Nantucket Style and Inspiration

I just love the coast, don’t you?  The sand, the sun, the breeze, the colors, the relaxed atmosphere… What’s not to live?!  Being a New Englander living in the South, I am torn.  The New England coast is gorgeous and relaxed.  It doesn’t get too hot (although it can), humidity is fairly low, and there is just an atmosphere that I can’t explain.  But I do think that Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts, really exemplifies that atmosphere. 

I just felt the need to lighten and brighten up my new house, perhaps it is the time of year, and I looked to this little island for some inspiration. 


(Above images all from Traditional Home)





Nantucket Historic House for Rent

You can even rent this one!

Are you feeling inspired?!  I am!  The light and bright rooms, but not totally white.  Little bursts of color here and there.  Antiques mixed with comfy, upholstered pieces.  Traditional yet comfortable.  That is the look I am going for.  Next stop, the fabric store, oh and the paint store to pick up some samples, and the…..  I better stop now!


Kitchen Before & After


Here it is!  The big “ta-da”!  I’m so happy with my kitchen.  But when I first started out, I was not.  I told Prince Charming that the only way I would buy this house is if the kitchen could get a makeover.  I wasn’t kidding.  He knew it.  Now I’m in love!

Here is what we started out with:


Everything was heavy and dark.  And green is my least favorite color, but notice the color of the cabinets on the island.  Yeah, they had to go.  Even the dark granite took on a greenish hue.  It’s a beautiful space with lots of storage.  I love the backsplash, too.  None of that had to change.  I needed to lighten up the space.  On a rainy day it felt like a cave.

I found a wonderful lady who does all sorts of cabinetry.  I couldn’t get her in here fast enough!  Well, she came in and took all the doors to spray in an off white lacquer.  She called the color Oyster.  I call it wonderful!!  She began spraying the boxes on the same day Above Board Flooring came to lay new hardwoods in the keeping room and sand the existing floors to refinish them. 

I was able to come in and snap some photos in between work.


All of this reno stuff is dusty and dirty work.  Notice the light fixture too.  Say “Au Revoir!” to that as well!!!

Now I get to cook in this:



Look how much brighter everything is!!!  The walls got a fresh coat of Sherwin-Williams Kilim Beige paint.  The kitchen island was lacquered in black and the edges rubbed back to reveal the reddish cabinetry beneath.  Just a little nod to what once was.  The hardwood floors were refinished in Minwax Dark Walnut stain and a matte finish polyurethane. 


I changed the hardware to a rubbed bronze pull for drawers and knob for cabinets.  (they were all brushed nickel knobs before)


The light fixture over the island was changed to the Lucas 3-light Pendant from Ballard Designs.


I have all of these wonderful storage spaces.  I am truly in love with this kitchen!


It wasn’t until we moved in and the last cabinet door was hung that I realized how lazy I had become in the kitchen.  I had hardly created anything new or experimented with recipes is such a long time!  Buckle up, y’all!  I’m ready to do some cookin’!

A Sneak Peek

I am certainly in the throes of project management!  There are lots of tradesmen at Chateau Charmant right now making it amazing before we move in.  I thought I would give you a sneak peek at what is to come.  I know that I can’t wait!!!!!



A purple bedroom fit for a princess!  It’s a lot of purple, a lot more than I truly wanted.  She asked for the ceiling to be purple too, but I had to draw the line. 


My built-in kitchen buffet is getting a make-over.  So is that little side table.


Hardwood floors are being refinished.  I chose the middle stain.  Not too dark and not too light.


This one is the best make-over yet!  The kitchen is getting a total transformation.  I don’t want to show you too much.  It’ll ruin the surprise!

I am having trouble containing my excitement!  This is the first time I’ve really made over a space.  I’ve changed furniture, paint or some decorating, but never really done a total transformation.  Prince Charming better watch out, I think I’m addicted!

The floors will be finished by the early part of next week.  Then the carpet will be installed.  Cabinet doors will be delivered late next week and we move just in time for Easter.  Talk about new beginnings!!  We are truly blessed!

Craigslist Chair–Before and After

I am totally in the throes of packing!  We closed on our home on Thursday!  A few days earlier than we had originally planned but everyone was ready so why not?!  I am sooo excited!  My Prince Charming has allowed me to redo the kitchen and keeping room (yes, I have a keeping room!!!!!) immediately and I can’t wait to share it with you.  Meanwhile, I have been planning some other odds and ends and I thought I would share one with you.


I bought this little accent chair off of Craigslist for I think around $50 bucks.  I’ve had it for over a year and just haven’t messed with it.  It became a clothes rack in my bedroom.  But recently I decided to show it a little love!







The Annie Sloan came out!  French Linen is a beautiful gray color.  I painted 2 coats on the chair and then lightly distressed it.  I didn’t want this chair appearing too chippy.  I had the best fabric picked out for it and the grey would look wonderful with that fabric. 




After it was painted I went over it with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  I let it seep into the crevasses of this chair.  There was some detailing on the arms that I really wanted to come through.








After all of the layers had dried and I buffed it really well with an old tee shirt (my rag of choice), I sent it to the upholsterer.  I do not attempt to upholster myself.  I think it is quite a talent, and I don’t have it! 

This is what the chair looks like now:


Yes, those are boxes in the background.  There’s just too many of them to hide!!!

I’m not sure where the chair will go in the new house, but I need to find a proper place for it.  I just love the way it turned out!!

Rental Home Tour

Well, since my charming little family is on its way out, I’ll share some photos of the charming little rental house we have occupied for the last 6 months.  I feel like we just plopped our stuff down and didn’t do much else.  We still have boxes everywhere and mismatched décor.  It isn’t as organized as I usually keep things and definitely not decorated to my normal taste.  But it has been nice.  We have been cozy and comfortable.


Being within walking distance to all of this has been fun too:


There’s a movie theater, shopping, restaurants, you name it!  I will miss running with the dog early in the morning before the shops open.  It’s so peaceful and I get to window shop too!  And the usual Starbuck’s stop will be missed!  But we are on to new things.  I can’t wait to get decorating our new house and making it our home.  I’ve decided to name it “Chateau Charmant” which means “charming castle”.  Isn’t everyone’s home their castle?  I think it should feel that way!

Design Idol: Sarah Richardson

What can I say?  I love her!  Sarah Richardson is an amazing designer.  Her aesthetic is so clean and comfortable, yet elegant.  I am always amazed by how many textures and patterns she can effortlessly wind into a room.  I also love how Sarah uses cast-off furniture and gives it a new life with paint or new upholstery, something I love to do myself!  Her keen eye for using antiques and vintage finds is fantastic.    In my opinion, HGTV does not have her show on enough!  And I truly can’t get enough of Tommy either!  My favorite Sarah’s House series was when she did her farm house.  Here are some photos from that series:  (all photos courtesy of







(Tommy Smythe did this room.  Look at that ceiling!)






Sarah's House

My goal is to put together a home with so much color and life, but have it flow as seamlessly as Sarah’s farm house does.  I just love it!  Thank you, Sarah Richardson, for being one of my design idols!

Moving On

This is what my foyer and dining room look like right now:


You got it, folks!  We are moving out!  We bought a house and close in a couple of weeks.  We are thrilled.  Here is our new beauty:


The whole family is very excited!  There are rooms to decorate, a huge kitchen to cook and create in, and plenty of dreaming and scheming to do!  I can’t wait to share it all with you!!!!

I am trying to come up with a name for our new home.  Any suggestions?  She needs a proper title.  She is going to get a little make-over in the coming month.  But it is sure to enhance her beauty.  I just can’t wait!!! (did I already mention that?) Smile  Send me any suggestions for a name for her.  I’m open to it all!

Rainy Day Décor Inspiration

On a rainy day (and we’ve had plenty lately) I love to spend it indoors dreaming about what I’d like to do next.  I’ll play on Pinterest to find great ideas or browse other blogs.  But this past rainy day I ventured out to a couple of the best places for me to be inspired.  There are plenty of other places I go to for inspiration, these just happened to be two that I was near by on this rainy day. 

My first stop was B. D. Jeffries.  This store is absolutely amazing!  The décor is rustic without being lodge-y, luxurious without being stuffy, industrial without being harsh, it’s just a design wonder!  But all beautiful design here comes at a price.  $$$$


So, after seeing all this beautiful furniture and décor that is sooo fabulous I decided to go to a place just as fabulous, if you have some imagination.  I headed to the Gibson Mill Antique Mall.  There are so many wonderful spaces here:  some look like someone’s garage sale, others look like Grandma’s estate sale, yet others look like an interior design shop.  My favorite place is the remnant fabric area!

This was my favorite find of the day:

Good advice!

Words to live by.


What has inspired you lately?

Breakfast Area–Before & After

I have been reminiscing about my old house.  I think about all the little projects I did there.  It was a new home when we moved in so there weren’t odd spaces or old DIY stuff for me to tackle.  It was exactly the way we wanted it.  So most of the stuff I did to the house was decoration.  Adding this and that, painting, etc. 

This was our breakfast area when we first moved in:


This was a homemade cornice above the window.  It added the much needed color to the space.  And the table and chairs were from World Market and took a lot of abuse from a toddler and infant.  But I loved the rug, which I got at Target and still have today.


This is the breakfast area after the kiddos had grown up a bit.  They had destroyed the table and it never matched anyway so I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk.  I bought a very ugly bench for around $50 and painted the legs the same color and upholstered it with a gorgeous fabric I found.  I think the fabric cost more than the bench!


Isn’t it amazing what window treatments can do to a space?!  Prince Charming let me get rid of the boring white blinds and put in bamboo.  I didn’t tell him about the custom curtains until I brought them home.  He was upset until they went up, at that point he “got it”.  He’s coming around on the whole home decorating thing. Smile  The planters on the wall were purchased at HomeGoods.

A little sprucing made a big difference!  What have you done to your house lately?

Atlanta–Design Inspiration Trip

I really believe that Atlanta sets the design standard for the South.  Some amazing designers have come from there (Suzanne Kasler, anyone?) and there are boutiques galore down there.  After having subscribed to Atlanta Homes magazine for quite some time and salivating over the copious amounts of interior design boutiques they have, I just had to go.  My dream is to open a home boutique so I chalked it up to research and inspiration.  I grabbed my dearest friend, Shannon who shares my love of a good boutique, and promised a weekend of interior design eye candy.  And some good food.  And a comfy hotel room with wine and no kids.  Needless to say, I didn’t have to ask her twice. 

We had a whole list of places to go: Huff Harrington Home, The Miami Circle Shops, B. D. Jeffries, J. Tribble,  just to name a few.  Not to mention the Ballard Designs outlet (there are two!) and a great furniture warehouse called The Dump

Here is a bit of what we found.






I fell in love with these lights at The Lighting Loft.  I think I will have to go back to Atlanta and buy them when I have a house to put them in!

Oh, and this chandelier too!

All in all, we had a wonderful trip.  Such a good time, in fact, that I forgot all about snapping pictures half the time!  There were plenty of interior design boutiques to inspire, and plenty more that we didn’t make it to.  We’ll save those for next trip!