Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We're back ya'll.

The Southern Living Conference was AWESOME! We kicked it off with a little shopping in Nashville and brunch at The Southern. Yes, I got some cowboy boots! 
The conference started Sunday afternoon and I had no idea what was in store... 
We met builders from all over the country that have been a apart of this amazing network for over years. Some of them since it started 21 years ago. They raved about this program and what it is like to have Southern Living be a partner in your business. It made me so thankful to be from the South as this magazine epitomizes all things Southern and it is coming up on it's 50th anniversary. Pinch me! 
We were inspired by their touches and always perfect attention to detail.... Yes, those are cowboy boots. 

We spent time with the editors of Southern Living and Coastal Living and loved hearing about their plans and directions for the magazines that influence so much of what we do. Jessica Thuston, homes editor of Southern Living  and Anotonia van der Meer, Editor and Chief of Coastal Living gave us lots of insight into how to grace their pages with our spaces.
Sid Evans (previously of Garden and Gun) is the new editor in chief at Southern Living. His vision for this magazine epitomizes all things Southern and hanging out with Sid was definitely a highlight. The men and women that put these publications together work tirelessly to deliver each and every month to their readers and we are thankful that they do!

One of the best parts of the conference was collaborating with some of the amazing designers that are part of this network. There are currently 31 from all over the country and I am so honored to be one of them. Designers include so many that I have admired for so long. Each and everyone inspires me and have so much to contribute to this amazing network. On the list include Tobi Fairley, Paige Schnell, Meg Braff, Margaret Kirkland, Julie Holloway... this list goes on with such great talent. Pinch me! Thank you Southern Living for an amazing trip! 

                          bye bye birdie...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Big Announcement!

I am so excited to announce that I have been chosen to be a part of 
The Southern Living Designer Network! 
There are only 50 designers chosen in the country as they launch this program and I am flying to to Nashville THIS weekend for the Southern Living Custom Builder's/Designer conference! 

“Together Coastal Living and Southern Living inspire more than 20 million consumers each month with great interior design,” said Sid Evans, editor-in-chief of Southern Living. “This collaboration will allow designers the opportunity to connect with our consumers and bring the look of the magazines to life.”

“Our new Designer Network further strengthens our ties with the design community and showcases our unique roles as authorities on design to both the trade and consumers,” said Antonia van der Meer, editor-in-chief of Coastal Living. 

I can't wait to meet the editors of Southern Living and Coastal Living (two of my very faves) and collaborate with other designers and builders from across the country. 
I will be featured in their magazines and on their website. 
Pinch me! 
Did I mention, it's in Nashville?
 First of all, I have never been. I hear it is awesome (must pack my cowboy boots).... 

This photo of Nashville is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I'm off! Can't wait to tell you all about it next week!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Color Punch!

Once in awhile, I get a client that isn't afraid of color. Bold, bright and tons of fun.... I wanted to share this space with you because the client wanted to showcase her brightly colored local art and chose furnishings that did just that. We slipcovered her existing sofa, used a family heirloom to house the TV and added punches of color in her favorite hues of pink and navy. Take a look.... 

bye bye birdie...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Simple and Shiny Dining Room REVEAL!

I heart lucite so in honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to share the love with you...Recently, I was able to work with a friend to transform her dated dining room into a new space that feels sophisticated and beautiful. It went from being used on the odd occasion to being a place her family wanted to dine and entertain in. Check out the transformation! 

The walls got a fresh coat of Ben Moore, "Whale Gray". The red dining room disappeared. 
 I kept her existing chandelier and had her wide panel drapes cut in half and trimmed in a cool link fabric for interest.  A retro console doubles as both storage and a serving piece. It holds alabaster lamps for lighting and is awaiting a framed antique scarf. 
BEFORE, the clients were limited on storage and a dark heavy piece weighed down this wall. 
This before shot of the dining room gives a overall vibe of the space prior to the transformation.... 
NOW, the room is airy, elegant and sophisticated without being stuffy. 

The family of four wanted a farm table with distressing so wear and tear wouldn't show. I found a beautiful table with simple clean lines to accent my MOST FAVORITE PART OF THE ROOM.... 
Can you guess? Yep. 1940's lucite and brass chairs. They are stunning and the perfect addition to this simple, yet elegant dining room. 

What do you think? Dinner anyone?
bye bye birdie...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hot off the Press!

You MUST grab the latest copy of Focus on the Coast (found at most local retailers) or check it out at Focus on the We were asked to write an article about a master bedroom retreat and what makes it just that... a retreat. Check out the article and be sure to pick up a copy or a few to give to friends today! 
 What makes a master a true retreat at the end of a long day? A place you want to unwind and relax and rejuvenate for the next. It should be cozy and inviting with lush linens, a warm area rug and good lighting for reading. 
 It should be filled with things you love, family photos, books and items that reflect you and the one you share it with. 
 There should be place for you to put your feat up and read a good book. If TV watching in bed is your thing, choose to hide it out of view. This TV is concealed behind a beautiful lacquered bamboo piece from The Coop. Large pieces like wardrobes or armoires  may be fading out, but they can be useful to store linens or even a morning coffee bar. Stock it with bottled water and a coffee machine and your morning just got a little brighter. 
 We love cozy throws. Scatter them through out the room so you can curl up and truly retreat. 

 Each bedside table should have additional storage (shelves or drawers) and should include a surface for a candle, jewelry or keepsakes. His bedside may include books, a small tray for a watch (to keep the table scratch free) and a carafe of water. Consider having a drawer with a small hole cut out in back so you can charge your phone, Nook, IPad or reading device and tuck it away when not in use. Choose an alarm clock that is compact or a charging station that will allow for your phone to be the morning rooster. 
 Always, always splurge on linens. Choose high thread counts and fabrics that will wash well. If choosing linens (one of our favorite textures for the bed), be sure to select washable linens. Bedding that requires dry cleaning is too much of a hassle. 

 Tons of pillows and large Euro squares add pattern and texture but also soften the look against any headboard. There's that throw again! 
If you can't give your master retreat a total makeover, start with some simple touches to make it a place where you can truly get away. Perhaps you could curl up with a good book, a cup of tea (or a glass of wine)and finally rest.
by bye birdie...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Beach House Dining Room BEFORE AND AFTER

This beach house got a makeover... For more on this, see here. The open concept living/dining space called for a major facelift in the dining room. Fortunately, the dining room had a big glass fretwork table and chairs that are timeless. The rug, fabrics and lighting needed updating. Take a look at the before and after. 
I kept the sideboard and dining table and chairs. 
 With a new custom wool rug from Eatman's Carpet and Interiors and new fabric on the chairs, the room came to life.  I added a crystal/silver leaf chandelier from Currey and Company for a delicate touch of elegance without being too formal. 

 Currey and Company glass lamps flank the sideboard and replaced wooden palm tree buffet lamps for a current look. 
Quite a difference! 
bye bye birdie... 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Beach House BEFORE & AFTER

Recently, I had the privilege of working on a beach house to bring it up to date and make the furnishings and colors more current. The house was built on the ocean at Wrightsville Beach over 17 years ago. It has always been one of my favorite houses for the functional layout  and this client's view is the best on the island. 

The living spaces had served their purpose well and the color palette of the year 2003 (red, gold and green - you remember!) was tired. It was time to move on and bring in neutrals with pops of colors from the sea. 
We started by painting the large living room/dining space in Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt" to brighten up the space and make the room feel airy. The neutral beige disappeared and the room's personality evolved. 
Come on in...

We removed the valances (always a good idea to make the ceiling seem taller and to bring in more light)

I chose a gorgeous Oriental from the Gallery of Oriental Rugs and we went with a larger size to make the room feel even bigger. I chose a sectional in a performance fabric in a textured cream and added nail heads for detail. 
I kept their coffee table because I liked the size and the wood element. I chose a tray, some pretty coffee table books and accessories to dress it up. 
Lacefield pillows and custom sewn pillows in watery fabrics layer the sectional. 

The room boasts a great deal of built-ins for storage, components  and a hidden bar. 
They were originally finished in a whitewashed pickled finish that dated the look and made the room feel heavy. We had them sprayed in an ivory satin for a factory finish. With new glass knobs, these built-ins look like brand new cabinetry for a fraction of the cost. 
A custom spool chair in a driftwood finish adds extra seating and the client's end tables were reused, just repositioned. 
Gorgeous lighting from Currey and Company flank the sectional and add pops of color to the neutral palette. 
Now the beautiful outdoors (can you believe this view?) 
        and now the soothing indoors  feel like one open space.... 
bye bye birdie...

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