This little coral table has some miles on it. It has also morphed from a dignified black to a flamboyant coral.
We bought this table almost nine years ago from a furniture store that was going out of business. The store delivered it to our second home, in Galena, Illinois which was about ninety miles away.
The house in Galena was a rustic rural getaway and the decor featured a lot of blacks and camels, with splashes of red and bright green thrown in. The table, back then, was black.
It worked well within the space even if that black finish always, always, ALWAYS, needed to be dusted.
Our Galena home had been a great second home when our kids were growing up. It was only about an hour and a half away from our primary home. Because it was close we felt free to go up just for the day, an overnight, or a long weekend or holiday. As the kids got older, though, our trips to Galena became less frequent and we began rethinking our investment.
In 2014 we put the Galena home on the market and made the decision to purchase a home in Florida. Because Galena was a second home, and because a lot of the furniture wasn't what we wanted in a coastal designed home, we sold it completely furnished. Right before we listed it, though, we took out some of the artwork, a few of my favorite accessories, and a couple smaller pieces of furniture that I thought I might be able to recycle to work in Florida. This table was one of those pieces.
We brought it back to Iowa where I repainted it with Behr's Youthful Coral.
I used the paint with the built in primer since I was covering black. I also used a sponge roller to get an extra smooth furniture grade finish. Even with the better paint, it still took three coats to completely cover.
The home we purchased in Florida has a bonus room. It could be used as a den or extra bedroom. This is how the room looked when the previous owners had the house.
I had never been a blue person but I somehow was drawn to this pretty space. I liked the idea of a blue room with a contrast of corals and navy. We did freshen up the room with a coat of Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. This blue has just a hint of green in it that feels more current.
We were starting from scratch and trying to furnish an entire house which was daunting and expensive. I did find a Lexington sofa on clearance that seemed to be made for this room but other than that, the room was looking pretty sparse.
I had the perfect end table for this room but it was seven states aways. I had been spoiled by the Galena house. Before, because of the close proximity of our two homes, we could drive things back and forth between the houses fairly easily. Now, because we would typically fly instead of drive to Florida, we weren't able to bring much with us.
In the beginning, we had shipped some things like bedding and kitchen items from up north and we had filled in with an absurd number of purchases from Amazon Prime. They had to lose money on us that year with all of that free shipping. But we still had some bulkier items that weren't cost effective to ship.
Eventually, though, we brought an SUV down to Florida and we filled it with heavier items like books and tools and a couple smaller pieces of furniture, including the now coral table.
Finally, it was in our coastal inspired blue room.
With the back and forth to Illinois and finally Florida, I figured this table has traveled a total of 1644 miles to get here,
The room is evolving and still feels rather naked, but at least when I find another lamp for this room, I will have a table to set it on.
I guess it was worth it.
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This little lovely, in Naples, Florida, showed up in my feed today. I am crushing on the coral ceiling. As I look ahead to our kitchen remodel, I am soaking up inspiration from everywhere so you can bet that I pinned that ceiling to my Ceilings Pinterest Board.
Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend.
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I am a fickle pickle.
It hasn't even been two years since we bought our coastal home where I was able to start off with a clean slate. I opted to go with a blue and white color scheme infused with coral and seafoam, but now I'm seeing green.
Paired with black and white? I die.
The thing is, I really like our blue and white look we have now and the beauty of blue and white is that it leaves me a lot of options. It is one of the reasons I chose that palette. For now, I have been accenting with a pale seafoam and doses of coral throughout the house. But, why not substitute some of the seafoam for a bolder green?
A statement piece of furniture in green could be spectacular.
It would be easy to repeat the color with plants and small accents.
Our family room is all white slip-covered furniture with a navy and white stripe rug. I could definitely see bringing in some green there.
If there is just enough then maybe, when we redo the master bedroom, I could totally embrace my black, white, and green dream.
Does green speak to you or am I alone in my green envy world?
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Five years ago I never thought we would be residents of Florida or that we would own a pink house. Well, maybe it isn't pink. I guess most people would call it coral.
Coral this isn't a color that you see much on the houses in the Midwest, the place we had called home for our entire lives.
But in this South East corner of the world, the color is not so unusual.
As I searched the web for landscaping and trim colors for coral homes I see that it is a color that is embraced up and down the East and Gulf Coasts.
This shade was outside of the box for us but I have always loved bold colors.
So when we first saw this house, it was love at first sight.
We loved this happy hue
and it was
that spoke to us,
and now we are so proud to call it home.
It has been a year since we bought our home. We bought this as a second home that is becoming our primary residence. It has been a shopper's dream to start from ground zero but it is also, at times, overwhelming. Over the past year, we have added the large furniture elements and now I am beginning to bring in the accent layers that are giving this space personality.
These are the touches that have made this room feel more like home but I still needed something to pull it all together.
I needed a rug and this was a bit of a challenge. Blues are a new to my wheelhouse and as I am learning, they pose a challenge. There are so many variations of blue and although a lot of them will blend together easily, some can look like a total miss. Because I already had blue patterned chairs, I knew I wanted the rug to be a simpler, cleaner look. I also remember last year when we were looking for a house and studying Zillow images like it was our job, that a lot of the pictures had rooms with busy, almost distracting rugs. It was a disconcerting look. I didn't want the rug here to be the focal point. Instead, I wanted it to make the space more cohesive. I was looking for something to ground the room.
I ended up going with a custom rug so I knew that the blues would play nice and I wasn't disappointed.
Rug resource Masland custom rug via Hadinger Flooring and Rugs
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Welcome to our coastal living room which is still a work in progress. We bought our home right before Christmas and it is a second home that will perhaps someday become our primary residence. In the meantime we are not bringing things from our Midwest home. We still need those items there and we want a different, more coastal, feel for this house. As a result we are literally starting over and to do this without taking on debt means going slowly.
We decided that before we added any furniture we would have the walls and ceilings repainted. By March we had added some artwork, a sofa and a cocktail table but it was still your basic white box.
I was drawing my inspiration from the artwork we had purchased.
We added a black sofa table to balance out the black fireplace on the opposing wall and that gave me some surface area to bring in a few bursts of color with accessories like this red and orange glass bowl I found at Wilford and Lee.
I have never ever been a blue person. Perhaps it is the coastal air but lately I am drawn to this segment of the color wheel. I think my big guy was as surprised as I was when I selected a blue trellis pattern for a pair of swivel chairs.
I usually don't like things too matchy match but I knew I needed to bring this blue into the other side of the room but I didn't want to spend the money for custom pillows. I eventually found some pillows at Home Goods.
The color was right but the pattern looked like I was trying to match and missed. I ended up finding pillow covers on Etsy that were the same pattern as the chairs. Score!
I will keep looking for a couple more pillows in coral or chartreuse to layer in more color and interest but at least I have a start.
A Global Views tangerine bowl and some inexpensive mermaids flanking the fireplace mirror also helped to infuse the space with life.
It is a fluid project. I am still moving things around trying to fill a home with too few pieces of furniture but I think we are actually progressing ahead of schedule.
Our next purchase will be a rug but really, I'm proud of what we have accomplished so far. A lot of the major purchases have been made, a more concrete design plan is evolving and now the interesting layering can begin.
Thanks for stopping by and your input is always appreciated.
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When we first started at looking at homes in this area I had hoped to buy one already furnished. We don't have any plans of selling our home up north so this meant we wouldn't be bringing much with us to this house. We would literally be starting over with almost nothing. It is like being twenty something again but with a fifty something body and budget. :D
The design side of me was excited by this opportunity but I also knew that it would be an expensive undertaking. My husband kept reminding me as we were looking at houses that the whole furnishing process would be " A marathon, not a sprint". Patience has never been a virtue for me so this would be a challenge.
This is a photo, via Zillow, of how the dining room looked the first time we toured the house.
We didn't get very much in the way of furniture with our home purchase but this dining room set and the rug did stay. The buffet is a built in so I could at least consider this space basically furnished...for now.
It seemed like an eternity between having our offer accepted and the actual closing. In the meantime I was house obsessed and one night while I was on the internet I found this older image of our dining room.
I would guess that in the interest of making the home more appealing to a greater audience the seller's realtor suggested a more neutral color.
The seller might have agreed to paint the walls but held out on the ceilings.
What you couldn't see from the first images is that the ceilings were also a lighter shade of purple. So although the walls were toned down to a neutral flax seed color, they left the ceilings painted a two tone orchid and eggplant.
It wasn't so horrible but it didn't fit my vision for the home so one of the first items on our to-do list was to hire a painter and begin repainting the main living areas.
It was difficult to know what color to paint the walls when we had only been in the house for a couple of days. I knew I wanted to stay neutral and have the artwork take center stage but what about those tray ceilings? Should I accent them, and if so, with what colors?
I had to move quickly. The painter had some time right before Christmas and it would be so much easier to paint these rooms before there was any more furniture. Most of the new construction we toured was finished in neutral shades of gray but our house has a taupe/cream tile in the main living areas so I needed a neutral color that leaned a bit warmer. These images seem to appear more green but in reality they suggest a hint of brown.
I love bold color so something so tame is unusual for me but I think these will be great colors to create my canvas. I want a colorful coastal meets a refined island look. The Balboa Mist is the wall color and the Cumulus Cloud is on the horizontal part of the tray ceiling and the Dash of Pepper is the accent color.
When we looked at new construction I fell in love with the modern industrial vibe lighting but the house we bought is fourteen years old with more traditional fixtures.
I needed something to sit on more than I needed a new chandelier, so I opted to keep them, at least for now, and contrast them with more modern touches like the black and white abstract paintings we purchased at a local gallery.
This artist incorporates sand into each of her pieces. The perfect touch for a coastal home.
Eventually I hope to bring in some color on the dining chairs and maybe some fabric panels on either side of the arched window, but for now I added this oversized bowl in cobalt blue.
The basics are covered in this space. Now to bring in some pizazz. Marathon be damned.
In an earlier post I announced that I was going to begin my decorating adventure of this new- to- us coastal home with the artwork. I wanted to make a statement with the art and have It become my inspiration for the color scheme. I have always said I am a color evangelist and would have a difficult time narrowing down my favorite color. I guess the fact that my jumping off piece does not commit me to one or two colors bodes well for me since I have a hard time being faithful to just a couple of hues.
The result of my design plan was the purchasing of two oil pieces right after we closed on the house.
The first one has that dash of black and white that is a signature element for me along with a rainbow of bright clear colors.
This piece of art, an oil by Sharon Erbe, is visible from the front door and in a room that will have what I hope will flaunt a tropical Palm Beach meets Regency feel.
So when the framer, Aldecor Custom Framing, suggested a glossy black frame to glam it up a bit I was obsessed.
This home has exceedingly high ceilings and we needed to make the 30 x 40 piece appear a bit larger so we also added a linen mat.
I loved how it turned out and I loved it even more when we paired it with this mock croc Hollywood Regency foyer table from Irwin. This one is shown in brown but we went with black. We bought ours from Alison Craig ( love that place) but the table is also available here.
Adding the perfect orange and red bowl that I discovered at Wilford and Lee just seemed to make it all come together with some color pizazz.
I will need some accessories on that bottom shelf to conceal those outlets and eventually some lamp cords when I find just the right very tall and very skinny buffet lamps.
The other piece of art we chose to hang in a niche in the back hallway which is a much more casual part of the house. This is another Sharon Erbe piece. I am in love with her vibrant energetic and color infused style.
To keep the look simple we went with an unobtrusive floater frame, also a suggestion of an experienced and style intuitive framer.
The piece, a bit out of focus, (sorry) is titled "Ships Be Comin' "
I hope that is true. I could stand to have some ships coming in. This furnishing from scratch is a heftier feat that I had estimated. So we are going slowly.
That said, we did make some significant progress with larger furniture pieces that we found on sale during this last trip. I'm afraid though that I was negligent in getting enough pictures so stay tuned as I return to our coastal retreat later this month and continue connect the dots to my crazy Coastal meets Hollywood Regency style with more pictures and accessories.
It's been three months since we closed on our next chapter home and I am still struggling with color palettes and style. What can I say? I am a conflicted woman and I love it all. The trick is pulling what I love together.
I knew from the start that one of my colors would be coral. That perfect blend of pink and orange.
But what about accent colors? My first thought was pool blue.
And I've always thought that chartreuse is such a great neutral. I gives life to any color.
My design wheels are spinning.
I've never been a blue person. In fact, I've always run from blue. I think it is still a bit of a hangover from all of those country blues of the 80's and 90's. Somehow, though, here in a coastal state I find myself flirting with the cool blue side of the color wheel.
I have spent more hours than I would care to admit thinking and rethinking this whole color conundrum. Primarily I am considering how the colors will flow throughout the house, but I also think about the view from the front door towards the pool.
My inspiration painting, that now hangs on the living room wall is also directing my color choices just like I had planned.
So, even though that pool blue was my first infatuation, my latest crush is maybe a bit more sophisticated shade of blue. Still vibrant, but a bit richer, I'm toying with cobalt blue.
This new color had me playing on Polyvore again and last night's creation looks like this.
It's been over three months since we closed on our home. Some days I'm amazed at all the things we have accomplished, especially considering we aren't living here full time. Other days, I am overwhelmed with how far we have to go. What ever my budget was I feel like we are rapidly approaching it and will ultimately blow right by it. So I am struggling with pacing myself. I try and buy things on sale and as a result I add things here and there but I don't have any one area that I could even begin to call complete. That said, one of the first spaces we wanted to concentrate on, because it is our favorite spot in the house, is the lanai. This is where we spend the most time and I am hoping to keep moving forward with this part of the house.
One of our first purchases was a sofa and two chairs from the Tommy Bahama Island Estate grouping. I loved them in the navy and cream palette but we were worried about that light sofa so we opted instead for the khaki version. Still, I needed color. The outside of the home is a terra cotta coral and the pool is blue so pulling those colors in as accent colors seems like a natural.
I like the idea of getting some color from the accent tables. One affordable option would be a garden stool in aquas, corals or cream. Throw pillows are another easy way to bring in some surges of color. The biggest element of color could be the rug. I go back and forth, pool, coral,or khaki?
I love using Polyvore. I add in the images of items I have already purchased and then pair them up with different rugs, accessories or background colors that I am considering. I think it is helping me to avoid a lot of costly mistakes. I like to think of it as paper dolls for decorating. :D
Have a great weekend,
It is a daunting experience to try and decorate a home from seven states away but that is what I am attempting to do. I am, of course, reluctant to make any major decisions until I can actually walk through the space again but I have had fun pulling together some vision boards for the living room.
Sometimes inspiration can come from the craziest and most unexpected places. Recently I was shopping at Home Goods and I had a coral throw in my cart and stopped by gift wrap and added a gray and white stripe paper. When I put it next to that coral throw it looked amazing. Gray and coral, maybe that should be the color palette for Haydon?
The outside of the home, as you can see is coral. I never imagined having a coral house but it just adds to the tropical feel and I love it. So, it stays. Interestingly enough, the coral exterior is often visible from various spots inside the home so it needs to be considered when pulling together the interior palette. One of the color combinations I am drawn to is this color I call "pool". I really like it paired with coral.
For me, at least in this front room, it will all begin with the artwork.
This is what this room looked like the first time I saw it with our realtor.
My eye was immediately drawn to that colorful and uplifting painting. I became obsessed with the artist and have already located a gallery in the area that represents her work.
Since that first visit I have been squirreling away some mad money to make an art purchase the next time we are there.
The artist is Sharon Erbe. All of her work is explosively colorful and energetic and it will be my inspiration for the design direction in this space. I want the artwork to stand out so I will be going with a neutral paint color on the wall but I will achieve my color splashes with the paintings and accent pieces throughout the room.
The idea of a bold colorful rug is also appealing to me.
The addition of a bright pink also intrigues me.
I know navy is a trending choice right now and I think it could work as well but I'm not sure the hubs is on board with that. I might have to show him some inspiring images to get him used to that concept.
Oh decisions, decisions. I can't wait to walk through our Coral Casa again.