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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

 

Entryway Makeover – Let the Sunshine In!

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Maybe it’s because I’m headed to New York City this weekend and have Broadway on the brain…or because the boys and I attended a stellar performance of The Phantom of the Opera  last night and, again, I have Broadway on the brain!  Nonetheless, as I was entitling this post about an entryway makeover which included a salvaged 100 year old wood door with beveled glass panes, all I heard repeatedly playing in my mind was 5th Dimension’s hit version from the musical HairLet the Sunshine In!  Why?  Because when this new/old door was installed, that is exactly what happened!!!  The sun now floods in the house in the most luxurious way!!! And the view from the curb is nothing short of a sunshiny day…even in gloomy weather.  Press here and experience the sound of a generation…and the musical backdrop to this post.  It’s a medley that starts with Aquarius but Let the Sunshine In will kick in at the end and you’ll love it!!!!

Let me start by saying we didn’t NEED a new front door.  Our builder grade metal door painted lipstick red was just fine and absolutely doing the trick for keeping us safe and air-conditioned.  But as little renovations began happening around the house, I found myself coming back again and again to the possibility of a glass paned front door…one where light pours in the foyer and dining room and adds pretty curb appeal to the front porch.  In my mind, the door had to be wooden and the glass windows must be clear bevel.  Otherwise, the project could wait.  I started pricing new wooden doors to these specs and OUCH!  Cha Ching, Cha Ching, Cha Ching!…That’s when my visions of front door fairy land were put on hold…that is, until I walked into an amazing architectural salvage store on 8th Avenue and my “Do It Yourself” brain kicked in…

Now, I’ve long enjoyed turning old salvaged architectural relics into reborn, reimagined things of beauty.  I’ve lived in and renovated a house circa 1894, for goodness sakes!  So it stands to reason that purchasing a decrepit, misshapen old door would be right up my alley and not too difficult!  I enlisted my husband’s help on this project, stating that we would spend a ton less money on refurbishing an old door, that I was an old pro at refinishing furniture and old stuff…and besides all that, it would be a fun weekend project for us in the dead of winter!  When we purchased our crusty, old artifact, Steven and I were both super stoked and had our best, most positive DIY attitude in place as we began.  We could knock it out in a weekend, right!!??  Here’s what really happened…

We purchased our door on February 4th…

That very day we donned masks (lead paint, after all) and started sanding and gently scraping.  I took on the refinishing of the bottom of the door where every bit of the crackled and chipped painted had to be removed.  Can you say time consuming?  Steven took on the mullions and sanding duties in those tight places.  We scraped, sanded and puttied that entire weekend…

Before:  Bare Wood Grain        After:  Bare Wood with Putty and Sanding

The following weekend we started priming…in frigid, below freezing temps…in the garage…at night…with small portable heaters and bad lighting.  Can you say impatient???  But we were proud of our refinishing job and anxious to hang the new/old door!!!

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Inside of Door

So now we’re two weekends in from the date of purchase.  (Remember…we were going to complete the project in one weekend.)  An across country trip to a wedding kept us from working on the door the third weekend, but when we returned, we felt we were far enough along with the project that a carpenter could be called to hang the door. You see…we knew that our antique jewel was not square.  In fact, when we took proper measurements somewhere between the last sanding and the first coat of primer (go figure), we realized that this door must have previously been hung on a “fun house”.  It was WAY out of whack!  The top was 1/2″ smaller than the middle measurement and the bottom was worse than that!   It was so bad that we feared we would have to scrap the entire project.

That’s when I called a pro by the name of Chance Ricketts who specializes in refurbing old architecture.  He arrived and I showed him to the garage where our door “lay in waiting”.  I was very proud of the painstaking work we had done to this point.  Chance quietly circled the door…measured…then circled again…and in a very gentle voice said (and I paraphrase), “we’re gonna need to take over from here.”  I had been hoping to handle ALL of the painting duties for this door because I’m a pretty darn good painter (patting back) but seems this job was going to be above my pay grade.  He explained that his carpenter would have to square the door, add new wood back to the door and a pro painter would finish the job making the seam invisible to the naked eye using technique, putty and, of course, paint.  They begin their work on February 29…

On March 4th, our new/old door gets installed!  Hello Beautiful!  Ca-pow!  Can you detect the added wood?  Nope.  One word…PROS.

Freshly hung door

I gotta tell ya.  This lipstick red door makes me giddy with delight!  I love it from the outside and even more from the inside!  Let the Sunshine In! The entryway now mimics the windows on the front of the house…a design plus.

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Light filled foyer and dining room

And the night view is fantastic.  The beveled glass creates beautiful prisms of light and an inner glow that I love! NIght View

ENTRYWAY BEFORE and AFTER…

Entryway After
100 Year Old Door gets a Modern Makeover!

Moral of the story?  Sometimes the best DIY’ers have to call in the Pros!…even when the DIY’ers are pros themselves!  Who cares that a weekend project turned into a month?  The result is so pretty and at HALF THE PRICE of a new door!!!  And the stories an old door can tell…or ones you can imagine!  Last but not least.  “Let the Sunshine In” is always a great soundtrack to any project…and a great motto for life.  Cheers!… and go refurbish something!!!!

Resources:  Preservation Station; 1809 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN                 Instagram:  @preservationstation

 

“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

 

Six Tips for Styling Pretty Bathroom Shelves

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It’s the middle of February and you’re officially DONE with winter.  I mean straight up DONE!  And you’re not even kidding a little bit…you’re ready to slide on flip flops, put the top down on the convertible and rearrange your bathroom shelves!  What?!  Did I just slip that in?  Spring cleaning anyone?  Too early?  Well, it may not be time to air out the house, shake out ye old rugs and dry clean the drapes, but what about a quick “pick me up” for one of the most utilized and, perhaps, under appreciated rooms in your home?…THE BATHROOM!  Styling a bathroom shelf is super easy if you follow these six styling tips and will go miles toward making you feel like you’ve given your space a little face lift.  Like a breath of fresh air…spring air!

I recently added two shelves to an empty wall above my garden tub and I love the result.   Form follows function was employed in this design as baths are daily rituals in our home.  It also meant the bath’s accoutrement needed to be accessible and within arm’s reach.

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A few tips for stylish bathroom shelves:

  1. Start with shelving that you love but also shelving that reflects the interior style of the bathroom.  Open shelving is chic and on trend for interiors so have fun accessorizing them.  I used pretty marble shelves with gold brass hardware bought online from CB2.  They gave me the “hotel feel” that I was looking for.  Clean and sophisticated.
  2. Display pretty linens that you USE, not just display.  If your towels are looking a little frayed and rough around the edges, treat yourself to luxurious new ones!  It’s worth the moolah.  Peacock Alley makes wonderful linens and you can source them here.
  3. Use pretty apothecary jars to organize bath salts, soaps, etc.  I like varying sizes for interest…and I usually display in groups of 3’s.
  4. Arrange your shelf with an element of greenery or flowers.  Silk flowers have become very realistic so don’t be afraid to use them.  That said, my live fern loves his perch on the top shelf!  It gets plenty of light and loves the steam from the shower!
  5. Incorporate art!  In fact…whenever possible…always incorporate art and found objects that you love!  The artwork pictured here was found at a local vintage print shop.  When I spied this french makeup company’s advertisement from the 1920’s, I loved it for this space and bought it instantly.  The gold frame ties in nicely with the hardware on the shelves and adds a little pop of decadence.  I purchased this frame from westelm.com.
  6. Lastly…candles.  A bath, bubbles, candles…need I say more?

 

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A Living Room gets “Staged”

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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LIVING ROOM AFTER…

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Home | “Our” Style

 

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When I married my husband in 2014, my heart burst with crazy amounts of love and joy as it had already connected and melded with his.  And although we are strangely similar in so many ways like…we share the same birthday…both grew up in the same era and in the South…both have a love for the ocean and sun…and both paint front doors red (big smile), the style of our pre-marriage homes was quite different.  I moved into Steven and Ethan’s house (my now, 12 year old son) and the task began to combine the styles, furnishings and collected found treasures of our previous lives in a way that would be pleasing to ALL of us.  I tend to design with a whimsical eye and with a sort of eclectic traditionalism.  My husband’s style aesthetic is sleek and chic…with straight lines, classic detailing and a pretty deep love for post modern, mid-century design.  When I unboxed the “man vase” (as I affectionately call him) from my previous home (I will introduce him to you later)…Steven declared that it was my “wagon wheel” and must go!  Guess what?  “Man Vase” is still around and getting compliments every time I turn around!  Here’s a little peek inside our home…Hope you enjoy!

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Light, open and airy.  The pelican print and live banana tree pay homage to our beloved home states of Louisiana and Florida.

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Stone plays with metal, metal plays with wood, texture and prints play with solids…

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The iron Fleur-De-Lis bench in our foyer was a piece I brought into the home from my collection.  Who knew I would marry a man from New Orleans!!!! The mixed media sculpture on far wall entitled “Free Falling” is by Tennessee artist, Emily Allison, a birthday gift from Steven.  Her work is “otherworldly,” sublime and I adore it with all my heart.

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IMG_1789This table seats twelve and gets a work out!  We love to entertain…formally and casually.

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