as above; wall, ceiling and bedside chests colour, Paper White, floor colour, Patina, headboard colour, Lullaby, Beauti-Tone, Home Hardware, as above; bedside chest cabinet pulls, Summerhill Hardware, (416) 787-1787; slipper chair fabric, Lee Jofa (to the trade), (416) 968-0699; chair upholstery, Soft Options Upholstery, (416) 465-9131.



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Sheri Graham Delagran


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Jessica Piekarski

Runtime: 5:43
Released: July 24, 2015
Featuring: Margot Austin
Channel: Home Tour