Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Blogger: Kristie from The Decorologist

Hi all! I'm Kristie Barnett, also known as The Decorologist. My design blog is all about teaching and inspiring regular people about decorating, choosing color, and creating a home that makes their heart sing. Erin was so kind to invite me to share a home I recently designed for a client here in Nashville, TN.
shabby chic
My client has a heart for anything shabby, chippy, and related to the seashore. Her flea market finds just weren't gelling with her traditional suburban home, so she called me in to help pull it all together. And it's clear that her favorite color is TURQUOISE! Shall we start in the entry?
shabby chic entry

coastal entry
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coastal style
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Melanie G Photography
If you'd like to see the "before" of this entry, as well as details on the painted spindles and the colors used, you can check out my post here. Next up is the dining room!
shabby chic dining
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dining room decorologist
Melanie G Photography
mismatched chairs dining room

mismatched dining chairs
The dining room leads into the living room. We used lots of washable slipcovers and tons of paint to make-over this room to feel like a coastal get-away in the heart of a traditional suburban neighborhood.

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Melanie G Photography
The most fabulous thing about this room is the transformation of the fireplace - you can check out how we took it from an orangey-brown 1980's eyesore to a beautiful focal point here.
shabby chic fireplace
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blue living room

painted furniture
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This is my client's bedroom. Finding the *perfect* lighting for this home was probably the most difficult part of the project, with this room's fixtures being the last to procure. The chandelier and matching wall sconces were found at the the ever-popular Nashville Flea Market, while the lamps were made from old columns and muslin slipcovers over old salvaged lampshade frames.
iron bed shabby vintage
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yellow chair
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Melanie G Photography
wood lamp

I hope you've enjoyed this dreamy home that feels like a beachfront vacation all year round!

Melanie G Photography

Thanks again to Erin for the invitation to guest blog on the fabulous House of Turquoise. For more Color & Design Interventions plus lots of insider design secrets, come visit me anytime at The Decorologist!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Guest Blogger: Amanda from Dixie Delights

I'm Amanda from Dixie Delights and I'm *delighted* to slip into Erin's turquoise heels and entertain y'all for a day while she's away!! I mean, hanging out over here is positively one of my favorite ways to spend a morning.

Earlier this summer we finished up a porch addition that quickly become our favorite "room" of the lot!
We use this space from sun up till waaaaay past sun down - having coffee, dining, playing games, reading, listening to music, cocktailing, entertaining, roasting s'mores and watching the littles run wild in the yard. If we had room for a bed we'd be sleeping out here.

Here’s the view from the back yard. This is a hip style roof in Owens Corning onyx black shingles to match the rest of the house. We went with 32” “x” railings that remind us of many Tybee beach houses and 10” wrapped columns placed 8’ apart to allow for open views. I adore the horizontal boards that our contractor used in place of where we used to have lattice work. We will landscape the bed running along the stone path as soon as it cools down (and I do hope that's SOON.)

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Our goals for the new porch were to have ample dining space, a sitting area with room for games, music, a fireplace for the winter, a fan for the summer and a buffet table for serving and storage.

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Double french doors from the kitchen open up onto this part of the porch. Our contractor (Shawn Reuter of SLR Construction in the Metro Atlanta Area, 706.254.0231) built the fireplace as an exact replica of our den fireplace – right down to the antique bricks - and I ADORE it! The oyster painting is by Angie Reuter and the plates are from Anthropologie. The sofa, chairs, baskets, curtain hardware and glass jars are from Target (I added chalkboard labels with leftover chalkboard vinyl from my kitchen project). The garden stool, coral and mercury glass demijohn are from Home Goods. The fan is Harbor Breeze from Lowes. The mapped out coffee table and pin board frame were both DIY projects. The egret pillow is from Jolie Marche on etsy. Mother made the zig zag pillows with burlap initial monograms and the curtains!

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The other side of the porch serves as the dining area. I fell in love with the Avignon table on clearance at World Market because I could envision a whole gaggle of littles crammed on its sweet benches. The rainbow trout fish painting on reclaimed wood is another gorgeous piece by Angie Reuter, and is hung with dock cleats and nautical rope. The slipcovered chairs, oyster shell lantern, shell centerpiece and mercury glass hurricanes were all DIY projects.

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The DIY skirted table has smartly served as both a buffet for entertaining and for general storage underneath. Lanterns are from Home Goods, aqua cups are from Target and melamine tray is from Macy’s. The seeded glass lanterns are from Ballard Designs. A vintage refrigerator basket from Habersham Antiques serves as a magazine rack. The chairs were recovered and appliqued by Mother and myself.

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Additional Sources:
  • Paint - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (walls and brick fireplace), Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments (ceiling), Benjamin Moore Rhine River (doors) and Benjamin Moore White Dove (trim)
  • Rugs - Indoor/Outdoor Leopard in black by Ballard Designs
  • Fabrics - all by Premier Prints in Village Blue (Chipper, Zig Zag and Towers prints) - I ordered from various sites and paid under $8 a yard for each

See more of the porch here and all of my before and afters here. And with that, it’s high time for me to hit the porch with a sweet iced tea! Thank you, thank you Erin for having me again!!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Headed to Tybee!

A dream of mine is about to come true: I am headed to TYBEE ISLAND!!! Ever since I learned about interior designer, preservationist and color enthusiast Jane Coslick, I've been dying to go to the quirky little island! (Just read these posts, this is a long time coming!) Not only that, but we are going to hit up Atlanta, Savannah AND Charleston! Do you know how excited I am?! What's even more perfect is that we'll be celebrating my birthday and our anniversary while we're away...I can't think of a better way!!

If you love Jane as much as I do, I'm sure you already read her wonderful blog (where these images are all from). Also check out New Cottage Style, a new book from BHG that features three of Jane's projects!

I'll have some great guest bloggers filling in while I'm away, but definitely count on some Southern-filled posts after I get back...I'm bringing my camera! See you guys back here later next week, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter to see what I'm up to until then!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects

Located in Lee, Massachusetts, this cozy 1916 stone cottage was designed and restored by Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects. It's the guest house on a private estate, and by the looks of it, I'd say they're some pretty lucky guests! Although the home definitely has the modern touches we've come to love, it still has all the warmth and charm of a home from that period. I especially love all the lead glass windows and door panels, which were were lovingly repaired and restored by the firm. You can finish your tour of this lovely guesthouse with more photos by Bradley M Jones right here!

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Historical Concepts + Steven Gambrel - Part Two

So this is the spectacular loft of the home from Friday!! Designed by Historical Concepts and Steven Gambrel for the Cottage Living Idea House, this upstairs is all about fun! I don't think I've ever seen anything more comfy cozy than the pillow-lined nook with the built-in daybed! All the fabric there is Sunbrella, so you know it's totally durable...even the dogs could join in on story time! The turquoise sliding barn door is my other favorite detail, I'd love to find a place for that in my home! All in all though, it's such a fun, laid back space perfect for hanging out or doing art projects. Or taking a nap!! For more photos from Marco Ricca and Cottage Living, check out Friday's post with the rest of the home!

You can see lots more projects by Historical Concepts over at their website, or check out their book Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House!

Paint Colors (by Benjamin Moore)Walls: White Wisp 2137-70
Trim: Aurora Borealis 565
Sash and Doors: Waterfall 2050-50

Love turquoise? Visit my shopping blog Everything Turquoise...updated several times throughout the day! Check out Decor by Color for even more color-themed shopping!
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