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. 

 

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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!

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Moving On

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

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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:

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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!

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!

New England Hospitality

We all know about Southern Hospitality.  There is truly no place like the South for chatting with a perfect stranger just to pass the time in the grocery line.  Or to welcome you with a homemade treat when you move in next door.  But did you know that New England has hospitality too?  I grew up in Connecticut and while I truly feel that I belong in the South, I can’t let go of the warm cozy spaces that you can only find in New England.  The elegant farm houses and the cedar shake houses.  The roaring fires in oversized fire places and creaky, wide planked floors.  You may not get chatted up in line anywhere, but if someone invites you in to their home, you’ll never want to leave.  Check out these rooms that I have used as inspiration.

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Just imagine the throw blankets strewn on each couch, a fire in the fireplace, wool socks, some great antiques and a cup of hot cocoa as you watch the snow fall.  That is the New England hospitality that I remember! (and miss!)

The Beauty of Greige

What is “greige” you ask?  The actual definition from dictionary.com is “Not bleached or dyed; unfinished. Used of textiles.”  My definition is that it’s a cross between grey and beige and IT IS FABULOUS!  It is so fabulous because it can be warm or cool, it matches everything, and it comes in many different shades.  I believe it is so popular right now because of the popularity of burlap and grain sacks.  It is the exact color of burlap and grain sacks. 

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This room by Candice Olson is decidedly greige.  Look at the rug alone.  Shades of white, grey and beige.  And the grass cloth wallpaper, which is to die for, has many different tones of white, grey and beige. 

Beautiful.

A front entry done in greige can set the tone for an entire house.  Is it grey?  Is it beige?  Luckily it can be both!  (image via pinterest)

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I adore this home office!  So soothing and relaxing.  I’m not sure I’d get any work done.  Just look at how the greige bookshelves make the antique books stand out. 

 

I could do without the sheep’s head on my wall, but the wall color paired with the creamy couch is very cozy.  And here’s some burlap for all of you lovers out there!

Here are some beautiful greige colors from Benjamin Moore.

                                

I love them all.  I’m thinking that Coastal Fog and Feather Down need to make an appearance in my next house.  How about you?  Are you going to go greige in 2013?