Not every historic home renovation goes to plan. Sometimes it even leaves the homeowners wondering if they made the right choice in purchasing it in the first place. For the family behind the Instagram account Grace and Gardenias, the process of restoring a 110-year-old home in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida, has been fraught with complications and tears.
Due to the home's previous role as a bed-and-breakfast, the new homeowners were tasked with the job of returning a sense of flow and cohesion to the interior. Each room had been designed and painted with a different theme, so no room could go untouched. Even the exterior, painted a golden yellow, needed a bit of TLC. And while the journey has been difficult, it is exciting to see this old home begin to sparkle and shine. With two porches, one on each story, you can catch of glimpse of the city literally from the ground up.
The upper porch, constructed by the new owners, provides a spectacular view of downtown Jacksonville. The exterior has been painted a calming blue-green that references the nearby ocean waves, and white columns provide structural and decorative beauty. This unforgettable home is bound to make you a follower.
The wraparound porch offers unfettered views of the street below and provides shade on hot summer days.
The breakfast nook has been painted a refreshing shade of aqua that contrasts beautifully against the thick, white paneling.
A simple update involving the installation of a white subway-tile backsplash and an application of paint on the walls easily renewed this kitchen.
The living room is large enough to accommodate a roomy sectional ideal for family movie nights.
The dining room features an impressive 10-foot (3-meter) farmhouse table that makes hosting large get-togethers a breeze.
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