I loved this photo the minute I saw it on my monitor.
This is our first grandbaby. Our only grandbaby.
This is Crew.
It still amazes me how I instantly fell in love with him.
I don't think I ever had so many pictures of my own three kiddos and I have never been a fan of family pictures everywhere but sometimes there are moments or expressions captured that I never want to lose. This was one of those moments.
My daughter who has her own photography company, Clicksmith Photography, took this picture while they were visiting us this summer.
I love the subject matter, love the photographer, and I was really happy withmpix that processed the print for me.
The composition of this photo reminded me of Andrew Wyeth's painting of Christina's World.
I remember liking that painting when I was in school. The idea of the subject matter looking into the distance and the perspective this allowed is intriguing to me. I see that repeated in this photograph.
So when I saw this photo of Crew, I knew it was one that I would need to frame.
I went with a simple and inexpensive frame from Home Goods that allows me to easily change out the photo as our little man grows and changes but it might be awhile before I change this one out. It has that timeless appeal and looks right at home on that sea glass painted wall.
I don't want too many pictures, but this might be a sweet complimentary piece framed on the nightstand?
There are so many things I want to do to our home but from the beginning, I knew that I wanted the artwork to take center stage. The first art selections came before we had purchased a stick of furniture.
Painting by Sharon Erbe
Across the room from this colorful and uplifting painting is a big black box of a fireplace. I'm just not a fan. At first, we put this Hollywood Regency mirror above the fireplace. It was a good look but I was hoping it would reflect the Erbe piece that I am rather obsessed with. It didn't.
So it was relocated to the foyer but that left the mantel looking very lonely and forlorn.
I am very aware that the living room is still in need of a better lamp, a fireplace update, and some key accessories, but those things will have to wait. Art is a unique one-of-a-kind item. If it moves you and you have space for it, you have to be able to commit right then and there. Let priorities be damned. This was the case with this painting by Brenda Belfield. It was love at first sight.
I think the integration of the framing and the canvas is beautiful.
Thank you, Ms. Belfield. It is as if you created this piece just for our home.
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.
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 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.
As a Midwesterner that has recently relocated to a coastal state, I am inspired by color and elegant but casual coastal design. I'd love to have you follow along as we update our home one colorful project at a time.
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