Many would see little potential in a boxy condo with few architectural details and unattractive builder-grade finishes. But a couple, that are both professors, based in North Carolina saw that this 1500 sq foot apartment next to the beach could become their ideal vacation home. With the help of designer Lindsey Cheek of Gathered, they made significant changes to their space that now represents them fully.

With just one side of the home with windows, 8 ft ceilings, generic light fixtures, and ugly brown carpeting there was really not much to be salvaged from the apartment’s original state. Designer Lindsey Cheek took out the carpet and replaced it with commercial grade flooring throughout the whole space. “It’s a beach condo and will have a ton of wear and tear so we wanted to make sure the flooring was durable but also light and bright,” Lindsey explained. The dated kitchen also needed a refresh: as a budget option, they kept the original cabinets but gave them a coat of paint in dark blue, installed a subway tile backsplash and selected quartzite kitchen counters.

Knowing that a stylish blank canvas is just the beginning of putting together a cohesive home, they then got to decorating. As a couple that is very involved in the arts and culture scene in their area, they had a roster of artists whose work they wanted to display and already showed a keen understanding of the design world. “They love a mix of modern and midcentury with a touch of vintage and after our initial conversation, we had a clear vision of where we could take this project,” Lindsey said. The couple had already purchased a couple of Mara Hoffman pillows and had their eye on a few antique rugs. Bringing in antiques into a new home was crucial to give the space that lived-in look. A prominent vintage pendant lamp from Indonesia was hung over their dining table to add a global touch.

After the project was completed the couple’s response to the space was resoundingly positive: “They have moved quite a few times with their jobs and told us this was the first home that they were able to really put their stamp on from top to bottom,” Lindsey said, “they loved it so much we are working on their primary home now.”