A little progress

Happy Monday to ya’!  If you missed it in my sidebar (Instagram Feed), my family was in Sanibel Island all last week.  I am going to share pics sometime this week because it was fabulous but for now I wanted to post some progress pics that I got from clients while on my trip.  I am loving it!!!

First up is my Smithville Farmhouse which is actually my husband’s cousins home.  They have slowly gutted and added onto their house and the master bedroom and bath is the last stop.  I can’t wait for you to see the entire home but for now, drool over these pics:

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smithville master sitting area

smithville master bedroom doors

smithville master shower

Smithville master bath

Arrington Kitchen Progress

Arrington kitchen range hood

Arrington kitchen island

I am headed over to Arrington in the morning to help pick out counters, backsplash and paint.

I have a big install coming up later this week that I can’t wait to see complete!  Exciting week!!

10 Commandments of Southern Style

I am an avid Southern Living Reader and when I came across the page below on the last page of the magazine, I did a little elbow poke to the ribs to my husband and said “look at this….what have I been saying?!!!”.  These are the rules that I live by when designing a home.  If you want to know what’s important to me when I put together a home, take a look.

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Court Atkins Architects {Palmetto Bluff}

Good morning!  Today I’m posting a house that I ran across on Erin’s blog.  I know you’ll be shocked to find out it’s in Palmetto Bluff.  That area has the highest concentration of homes I love in one place.  I am dying to visit and just gawk at the homes.  The house below is no exception.  I LOVE the brick and planked walls as well as all the historical details.  The house below is by Court Atkins Architects.  You can follow the link to view all their work.  The photos were taken by McManus Photography.

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Court Atkins architects 6  Court Atkins porch

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Court Atkins bbq  Court Atkins back exterior

Isn’t this just gorgeous?!!!!

Easy Summer Braids for Long Hair

I will probably mention this every day until Friday but we are leaving for the beach this weekend.  I don’t break out my straightening iron and just let my hair go “au naturel” (aka: wavy) which works well with the humidity way down south.  I like to keep my hair in a braid away from my face and pop a hat on to protect my face.  Here are a few beach ready braids that I like to wear since my hair is long and wild.  :)

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A peek – Client’s home design plan


Happy Monday!  I have been elbow deep working with clients on their rooms trying to get as many finished up as possible before we leave for Sanibel Island this Friday and I wanted to share one of them with you today…..well, at least the plan.  My clients are going to work on their room over the summer and just needed a plan and sources so that they could implement the change themselves.  They wanted some help with their hearth room.  It’s usually just the two of them (with occasional visitors) and they wanted a cozy space where they would be drawn to but still connected to the adjoining kitchen.  My client grew up out on the lake and she said the thought of bringing some of the outdoors in appealed to her so I knew right off the bat we would be a good fit!  Below are the pictures of her room.

The picture below is the focal point of the room.  The built-ins are beautiful but the color on the walls was harsh against the white so they’re repainting the walls as well as adding fabric to the back of the shelves on foam board to help soften all the white.  The goal for the room is to have a tone on tone scheme.  They will be painting the walls a medium brown and all the textiles will be somewhere in the cream to neutral tan range.  I will be going back to help style the bookcases once they finish the room.

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The brown on the walls will be a bit darker than the room below but the finished room will have this type feel…basically with the walls and built in color reversed:

This is another fabulous illustration of where we are going in this room.  (This room is a favorite of mine!)
The back of the built-ins will be similar to these except in a solid neutral:
This next wall needs to be softened up with drapes and balanced with the large built-in adjascent to it.  My client is adding brass drapery hardware, off white linen drapes.  The cat painting will be swapped out for a FABULOUS painting that she had in her dining room that was found in a relatives attic.  I asked if we could steal it and the plan for the artwork grew from there.

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 We will be adding a print of this painting by Renior on the opposite side of the window from where the cat painting is now and remove the corner hutch.  The painting below is similar in color and style to the one she found in her relatives attic and will work so well with the colors we are using.  Each will be framed in gold.

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We are also changing the furniture and the arrangment of this room to four chairs facing each other similar to below:

There will be two floor lamps behind the two chairs that are in front of the window for reading and extra light.

On this wall, the clock is going down and the corner hutch and couch will be gone.  My clients husband loves clocks so we are going to arrange a small collection of wall clocks to mimic the scale and size of the doorways to help balance that side of the room where there is once long span of wall with no doorway.

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We went with the darker color in this room due to the darker coral that is on the walls in the kitchen which they love.  It’s important to keep that balance yet we can still change the feel of the room to a softer, more relaxed feel.  As they move into the kitchen once the hearth room is finished, they can pull in elements from the hearth room such as linen drapes to soften up the room and help the two spaces flow into one another seamlessly.

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We are using blue as an accent here and there so these pillows have already been ordered for all 4 chairs….I’ve used this John Robshaw fabric before in another clients home and it’s one of my favorites!!!

john robshaw pillow

 I picked this rug from West Elm to help tone everything down and soften the room up while adding a nice shot of texture:

jute herringbone rug

 I got the best kind of email the other day and I can’t wait to see the finished room!

hearth room

I’ve got other projects in the works and will try to share more as I can pull them together.

Have a great Monday!!!

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