Friday, July 3, 2015

Wrighstville Beach Magazine Features the Hardy's Home!

Wrightsville Beach Magazine is one of my favorite local publications. This recent HP Interior Design project for the Hardy family is featured in the July issue as their Home of Distinction. We had such a great time on this shoot and I love the results! Photographer Joshua Currey captured their beautiful home and their relaxed coastal lifestyle. The article, written by Marimar McNaughton details the project from start to finish and how each room evolved as we collected each and every piece to make this home look like it had been furnished over decades. It has a feeling of history and I'm thrilled that Wrightsville Beach magazine is sharing it with you this month. Grab a copy today! On stands now... Happy Fourth of July Weekend! 











Wednesday, July 1, 2015

So this happened...

This never gets old. A few years back, I did a shoot in my laundry room for Southern Living (flashback here). Every now and then, they republish it in their special edition magazines. The other night, I was standing in the checkout line at Food Lion and was flipping through the Summer Small Space Ideas (165 Ways to Make the Most of Every Inch) and BAM! 


The first time, they showed the laundry room, it was a one page article in their monthly issue. This time, they included the entry which happens to feature my friend Jen Griffin's Baja bag (check out her amazing line of bags and leather goods here). I also love that it shows off the kids' artwork. Many of you may remember the "Letter People" from First Presbyterian Preschool. Cue "Mr. E"; Precious. 
I act casual, of course, like it's no big deal. Really, I want to skip up and down the aisles. Graham, on the other hand, is not so calm and proceeds to show everyone in the store. I'm thankful that years ago, they thought my laundry room was worthy enough to publish and even more thankful that even now, I still get just as excited as the first time it hit the stands. And that maybe, my twelve year old, who constantly questions her mom's coolness, today, thinks I am "sort of cool". I'll take it.
bye bye birdie...
-H

Friday, June 26, 2015

Math skills meet painting skills...

 About a month ago Hooper asked me to help her out with a client, the convo went a little something like this:

H: Hey- I have a kitchen floor I want you to paint for my client.
Me: okay, what do you want? 
H: Just something simple, I'll send you what I'm thinking
Me: how big is the kitchen?
H: Average size (or 20x14!) 

I wouldn't really call this pattern "simple". It might have been simple for the person whose math skills go  beyond 3rd grade.  My brain hurt after making the pattern and mapping it out and that was even with help! (A LOT OF HELP- thank you John and Jodie!) But, I am so glad I got to do it and the end result is amazing in the home. (we will have to show you more pics of the house later) 

After the floor was done our painter extraordinaire put a high gloss sealer on it and the result was shiny perfection and will hold up in this high traffic area! 

I am thinking of redoing my own kitchen floor (Its on it's 3rd look). I might try the same pattern... 

Or maybe this one:
The more beat up the better… right? With 4 kids and 2 dogs this floor would be great in mi casa. 
Painted kitchen floors, laundry room floors, foyer floors etc… are a great option for older homes. A painted floor breaks up all the wood as well as hiding flaws that older homes floors tend to have.(Can you tell I have an older house?) 

Anyhoo, what do you think? Like our latest project? Need me to paint your floor? I think my brain has recovered and I'm ready for the next project! -A

Happy Friday!
Bye, bye birdie,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Backsplash Makes a Splash

My little kitchen at our rental in Bald Head Island got a make over last weekend. As you know, I had already painted the butcher block counters to look like marble, see here.
I wanted to add more white and loved this long white glossy subway tile from Southeastern Tile Connection.  Check it out... 
AFTER:
BEFORE:
I had it stacked to mimic the ceiling and I love the lines of it. It brightens up the kitchen even more.

The floating shelves make the kitchen feel open (vs. upper cabinets). By painting the shelves white, they make the kitchen feel larger. 

 It may be small, but it packs a lot of punch! 
 What Summer projects are you working on? 


bye bye birdie...
-H

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

U.S. NEWS & World Report

Today I am quoted in U.S. News and World Report. 
That is awesome! And crazy??
Must READ:

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/05/28/10-easy-remodeling-projects-every-homeowner-should-tackle-now

This article is chocked full of great/quick affordable ideas that you can do in your own home. Some of these materials you may already have or for little money can make little changes with a big impact. Check out the article here for great ideas from your's truly!

Remember when I changed my black and white checkered tile backsplash by spending $60 on custom cut mirrors? Well, it paid off and the kitchen got a budget-friendly makeover! See how-to here.

Find out how to do some quick updates today! 

bye bye birdie...
-H

 
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