New Art Coming April 20

The Mexico Paintings hit my shop tomorrow, April 20, at 11am EST.This collection of small canvases and works on paper is the result of my art intensive in Mexico last month.  Joy, color, movement–I think these paintings speak to the level of happiness I felt being at the beach doing nothing but ART!

The canvases are all framed in a white floater–ready to pop on your wall.

One Room Challenge | Week Two

It’s only Week Two of the One Room Challenge, but I’m already feeling nervous about reveal day…it’s those studs for walls at the guest suite in the mountains giving me flutters.  We have a great crew working hard, but there is no room for hiccups.  Let’s distract ourselves with something pretty…

The space is going Modern Mountain Granny.  I’m indulging my inner grandma with flowers and a yellow and blue palette with Appalachian green all swirled together with a modern oomph.  The color direction also comes from the main house that is primarily blues and greens…I don’t want to depart far from what is going on next door.  I’m throwing in a little purple to mix it up…and what granny doesn’t like purple anyway?

The palette is pretty much summed up in this painting of mine that I will hang in the space.  (You can also find prints of it in the Chairish Print Shop!)

Here is the design board with some of the elements:

And, a mock up of the bedroom, featuring a vintage headboard I found on Chairish:

I am going to pull in a walnut drop-leaf table that we have in one of the cottage bedrooms to the guest suite to use as a console and also dining spot.  The blue chairs in the photos are just fillers until I find the blue chair that works.

The granny sconces from Chairish were my first purchases for the space.  How sweet are those pansies?  Here they are lying on what will be the bedroom rug, from Overstock:

Seeing all the pieces come together in a cheery range of citrus colors and blue makes me so happy.  I want the space to be light, bright, and upbeat.  I think we’re getting there.

From our generous ORC sponsors:  the yellow Stroheim fabric (Epicure linen velvet in Sunflower) will be floor-length velvet curtains in the bathroom…excited about the drama of that!  The wood floor sample is from Mohawk, part of their Coastal Couture line in Beachwood Oak.  Not pictured, but highly anticipated is the molding from Metrie.  We are doing their vertical shiplap in the bedroom–can’t wait to see that!  We have several rooms with tongue-and-groove paneling in the main cottage house so I’m happy to pull over the texture to the guest suite with the shiplap.

I’ve been finding so many treasures on Chairish for the challenge…like this fun mushroom lamp:

The base is the perfect greeny-mustardy yellow…it sits on another Chairish find, a kilim rug for the bathroom.

I have lots of goodies coming from ORC sponsor Bellacor.  However, I’ve only unwrapped this one, the sconce for the bathroom.  If you know me, you know I love globes…and this has two!

Also from Bellacor is a vessel sink that will go a top a beautiful maple live edge counter in the bathroom.

Picking out the right wood slab is a little daunting, but I think the maple will be a soft woodsy addition to the space.  The cottage next door has beautiful, original pine floors and ceilings–so I wanted the presence of wood in the guest suite.  I love the organic, sculptural feeling of the live edge so it seemed like a good choice for the bathroom vanity.  We are also doing it in the wet bar area of the suite.

Here are some pics from last week when I stopped by, the main room:

The installation of the three skylights made a huge lighting difference.  And, they offer a beautiful view of the treetops.With a little limb trimming, the view out of the suite door will be amazing!

Looking back the other direction is the bathroom area.  To the right is the wet bar, vanity, and toilet area; to the left is the closet, linen closet, and shower.The wet bar–a cabinet, sink, mini refrigerator, and coffee pot–will fit in this little nook:Since I took these photos, electrical and plumbing were finished.  So hopefully drywall will happen this week!

Many, many thank yous to Mike, our contractor, for moving and a-shaking to get this all done!  Oh, the excitement!

Stop by and see what everyone else is up to this second week of the ORC:

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive 

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design 

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators 

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living 

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC 


And Thursday is Guest Participant day!

See you next week…catch me on Instagram in the meantime!

One Room Challenge | Week One

The 2018 spring One Room Challenge is here!  I am so delighted to be invited back to the Internet’s most funnest design event.  If you are new to the ORC, it is an addictive affair of 20 designers each taking a space and transforming it over the course of 6 weeks, documenting progress each week on their blogs, and culminating in a big final reveal.  There are generous sponsors to help finish the space, there is House Beautiful as the media sponsor, and there is Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home as the founder and grand cheerleader of the whole thing.  Let’s GO!

It seemed meant to be when while I started planning a new room project, that Linda invited me to participate in the Spring ORC.  The timetable lined up, and I was IN!  We are spending the next five weeks not just transforming, but actually completing a brand-new-construction space…this is the first time I’ve done an ORC that starts with just studs.

A little scared.

Here it is:

This is the upper floor of the new detached garage at our North Carolina house…it will be the NEW GUEST SUITE, with bed and bath, at our special mountain retreat.  All angles and long, we are dividing up the space as best as possible, inviting light in with double french doors and three skylights.  Before I tell you more, here is a little history about the house, The Cottage.

Way back in 2005 we big city Texas kids moved to a tiny Appalachian Mountains town in Western North Carolina.  While there were many adjustments, we fell in love immediately with the lush beauty of the blue-green Smoky Mountains.

We were only there two years before another job pulled us to Georgia, but it was like we had found our spirit place in those mountains.  So while we settled in our new Georgia home, we kept our eye on real estate in Western North Carolina.  Then, in 2008, a dilapidated home caught our eye.

It was, yes, scary, but also filled with so much potential.  Wood ceilings and beams, meticulous stonework, and unreal long-range mountain views…we jumped on it!  We partnered with my parents-in-law and bought the house as not just a weekend home but also as an income-generating source, and we named it “the cottage.”  We embarked on extensive remodeling with the idea that we would also rent the house as a vacation home.  The remodel was finished in spring of 2009, and we had our first reservation within hours of listing it on VRBO.

I then acted as property manager for the following 8 years, handling all the operations of the vacation rental.  So many families, couples, and friend groups made sweet memories in the cottage over those years.  And, oh my goodness!  The cottage for us personally has been such an incredibly special place.  Our dreamy getaway.  Our heaven on earth.  It is just so beloved by us.  And, well, it is also kinda famous…it has been published in Cottages & Bungalows and Better Homes & Gardens DIY Magazine.  She is even in Myquillyn Smith’s Nesting Place book as her muse!

So last year, my Texas-based inlaws transitioned into retirement and desired to live closer to their grandchildren.  The cottage seemed to be a likely candidate for their retirement home except that, while it was a perfect vacation spot, it needed some additions to make it full-time living friendly.  Enter building contractor Mike!

Mike has been working on a new detached garage and workshop for the cottage, as well as a new master closet/laundry addition with storage.  He has been such a joy to work with, professional and thorough.   On a recent site visit with him, I grew intrigued as he described the possibilities of a functional room above the new garage.  I had thought it would only be suitable for small storage, but he said that he had revised the roofing system to accommodate a room, should we desire one in the future.

Well, the future is now.

We had a family meeting and decided to move forward with the build out, as the room would offer overflow space for visiting friends and family, not to mention the luxuries of privacy and space in a detached garage.  Then Linda rang, and here we are participating in the Spring ORC!  What a fun turn of events!

So while the cottage does have three bedrooms and three baths, this extra space will be great when the whole family or groups are visiting.  It also has great AirBnb potential.

It is basically a bowling alley type space.  We are putting the bathroom at the far end of the room, that overlooks the front of the cottage.  It will have a freestanding shower, closet, and wet bar/fridge area all tucked in.

The main room faces the long-range view, although with a few tree obstructions.  We are taking advantage of the view with two french doors (credit to my husband on this one!), and additional light will enter through three skylights on the end of the room.  We will have room enough for a king-size bed and a small sitting area.

Again, we’re at just studs.  Guess who is not forgetting to say her prayers!

Next week I’ll share the design board for the space.  Since I am partnering with my more traditional inlaws, I am going to behave and not get all crazy with the space, but keep it light and bright like the main house.  Well, maybe just a little crazy.  Whatever, after 22 years of being married to their son, maybe they’re used to it??  No, okay, I promise, I’ll be good, but still me, a good compromise.  I’m calling the space Modern Mountain Granny…more next week on what that means!

I’m just one of 20 spaces getting transformed during April.  Take a look at what else is going on across the land:

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive 

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design 

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators 

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living 

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC 

Also, ORC guest participants post their rooms on Thursdays at the One Room Challenge, when you need more remodeling juice!

The Chairish Print Shop!

I am so happy to be included in the launch of the Chairish Print Shop, along with 8 talented artists.  The collection is beautifully curated so that it is easy to mix and coordinate prints for a pair or a whole gallery wall.  Some of my classic pieces are included–in new colorways, too–and some new compositions!  The art comes framed, and shipping is free!  …just to sweeten the deal.