Back from the beach… and some pretty pics

I’m back from the beach… barely.  Here are some random pretties to try to make up for my absence.

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Lime Washed Look

lime washed wood finish

What do y’all think of a Lime Washed wood finish?   Also known as White Washed, Cerused, Waxed, White Leaded, etc….

The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of a Lime Washed finish are the Bungalow 5‘s chairs that are available in “Limed” and “Gray Limed Oak”… (Check out their website for more fun styles!)

Monaco Armchair, Gray Limed Oak

Monaco Armchair, Gray Limed Oak

Hampton Chair, Limed

Hampton Chair, Limed

But there are many more uses for a limed look.  In the right setting, it could look great on floors, cabinets, case pieces, you name it.  Now check it out…  What’s your favorite?

white washed hardwood floors

#lime #washed #twin beds

Suzanne Tucker

India Hicks' Bahamas home

India Hicks’ Bahamas home

Better Homes & Gardens

white washed walls #fauxbois

lime washed chest

lime washed wood cabinets

William Hefner

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Italian Country Living

Italian Country Living

lime washed walls

lime washed cabinets

Tammy Conner

Tammy Conner

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

white washed walls

Emma Templeton

lime washed beams

Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

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I like it!  I think it would look great especially in a beach house.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day / Fourth of July!!!!  The weather here is not looking so great but I’m excited about a long weekend celebrating with friends and resting.

#america

If you’re looking for a fun patriotic recipe for a cocktail, check out my friend Meme’s recipe for festive drunk strawberries.  Fruit + white chocolate + vodka = what’s not to love?  You’ll definitely have a happy fourth after a couple of these ;)

via Living Well Kitchen

via Living Well Kitchen

Whatever y’all do, have a fabulous & safe Independence Day!!!

Lindsay Coral Harper

Lindsay Coral Harper

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Robert Couturier

Robert Couturier

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Robert Couturier

Robert Couturier

#america

#america

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

#america

red white & blue

#fourthofjuly

Kristin Ewart

Kristin Ewart

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Weekend Pretties

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I live for the weekends :)

Here are some chic pictures that have nothing to do with one another, but I had to share…

I’ve told y’all before that I love twin beds.  Symmetry always catches my eye so a twin bedroom is the best opportunity to have lots and lots of symmetry.  What about THREE twin beds?  Love it three times as much… Not to mention how precious is this bedroom designed by Cathy Kincaid… i.e. bedspreads, beams, benches – did not even mean to use alliteration there :)

Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kincaid

So many chic things going on in this picture below… Peacock blue door with Brass nailheads… Grasscloth on the walls… Is that a light blue painted ceiling?  I wish we could see what was beyond that door:  a chevron rug and hand painted wallpaper perhaps?

House & Home magazine

House & Home magazine

Sometimes I see a room like this and think “oh my gosh this is the cutest room ever – I love color!”…

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And then ten minutes later I see this room and think “what?  I hate color!  Color is bad.  Always stick to neutrals”…

Annelle Primos

Annelle Primos

In conclusion, I am completely indecisive about what I want, but I can tell other people exactly what they want… Good thing I haven’t started designing my dream house yet!

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Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend.  I love Memorial Day.  But I think that we should take time to appreciate the people who fight for this country all 365 days of the year.  An especially huge thank you goes out to those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom… Thank you!

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Photos of the Day: Black and White

It’s Monday again!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was not long enough, as usual.  How about a few black and white vignettes to get your Monday off right?

Summerfield - Lonny

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Black / White

Black and white is sort of a tricky color combination for me.  There are certain things that I cannot stand in black and white.  For example, I cannot stand black and white damask – it just screams tacky.  But a black and white abstract painting or drawing?  I love them.  I guess I’m just picky about my black and white.  I usually don’t like black and white patterns or prints unless they’re super traditional or super modern.  But I love a black and white stripe – you’ll see :)

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Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Summerfield

Country Living

Country Living

Summerfield

Summerfield

Brunschwig & Fils' Les Touches fabric

Brunschwig & Fils’ Les Touches fabric

Summerfield

Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton

Lonny

Lonny

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Kate Spade's Normandy Park Dog Bag

Kate Spade’s Normandy Park Dog Bag

Summerfield

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Summerfield

Summerfield

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter

Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble

Summerfield

Rug Magazine

Rug Magazine

Summerfield

Summerfield

Summerfield

I have a feeling there will be many more black and white posts to come!

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Black and White Abstract

I’ve been working on some artwork for my apartment lately.  I’ve been drawn to black and white abstract pieces for a long time.  I took several art classes in high school and in college.  Instead of buying something or finding a poster, I figured why not put my skills to the test?   How hard can it be?  We’ll see…

 

 

B&B Italia via Courtney Price

 

 

 

 

Nick Olsen 

 

chair silhouette painting via One Kings Lane

 

Christina Murphy

 

Charcoal drawing via One Kings Lane

 

 

 Dransfield & Ross via Lonny

 

 

Ralph Lauren via Courtney Price

 

via Eclectic Revisited

 

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Beach Bound

Countdown to spending a whole week at the beach: 4 days!!!  And I cannot wait.  I used to think that living far away from the beach was a good thing because it made beach vacations more special.  Not anymore.  Now I’m convinced I would be perfectly fine living near the beach.  I would never take it for granted.  Maybe one day I’ll make this dream a reality. 

 

 

 via Country Living

 

Of course I would have these Graham & Green chairs in my breakfast room:

 

 

Or else I would have some bistro chairs like the ones in this dining area designed by Ashley Whitaker:

 

 

I love the pendants in the kitchen below…

 

 

But we all know I can’t resist my beloved Hicks pendants:

 

 

 

I would put these adorable Vineyard Striped Rugs from Ballard Designs in the hallways on hardwood floors…

 

A beach house isn’t complete without an outdoor shower.  How awesome is this one?

 

 

I love this driftwood lamp for a beach house — not sure where its from though.

 

 

 

 

Orkney chairs are very beachy in my opinion, of course my dream beach house has at least one…

 

 

 

 

I would probably go with this AMAZING Lotus wallpaper by Galbraith & Paul in one of the bathrooms… Seriously, this wallpaper is like my new favorite thing EVER.

 

 

Another outdoor shower inspiration (I think I like the other one better though).  Via Lonny

 

Here is Meg Ryan at her beach house:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image sources:  Pink Wallpaper, Brabourne Farms, Greige, Home Bunch, Dering Hall, Elements of Style,

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Slipcovering

I have always loved the look of a good white slipcover. A slipcover adds a casual laid back look to a piece of furniture. Most people see slipcovers as just a sheet that is thrown over an upholstered piece of furniture.  Oh no. They can be so much more.  This post was inspired by this picture from yesterday’s post on cabins:

How cute are those blue slipcovers on those Louis XVI style chairs with the TIES?!?!?  These chairs prove that a slipcover doesn’t have to be a white sheet on a club chair. You can get creative with slipcovers. Ideally, you would want to have them custom made for a piece of furniture, but there are lots of decent slipcovers out there from Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, even Target.

Hands down, the BEST thing about a slipcover? You can put them in the washing machine (or take them to a dry cleaner)! Therefore, they will last longer. Just another reason to make the investment to have them custom made.

 

 I’m IN LOVE with the slipcovers on the chairs below.  Louis XVI chairs with scalloped skirts?  Yes, please!

Cote de Texas

 

Miles Redd

 

Country Living

 

The Little Green Notebook

 

 Albert Hadley via House Beautiful

 

Dransfield & Ross via Elle Decor

 

A Petite Cottage

 

 

Jim Westcott via Elle Decor

 

 HGTV

 

McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier

 

 Melanie Turner

 

 via Pink Postcard

 

via Pink Wallpaper

 

via Roses & Rust

 

These might actually be my favorite… HOW CUTE.

 

Loving the buttons:

 

And last but not least…

Suzanne Kasler designed the unique slipcovers above.  I love them.  They’re so creative with their shape and contrast green piping and ties.  And they really add a casual feel to the otherwise formal dining room.