AKA I Have A New Rug
You can read about my rug selection process here.
I am sharing my retreat room today with The Dedicated House. I hope you will visit Kathryn's blog too and see and read some of her amazing posts, photos and inspiring ideas.
Terri Causey artwork
Lucy Designs turtle artwork
white accent chest
wall color Benjamin Moore Opal Essence
white round end table
I will be sharing my coastal foyer updates with these creative bloggers. I hope you stop by and visit them.
White ceramic tropical vase available at
Wilford and Lee
Merrimac Wall Mirror available at National Furniture Supply
Footstools clockwise from top left:
Two years ago, in our hunt for the perfect coastal home, we saw probably thirty properties I still believe we chose the best house for us but we did see some breathtaking homes. Today, as we are just a few weeks away from beginning our kitchen renovation, I am making design decisions and selecting the finishing details. I'm looking at things like faucets, backsplashes, and hardware, I thought it might be helpful for me to look back at pictures we kept of those homes that we toured and hopefully glean some inspiration. When I opened up the file on this house, I remembered how incredible some of the ceilings and woodwork were in this home and thought I would share this gorgeous gulf coast beauty with you.
Tray ceiling treatment in the Hamilton design by Stock Homes.
Paint color: Sherwin Williams Sand Dollar
The drama doesn't stop at the living room. This circular dome ceiling in the dining room is a total show stopper.
An open kitchen and family room floor plan
and a master suite that opens up to the pool area.
photos are both my own and from Stock Homes
Linking up this beautiful home here:
As a transplant from the Midwest, where it was easy to introduce a touch of fall into our home decor, I am currently left wondering how I change things up seasonally now that we have a coastal home. Do people even do that here?
There isn't much creativity in draping everything in faux leaf garlands and plastic pumpkins. It's been done and done again. Let's move on. I will confess to a few fake stems on the front door but really, nobody should want their home to look like an aisle in Hobby Lobby.
Instead, I want to bring in subtle changes as a nod to the change of seasons. It can be as simple as adding accent pillows in fall shades, in velvet, or both.
Rustic and fall seem to pair well. That said, a simple burlap bow on a planter is an intriguing detail.
The addition of a few fresh stems in traditionally autumn colors can make the room feel like a touch of fall is in the air.
Rachel Reider Interiors
In a coastal home, maybe fall comes with just a nubby throw,
or a bowl of red fall apples.
Dressing a tropical home can be simply adding textures, a touch of brown, and layering in some extra pillows.
I would suspect that we choose the color palettes for our home because we are influenced by our environment. Therefore, a lot of coastal homes reflect the blues and sandy colors of the water and beach. Bright pink, coral, and vivid greens also seem to play a large role in tropical designs. It is a little more challenging to blend those colors with the usual oranges and golds of Autumn. So that means thinking outside the norm. Change things up by bringing in white and pairing it with beachy elements.
Driven By Decor
Live Bay Side
Fall mainstays in unexpected tones can be a show stopper.
Add chartreuse pumpkins to a mantle,
or paint an abstract canvas in Pantone's new fall color, Dusty Cedar.
Besides color and texture, the glow of lighted candles is a sure way to make any space feel special. On a cooler evening by the pool, these would be spectacular.
Stop by Concord Cottage so see how she made these.
It doesn't have to take a lot of effort or a lot of money but it does take a bit more creativity to flaunt some fall flair in a home that never EVER sees snow.
I have new ideas of how I'm going to play up fall. I hope you do too. I'd love to hear how you bring the seasons into your home.
Sharing my coastal thoughts here:
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.
You can find the full listing on this condo here.
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.
The foyer is like your face. It is what people see first. This is where you make your style statement. Are you Transitional Coastal, Palm Beach Regency, or Key West Casual?
This is also a great place to play with color. Announce your color story right as you come through the front door.
via Classic Florida Style, Taylor and Taylor
coastal sky shades,
flamboyant flamingo hues,
or natural neutrals flourished with whimsical coastal touches.
These entryways would never fail to make me smile as I walked through the door.
Please join me at Coastal Charm where I will be sharing my colorful coastal foyer inspirations.
Take a risk.
Welcome the world to your home with color and a dash of wow that they won't soon forget.
We just celebrated one year in our "new chapter" house. I still don't call it home but it is starting to feel more and more like my grounding spot. We have established residency here but we also still have a home up north that we have lived in for eighteen years. That extended amount of time trumps a new start when I think of the word home and the feelings it conjures up. The longer we are here, though, and the more things we do to and purchase for the house the more it is beginning to feel like it is uniquely our space and not the previous owners home.
This time last year this room was very bare bones. We were using a Rubbermaid chest as our entertainment center and the sofa, two slip covered chairs, and entry table that came with the house were the only pieces of furniture in the room.
The clock and lamp were two pieces I brought down from our home in Galena. The shade on the lamp did not survive the trip and I eventually had to have it replaced.
One of the biggest improvements to the room was when we finally purchased this Hooker entertainment center and I could relegate that Rubbermaid piece to the garage where it belonged.
This is definitely a work in progress. The step ladder is a keeping it real moment.
I was drawn to the more rustic wood finish of this piece because I felt like it brought a more casual and coastal feel to the room. My challenge now is to successfully blend this laid back look with a more polished style that is occurring in the living room.
I am not rushing in to style the shelves of the entertainment center. Yes, I could go add some mass-produced tchotchkes from a big box store, but I prefer to bring in accessories that are unique or have a special meaning or memory attached. We did find this intriguing mermaid, though, and I love how perfect she looks here. I named her Lily.
A big portion of the house budget this month went toward power washing the exterior of the house and some painting but we still managed to add two classically coastal area rugs.
This rug has inspired me to focus a bit more on the family room. It has given me some direction. I hadn't done much in here until recently because this room flows right into the kitchen and the kitchen is going to undergo a major renovation in the near future. Until then, I will have to be content with smaller touches of flair to our coastal styled family room. Here is a hint of my next project. When a piece isn't working for me, I paint it.
1. Sofa and chairs unknown. Chest is from Hooker's Sorella Collection
2. John Richards lamp
3. Storage chest via Rubbermaid
4. Clock from Ethan Allen circa 2002, lamp is recycled from up north with a shade from Home Goods. Lamp finial from Sticks Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa
5. Hooker entertainment center, Sorella Collection
6.. Upholstered breakfast chairs by Sherrill from Baer Furniture
7. Carved wood mermaid from Alison Craig Furniture
8. Navy and ivory striped wool hooked rug from Amazon.com
I am sharing this post on Coastal Charm another coastal style blog that I just discovered. I suggest stopping by for more beachy and nautical inspiration.
How did a couple of Midwestern kids like us end up here among the palm trees?
For several years now we have been contemplating making a purchase somewhere warmer and in a state with friendlier tax laws. This wasn't a decision we made lightly. We still have kids and parents living up north. Consequently, we will not be giving up our old rambling family home any time soon but we are thinking of eventually downsizing.
So why Florida? I always thought we would end up in Texas. Then earlier this year we came down to the sunshine state with our son and his new bride.
I was immediately smitten with this area.
We came down again in the heat of the summer and began looking at homes with a realtor. Yes, it was warm but in August it is warm almost everywhere.
We had seen our future home on Zillow and made a point to add it to our list of "must see" homes. We loved so many things about this home but we aren't quite as impulsive as we were in our twenties and we took a few weeks to think about it before making an offer. When we finally did decide to take the plunge we were every realtor's nightmare.
The market up north is drastically different from Florida and we received a quick and brutal education when we made a low ball offer. The seller didn't even bother to respond. We were disappointed but resolved to not let it get us down. Undaunted we planned another trip down to Florida and dragged our realtor through another dozen homes.
We saw some gorgeous properties and I was continually inspired by the myriad of design looks , decorating ideas and architectural styles.
My head was swimming with ideas and homes but it was time to make a decision.
We made an offer on our second choice home. We made a realistic offer this time. This home was already at the upper end of our budget so we really didn't have a lot of room to move. Immediately after we signed off on the offer we both had a sinking feeling that we were in over our heads. Fortunately for us, another offer came in right behind ours. Not wanting to get into any kind of a bidding war we decided to bow out.
We returned home yet again with out making a purchase. Scouring Zillow every night we kept thinking about the coral house covered in ivy. That was our house and we knew it. It was time to get real, swallow our pride and make a legitimate offer.
There was the usual back and forth this time and it took more than a week to put the deal together but to our realtor's relief and ours we were finally able to agree on a price and make a deal.
The house closed in early December and we couldn't be happier.
I'm so glad I thought to capture this moment when we turned the corner onto our street and got that first glimpse of our new home. We were finally able to say for the first time," There it is, our home".
I also loved it that our Amazon orders had beat us home and were already there waiting for us.
Let the adventure begin!