Online Shop | Open!

I’m excited to share that my online art shop is now open!  There are just a few items, but more will be coming soon…if the summer goddesses work their magic with the kids and I have time to paint while they are home over Angela Chrusciaki BlehmThank you for checking it out.  Also, Amanda at Alpine Lane has been working with me to do a little blog refresh–I still have a few of my own tweaks to make, but she did an amazing job!

Seacrest Beach, Florida | New Project

Meet the newest member of our family:  a scrub-covered lot in Seacrest Beach, Florida!IMG_7590Seacrest lies on the beach-front road 30A between famed neighborhoods Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.  It is also down the road from beautiful Seaside.  If you have visited 30A, you know how idyllic this stretch of Florida is with charming architecture and emerald waters.IMG_7591Buying a place in Seacrest has been on our wish-list since vacationing there in 2012.  And, while we initially looked at buying an existing place, building from scratch ultimately made the most sense for us.  The house will be something our family will certainly enjoy, but first and foremost it is an investment and will operate as a vacation rental.  So, yeah, we’ll never visit spring break or the summer–gotta keep it filled with paying guests to pay our bills!  But we will be happy to fill in the gaps whenever we can.IMG_7587We are looking to start rentals in 2018.  That seems like a long time from now, but it gives us plenty of time to design and build.  The tentative plan is to use most of this year for the design, plan, and permits so that we will be ready to break ground next February or March.  IMG_7588I’ve been pinning like crazy, trying to figure out exactly what the look is I’m after (check out my Beachy board).  Color, absolutely.  Over-the-top beach theme, no.  But I do want people to feel like they are at the beach so it will be a delicate balance because I do have a thing for vintage beach posters.  It will be fun, I know that.IMG_7593I hope you’ll follow along on the design journey.  I’ve already started buying furniture!  No restraint, ha.  And, maybe you’ll make plans to be our guests?

One Room Challenge | Week 5

Friends, I have bad news…  I don’t think my room will be complete for week six of the One Room Challenge.  Oh, there will be a reveal, but a couple things out of my control will be missing.  Here at week five, the fabric for the fabulous triangular ottoman is still on backorder and the replacement Parsons table from West Elm (that was delivered damaged) could be here as late as the end of the month.  There is still a tiny chance both items could arrive on time–I’m saying my prayers–but I’m preparing for the worst case scenario.

What is moving along nicely is the built-in.  Chris put on the primer coat yesterday.  The window seat makes so much sense of the bump-out in the room–and it has a storage bin on the long side.  I can’t wait to pile on the cushions and pillows.IMG_9354

The rug is down–we love it!  Its soft woolly texture is perfect for lounging on.  Woven wooden shades went up easily.

And, the CB2 sofa came yesterday!  Soft, squishy, deep, it is a hit with the kids.  If they will abide by the “no food, no drinks, no greasy fingers, no fun” rule, I think we’re going to be okay with the white rug and sofaIMG_9355

The ceiling is finished.  I think for what I saved in time and effort by not painting, this ceiling option turned out fun and just right.  Decals are from Walls Need Love–I cut down their 1″ black tape option.

While I wait for Chris to finish the built-in painting, I’m trying to figure out the art on the walls.  Before, the playroom had a massive gallery wall–so I’m not short on art.  But I don’t want to use a lot of the same, more juvenile pieces for the space.  I also want a cleaner look.  I am leaning toward a cohesive grid with these frames I found at Pottery Barn (on sale now!).  Time to get the level out!

See you next week for the reveal–I’ll show you what I got!  In the meantime, check out the One Room Challenge featured designers and other participants.  Good, good stuff out there!

One Room Challenge | Week 4

Week F-O-U-R of the One Room Challenge!  I’m a linking participant, you know that, over at Calling It Home–thank you, Linda!  Check out the other participants and featured designers.

This is what is done:

Remember the Target table?  I did some stripety stripes on it.  It will go by the window seat.IMG_7946

The trim is painted!  Although it took them a good four coats to do it.  I love the red room from baseboard to crown.  It’s dramatic–and cozy, too.IMG_7943

Chris is busy working on the built-ins.  Can’t wait to see how that changes the space.IMG_7944

I picked up half of the pillow order from Sudi–such beautiful work!  Here they are in the sleeping alcove:IMG_7896

And the ceiling…I had hoped to show you that this week, but I had another idea!  Wall decals.  I know.  So they arrived yesterday and I figured I would see if the decals could give the same effect I am after with paint…bars

I threw a few on the ceiling to test–I like it!  No painting for me.  I’ll show you the ceiling strewn with the black bars next Thursday.  (I used 1″ black tape from Walls Need Love, which I cut in half to make 1/2″ bars.)

The rug comes tomorrow.  And once the trim has time to cure, I’ll hang the woven wood shades.  Those two layers will really texturize the space for you to see next Thursday.  The sofa also comes next week!  If only the Clarence House fabric makes it in for the ottoman upholstery.

Overall, I’m feeling good about completing the room in time.  Famous last words…

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