Living Room Aspirations ~ Calm, Cool & Collected

Colorful and Contemporary Living Room Makeover

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)!

Glass Tiled Fireplace takes Center Stage Continue reading

“Snap, Crackle, Pop!” That one time the Breakfast Nook came to life with KID ART and POPS OF COLOR!

Breakfast Nook filled with Color

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

Make Your Fireplace Wall a FEATURE! Before and After

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

A “Coastal Cool” Kitchen Reno that feels right at home in Tennessee

New Hood and Backsplash

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

Help! I Want A New Living Room!

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

Hello Miss Graphic…Meet Mr. Rustic!

 

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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

Blissful Bedrooms…the Blissful Beach

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Photo courtesy:  Jessie Myhre 

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!

Coastal Cottage Master Bedroom

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!

Bedroom at Rosemary Beach
Both bedrooms retreats have black french doors that lead onto an expansive sleeping porch.  Dreamy to say the least!

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.

Beautiful Linen Details

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!

Bookshelf Design
The homeowner has a great eye for original art as seen here and throughout her house.  The painted bookshelf is a whimsical and light hearted touch among the luxurious drapes and linens.

And then there is my favorite bedroom…Coastal Cottage BedroomThis 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.

Serene and Elegant
White Matelasse Shams, Beige Ticking Stripe Sheets, a White Down Duvet and a playful linen throw pillow…the recipe for a cozy coastal bed.  One of my favorite pieces of art in the home is displayed here.

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!

Family at Sunset
Photo Courtesy:  Jessie Myhre

 

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!

Sabrina

 

Nap in Neutrals: Stylish Organic Bedroom

Organic Master Bedroom

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…cricketschirp, 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…

Grey Bedroom BeforeStripped Down Bedroom

 

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.

WHAT STAYED:

  1.  The gorgeous walls painted Conservative Grey by Sherwin Williams.  This grey paint reflects a green tint which really informed many of my design decisions.
  2. The homeowners original art above the bed…fantastic!
  3.  The bed

Grey Bedroom Before

WHAT HAD TO GO:

  1.  The side tables
  2. The mismatched lamps

WHAT WAS NEEDED:

  1.  New Bedding
  2. Side Tables
  3. Lamps
  4. Window Treatments
  5. Artwork for 12 foot wall
  6. Rug
  7. Accessories

 

THE RESULT…VOILA!

Organic Master Bedroom Suite

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.

Side Table Styling

Master Bedroom including Pet Beds

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!

Master Suite with Natural Palette

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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Bag Wall! A Fun Feature for a Girl’s Bedroom

Shopping Bag Wall
Shopping Bag Wall

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!

Pretty Shopping Bags
Pretty shopping bags from my friend’s dress shop in Florida, Common Thread, and Reese Witherspoon’s Nashville boutique

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.

Girl's Bedroom
A Girl’s Bedroom with a Shopping Bag Wall as the Featured Attraction

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

“You Are My Sunshine” Tablescape

 

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You have out of town guests visiting for the weekend and you’re looking to “up your game” for breakfast but don’t want to “fuss” over the table decorations too much or…AT ALL!  Then follow my lead and get ready to host like the pros!  This tablescape is a cinch to create with it’s cheery orange florals and fruits of peach and grapefruit that perform double duty as decorations and food. “But I’m not a floral designer” I can hear you murmuring from here.  Look closely at the pretty rose floral centerpiece in the picture.  Now…take another look.  I simply took the pre-made bouquet that I bought from my local grocer and placed it atop a pretty bowl.  That’s it!  Simple enough????  Are you humming “You are my Sunshine” yet???  Serve up your favorite quiche (or my Sexy Eggs found here), some tasty muffins you purchased from your local bakery and a creamy cafe au lait and you’ve got yourself a great start to the weekend!  (And the wow factor you were hoping to give your guests!)

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What you’ll need for this look:

  • Table Runner
  • Coordinating Place Mats
  • Cloth napkins (I used a black stripe for interest and “pop”)
  • Bowl for Floral Centerpiece
  • Store bought floral bouquet in coordinating color
    • Hint:  Maybe you want a bowl of strawberries instead of grapefruit?  Then coordinate the color of your bouquet accordingly.  Likewise, your placemats and napkins.  Just have fun with it!
  • Bud vases (these do not have to match as mine did).  Use greenery in individual bud vases from the floral bouquet.
  • Set each place setting with dishes from your own collection.  Include a juice glass and coffee cup.
  • Sugar and creamer

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“You are My Sunshine” tablescape appears “designer” but not fussy.  The singular bud vases with simple greenery and platter of peaches lend a more contemporary design to the table.  Place the flowers (that have been hanging out in water) atop the bowl the morning of your breakfast and they will last through the afternoon without wilting.

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Pink, yellow and orange accents

 

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“You are my Sunshine” Tablescape lends itself to a sophisticated ease and informality…and conversation!

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Overhead View