I see it all the time in my interior design work. Homes with these quirky little wall insets in halls, foyers or transition spaces. I’m guessing it’s the builder’s attempt to add “character” to the house but, inevitably, the homeowner is left scratching their head as to what to do with the dang things! In most cases, the easy “go-to” is to lean family photos or artwork or place a floral arrangement inside but, many times, those choices leave the homeowner feeling underwhelmed and bored. I, too, was faced with this problem in my own home. However, my problem was two-fold. (A)… I didn’t enjoy the look of the inset and (B)…I needed more storage space. In my case, the inset was placed on an angled wall and angled walls usually house unused space behind them. Now…those of you that know my work know that I am never opposed to busting through walls if I think there is hidden storage behind and that’s exactly what I did! Check it out! See the pretty antique door? That used to be an unimaginative wall inset! How’s that for “turning it up a notch?”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “I just don’t know what to do with my mantel,” I could at least take a couple friends to cocktails with my earnings! (Wait! My friends really, really like cocktails! I could probably only invite one friend!). I digress…but yes…mantel styling can be a pesky enterprise. But sometimes a mantel’s problem is not only the mantel itself, but the entire fireplace wall.
I present to you to you a calm, cool and collected living room and fireplace feature wall that is stylish but also comfortable and livable!!! Can you say gorgeous?? Alas, it was not always the case. When I came on the scene, the homeowners yearned for a much more contemporary space and the fireplace and mantel that came with the house was anything but! It was nice…if you like uber traditional fireplace walls without much personality. So…I fixed it (wink, wink)!
I don’t know about you guys, but just looking at this breakfast nook makes me instantly HAPPY!!! So imagine getting to eat your Cheerios in the midst of all this happiness every morning or your mac n’ cheese at night?! And then further imagine that you’re the kid(s) that created these modern art masterpieces! I mean…wouldn’t you feel super duper proud of yourself and want to go out into the world and drink up every ounce of it’s goodness; maybe cure some rare diseases or write the next Great American Novel???!!!! Continue reading
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
When you think “coastal interiors” what comes to mind? If it’s paint hues of white, blue, grey and silver, soft weather-worn wood, clean lines, and light cotton fabrics, you and I are on the same page. And if you’re like me, your blood pressure just dropped and you exhaled a peaceful sigh just thinking about it. 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
And together they made the most beautiful couple!…AKA Wine and Coffee Bar!
It was love at first sight, I tell ya! Love at first sight! When Miss Graphic, with her soft, abstract grey waves and modern, uptown personality met Mr. Rustic with his hefty reclaimed antique wood shelves, countrified barn lights and impressive Texas long horns, a match was made in wine and coffee bar heaven! I mean…could you imagine a world where these two didn’t exist…together…perfectly…in one splendid mash up of a space? The most unlikely of combinations…and yet they work together so beautifully! 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!
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