Monday, May 27, 2013

Painted Built In Cabinet and Beach House Tour

I was recently hired by a customer from Loot to paint a built in cabinet in the master bedroom in her beach house. 

During the recent remodel of her beach house, she had a cabinet builder make the built in to fit the space between her two closet doors.  

She wanted it to be neutral enough to blend in with the white and grey color palette, while still standing out against the white walls.  

I painted the cabinet with Country Grey Chalk Paint.  To define the top, above the drawers, I whitewashed the natural wood and sanded to distress it.  I also added the same distressed white finish to the trim on the drawer fronts

To tie the cabinet in with the greys in the room and, because Country Grey is not technically grey, I applied a wash of French Linen Chalk Paint.

This woman has exquisite taste and I want to give you a tour of her gorgeous, sophisticated beach home.

Isn't that an amazing headboard?! It is a salvaged architectural piece from an old house.

The luxurious, velvet and linen bedding is by Bella Notte. The blues, greys, and creams of the bedding tie in perfectly with the color scheme of the room and the newly painted, built in cabinet.

She created a relaxed eclectic look by using two different night stands and lamps and adding unexpected pieces like this perfectly shabby chair.  

  Her sister bought this darling, ratty, old chair at Loot and it looks perfect in its new home.

The living room is neutral and beachy too.  The grey washed hardwood floor is not actually wood; it is tile.  I could not tell, even in person, until I touched it. No need to worry about scratching this flooring!

One of my favorite things in the whole house is the chippy, old front door.

Look at that charming letter slot on the front.

I sure do love that door!

The elegant kitchen was remodeled with custom cabinetry and stainless appliances.

The guest suite is ocean inspired and so lovely to look at.  Besides the pretty interior, the guest bedroom looks out on a beautiful flower farm.  What a location!  Beach on one side and flowers on the other!

She created an eclectic look in the bedroom with more mismatched lamps and night stands.

On the other side of the bed is this dear, weathered, vintage night stand with original paint and curvy, little legs.

On to the bath...

I want to know where she got that adorable occupied/vacant sign on the door of the guest bath.  

Both bathrooms are outfitted with custom cabinets, complete with louvered doors, and topped with marble.  

Just when I think it can't get any lovelier, I step out on their deck and take in the panoramic view of the great Pacific.

This was an inspiring place to paint!  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Peonies and Roses

Peonies are my favorite and when I mentioned this to my farmer friend she gave me her first three blooms of peonies, along with some peach roses, from her magnificent flower garden.  I noticed that this year is a particularly great year for flowers and she said she realized the same thing. She has so many roses growing everywhere around her property that as soon as I stepped out of my car I could smell the sweet scent of roses wafting through the air.

I brought the blooms to my house and placed them in a tarnished silver urn atop my dresser.  Now my room is filled with the sweet fragrance of peonies and roses.

I love the lush, round blooms of the peony flowers.  I wish they bloomed for a longer time, but that is my only complaint about these stunning blossoms and I suppose it makes me appreciate them even more.

Along with the wonderful fragrance, this homegrown bouquet, paired with my tarnished, "yard sale find" urn, adds such classic warmth and vibrancy to my bedroom. 

 I hope you are all enjoying your springtime posies too!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Mom's Kitchen Design

My mom is amazing, talented, and optimistic. She and my dad have been rehabbing houses for as long as I have been alive.  Between  my mom's optimism and my dad's philosophy of always leaving places better than when you found them, they can turn any dump into a dream house.  

This is a kitchen from a recent remodel on a beautiful home in Loomis, CA.  My mom designed the kitchen and it looks spectacular!  

My dad built the butcher block top on the center island using reclaimed, old wood.

The top of the island is gorgeous in person! Even though you can see all the imperfections in the reclaimed wood, you cannot feel any of them because my dad planed all the wood and joined the boards so seamlessly.

There is a lovely window seat that looks out on the sunny mornings.

I love the subway tile back splash, the farm sink, and the dark center island paired with the white cabinetry.  

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the mom's out there!


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