Saturday, November 26, 2011

Update: A Colorful Cottage .......

A few unique qualities in the colorful cottage makes for creative design ..

A Murphy bed is located behind the crab painting) for extra sleeping space... this is a small sitting area with so many book cases to fill.......
The small study is off the main foyer so sleeping there is a bit like sleeping the hall! I think that once the bookcases have lots books and accessories like shells and photograph it will be a great space..and the bed is extremely comfortable.
The chairs will have to move away so the bed can drop down and sweet dreams can begin.....................

 Fun fabrics for the recycled club chairs and throw pillows........... .a crab painting by Chris Walker. The painting is attached to the wall which is the base of the bed.... so when the bed is down the painting is safe.

The colors in the fabric for the throw pillows coordinate with the clients love for the pinky orange and turquoise of the front door and exterior benches.
 These are   " bargain loving" clients so we have had a great time turning her great deals into great rooms.

                             Sorry about the table in the foyer and the things on the hutch  but this is an "under construction space".
The end tables actually go in the bedroom up stairs. They were brown and pitiful but with a coat of white paint will look amazing in the small periwinkle and green bedroom. The painters did a wonderful job giving new life to old and odd pieces of furniture. They were so pleasant to work with and did not mind all the colors we picked for all the pieces. Most painters hate to see me coming because they know what is in store...lots of color and lots of cleaning out the paint brush.

"stole" the "Bellamy" from their home in Savannah for the master bedroom

 The dining room is turning out great and once the window seats are covered and a few pieces of furniture are tweaked it will be ready for renters and happy people.
soft aqua bamboo lattice fabric for dining  wing chairs and window seat cushions..beautiful slip covers that can be washed.................

for the kitchen and  great room ,turquoise zebra with touches of red to tie the new/old  red coral chandelier and red/turquoise bar stools.

the mix of red and turquoise

The newly purchased vintage red coral chandelier. We are adding a few things to it and changing a few things and then it will be the high light of the kitchen area.

the fun red and turquoise swivel bar stools (world market with the Coslick touch!!!)
 In the right hand corner of this photo are two bamboo chairs that were left here. We painted them red and are covering the seats with turquoise zebra fabric. It is actually outdoor fabric so should hold up well against sticky fingers and sandy bathing suits.

Bring on the accessories!!!!The clients have had a ball shopping and hopefully when their busy lives slow down a bit they will have time "to chill" at this happy place.

a dining room with a view!

The wing chairs were from the 80's but made quite a statement at the wonderful (and oh so heavy ) oval dinning table.

the chippendale dining chairs got a coat of paint to cover the gold wash that was to formal for the space.
 A mix of old and new....modern and and funky..
We definitely don't want to be taken to seriously....It's the beach!!!!!

.......mirror mirror on the wall  who's the fairest of them all?
A fun table from the clients home in Savannah and a dark brown mirror painted the client's favorite color..
......................or ONE of them..................................................
Using what they owned and what they purchased.. makes for fun, funky, light hearted interiors...... Light hearted with the ocean at your door.....
A" No Stress Zone" for certain!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sharing A Thanksgiving Email From A Client....

Dear Jane,
It is the night before Thanksgiving and I am thinking of all I have to be thankful for. You came to mind. My dream came true this year to remodel my kitchen and greatroom. It would never have been as awesome as it is without your help. I am so glad I found you because you truly helped me to create the vision I had. Without your expertise and creativity the end result (I hope I am finally near the end) would not have been what I wanted. Just the choice of the paint color in the greatroom & dining room was brilliant. Through you, I learned patience and how to just chill when things don't go as we planned. I feel so blessed to have met you and worked with you. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may you be blessed with all you desire in this coming year.

I was so touched by this email that I wanted to share it.

                       HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gifts from the Sea... The Shell Shop... and My Mom

I am reminded of the use of shells in design when I see the shells that visitors have collected from the beach and then don't take home when they leave.  My great aunt taught me at a very young age the beauty of silver charm bracelets and shells from the beach! She gave me my first shell and my first charm for my silver charm bracelet.
. I had a shell collection as a girl scout and have  alway picked up shells and rocks and stones along the way of life. My guest used to write me crazy messages on the shells when they visited my cottage.

As I begin the restoration of my cottage, I am running across so many shells that the renter left here. Should I take them back to the beach? I am a girl about nature and a girl  about design so I will share some of the ways the shells  that we find can make our lives more beautiful...
Your favorite bowl or plate or vase or whatever makes you happy..BEGIN THERE..................

I have collected shells all of my life and have inherited some from   my Mom.

this spaghetti coral she found on a beach somewhere

these shells came from an island near by...............

these all came from Habersham Antique Gallery and Horse pen creek on Tybee

a vintage souvenir from the 1930's

more shells from our collections. ....her suitcases were always full of rocks or shells she found in her travels

these belong to my friend and client who's project will be featured in an upcoming Coastal Living story

found objects and a vintage light and a beautiful old jug from a near by farm

simple white and peaceful

gifts from the sea by way of the shell shop at T.S Chu's on Tybee Island

these vintage shells have a small pump and water flowing thru...very unique and a great use of an antique world globe stand...from Wren's Nest cottage...........

straight from the ocean to this wooden mauve(OMG) bowl. I can still see the notes written on some of the shells by my firends and family.. will begin that again when I move back in.............

sunlight  and star fish on a window sills in winter to warm the soul.........
OK.... Your turn to share your treasures.!!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Working On My New Old Beach House

My new dining table and chairs..................

Not much room for the turkey!!!!!

but alway room for art.................

 Not much room for accessories...............................
but always room for art.......................

and more art...............

a large over sized mirror makes the entire room appear larger..............

the original Mirror from 1920..the reflection is the wall across of a wooden wall and a fish cabinet that opens

the ghost chairs dont occupy visual space and I need all the help I can get in 621 sq feet

I have decided to add on a tiny bit to my first beach house and move in as soon as possible. It is 621 square feet and I lived there when I moved to Tybee Island in 1992. It had Spanish Mediterranean cabinets and orange laminated counter tops. It was beige and brown but the walls were so interesting and the ocean was 99 steps away............


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anna's Latest Wedding Flowers

I helped Anna with another wedding and it was wonderful.( All I do is pick up and clean up and hand the right flowers requested and take a few photos as the beauty unfolds) I wanted to share the creation from the beginning. It takes months of planning and preparation for any special event. The days leading up to the wedding are so busy . Once the flowers have arrived safely ...have you ever carried a five gallon bucket full of water  and flowers....NO small task ,I can assure you.!!!!
I watch in amazement as the work unfolds. Creating everything from giant arrangements 4 feet by 5 feet wide to small pompadour balls for the flower girls,  bouquets, and bunches of beautiful trailing flowers  attached to a suspended twig mossed platforms. Breathe taking, for certain!!!

table center pieces consisted of Moon Moss, Leonotis roses (copper fall colored rose), white garden roses, antique hydrangea, Eucalyptus Berries and finished off with Camellia foliage.

  waiting to be transported to the  tables.....
bouquets in the making

In this wedding there is a twig arbor outside with the river as a back drop. The same twig detail is repeated in the beautiful hanging arrangements created on a pulley system.

                               work in progress......

My favorite thing ..the wedding arbor (complete with grandmothers antique table cloth).

Beautiful "Garden Roses" So Fragrant!

A beautiful place for a wedding..the dogs were even having  good time


inside the tent

close up of the pulley system for the platform ( antique pulley belonged to the father of the bride's grandfather

It was such a special day..even the mother of the bride "stopped to smell the roses"