Thursday, September 29, 2011

Follow Your Instincts!

The interior of your home is . . . well . . . personal and should reflect a space that makes you happy.  It does not matter if an item may not be in the "right" place as long as it is in your "right" place . . . that is what it is all about.

The accessories you select should express your spirit and make your room come alive.  But, don't get carried away with too many accessories.  Leave some empty room for your eyes to rest.

All rooms should have a unique signature item that can anchor a room.  An over-sized chandelier, a fun accent pillow, a beautiful area rug, or your favorite artwork. 

Everyone has a beautiful space in their mind.  Be you, follow your instinct and remember . . . what you love does not go out of style!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Start Here!

Where does your design inspiration come from?  If you are like me, it usually comes from one specific piece of furniture or room accessory and I run from there.  We came across these unusual and fun chairs that just may give you that design inspiration your beach house needs . . .

All of these fabulous chairs are made in the U.S. by C.R. Laine Furniture Company located in North Carolina.  In this case, less is more . . . one chair can give your seaside space that pop you may be looking for!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

See it in Black & White

Black is the NEW black!  Black will always have a presence in design and fashion.  Think black tie.

Black and white expresses extreme opposites . . . night/day . . . ying/yang . . .

Black is bold and mysterious, but also imparts a classic touch to your space.

The visual effect of black against white is empowering.

Black and white is not just for toile . . . black and white can create a sophisticated, modern palette in your space.

Add your favorite color to your black and white background.  Red is always a powerful addition.

An old world porch gets a stylish update with bold contemporary black and white stripes.  We hope that seeing everything "in black and white" has inspired you!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Big, Bold Lamps!

Over-size lamps can make a well, huge statement in your seaside space.  Large lamps can anchor a whole room, not to mention perform their main function by shedding light!   We have highlighted some of our favorite hefty lamps that may be just calling out to your  space . . .

Think of table lamps as the accessory needed to complete your space.  The right shoes can make the outfit, right?  Well, the right table lamp can compliment your room.  An interesting lamp shade can add texture and color.
Good lighting can enhance your room and bring a sense of warmth and life to your space.  These large lamps can also bring fun and fashion to your coastal rooms. 

Arteriors Boca Lamp

If your room is looking a bit tired and needs an update, a new table lamp is an easy fix.  And, no, the lamps do not have to match.  As long as your lighting choices convey the same mood, mixing and matching is more visually attactive.  Just make sure the lamps tie into each other in some way.

Varying the lighting elements in your room will give you the layered lighting that is both functional and illuminating!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Preppy By the Sea!

Turquoise, lime, vivid pink all mixed together to give you Preppy Decor By the Sea!  Think Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines.  Think madras plaid . . .

Turquoise on teak . . . a classic combination.

Pink in the living room . . . you bet!

Add a little lime to your turquoise . . .

The turquoise blue of the Caribbean sea . . .

Bold pink stripes against a dark hardwood floor.

Shades of bright turquoise bring a hint of the tropics to your space.  Add a touch of lime to bring fresh style.  Isola Bella's colorful hand-printed linen pillows are the perfect accessory for your seaside space!

Some Lilly prints to get you motivated . . .

Saturday, September 24, 2011

On the Waterfront

More ways to bring the sea to your space.  We love all of these rooms that started off with a white background introducing deep blue in touches here and there to bring you seaside.

A fresh coat of white paint gives you a blank canvas to decorate with your personal style. 

The pairing of the sky and sea will give your coastal space a classic nautical design . . . a natural fit for life by the sea!