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Friday Favorites – Camping in style

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The recent “heat wave” this winter has us thinking about the warmer months ahead. We’ve been thinking about ways to get out of the house this summer. With a new baby we have landed on the idea of looking for a small budget friendly pull-behind camper that needs updating. While we’d love an option that allows for both ice-fishing use as well as summer camping use – that might be a few years out. I’ve started pulling together some inspiration photos for our future camper to get us excited about the possibilities of camping in style.  I’m planning on incorporating wall-covering, fun patterns, bold color and potentially a change in the space plan for function. It’s a small space and it’s a place to have fun with the design!

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If and when we find the right camper and complete our project I’ll be sure to share the final outcome!


Sources: (1), (2), (3) Tribeza Austin Curated magazine – Jan 2017 (*I love this publication!), (4) Country Living, (5) Country Living

Friday Favorites: Outdoor Sconces

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Now that the weather has turned warm and we are beginning to think about how to enjoy our exterior spaces, lighting is increasingly important.  In order to enjoy your space into the evening and create a nice ambiance for visitors arriving to your home, along with concerns of safety & security, consider replacing your exterior lighting.  Sconces are one of the first things you see driving up to your home and, often, the main source of exterior lighting.  Updating this simple detail can make a world of difference to your home’s curb appeal!

Use the overall style and color scheme of your home as a guide to choosing the fixtures that will best complement your home.  With often urge clients to consider the cleanability factor of glass fixtures and choose a textured or partially obsurce glass to ensure dirt and bugs are not as noticable.  We love all finishes – silvers, bronzes, blacks, coppers – and what is selected will be determined by your other hardware and often the color of your home.

Below are ten of our favorite outdoor fixtures.  Which is right for your home?

Favorite Outdoor Sconces

Resources: Quoizel | Hudson Valley | Kichler | Capital Lighting | Hinkley | SeaGull Lighting

Summer Cottage Style with a Twist

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Summer always makes me long for days spent at the cottage.  And nothing screams summer cottage quite like beadboard or paneling!  Instead of just the standard v-groove beadboard wainscoting used for centuries, we are seeing wider planks running in different directions to add interest and scale.  As a design element, they can be used in many different ways – from walls to ceiling, and everything in between.  Here are some of my favorites ways to utilize wood paneling.  A little goes a long way!



A vaulted space can sometimes feel cavernous, but by incorporating beadboard on the ceiling, the scale of this kitchen is more appealing.  The texture of the beadboard helps add interest to the vault, but by using the same color as the cabinetry and walls, the space does not become too busy.



The paneling in this beautiful entry is sized proportionally for the large-scale space. Running it horizontally helps balance the tall ceilings and make the space feel wider.



This kitchen features planking on the ceiling, which is repeated on the island only.  Keeping the rest of the cabinetry simple helps the space overall feel more modern than cottage.  The contrast with the floor and wood countertops creates a cohesive – yet updated – look!


This light & airy bathroom incorporates wood planking on both walls & ceilings, bringing a different textural element to the space.  The various textures and materials in the space, along with the fun green chair really make it feel like a cottage bath.


The different sizing and types of paneling in this mudroom helps create continuity in the space.  Utilizing both beadboard and more traditional wainscoting adds interest to the space.  Plus woodwork painted in a semi-gloss paint is easily touched up.


The beadboard ceiling in this kitchen adds a wonderful punch of color to this all-white space.  The color pulls out some of the blue-gray in the backsplash.


This loft and bunkroom is quintessential cottage! The planks running through the space creates continuity even with the awkward ceiling angles and smaller size rooms.


The small amount of beadboard used on the ceiling of this space is just enough to add interest and complement the texture of the shake siding.  That porch swing would be the perfect place to relax after a long summer day!


(1) Precision Cabinets, California

(2) Structures Building Corporation, South Carolina

(3) Taylor Lombardo Architects, California

(4) Sarah Richardson, Canada

(5) Garrison Hullinger, Oregon

(6) Charmean Neithart, California

(7) ReThink Design Studio, Georgia

(8) The Consulting House, Georgia