The former Deputy Governor of Tennessee who now sits on the board of governors of the University of North Carolina, Blank has taproot-deep ties to the Grand Strand and loves gathering her whole family at the beach house for vacations and holidays.
Blank bought the Ocean Forest track home in 1990—which includes a coveted oceanfront cabana right across the boulevard—and since August 2011, J.D. Abernathy of Dynamic Construction and Marcie Smith from Rose Arbor Fabrics have been straightening supports, reconfiguring rooms and restoring pine floors and walls back to their original glory. Keeping the historic integrity of the beach house intact, the original pine panels the team removed from the walls were re purposed to line the stairway, which was in need of a complete makeover.
To accommodate the tall Blank clan, counters and vanities throughout the home have been raised. The fireplace in the ocean-view living room is now two-sided, so it also peeks into the former sunroom, which was converted into a bright and cheery nursery. And with six bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for a gang of visitors. Although a big fan of neutrals, Blank wanted her beach house to be more colorful. Marcie lent her artistic hand to vibrant fabrics and an out-of-the-ordinary paint palette that plays well with animal prints, mosaics, memorabilia and a Judith Jackson pottery collection. This is the address to take notes on if you’re looking for unique renovation ideas.