shaker style chic

July 13, 2012

A good friend of mine recently asked me to come aboard and help with the renovation of the living room and kitchen of her 1960’s rancher.  Like us, they are military and will more than likely not be in the house much longer than four or five years, but the kitchen is in some serious…

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marine industrial

July 9, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love me some tiny cottages and would choose one over a McMansion any day of the week (and twice on Sundays!)  So, when I saw this waterfront beach home in Marin County, California, in the latest issue of House Beautiful, I…

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cool, calm and collected

July 3, 2012

As much as I love bright, bold color and pattern, at the end of the day, there’s nothing like coming home to a calm, soothing environment. My days are filled with enough craziness and running around like a chicken with my head cut off, so when I come home, I like it to be less…

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summertime blues

June 21, 2012

Yesterday marked the first official day of summer and with all this heat and humidity, I’m thinking of cool, watery blues to inspire me!  I just started working remotely on a small summer cottage in the Outer Banks where the client requested lots of blue -running the gamut from pale blue to navy- mixed in…

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navy + coral

June 19, 2012

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I love me some navy blue (hello, logo!)  Navy blue is the ultimate neutral-it goes with every color imaginable and a little bit can go a long way.  Lately, I’m loving it paired with coral pink-the perfect combination for summer!  It…

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grey + white + lovely all over

May 31, 2012

If there’s one thing many clients are most unsure of initially, it’s bringing color into their homes.  While their closets boast bright and bold or dark and moody hues, they have no idea how to incorporate the same into their living spaces.  I often hear, “I love dark colors, but I’m afraid it will make…

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shingle-style chic

May 30, 2012

As a kid, our family spent every summer at the beach- my parents loved walking the shoreline after dinner in the evenings, admiring the beautiful shingle-style homes and cottages that dotted the coast. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because, if you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have a…

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by the sea

May 24, 2012

We are taking a much-needed trip to Sullivan’s Island, SC, to celebrate the hubby’s birthday and it can’t come at a better time!  Having lived ten minutes from the beach for eight years, it’s been a tough transition, being now more than 2 hours away, so I’m looking forward to digging my toes in the…

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ship shape

May 23, 2012

Happy Hump Day!  Last night, I finally got a chance to flip through the stack of magazines that have been sitting next to my bed for the last week or so.  My jaw literally hit the floor when I saw the New York cottage built from a salvaged ship in Country Living…have you seen it? …

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screened-in porches to make you swoon

May 18, 2012

Screened-in porches and ceiling fans go hand-in-hand here in the South and are a downright must in order to get through the hot and humid summers.  In the two years since we built our home, our screened-in porch has gotten virtually no love, save for a plastic adirondack chair in which I blog, eat breakfast,…

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