Designing for teen girls is so much fun! As you can see purple was our color of choice. I used black, white and grey as the accent colors to tone down the purple. The room is made up of the following items.
The white bed, dresser and bedside table are all from Ikea www.ikea.com
Now is the time to think about sprucing up your outdoor space. The retail world is winding down on summer and you can get some great deals on outdoor furniture, umbrellas, outdoor pillows, table clothes, lanterns, fun planters and everything you need for summer entertaining.
Home Goods is another great place to get summer items for less! Be sure to shop the sales to upgrade your outdoor space for less.
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This project on the coast of Maine was so much fun! The homeowners became good friends through the construction process. We started with a subpar colonial and finished a superb coastal retreat. One of the most interesting parts of this project was the fact that these homeowners wanted to be involved in all of the stages of the project, in fact they did the trim and the fireplace!
This is one of the before pictures of the kitchen. The kitchen was cherry and had black appliances, many home owners would be happy with the before, but thankfully these home owners knew that the house needed to be lightened up. We not only took out the kitchen but we removed walls and set the beams up into the ceiling, the effect was amazing!
Look at this light and airy after shot of the kitchen! The appliances are all stainless steel, the cabinets are off white and the counters are so unusual, gray and gorgeous.
The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!
Did I tell you the view is fabulous? You can see the ocean from the stove, sink and fridge who wouldn’t want to cook here?
Here is the before shot of the eat-in area of the kitchen. Look at the fireplace…you won’t recognize it.
In the next after shot below you see how we continued the light feeling removing the bookcases, and refinishing the fireplace…the homeowner did it himself!!!!
Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly
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The High Point Show has confirmed that the distressed French country look is still a strong home trend this season. Here are some of the best options from Blue Ocean Traders, Four Hands, and Zentique.
The first three photos are from Four Hands they have been ahead of home trends for over 15 years! I love Four Hands.
The next three photos are from Zentique; this company is the go to place for the French country look. They understand good design, and have reproduced many French designs adapting them for today’s life style. I love these cabinets, they are simply beautiful. The French candle cage is just lovey too!
The last three photos are from Blue Ocean Traders; this is a very reasonably priced company with a good sense of design. They combine one of kind antique pieces with good reproductions. I especially love the Antique side car…great art piece for the right home!
If you are following home trends but do not want something that will go out of style, this may be the trend for you. These are timeless pieces that could work for traditional and transitional homes. This look also works in coastal homes as the wood has a bleached or drift wood look.
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I have been asked by several readers to give suggestions for reasonably priced sofas. I was not given any parameters so I am giving you a smattering of ideas for well made couches at good prices.
The Barrington Sofa below from www.crateandbarrel.com is a great classic sofa. This couch would look good in many homes and can be made to look modern or traditional. The price is $1,700.
The Greenwich Sofa above from www.potterybarn.com is another good choice for transitional homes. This sofa’s price range is $1,400-$1,900. I have used this in a few homes and the only feedback is that it is stiff at first. Good choice for kids and animals.
True Modern Circa 84” sofa above from www.2modern.com is a classic mid-century modern design. This is a great modern couch for $1,600.
The Blake Sofa above from www.westelm.com is a very good choice for those of you who have a transitional style. The price for this sofa runs between $1,100 and $1,700 depending on the grade of fabric.
Anne sofa above from www.pashahome.com is a great traditional couch. It retails for just under $2,000.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions or design dilemmas.
Poufs and ottomans are trending in a big way! This is a trend I wholeheartedly embrace. Who doesn’t want to put their feet up? But, ottomans, cubes, and poufs are not just for resting your tired feet; they serve as extra seating too. They are small-scale and can be stashed under consoles,dining tables and coffee tables. These are wonderful in small spaces. Here are some great options! These range in price from $199-$599.
One of my readers asked me to put together a cottage bedroom with resources for them. As with many of my clients my readers want to be a part of the design process but need me to point them in the right direction. I am more than happy to write blog posts based on questions like this so keep them coming!
I have used furniture for this cottage style room from Maine Woodworks (made in the USA) www.mainewoodworks.com if you would like to order any of these pieces, and there is not a retailer in your area: email us firstname.lastname@example.org . We can customize these furniture pieces any size any color!
Furniture: The bed is a barn-board queen bed with bun feet shown in ocean blue $1,600, the nightstand has a drawer and space for books, is shown in bright white $300, the bookcase is long and low (60Lx38Hx12 ¾ D) shown in bright white $1,100, the dresser is wonderful with barn-board sides, bun feet and 6 large drawers for storage (57Lx38Hx20D) shown in ocean blue $1,350.
Rug: www.dashandalbert.com I love this rug, it is soft woven cotton, Train Tracks Slate 8×10 $364.00, any cotton rug will do!
This year is going to be different! I am going old school…and setting up my home for the summer. In Maine we need to celebrate summer, it is short and sweet. I am going to enjoy every moment! I am investing in summer rugs, rolling up the wool and rolling out the cotton. This practice is very old fashioned but it does preserve your rugs! Dash and Albert have wonderful rugs for summer living www.dashandalbert.com.
I will also be packing up my pillows and replacing them with fun summer pillows, maybe even outdoor pillows so I can bring them in and out as I please. I am investing in two new outdoor cubes they are just too cool a trend to miss out on! Check out www.potterybarn.com for pillows and cubes like the ones below.
Lastly, I am investing in summer dishes I love Le Cadeaux Malaga dishes~ They are melamine and so they can go from the deck to the dishwasher!www.thefrenchybee.com has a great selection of Le Cadeaux.
If I was really going for the summer look I would slipcover all my sofa and chairs but, I know my banker husband will put the kibosh on that idea so these changes will have to suffice. I am so looking forward to summer, lobsters, dining al fresco, tiki torches, and long days at the beach…along with long night of tending to sunburns, lightening bugs and so much more. First we have to get through mud season…happy spring.