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Showing posts with label ocean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ocean. Show all posts

5/26/13

BEACH HOUSE NEUTRALS


Sometimes I feel that we are overdone here in the OC.  We have the ocean close by, the warm sand between our toes, ocean breezes to cool our summers, palm trees punctuating our neighborhoods and a surf board in every garage - but our homes look like carbon copy Spanish villas with red tile roofs and stucco walls and our interiors bear no resemblance to the coastal region we pay so dearly to be near.  

3/29/10

HOME DECOR: GOING COASTAL

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK OF SEA GLASS

 



OF THE COLORS OF THE OCEAN



OF DRIFTWOOD
OR A SANDY BEACH
OF SUNBLEACHED FABRICS AND TIMEWORN FURNITURE
AND YOU HAVE THE ELEMENTS NEEDED FOR COASTAL DECOR

SO, TODAY I'M INTRODUCING YOU TO A STYLE THAT I LOVE

FOR ME ITS AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE,
A TUG AT LONG AGO MEMORIES OF BALMY NIGHTS, FRAGRANT BREEZES, AND SAND BETWEEN MY TOES

COASTAL COTTAGE

TAKE A LOOK AND TELL ME IF YOU LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO.   I COULD SERIOUSLY CURL UP AND LIVE IN THESE PHOTOS.


Coastal decorating - painted furniture, wooden floors, striped rugs -
(cottage style furnishings by Stanley)
(seriously love the deep teal color)
Coastal decorating takes the indoors out - creating inviting outdoor rooms with an inside feel.
You can enjoy this style even if you don't live on a coast
(coastal living magazine)

More coastal cottage furniture by Stanley
Crisp white kitchens are a mainstay of coastal cottage homes 
I love how the tiles here are the colors of the sea and sand
and I love the timeworn barstools
The bamboo/rattan chairs are a little more traditional in style but the feeling is unmistakenly coastal
My favorite touch is the lanterns - especially the green one ...
Living under the stars - seagrass deep seating, white slipcovers, teak table and painted white fireplace and cabinets - who would want to spend any time indoors??
A green painted buffet adds an inviting punch of color in this beach cottage entry
Notice the beadboard walls and touches of sea glass color in this inviting dining area
I love that Coastal and Cottage styles don't take themselves too seriously.  The furniture here has elements of treasured antiques, but the soft painted finishes and timeworn edges change the overall feel to casual and fun.

More from the Stanley Furniture line - simply adorable pieces


Love the high wainscotting - painted white, of course!
Amazing bed from Tuvalu Home

Dove grey - like driftwood and a cloudy sky - love the casual slipcovers
A soft turquoise dresser makes an impact in an entry

A very beachy floor covering - seagrass is classic and durable
Look at the lamp - I love this clear glass bottle lamp

Here is another, in green
Sea green subway glass tiles form the backsplash in this coastal kitchen

Simple furnishings, timeworn elements, slipcovers and touches of blues and greens are the formula for making this room inviting, fresh and beachy
Seagrass is a durable and virtually waterproof floor covering, perfect for coastal decorating, but also works well with many decorating styles.


It stands to reason that you would find coastal decor in a beach town.   I recently had lunch in Laguna Beach, and prowled around the town a little afterwards...

and came across a wonderful shop in South Laguna on PCH
called Cottage Furnishings
They very kindly allowed me to take a few photos of their treasures to show you
there were sprinklings of coral and shells
these wonderful wide molding frames
I especially loved them in groupings
Cottage furniture
or painted vintage furniture
(if you have the time, you can create your own)
lamps, textiles, shells and shorebirds
glass fishing floats and jade turbo shells
and wonderful stacked glass lamps


I love this piece that says "you have my whole heart for my whole life"

visit them when you get the chance, or visit their website here.

Coastal style can be as casual or serious as you choose.  It can feel like a vacation, or a fresh and inviting home.  It will be beautiful and comfortable as long as you don't take the shell and seaglass theme too far, and keep a nice neutral white palette with just touches of the blues, greens or greys you've seen here. 

I love this look - but I lived in the South Pacific for 6 years.

I'm interested in how you like it. 
Is it a style you would like to try?
In what room would you like to try coastal style?

I'd love to hear what you think

3/19/10

HOME DECOR: AN ELEGANT CHANGE - UPDATING THE 90'S LOOK

Shelley has a beautiful home
with a dramatic living room

that just needed a little facelift.

Her dining room also needed an update
Her colors were country blue and peachy pink, but she'd grown tired of her 90's style decor and color scheme. 
She wanted a fresh new current look.
And a few new pieces of furniture
First, a change of paint color to a neutral tan
(Dunn Edwards - Practical Tan)
that still blended nicely with existing carpeting and tile
Beautiful draperies were ordered
(Pacific West Design)
The color palette was selected from the fabrics for
the entire downstairs
Soft sage, russet red, gold and a touch of aqua

New sofa, end tables and lamps
(we haven't finished the wall yet, sconces are going in on each side of the picture)
We kept the fabulous blue chairs and the artwork (which holds great sentimental value), but we did reframe and re-mat the art to update it and work with the new color scheme.
Because we framed and matted them in the same style, they work beautifully in the room, regardless of their individual colors.

We purchased a new, more elegant chair and little table to put beside the fireplace.  The mirror was existing and was not changed.   We still have a little work to do on the mantle.

We turned the grand piano to better show its beautiful lines.
The elegant new draperies frame the piano, and aptly so.
This is a house of music - where piano and cello are taught and chamber music is practiced regularly.

Before
After
More changes for the dining room -

Beautiful furniture was purchase for this important first entry area

We replaced the dated mirror over the entry chest with this elegant oval
and 86'd the silk flowers for this beautiful little box

Before
                  After             
In the family room, a 90's country blue valance framed the lovely view

The nautical theme of this room reflected their love of sailing
I wanted to keep the theme in an updated way
We replaced the blue accents with a touch of red, a color that Shelley had always loved but had been a little timid to use in decorating.  The seascape was original to the room.
No furniture was replaced in this room, but we did update the lamps and accessories
and added a beautiful valance, a stripe in reds, golds, and a touch of aqua.
(I'm sorry the lighting was difficult this time of day and its hard to make out the colors in the valance)

Shelley did an amazing job with accessories.  She found this lamp
and the anchor and sailboat on the hearth and mantle
(we still have a few accessories to add to the mantle)
She also found perfect little accents for the cubbies in her entertainment center
The rest we found together - a very fun shopping trip!
Before

After

This update took Shelley's home from pretty-but-dated to Elegant with just a few changes in paint color, fabrics, minimal furniture and accessories.  We are still working on a few more finishing touches, but I wanted you to see what a few updates and changes can do for a space.  I think it turned out beautiful!

We also reupholstered a window seat and put in a new valance on the landing.  Unfortunately I don't have a before photo of that area - a similar blue valance and window seat cushion - but here is the finished area

The fabric we chose had reds, golds and greens with the same touch of aqua
faux roman shade valance
Comfy pillows with a touch of red here, too and a cushion in soft aqua
 makes an inviting space
(the strong sunlight washed the color out in my photo here, too)

Love to hear what you think of our elegant change.

In fact, if you comment, you will be added to the drawing for this adorable little lamb pincushion to show my appreciation:
a winner will be chosen by
Random.org
Contest ends 3/26/2010



Best Wishes,

Claudine