Country Living House of the Year Makeover

There’s a lot to tell you about this project, for sure. But there’s a lot that’s still kinda secret. So for now, you are going to get a sneak peek into the Country Living House of the Year project that I was so honored to be asked to do. It was a house that was totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last year in the Rockaways. Every year Country Living asks a designer to be part of this project and they selected me this time. Pretty awesome. So I’ve been flying to New York back and forth designing this adorable house and I’m real real real proud of it.

I’ll be posting about the whole thing, obviously, but for now here’s a little sneak peek into the before and after:

breezy point house destroyed


bright airy living room

photo by Alec Hemer for Country Living

There will be whole posts on each room, with all the resources, processes, behind the scenes etc., but for now, enjoy this space that I want for myself VERY badly. This project was super rewarding to do, and I’m just so happy to have been a part of it. That stupid hurricane really ruined some lives, so I’m very happy that one less life has to try to rebuild.


  1. S.

    There you go again, Emily…making the works a better place!

  2. Melanie

    yesss…can’t wait to see more of this!

  3. Allison W.

    Oh my! I can already tell I’ll be wanting to move in!!

  4. I like how the texture of the table lamp (and the floor lamp, and the chevron pillow…) echoes the structure of the ceiling. Very nice, can’t wait to read more!

  5. Robyn

    I am OBSESSED with the big ottoman (?) pouf (?)/hammock corner!!! And you’ve thrown in a bar next to it???? I’d never move from that spot. Never.

    • S.

      It’s from west elm. Emily has the sane one in her living room.

  6. Wendy

    It’s like living in Summer all year long! Can’t wait to see the rest – definitely buying that issue.

  7. That space is gorgeous! You’ve done it again!

  8. Britt

    This is so exciting! I’ve been volunteering out in the Rockaways since the storm hit and there is still so much work to be done. Thank you for getting out there and helping to make it better. Can’t wait to see more of this space – I’m inspired already!

  9. Jihane

    Beautiful, as everyone I can’t wait to see more of this space and to have all the details. I love the blue you put on the walls, I guess it could seem too much “nursery” in another space, but here it’s just very relaxing and peaceful.

  10. This is so light and bright and soothing at the same time! What an honor to be chosen and what a blessing for them that they got to work with you! I could definitely nap in that hammock. :) I look forward to seeing more!

  11. Laurielulu


  12. You’re such a tease! Can’t wait to pour over this gorgeous space room by room. It reminds me so much of one of my all time favorite spaces, a beach house that was featured in BHG about a million years ago. Premature drooling starts now..

  13. Emily

    Hey Emily, when do the final post, it would be interesting to know how these folks ‘built back better’. It’s obvious that they live in a vulnerable area; how are they less vulnerable as a result of the rebuilding?

  14. Erin

    You put a bar next to a hammock…
    And you expect anyone to want to use the rest of the house? Silly lady! :)

  15. Loving the hammock and the pouf. Beautiful color choices!


  16. Can’t wait to see the finished results & what an honour to be able to give someone their home back! {}

  17. Elisha Johnson

    I love that you still put your eclectic spin on what looks like a very beachy room. You’re awesome Girl!

  18. Annie H

    When I saw the last photo I immediately zeroed in on those pregnancy boobs. Nice!

  19. Gushki

    The sneak peak looks simply dreamy, and I can’t wait to view the whole thing. Fringy hammock! I’m melting.

  20. Kate

    It’s so Country Living but so you, aka gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more.

  21. Loving it already! William birch sofa, trunk for a coffee table, turquoise,that ceiling… CANNOT wait to see more! Let us know which month the magazine will be out so I can snatch it up!!

  22. Stacey

    It looks wonderful!!!

    And this is a completely unrelated and random question, but we are currently trying to find ceiling fans to replace the five awful/traditional/country vibed fans we have in our house (we live in Texas and ceiling fans are a must). I am having the hardest time deciding what style to go with and particularly what color. Our home office’s walls are painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore, so I was thinking maybe a white fan to go in there (so that it just blends in). The remaining walls are as close to white as we could get (as it wasn’t in the budget to repaint the ceilings and those were a light creme color so we just had the color matched.) I cannot decide if we should go with white in those spaces as well or maybe something darker. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  23. Beautiful! I cannot wait to see more and find out your resources. I really like the colors. Love the light and bright open space.

  24. Love Country Living Magazine and LOVE LOVE that they partnered withY.O.U.! Thanks for sharing (Can’t wait to see more!)

  25. amyks

    Love it! It looks like such a happy place.

  26. Dana

    Cannot wait to see more (all) of this project! Looks totally amazing already…obv.

  27. Julia

    That color is so fresh! I can’t wait to see the rest.

    And congratulations on the awesome gig! You are inspiring.

  28. leslie may

    So lovely! My home office/craft room color is the same and it is so happy! I’m looking forward to seeing the total reveal!

  29. Mary

    Looks gorgeous per usual! Love the hammock…we have been enjoying a new one in the yard this year and I think if we had one inside my husband would never leave it!

  30. Kim

    It looks great! Now I am thinking where in our house I could hang a hammock! Cant wait to see more photos!

  31. Andrea Urbass

    Love the wall color and flooring!

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  33. Kaitlyn

    How do you decide on wood floors? I love these but can’t decide what to put in my own home! Next blog topic?
    (pretty please)

  34. love the makeover! can’t wait to see the rest! great work!


  35. Alex

    Hi Emily. The place looks awesome, and as always, I really appreciate that you mixed in a lot of budget-friendly pieces. Now that I’ve read the article in Country Living, I did have a question I was hoping you can expand on. The article seemed to imply that the homeowner didn’t qualify for relief aid because the bungalow is her second home. It’s so awesome that Country Living opted to help someone facing financial and emotional strain, but I was interested in your thoughts on the fact that they picked someone’s beach house.

    I have a friend whose home was completely destroyed and has been living with her husband out of an uninsulated storage shack with no electricity and a coleman’s cooler in place of a fridge, while waiting to rebuild. They stayed with friends for a while, but can you really couch hop for nine months? Many others in this region are in similar situations. It seems like it would have been pretty easy to find someone with no where else to live?

    I hope this doesn’t come off as critical comment– I’m just genuinely curious to know whether there’s more to the story of the homeowner selection process. Don’t get me wrong, helping anyone is still a great thing! But it’s an interesting issue and I’d love to hear your perspective.

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