Friday, November 23, 2012

Guest Blogger: Joann from Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs

Hi! – I’m Joann Kandrac – One half of Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia.

I am also a turquoise lover like Erin and appreciate her asking me to guest blog while she’s away!

We received a call from a client who told us she had been “stalking us” through Pinterest, our website, and facebook.   She loved our style and called for a consultation for her outdoor space.  She had just completed a large backyard project incorporating a pool, spa, out door kitchen and eating and lounging area. 

The space was beautiful but lacked color or style. We were thrilled to take it on!!


We had a lot of fun “stylizing” this space.  It was a beautiful spring day in Atlanta.  We had music playing, refreshing drinks and snacks, our amazing install team and a bowl of cherries to top it off!!




One of the great advantages we had was that the client was a big Pinterest fan and had been compiling outdoor spaces she loved.  Her boards gave us great insight into what she was drawn to.  She had several pictures of hanging swings.  We got right on that.


We are so fortunate to have access to so many talented people that work on our team!!  This custom swing was created by Mitch Mitton.

Here is the upstairs deck where we incorporated the tailor made swing, a zinc top table, and window treatments in all "outdoor friendly" materials.


We received this email from the client a couple weeks after the install:

"Tom and I were looking for a place to go while the kids are at camp, but couldn't find anywhere as wonderful as our own house. THANK YOU GALS SO MUCH!!!"



I just love my job!!

Joann

To see more of our work, visit Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!














Just stopping in to wish all of my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving! Isn't this tablescape designed by Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home perfect for today (and this blog)?! I love the brown and turquoise color scheme with the pop of orange and yellow from the flowers. So many great ideas here, my favorite being the cute wishbones! I love that everyone gets to make a wish! See more pics and learn all about this festive table right here!

I can hardly believe it but this November marks my 5th year writing this blog. I'd never have made it this long without all of your support and encouragement, not to mention shared love of turquoise! So on this thankfullest day of the year, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for reading House of Turquoise!

Signing off from our cute little cabin in Montana!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest Blogger: Traci Connell Interiors

We are Traci Connell Interiors and are thrilled to be guest posting today here on House of Turquoise.

We are an Interior Design firm in Dallas, Texas that specializes in creating beautiful, transitional spaces with character and uniqueness. We work in mainly two ways with our clients, full service design and online design. One in which we are fully involved in every detail, and one in which we plan out your space and you put it all together yourself! We'd love for you to read more about our full service design and online design programs on our website!


Today, we are here to tell you about a space we recently completed, 
using House of Turquoise's favorite hue...Blue!
 (which happens to be our favorite color as well!)

A traditional home transformed into a light, airy and transitional masterpiece....what fun!

The sea-green base of this light and airy family room emphasize the light blues, creams and wood tones in this family room. The most stunning Vanguard sectional is the framework for this comfortable, and beautiful family room.

We incorporated a bit of geometric, contemporary feel with the Kravet patterned sofa pillows. With the dark woven woods, the cream sheer drapery panels in this room really stood out.


We are in love with this greek key nailhead pattern on the sofa arms.



 A cozy kitchen nook was created with this "birch woods" inspired artwork
 and custom table and chairs. 


 This formal living room greets you as you walk through the front door of this home.
How light, airy and inviting is this space?




 By using soft blues, warm golds, and creams, we incorporated a bit of whimsy in the rug 
along with geometric striped chair upholstery and small chevron window treatments 
for this beautiful dining room. The client kept her existing dining table and side chairs 
and we came in to add the striped chairs and other items!





What do YOU think? Contact us if you would like help in transforming your home!

Thank you House of Turquoise for inviting us to guest post today!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Blogger: Amanda from Dixie Delights

Hi there, Turquoise fans, I’m Amanda from Dixie Delights!  With Erin away, I’m delighted to come and play for a day!!  I’ve just finished up my son’s “big boy room” and thought I’d kick this off with a little trip down memory lane.  Here’s the “before before”…
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Here’s the “before” - the sweet nursery where the baby spent his first three years on earth…
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And here’s the after – a fairly neutral room that we hope will grow with him for years to come!  You'll probably notice the lack of toys - we try to keep the them in the playroom and basement, reserving the bedrooms for sleeping, reading and quiet time.

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Sources:
Paint - Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Floor - unstained white oak
Rug - Ballard Designs outlet
Carriage House Chandelier – Ballard Designs
Fabric - Ikea Berta Ruta (buffalo check), Calico Corners Como Gris (velvet), and burlap from Online Fabric Store
Curtain rods - Target

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My parents gave us the vintage Ethan Allen canopy bed, and in spite of my affinity for canopy beds, even I wouldn’t do that to the boy.  So, we left the top rails off and shortened the posts on the foot board.  My mother and I made the buffalo check and burlap shams and duvet cover.  My upholsterer made the bolster.  The sheet set is from Pottery Barn in Sandalwood, the diamond matelasse spread was from Target about ten years ago, the polka dot blanket is from Aux Belles Choses in New Orleans, and the Pottery Barn Kids monogrammed quilt was a baby shower gift!

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The gorgeous crab painting is by Catherine Lovett, a local Savannah artist.  She’s a complete doll and I am pretty much head over heels with all of her work.  The crab was the inspiration for the room and I think it’s perfection!  (And as luck would have it, the baby has yet to pronounce it “bery skary.”)

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The two bedside tables were originally mismatched pieces from an antique/junk store and from my foyer many moons ago.  I wasn’t in love (or really even in-like for that matter) with either of them to start, but they were the right size, the right height and the right price (free) so I painted their tops with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in old white and then skirted them in burlap to hide their different bases.  After scouring the Ballard Designs outlet for months on end (seriously…I’m talking at least 7 months), I finally found a pair of the Suzanne Kasler large gourd lamps in gray green for a song.  The drum shades were also lucky outlet finds (that didn’t require seventeen trips.)  The table decor was picked up here and there over time.

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The dresser wall is probably my favorite in the room.  The dresser was my husband’s as a child and I made it over by stripping and staining the top, painting the base in Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue chalk paint and adding new mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie.  Oh, and speaking of those knobs, while they are undoubtedly easy on the eye, they are really the devil to work with since they simply won’t stay screwed in.  (Read: steer clear of these knobs!)  I purchased the mirror a few years ago from a local boutique.  Restoration Hardware carries an almost identical version, but I don’t want to make y’all cry when I tell you that it costs at least double what I paid.  The chippy corbels are the same us under the bar in the den.  I’ve had them for a few years (purchased from the same shoppe as the mirror - G. Scott Interiors) and I really cannot say just why I purchased two sets of the same corbels but boy am I glad I did!  The B. Braithwaite bear was a welcome to the world gift from Mimi and Ampa.  The W is done in a map of the Savannah River (see how here) and sits atop a collection of favorite books.  The jar is from Target (I spray painted the lid in oil rubbed bronze to look like a pricey set I loved in New Orleans) and holds my own set of Beatrix Potter books and the baby’s monogrammed baby shoes.

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In the corner of the room sits a little antique chair that I had covered in the Como Gris velvet.  My parents gave the baby the linen pillow for Christmas last year and my mother was a doll to applique it with his initial in the same velvet.  The metal crate holds more books and was purchased last year from Gracious Home in Blue Ridge.

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I gathered up some of our most beloved pics of the baby, a few prints and a couple of other special items for the gallery wall, including the Yes Ma’am, No Ma’am print from The Old Try (see my others here), How to Tie a Bow Tie – A Gentleman’s Guide, the John Derian plate he received for his third birthday, a monogrammed bib from Mother and a copy of a nautical chart of the Savannah River and Wassaw Sound from River Services in Savannah (see it on my coffee table here.)  Everything is framed in Ikea's Ribba line.  They are extremely affordable and come in a whole slew of sizes and you can mix and match everything from a standard frame to a collage to a matted picture to a shadow box.
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The antique secretary has been in the baby’s room since the beginning of the baby himself!  I used glue dots to adhere a copy of the Savannah River and Wassaw Sound nautical chart (procured from River Services in Savannah) to the inside this go-round.

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Last but not least, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention that my husband spent hours slaving away at installing crown molding for the first time.  It’s the icing on the cake!!

Come on over to Dixie Delights and visit any time.  You can see all of my before & after decor here and our house tour here.  Thank you, Erin, for having me!!
xoxo

Monday, November 19, 2012

Guest Blogger: Hooper & Ann from Birds of a Feather Design

Hi, we are Hooper and Ann visiting from Birds of a Feather Design. We are so excited Erin asked us to guest blog while she is away. We are interior designers from Wilmington, NC and just finished a master bedroom that is covered in Erin's favorite hue. Of course, we try to work in a little turquoise every chance we get, but wanted to mix it up by pairing it with emerald and gold.
The inspiration started with a Christmas candle that I got last year.  I have been wanting to use this color palate ever since!
Lucky for us, we had a client who loves all shades of turquoise and was willing to give us free reign.
 The custom headboard and cornices were made by a local work room. Together, they add so much height and interest to the room.
 The green and white "Xu Garden" bedding is by Legacy Home and the ikat shams and bed skirt are custom.
 We added in a touch of charcoal zebra (because you need a little zebra in every space) and more touches of gold in the sitting area.
The pale aqua glass lamp and Safavieh marble table add new textures to the space.
We love the gold Nate Berkus (for Target) hammered bowl. 
 The artwork is from one of our favorite local shopping spots, Crabby Chic.
 The client had these amazing quartz lamps and the green mid-century side tables were a Craig's List find! Would you believe they were already painted in the perfect color?
 The client wanted storage and a place to hide the TV and components. We chose this limed oak, World's Away cabinet....
 ...and added a little bling.
 The ivory silk drapes flank the windows and peek out from under the cornices.
 We embellished the drapes with a green trim to add a little extra detail.
 The gold chandelier is from Home Depot (yes, as in "more saving, more doing"). It's beautiful in person.

 We hope you love it as much as we do -- don't be afraid to pair an unexpected color with turquoise. As Erin has shown us, it works with everything! Happy Thanksgiving and please come and visit us over at Birds of a Feather Design. We'd love to have you!

Bye bye birdie,
Ann and Hooper

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