We are ringing in the New Year and can't believe 2013 is almost here. Looking back on 2012, we loved every single project but wanted to reflect on some that you loved the most. Here are some readers' favorites.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
We hope you had a very happy holiday and are taking some time off before 2013 rushes in. We are. Sort of. For the
fans readers who have been asking to see the magazine and it's not out yet in their mailbox or news stand... well, here goes.
We are staying in Hansel and Gretel's house. Yes, I picked a vacation rental yet again based on how cute it is on the outside and how well it is decorated on the inside. (To say I'm crazy again sounds redundant)
Friday, December 21, 2012
Christmas at the coast is something to behold. You never know what you are going to get. Right now, the temperatures are in the 70's. While, I wish for a white Christmas each year, it always turns out to be a blue Christmas. That's right, every shade of blue: from aqua, blue, teal, turquoise... Birds of a Feather style. We wanted to share a project with you that we just wrapped up. No pun intended.This light filled room is a designer's dream. Check out the BEFORE. It was feeling a little drab with the dated furniture. The client wanted something bright and airy that her family of four could enjoy year round.
The transformation is pretty drastic. We divided the room into two seating areas grounded with two separate area rugs. This makes the room multi-functional but also adds coziness to a very large space. The area at the back of the room, features this...
Soundside Carpentry made this stunning day bed/swing. It has a twin mattress to sleep extra guests or...
Functions as a reading nook...
The swing is painted Covington Blue, by Benjamin Moore and has an "oar" shape to the base -- it's a tribute to the family's time spent on Nantucket.
I love the details and we carried the rope throughout the room as an accent.
The client wanted a wall to display her beach photos of the children. Notice the lacquered Homegoods branch hooks -- I knew those would come in handy one day!
The other sitting area has a slipcovered sofa, covered in Sunbrella, of course and my favorite score OF ALL TIME.
The egg swing is from the owner's childhood. Yep, we found it in the back of the garage while hunting down a hammer.
We added a custom cushion, Etsy pillow and now have additional seating (the kids love it -- bonus).
The console table was a score from a designer sale. Ann tricked out the top and we love the metal base with the metal/wicker baskets. The baskets are perfect for storage or towels for the pool.
Ode to our readers...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's out. Really. I got a call from a friend who got a call from her sister-in-law who got a call from her mother's cousin who got a call from her aunt that she got her copy. So, I ran straight to the mailbox. Nothing. I slipped into a slight depression as I just can't handle the wait. I'm not known to be patient. The stress is just too much and the pressure. It's too early to have a glass of wine (it's 11:30 am), so I decide I'll soothe my nerves with a peppermint latte. Yeah, I'll stop by McDonald's.Peppermint latte, no whip please... excuse me ma'am...You have got to be kidding me.
So I go back to the post office. Surely, there is some mistake. Maybe there is a stash of mags that got left behind and are supposed to me in my mailbox. My postman and post lady are chumming it up. Seriously?
To take my mind off of it, I'll go do a little Christmas shopping. Nothing like fresh air at our local shopping mall to put me in the Christmas spirit. What the ???
Listen Prancer, can I borrow your magazine? Exhausting. I'll go get my toes done. "Christmas Red". That will be a treat. Unless...
Everyone there seems relaxed and engrossed in their reading.OK, I give up. Pick up the kids from school because I promised we could see Santa. There was a very long line...
Santa gave me his copy. BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT. EVER.
It should hit stands later this week. Run out and get a copy, tons of good tips for small space makeovers.
Plus, did I mention, I'm in it?
bye bye birdie...
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
patiently awaiting the arrival of the January issue of Southern Living. Forget the fact that when I show up at the post office to get my mail, the post lady just opens her window and shakes her head. Yesterday, I peaked in a subscriber's mailbox. Nada. Yes, I know about mail fraud.
Anyway, since the article focuses on small space makeovers, we wanted to share some of our favorites. Small spaces need impact. That's exactly what we were going for...
I still can't believe my client agreed to let
us Ann paint zebra stripes on her powder room walls. The crazy pattern works because the color is neutral. The pops of color in accessories add a lot of punch in a small space.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012