May 21, 2015

coastal e-design: ocean winds villa, before + AFTER pictures

FINALLY, i am posting pictures of the before and after of the ocean winds project! this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa, located on seabrook island, sc,  was purchased recently by my parents. i have been working with them long distance over the last several months to furnish and decorate it.

(i have to be honest...i had this entire post written about a week ago. i was previewing it before i published it, and all of the sudden, it....disappeared. in all the years i have been using blogger, i have never had this happen to me. i have to admit, i freaked out a bit. for any of you that have ever written a blog post, you know that a post with lists of pictures and added links can take HOURS. i tried everything i could to retrieve the post, but to no avail. it took a few days before i was even willing to start over again. phew. sorry for that long winded write up, just thought y'all might want to know what in the world has taken so long!)

the see the introduction to this project, click here. part 2 is here, and part 3 here

here is a quick before + after of the entire villa!
(all pictures by me...which is why they aren't that great. sure wish i could talk sara into coming out to take some GOOD pictures!)

living space before:




kitchen before:


master bedroom before:

master bedroom after:

guest bedroom before:

 guest bedroom after:

a few more details...
(all artwork in the space is from my parents collection)

the living space is longer than it is wide, and i had to be careful about  keeping the seating area close enough to the fireplace to open up the walkway behind it. i created 3 "zones" to the living space--the main tv watching/lounge zone, a desk area, and an auxiliary seating area with two wingback chairs.
to keep the budget in check, i integrated items that my parents already had with new pieces, which are a mix of high and low.

after my parents and i discussed the overall look of the condo, the first items that we decided on were the sofas. we went back and forth between dark and light, and explored options in every price range. we ultimately decided on the alex slipcovered sofa from mitchell gold + bob williams.

the coffee table is existing, the herringbone jute rug is from west elm.

the long console table and driftwood lamp are also existing. the square side table is from west elm.

the new wingback chairs create a comfortable reading area to relax.  the lamp is the kristie from arteriors.
the curtain panels and curtain hardware are from west elm. the round table is existing.

the wall color is existing. eventually, they will be painted winds breath, by benjamin moore. all accessories in the space are from either target, home goods, ikea, gdc home, or were brought from my parents house.

the carroll farm dining table, bench and tiered capiz chandelier are all from west elm. the chairs were brought from my parents house. 

the concentric stripe pillows were custom made by K&R from this fabric.

the solid blue basket weave pillows are from pottery barn. the other pillows were purchased  from etsy.

the ikea bookcase and mirror were brought from my parents house. 

this desk area is one of my parents favorite spots. they love using the technology lamp to plug in their laptop and phones.
the parsons desk is from overstock.

the long narrow sunroom was divided into two spaces---a "reading nook", and a "sleeping nook".
the reading nook is a bright, sunny spot to sit and talk or read. the space is divided in half with a couple of bookcases...(soon to be a wall) all furniture in this space was existing.

the sleeping nook can be used as an additional bedroom area for guests. the alex pullout sofa, is from mitchell gold + bob williams. the room can be partitioned off from the dining room by pulling the curtains on the inside of  the space closed. the storage ottomans are from crate and barrel. the rug is from west elm.

the dresser is from rooms to go.

the entry console was purchased from GDC home. the mirror is from home goods. eventually, we will replace that mirror with something with a little more panache.

the master bedroom:

the master bedroom is a peaceful retreat, done in varying shades of gray. even though this is a beach retreat, my parents wanted the room to feel elegant.

the woven bed, night stands, and dresser are all from rooms to go. the marble pillar lamp is from west elm. we opted to use another technology lamp in this room to make cel phone charging convenient. the linen grommet curtain panels are from west elm, and the curtain hardware is from pottery barn. the geometric gray wool rug is from overstock. the slatted bench is from wayfair.

since this villa will be a rental, we opted to keep the bed simple with a single lumbar pillow on both of the beds. the 14 x 44 pillow was custom made by K&R from kelly wearstler's bengal bazaar.

the wingback chair is from ethan allen. the bone side table is from west elm. the lamp is existing. 

my parents will most likely remodel the kitchen and both bathrooms in the next couple of years. for now, we added a rug, some accessories to perk up the master bathroom.

the guest bedroom:

this room was influenced by the art work that my parents wanted to showcase in has a bit more color than the rest of the villa. striped drapes and rug add to the casual vibe.

the zen platform bed is from home decorators and the night stands are existing.
the striped rug is from wayfair. the curtain hardware and striped panels are from pottery barn.

the dresser was another rooms to go find. we managed to find quite a few very tasteful, affordable items from there!

the bench is from wayfair.

the wall mounted lights are from pottery barn and the lumbar pillow was custom made from this fabric.

one more look at the kitchen: removing the upper cabinets opened the space up a ton! the cabinets were painted swiss coffee (be benjamin moore), and new pulls were added.

to see more images of the villa, or to inquire about renting it, 

May 11, 2015

a taste of charleston

i was able to visit charleston, south carolina a couple of weeks ago, and i am still reveling in memories all of the beautiful scenery. i met my parents there to help them wrap up the last details of the ocean winds villa. (you can read posts about here: part 1, part 2 and part 3)
i wanted to post some of the pictures that i took, but as soon as i got home, i dove straight into finishing my daughters room for the one room challenge.

if you haven't been to charleston before, there are two reasons why EVERYONE should go there, at least once--the FOOD and the SCENERY! so, i am going to share just a bit of the places i ate and pretty things i saw while i was there.

my plane landed in the evening, and we headed straight to eat at a restaurant called Husk, located in the historic district:

it. was. fabulous.
here is a quick picture of my salad served in this hand carved wooden bowl:
i also had some insanely good catfish and a yummy bread pudding.

the next two days were spent with a some art hanging, rug shifting and pillow stuffing...

and, of course, some shopping for accessories and an entry console.
for plants and a few accessories, we went to target:

and tj maxx.

we were able to find just about everything else we were hunting for at GDC home.
we visited their locations in the freshfields market (between kiawah and seabrook), and charleston:

we ended up purchasing a lamp, some more accessories and THIS console table for the entry!

we also shopped for a rug for the master bathroom. they have a great selection!

we narrowed it down to these three, and eventually ended up choosing the neutral one on top.

after a successful shopping expedition, we headed to sullivans island to eat the the obsintate daughter. (it was really bustling when we got there, and so i pulled this interior shot from trip advisor.)

the interiors here were fresh and textural and had a strong nautical theme which was perfectly balanced.

i LOVED the wood ceiling, and the light fixtures, which i believe are made of cardboard are so sculptural. 

the detail on the railing coming up the stairs to get to the restaurant was just beautiful!

some pretty window boxes in the shop below the restaurant.

the haul from the day:

another things that i love about charleston is that you will find tabby (oyster shell) sidewalks everywhere.

we were so busy that it wasn't until that last day that i finally got to walk around the historic district and take in some of the beauty there! the architecture, gardens, window boxes, courtyards, doors and shutters are total eye candy.


what a simple yet handsome entry!

this gate! so pretty!

i seriously can't even handle the gorgeousness.

i loved the tone on tone effect of the light grey facade and deeper grey shutters on this building.

even in the drizzle, charleston still oozes charm!

our last fabulous meal was at the ordinary:

i didn't get an interior shot. it just slipped my mind. i DID however, get a picture of the gorgeous presentation of my soup!

just as we were leaving, i was finally able to stop by the and take a peek at the beach. the weather was pretty rainy and overcast while i was there...i can't wait to see this beach in the summer when i come back with my family.

have a great monday!