Y’all have seen this house before. It is our most dramatic Before and Afters to date (which you can see here) and the customer holds an extra special place in our hearts! Rachel Kabukala, who has sort of become our house photographer!, was over there taking pictures the other day. We can’t wait to show you the finished products! Until that time, here are a few behind the scenes shots…
SummerHouse designer Elizabeth Gullett recently finished a project in Santa Rosa, Florida that we are all in love with! See what Elizabeth has to say about the challenges that the project presented and how she overcame those challenges. And check out these gorgeous photos!
I must say that this Santa Rosa Beach, Florida carriage house has been one of my most favorite projects yet. Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly! Right off the bat, Kay and I knew we were going to work great together. She’s as enthusiastic as I am, and there was so much to be excited about!
The Challenge: 1) To create a relaxing environment that was livable, fresh, and interesting, while easily accommodating guests ranging from grand-kids to business associates. One of the main issues we had to consider was the fact that this would be where Kay’s kids and grandkids stayed when they came to visit. So everything needed to be super durable, easy to clean, and all around super family friendly, with as much sleeping room as possible. 2) The carriage house needed to have a “chic” element about it as well, because (very fortunate) business associates and clients would be staying here occasionally. 3) The furnishings should direct attention outside toward the amazing views, and not steal it from them. 4) The carriage house should also flow smoothly from the main house (they are attached), and yet stand on it’s own two design feet.
The Solution: 1) This was accomplished with heavy duty fabric on a sleeper sofa, cleanable slipcovers on the chairs, and a darker wool rug downstairs. Wool is naturally stain-resistant, and the darker color makes it even more kid-friendly. The bar stools are made of a heavy-duty grey washed rattan – just wipe them clean! 2) A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house. The accessories-from classic, thick coffee table books to white coral on acrylic bases-add another layer of chic. The furniture is more rustic, while the accessories are more classic and elegant. 3) Furniture was arranged with each spectacular view as the focal point; every seat gets a good sightline to the ocean! 4) I chose a palette of crisp white, soothing greens and fresh blues- a classic beach palette, done in a slightly unexpected, dressier way. The blue was pulled from the main house, bringing a sense of cohesiveness.
“Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly!”
“A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house.”
The words we both kept using to describe the feeling we wanted for the house was “Non-beachy, beachy.” Sounds silly, but it fit. Clean, relaxed, sophisticated, and fresh, but with no wicker or “coastal” furniture to be found anywhere…a “different” type of beach house. Kay pretty much gave me free rein in the fabric and furnishing selection, and after the initial presentation didn’t change a thing. It was so affirming that she not only loved, but trusted, the entire vision!
Like I said, one of my most favorite projects yet. 🙂
GREAT JOB, ELIZABETH!
Black and white is quite possibly the most timeless color combo of all time. In middle school art class, many of us learned that black is the absence of all color, and white is the presence of all color. They always say “opposites attract,” so that must be why this combination has so perfectly stood the test of time! Here are some rooms featuring the two tones that we find so captivating… Take a peek.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
This holiday always makes us think about the beach. The beach makes us think about beautiful beach houses. Beach houses are usually light, bright, and airy. Here are a few of our favorite light, bright spaces from over at Rue Magazine.
As per usual, we are obsessing over the new LonnyMag for this month… Have you seen it? We love the bright, summery spaces that dominate most of it. Perfect for… drumroll please… SUMMER! Here are a few of the items that we carry that made it into the mag. Come shop LonnyMag with us! 🙂
Have you seen the most recent issue of Delta Magazine?! It just hit stands last week and we are loving it! We particularly love the post entitled “The Coolest Media Room on Earth! OMG!” One of our favorite families, the Blanchard family, showed off their amazing media and exercise room. It truly is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen! Lisa did a great job of making the space modern, yet liveable, don’t you think?
What is your favorite part about this room? We love the color, the huge Dr. Pitt sectional (by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), the Kelly Wearstler inspired bookshelf, all the Adler, the big lacquer mirrors in the exercise area…. Really, there is nothing about this room that we don’t love!
Be sure to pick up your copy of the May/June issue of Delta at pretty much any bookstore around here! It’s a great issue!
We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago! We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…
With it being our month birthday and all, we have had parties on the brain… After thumbing through Rue Magazine (a million times…) we keep getting stuck on their adorable ice cream social idea! So we wanted to go with that, but with a little SummerHouse spin!
How to throw an Ice Cream Social:
1. Make a guest list and decide on a date and location. Be sure to give yourself enough time to get everything planned and invites sent out! We love these fun invitations we found on etsy! If you don’t have time to send inviations via snail mail, create a facebook event or e-vite invitation!
2. Once invitations are sent out, start planning logistics! You will need to get the following: (1) decorations. We will get to that later! (2) plenty of bowls (3) plenty of spoons (4) ice cream cones, should you risk the messiness of melting ice cream with nowhere to go (5) at least 3 flavors of ice cream. May we suggest keeping the flavors simple so your toppings can really shine! Also, it is a good idea to have one frozen yogurt for those watching their calorie intake (6) the best part: TOPPINGS! Some of our favorites: dark chocolate chips… butterscotch chips… mini marshmallows… crushed candy bars… MnM’s… pecans… almonds… confetti sprinkles… crushed waffle cone… raspberries… kiwi… chopped strawberries… gummie bears… cake mix (yes, cake mix! mix in a couple of tablespoons into vanilla ice cream and BAM! you have cake batter ice cream)
3. Decorate! In order for your ice cream social to be photogenic, decorations are key. When we think about ice cream socials, we think COLOR! Have colorful bowls, fun tablecloths, funky napkins, brightly colored banners, balloons, streamers…. the list goes on and on…
Another idea is to tell your guests to dress in bright colors. We found this adorable dress over at Blithe and Vine that would be the perefct accent to any ice cream social! The color reminds us of orange sorbet… YUM!
4. Have fun and take lots of pictures! You can’t plan a colorful event without properly documenting it! Be sure to get pictures of your setup, your adorable decor, and all of your friends! That will definitely be scrapbook-worthy. Something to show your kids one day….
There are lots of different twists you could add to your own ice cream social. We would love to hear your ideas! And if you throw an ice cream social anytime soon, you MUST take pictures and send them to us! We want to see your creativity at work! Now go have fun and eat lots of ice cream! 🙂
As one of our designers was flipping through fabrics this morning, she ran across a CUTE fabric that many of us had somehow never seen! In researching to find what other colorways this particular fabric came in, we discovered a whole line of super fun, bright fabrics that just made our Monday! The designer is Amanda Nisbet and her line is called AND (Amanda Nisbet Designs) What do you think?!
Happy Friday everyone! It looks like this weekend is supposed to be filled with sunshine and great spring temperatures. Hope you have a great one!
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design! Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind! Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?” They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase! As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂
The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery. His color palette and style are always so much fun!
All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water. How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!
Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…
The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space.
Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!
This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot. They make some great looking furniture!
Daphne and Lisa getting set up!
We got an email this morning from Schumacher introducing the new Trina Turk outdoor fabrics and they are fabulous! We have had so much fun using the fabrics from her last introduction, so we are looking for ways to incorporate these into current projects! Even though these are labeled as outdoor fabrics, we love using them inside, particularly for kids areas. They clean with almost no effort at all! You can view all colorways of these patterns here.
As we were playing on the Jonathan Adler site, a few of their new items just really grabbed us! We have some of this at the store, and have the capability to order any of it! They get more and more creative every season, and that is exactly why we love them!
Serena and Lily, a line that started out solely with bedding, began in 2003 with creative minds Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter. Serena had a background in fabrics, Lily a background in baby-focused retail. After they collaborated and launched their initial baby/child bedding line, they saw such great success that they decided to branch into “grown up” bedding. The next step was furniture and accessories! They continually evolve and add, keeping things interesting for those of us who follow their every move. Here are just a few of the things these ladies have created. Hopefully it will be easy for you to see why we love Serena and Lily so!
Have any of you heard of Rue Magazine? We had not until yesterday but… WOW… We were left completely speechless! Rue Magazine (www.ruemag.com) is an online magazine, very similar to our beloved LonnyMag (www.lonnymag.com). It is paperless so it can be thumbed through with the click of a mouse, without having to take up any room on your counter! Rue is a little different from Lonny in that it seems to have more dark European insiriation mixed in. It is all very beautiful and outside the box! Here are a few of their many beautiful pages. What do you think?
Rue is only in its second issue, so we eagerly anticipate their coming issues!
The past couple of days have been spent working on the showroom floor. We have many new pieces of furniture, new lamps, and new accessories that we’ve had fun working with! Here are a few shots of what we’ve been doing!
We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday! We were glad that so many people were able to make it out! Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music. The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!
Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows! Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show. She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday.
We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back! Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running!
Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday! If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!
Our fabulous Schumacher rep, Jim, stopped in last week to show us what’s new from them this season! There were several fabrics we absolutely fell in love with. Beth was able to pull together an entire project just from what he showed us! We saw a lot of patterns, particularly florals, that we liked. Here are a few: