One of the most frequently asked decorating questions I get from clients is what to do with a fireplace wall, how to style the mantel and how to make them both become a “feature” and not a “flop.” Continue reading
I often hear my clients say that they wish they could just start over and redecorate their entire home. But let’s be honest. Who can afford to ditch everything they’ve accumulated and start from scratch?!! I know I can’t! Nor would we want to as we’ve collected treasures throughout the years that we may not be able to part with. So…we improvise with what we have, right? Continue reading
I can’t disguise my being MIA from Peach and the Willow any more than I can disguise the great fun we have been having this summer! Yes, I realize that peaches are literally bursting with peak summer sweetness, weeping willows are tenderly slow dancing under a waxing moon and you must think I’m missing it all! Quite the contrary! I am soaking it all up, squeezing it out, and soaking it up some more! I promise that the blog will be the better for it!
Just like my recent getaway to Rosemary Beach, Florida. Not only did my family and I do our very best to drink up every ounce of Gulf of Mexico goodness during the day…we had the exponential good fortune during the night of resting in a couple of the most blissful, most cozy, most tranquil and perfect coastal bedrooms in the village. These bedrooms have the “it” factor and are worth studying and analyzing for use in our own homes. Take a look!
My dear friend, Kim Jameson, and owner of this special house, has mastered the art of the bedroom…one that is relaxing, gracious and serene… and oh so pretty!!! Ever since I was first invited to her Rosemary Beach abode, I have raved about these bedrooms…and how well I rest in them!
The master and guest bedrooms are both painted in the same soft minty hue and topped with hipped ceilings wrapped in white washed pine. This is a very special architectural detail and a feast for the eyes. The colors and textures mimic the landscape of the Emerald Coast without “bonking you over the head” with the beach theme. (You know what I’m talking about. Turquoise and peach color schemes and too many beachy knick knacks. Eek!). Everything here BREATHES…which encourages the home owner and her guests to also breath. You know the ones…those unhurried deep breaths that allow the pulse to slow and the relaxation mode to kick in. A bedroom like this makes you want to linger in the morning and look forward to returning at night. Dear Kim…Dear Bedroom…job well done.
I am always emphasizing details in design and this is a perfect example. Atop a luxurious king mattress are “grandma soft” linens. Let’s stop there. Does this resonate with you? My grandma Berta had the softest linens I could ever imagine. Her cotton sheets had probably been washed AND ironed a thousand times before I slept on them (or at least that’s what they felt like to me). So do Kim’s linens! And Kim mixes her textile patterns beautifully…floral sheets topped with a simple white down-filled duvet and striped blanket along with custom shams in a light blue and moss awning stripe with a gold threaded “J” monogram. A custom slipcovered head board in the color of sand complete the look. The bed feels rich without being “stuffy” or formal. Perhaps you’d like to make your bedroom look and feel a bit more luxe? Spend your money on great sheets and a few custom details like these!
And then there is my favorite bedroom…This bedroom is the definition of tranquility. It has a farmhouse feel (remember, farmland is a mere 20 miles north of Rosemary Beach) with its soft, billowy linens, soothing colors, beautiful artwork and velvety feeling heart pine floors. I particularly love the headboard in this room. This bedroom’s headboard slipcover is made from a blue and chartreuse floral quilt. IN LOVE! Both bedrooms have primary windows that open to the north in one bedroom, the south in the other …so drapes can be closed to block the summer sun and the perfect day napping can commence.
As you can imagine, the rest of this home is as lovely, warm and inviting as its bedrooms. In fact, my 13 year old son’s favorite bedroom isn’t pictured. It’s a tiny sleeping nook that only this year he finds he is too big to fully enjoy (sigh). Still…we love passing it at the stairway and smiling at it’s tiny proportion and colorful disposition. It may be small in stature but it sure is large in personality!!!
To see more from my amazing friend Kim…follow her on instagram @kimjameson. Her photo blog is stunning and she is working on a “Coming Soon” project in Columbia, TN that is not to be missed. Key Word: Vintage. I can’t wait!
Kim… I must first thank you for being my dear friend and for loving me and my family the way you do! Our faces in this picture tell the story perfectly…that God is Great and He puts amazing people in our lives, the warm sun on our backs, sand and sea within reach and smiles on our faces. Big sloppy kiss for you! Then…I must thank you for allowing me to display some of your private spaces on the worldwide web! You are an inspiration to all who know you and this is but a glimpse into your bright and beautiful world! Thank you!
You’ve earned a diploma…check! Said the “I Do’s”…check! You’re climbing the ladder of success…check! Having kids and adopting pets…check! Vacationing regularly…check! You’ve bought your first home…then your second…check! You’ve decorated the living areas “to a T” and tricked out your gourmet kitchen…check! You’ve created a beautiful and serene bedroom…________________. Wait, what?…You can’t check the box? (Silence…crickets…chirp, chirp.)
Does this sound familiar? Why do so many of us put the decorating of our master bedroom on the back burner? For my friends, Cathy and Doug, it was because of what I call “decorating burnout.” When they purchased their second home it was a new construction which meant having to make dozens of decisions regarding finishes, paint colors, tile choices, plumbing and light fixtures, appliances and on and on. They decorated the public spaces of their new home impeccably, but when it came time to put together the master bedroom, Cathy admits that she hit a decorating road block. That’s when she enlisted my help.
“I think I’ve hit a dead end,” she admitted while discussing her master bedroom and its unfinished state. “Every time I try to start putting ideas together about how I want this space to look, I feel overwhelmed and uninspired. Will you please take over the decorating duties for our master?”
…and my Master Bedroom Takeover began in earnest. Take a look at the before photos…
The bedroom was providing a place to sleep…but little else. While the rest of the home showcased charming new furniture and accents in fresh styles and light colors, the bedroom suffered from bland hand-me-downs and mis-matched furniture with no definable style.
- The gorgeous walls painted Conservative Grey by Sherwin Williams. This grey paint reflects a green tint which really informed many of my design decisions.
- The homeowners original art above the bed…fantastic!
- The bed
WHAT HAD TO GO:
- The side tables
- The mismatched lamps
WHAT WAS NEEDED:
- New Bedding
- Side Tables
- Window Treatments
- Artwork for 12 foot wall
The result is a restful retreat for a busy couple. The soft, organic palette includes bedding reminiscent of a luxury hotel, a Marrakesh inspired rug, mid-century tinged side tables, honey colored linen drapes, woven baskets and natural accents.
The bedding features organic white waffle weave duvet and bedskirt layered with a light grey comforter, dark grey standard shams, silk grey Euro shams and a modern ethnic throw pillow. None of these elements were “part of a set” so don’t be afraid to mix and match for color, texture and interest. Even the pets received new beds that match the bedroom! Orchids and birch branches bring natural outdoor elements inside…
I love, love, love the way this little art/craft project turned out! Artwork was needed for a blank 12 foot wall and this was my solution. I grabbed photos of the couple and their adventures from their social media pages and created a dimensional photo art exhibit that spanned the length of the wall. Super personal and unique decor!
Natural weave baskets create a footboard affect that mimic the headboard color and serve to bolster the length of the bed. They also add storage and texture to the room.
Roxanne and Eleanore Rigby approve!!!
Nap in Neutrals…anything but boring!
A big thank you to Cathy and Doug Phillips for entrusting me with their bedroom haven and allowing me to blog about their project! Xoxo!
Can I get an AMEN????!!!! This makeover is, to quote my husband, “bad to the bone!”…and that’s a good thing! Let’s take a closer look at this home office makeover, shall we?
The office space is small…a 10′ x 10′ cube…however, this cube has a twin on the adjacent side and is divided by an entry hallway…office on the right, sitting/media room on the left. So…it is actually 10′ x 23′ in total space (you’ll see the sitting room in the next photos).
- Create a masculine office for the husband (wife’s office is upstairs) that is a functional home office (he works from home), music/writing room for him and front entry to home.
- Keep as much of the existing furniture as possible.
- Keep it budget friendly.
- Make it gorgeous!
- Remove credenza and lamp from the room. (Too cramped)
- Reposition desk to the center of the room looking out toward the middle of the entire space.
- Move book shelves from sitting room to the back office wall.
- Start shopping! The windows are empty, the walls are bare, the floor is naked and style needs to be infused everywhere!
…Moving to the opposite side of the space, let’s take a look at the existing sitting room before the makeover. The room includes pretty pieces from Ethan Allen, a flat screen and a media shelving unit…that’s it! Those shelves were moved to the office side to provide much needed functioning storage. The sitting room furniture was reconfigured to the middle of the room and I added a mirrored side table between the chairs, removing the one you see pictured here. The flat screen was also installed onto the wall.
New view from the center of the sitting room into the office..
View from the center of office into sitting room…
…Playing off the beautiful fabrics found on the homeowners’ furnishings, the space became an open and airy office that is sophisticated without being too formal or stuffy. I LOVE the masculine window pane plaid on the arm chair and the linen tweed of the desk chair!…all providing the cues I needed to pull the rooms together into one cohesive and stylish space that not only he would love…but one the wife would love too! The velvet drapes in Fog Grey add just the right amount of luxury needed for an office which resides in the front of the home. The artwork is bold and resonating, taking up the entirety of one office wall. This is a wonderful trick for small spaces…placing something very large in a small space creates the illusion of having a much grander space. The background art is a personal composition by the homeowner who is also a songwriter and piano vocalist. Adding unique touches to the home like this one is a must in my design work. A home should reflect the homeowner’s life, interests and dreams.
A closer look at the details…
The media/sitting room design is clean and contemporary as represented in the artwork and furnishings. Art was chosen as a starting point for a gallery wall which will evolve as the collection grows.
Is it just me or does anyone else have a hard time disposing of pretty shopping bags? Heck…sometimes they’re not even that attractive and I still want to keep ’em! Sure, I’ll occasionally employ them to carry something from point A to point B, but most of the time they just begin to stack, taking up much needed space in my closets! This very thing started happening in my last home and the shopping bag wall idea was hatched out of the accumulation of too many bags that I just couldn’t part with!
Who doesn’t love a colorful, graphic wall??? Who doesn’t love a colorful, graphic wall for ZERO investment???!!!! Especially when it involves your favorite brands and boutiques! (OK…You have to buy the merchandise inside the bag but you were going to do that anyway!) Shopping bags conjure up memories of beloved items that you own, places you’ve traveled or gifts you’ve received. My shopping bag wall became somewhat of a life board as I would often slip received greeting cards inside the bags…concert tickets would peak out…little momentos and tokens to save…moments worth remembering. And never did a person walk into this room without commenting or “ooing and aaahing”…always quite the conversation piece!
Before I put this cottage on the market, my shopping bag wall was the focal point of my office. The office had a small desk under one window and a reading chaise beneath the adjacent window. But when I decided to sell, I staged the room as a girl’s bedroom and love the result! I’m crazy about the feminine, vintage, bohemian aesthetic this bedroom exudes! The central palette is neutral and light while the pops of color come from the shopping bag wall, the mid-century canary yellow dresser (bought at a yard sale and painted) and the bright rugs. The Spode dinner plates and iron sconces with crystal prisms add a bit of girly sophistication while the shopping bag wall adds the whimsy. For me, there is rarely one without the other.
You may be wondering how I attached the bags? I simply used clear tacks at the corners so that very little damage would be done to the wall. I chose to hang the bags in a cascading pattern, many times overlapping the bags to create the look I was seeking. However, an entire wall of colorful bags would be cool!
I hope you’ll try something like this in your home! Start “shopping till you drop” and save those bags. In no time at all you’ll have the quite the collection! Have fun decorating your home and don’t forget to share the pics! xoxo
Recently, a friend approached me about my home staging and styling services. She was ready to put her vacant condo on the market but knew it needed some TLC to garner top dollar and sell quickly. Like most homeowners, she wanted quick, affordable solutions. With my home staging services and a modest budget to buy accessories (that she could later use in her next home), the condo was quickly transformed into a space that was more efficient, attractive and inviting. Remember…the goal is to use as many existing items and furnishings found throughout the home as possible and then placing and styling them in fresh ways. The outcome was very pleasing to my friend who joked, “you’ve made it so pretty…maybe I won’t sell it after all!” News flash…it sold quickly!
LIVING ROOM BEFORE…
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