Thursday, March 19, 2015

beach house renovation

highway 30a, santa rosa beach

Our interiors shop on Magazine Street has been closed for almost 9 months now, but our design business is still in full-swing (and, a new retail space is in the works...stay tuned for that). In the mean time, I'd like to share a snippet from one of our latest projects in florida.

The last thing you want to picture while dreaming of a misty sea breeze, white sand, and sea shells is... an outdated kitchen with formica countertops... but that's what we started with here.


This kitchen was completely gutted: all the cabinets were ripped out, the furdown was removed, the pantry removed, the island removed, sold all of the appliances, etc. etc. etc. We cleared this one out and started from scratch. 

And we ended up with this... white carrera marble, grey subway tiles, open shelving, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, and new stainless appliances. Plus, a sleek marble bar with backless grey leather barstools.

We also did a simple renovation of the fireplace. This is where we started. It wasn't terrible, but just hadn't been updated in several years. 

We added a reclaimed piece of wood for the mantle, and we used antique fragments for corbels. We removed the old tiles and added an Ann Sacks Vintage Glass tile surround. This simple change gave the whole room such a fresh and updated feel.


Yes, the kitchen renovation was fairly complex -- but the mantle makeover was so easy and had such a huge impact on the space. I hope this inspires you in your design renovations! A simple change can update an entire room! 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

waco weekend

A couple of weekends ago, my mother & I met in Waco for a mini girl's trip. We chose Waco for a couple of reasons; it is a halfway point between Shreveport and San Antonio -- and it is home to Chip and Joanna Gaines! We're slightly obsessed with HGTV's Fixer Upper and thought this would be the perfect meeting place to catch up and check out the town (aka stalk out JoJo and the gang).

First on the list was the Joanna's shop...where it all started for her back in 2003.

Magnolia Market is a beautifully curated tiny shop covered in greenery and filled with the loveliest vintage and farmhouse finds.

We couldn't leave without snagging a few of Joanna's signature linen-scented candles and souvenir t-shirts (and I'm so not a souvenir shirt girl...)

We spent the rest of our weekend playing detective and finding all of the Fixer Upper's. It was harder than you would expect -- and being the internet sleuth that I am, I was surprised that I could only locate three (in addition to the Gaines' Magnolia Farm and Clint Harp's Design Co.. oh and, the silos that the Gaines' purchased in downtown Waco, Chip's Magnolia Villas neighborhood development, and the coffee shop that one couple on Season Two owned..)

Clint's house

Common Ground couple's house

and the house that was purchased for 10k!!!!

Also noteworthy are THOSE BLUE SKIES!!! It was such a fun mother/daughter weekend -- and we had a great time exploring such a neat little town. 

Waco (and Joanna), we will be back!!