Entries from May 29th, 2013

5 Coastal Decorating Ideas from Sarah’s Cottage



Neutral and Blue Living Room Design

photos: Sarah Richardson Design via HGTV

Happy unofficial start to summer everyone. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for it. Over the weekend HGTV replayed Sarah Richardson’s Summer Cottage episodes and I so enjoyed watching them over again. I may have even enjoyed watching them more the second time around. I love all the calming blues and greens in the space and got to thinking about how she pulled it all together. Here are some of the images from the show and my own observations.

Mixing patterns like a pro by using a single color.

If you’re intimidated by mix patterns try using a single color as a jumping off point. Sarah said “The Chiang Mai Dragon fabric on the ottomans which had so many different blues, from inky indigo to faded cornflower” was a jumping off point for the living room. By using patterns in the same blue tones the whole room feels put together and cohesive without the use of a single color feeling boring.

Coastal Decorating Sarah's Cottage

Mixed seating creates a casual elegance

Mix up your seating in the dining room.  Sarah used secondhand banker chairs painted a soft blue, a pale green bench and upholstered wing back chairs upholstered in 2 different fabrics around the dining table.

Continue the same colors throughout an open floor plan

Pale blue painted antique corbels support the peninsula overhang. Three different colors were used on the kitchen cabinets. Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray on the peninsula, Gray Cashmere on the uppers and November Rain below continue the color palette into the kitchen. The marble backsplash incorporates the many colors and brings it all together.

Use a statement piece in a small room

A dramatic large scale bed is the focal piece in the in the guest cabin, but she softened the look with subtle gray accents. A bedside lamp made from a birchwood tree brings a natural element while large windows and doors makes the tiny one room structure feel larger and one with nature.

Little Boy’s Room Designed by Emily Henderson



boys bedroom emily henderson

It’s really rare that I see a little boy’s room designed and styled in a  way that feels like a child could live there but also has the agility to be completely transformed with a few accessories to an older child’s space. Emily Henderson did just that by using a bold and simple color palette of blue and yellow when designing a space influenced bedroom for a very lucky little boy named Graham.

boy's bedroom star wars

“The main request from the parents was that it was timeless enough that they didn’t have to redo it in five years — sure, change out the textiles, have fun with the accessories, but the general design and the furniture should remain the same.”

vintage boys bedroom

I think Emily nailed it on the head from the cool graphic bedding to the acrylic box that houses a collection of toys to the giant custom artwork centered behind the bed. The whole room is unique and styled without feeling to “grown-up” for a kid to live there.

 yellow and blue boy's bedroom

Click on over to Emily’s blog to see more images, DIY projects and tips for creating a timeless kids bedroom.

all  images by David Stay for Style by Emily Henderson

The Art of Lisa Golightly



imageAs my style evolves and I’ve been changing up the style in our house on my wish list has been some art work to go with the new color scheme. Well last week I had a gift card to One Kings Lane and purchased a canvas print of the painting above called All Together by Lisa Golightly. I did a little searching on Lisa to find her other pieces and wasn’t disappointed. Come take a look…



Insanely beautiful right? I love the color palette and style to Lisa’s paintings. All images and prints of her paintings can be found in Lisa Golightly’s Etsy shop Kiki and Polly or you can visit Lisa’s blog here.

A Rain Room at the MOMA…The Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen



Hello, how was your weekend? I spent most of the day in Brooklyn yesterday at a friends Baby shower. Despite the rain it was fun to catch up with old friends. I spied an ad for this exhibit that opened at the The Museum of Modern Art in NYC last week. It’s a giant room of falling water that stops whenever it detects a body passing through. You can walk or skip through it while staying completely dry. How much cooler can you get?!


The Lake House Deck




After sharing the view through the living room doors last week I thought I’d share a peak at what’s just beyond. It’s the deck on our little house by the lake. This space had us sold the minute we stepped through those doors back when we first toured this house. It was one of those moments in house hunting that you have when you know that a house could be “the one” Our lake house has come a long way since then. Want to come take a look? (more…)

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