Aug 28, 2014

boys room- design plan, TWO ways

kids rooms are often the most "all-over the place" type of rooms that i work on. what i mean is that it can be difficult to narrow down a color palette or look for the room because there are SO many fun options!

this client was looking for a "big boy" room for her young son. she wanted something that was playful, timeless and had a touch of red (his favorite color!).

i came up with two options...
as you can see from these two design plans, there are many elements that are the same, but the overall look is quite different:

which plan would your choose? the top or the bottom?

interested in working together to make a space in your home more functional and beautiful?
email me at to set up a consultation! (my september is quickly filling up!)

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Aug 26, 2014

beach houses of watersound

oh, i know.
everyone with kids has school on the brain.

(either your kids started school a week ago or more, or they started school yesterday (ME!!), or they are about to start!)
well, of course i have school on the brain, but i also have the BEACH on the brain. we returned just over a week ago from our summer vacation to florida.

we stayed in an area between two busy beach towns in the panhandle (panama city beach and destin) area that is laid back, family and bike friendly, and one of our very favorite places to visit.

if you like easy-going beach towns, great local restaurants, white sand beaches and emerald green/turquoise water, then you might want to check out this little strip of heaven, generally called the "30-A area."

this year, we stayed in an neighborhood called watersound west beach. it is part of a larger development known as watersound.

here is the house we stayed in:

 now, the neighborhood where we stayed had a GREAT pool, and some beautiful houses, but the real gems were in the development next door: watersound. take a looky:

i almost crashed on my bike when i was taking these pictures. these houses are so full of detail and charm! i loved the little recessed porch on this house, as well as the trellis under it (which is a great way to disguise a "blank" area on an elevation!)

whats to love here?
--"x" detail on the porch and garbage door
--mix of shingles and planking
--flared base on garage
--small balconette on garage with metal roof
--trellis detail over garage windows
--aqua shutters and detail around built in bench on front porch

 the details on this house are just lovely, don't you think?

 the entire neighborhood definitely has a new england/cape cod feel.
(yah, know...if cape cod was on the gulf of mexico, and everyone that lived there was super rich. and wanted to live really close to their neighbors!)

 a gate leading to a lawn area, pool, and the ocean!

 i really like the arched door on this house. and i like that they kept the door wood. its actually a little unexpected at a beach house.

 really nice detail on those garage doors! oh, and i love the corbels, and the slight overhang!

 the horizontal slats on the second story porch makes this house feel a little more causal. that conner trellis is a great way to add some detail, as well as some shade!

 hello there gorgeous, shingled tower!
you know what i think when i see this house?
if THIS is the beach house, what in the world does the REAL house look like??

 shed dormer. metal roof. simple lines. herringbone brick roads.

 i posted this picture on my instagram feed.
such a charming house! the gambrel roof is a nice touch.

 one detail about all of the watersound neighborhoods is the fabulous detail on the roads and curbing!
pretty phenomenal, if you ask me.

 great use of trim to break up the facade!


detail on the tabby chimney.

 isn't the dark color a surprise? i love it.
love that porte cochere too!

 LOVED the detail around the upper window!
(and the windows, flared eaves, and the neat detail at the top!)

 another simple, great way to dress up an elevation!

 this one is nice too, don't you think? so much detail.

and, even though you didn't ask, here are a few more snippets of our stay:
amazing artisan popsicles. a must after a 9 mile bike ride!

 a walk through seaside:


  a look at the pool and pool house at watersound west beach:
(and for  those of you who have teenagers, i hope you have better luck getting a NORMAL picture of your kids than i do. *sigh.)

my 3 kiddos:



have a fabulous tuesday everyone!!
and good luck with that school thing.

Aug 19, 2014

neutral, masculine nursery reveal

you all have been SO patient! thanks for hanging in there with me this summer. i know i have been dragging this reveal on for--ever! i think it will be worth the wait!

i know my clients and i are super pleased with the way the space turned out. we were working with a tight budget, and most of the major pieces are from ikea (the crib, chair/rocker), or other sources like home depot, urban outfitters, target, ebay, overstock, 
(a complete list of sources will be at the end of the post)


wall paint: benjamin moore gray mist
crib: ikea sundvik
chair: ikea strandmon chair changed into a rocker via this DIY project
dresser: vintage. drawers painted benjamin moore's swiss coffee
dresser hardare: ring pulls, drawer pulls
changing pad
crib sheet: dwell studio, square dove gray
rattan mirror: anthropologie (sold out)
pendant: home depot. another DIY project you can read about here
book shelves: ikea space racks
acrylic wall shelves: cb2
stay true print: urban outfitters
frame over bed: ikea ribba frame. custom mat.
wallpaper on ceiling: ebay, white washed faux wood with knots wallpaper
curtain hardware
curtains : urban outfitters, allover scribble tapestry. (cut one panel in half and added blackout lining)
wall sconce: diy project
mirrors (sold out at kirklands)
side table: target, threshold nautical brass cage accent table
leather pouf: ebay
dotted pillow, tree pillow, sweater pillow,
rug already owned by homeowner.

oh, and just on case you want to see the perfect little nugget that this room was designed for:
(photos by and elise photo and film)

happy tuesday!!