Coastal Condo, Before & After

By Lindsay Miller & Karen Kerns Lovelace Designers, Karen Kerns and Lindsay Miller, recently completed a coastal renovation in Destin’s Silver Beach Towers Condominium. The Dallas, Texas based clients purchased the 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit with the intent of making it an eventual retirement oasis. They hired Connick Builders to take the unit down to the bare bones and refresh all architectural and interior fixtures and finishes. Lindsay and Karen worked with the client to select new cabinetry, countertops, decorative tile, flooring, light fixtures and furniture. The entry hallway sets the tone for the rest of the unit. From the wood tile flooring to the rustic light fixture, you get a warm and cozy feel from the moment you enter. The hallway opens up to the open living/dining/kitchen floor plan. The designers chose a sectional and recliner for optimal seating in the living room with a wallpaper lined built-in to house the TV. The dining table expands to seat 6. The Kitchen was updated with lighter cabinets, reflective glass tile backsplash, and jute sconces. The ceiling and bar front is done in a painted pecky cypress detail. The master bedroom was a combination of design styles marrying the husbands’ more traditional rustic and the wifes’ coastal elegant design styles. Shutters and linen draperies frame the gulf-front floor to ceiling windows. There are guest bedrooms for both children that reflect their individual personalities. Both have wallpaper accented bed walls, and beachy casual furnishings. Each attached baths has decorative tile and wall covering accents that add to the custom look of the unit. Contact Karen and Lindsay at Lovelace Interiors...

One on One with Karen Kerns

17 years design experience in all areas of architecture and design | Born in New York and grew up in south Florida | Trained in Gymnastics with Nadia Comaneci in Romania 1980 What is your ideal creative environment? I love having my desk right in front of the window, great music and a well organized work space…. to start off with at least, it never ends that way! When I road trip I always: Try to go somewhere I have never been before. What is your favorite stage of your design/creative process? I love when you are able to get into the project at the VERY beginning, when the architectural drawings are being created and you can ensure that every inch of the project will be functional and have a good flow from room to room. So many times we see plans that just don’t work well when it comes time for furniture placement. When the space planning is done correctly everything else falls into place and you will not have any limitations. What’s your go-to cocktail?  A spicy top shelf bloody mary When you aren’t designing and doing your creative field what can you most likely be found doing? Yoga, at the beach with my two children, Adriana and Cameron, or catching up on a good book. What’s on your nightstand? My E-reader, favorite candle Tonka Noir Canvern Glass Candle, love notes from my kids & hubby, and a picture of our perfectly imperfect crazy family to remind me when I wake up never to expect normalcy. My motto is: Let Go and Let God My best accessory...