Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Beach House to Remember: Part Four - We're Rolling!


I spent last week in Rosemary Beach working on our fabulous project there.  When I left about a month ago, we hired a contractor to paint, refinish floors and some other light renovating tasks that needed to happen on a fast track.

I was so pleased to see our progress when I returned last week.  My client has a bevy of guests who will be arriving throughout the summer months and our goal is to have the majority installed just prior to the July 4th holiday weekend.  We're right on track!

We lived in upheaval this week with furniture in the kitchen, access to only sections of the house at times, but by week's end this is where we are and I'm so pleased.  I can't wait to get the new upholstery pieces, drapery and remaining art pieces installed.  For now, we are making great progress.
Prior to engaging our contractor, this house was decorated in a range of colors that included yellow, red and tealish green.  It was done beautifully a number of years ago but my client was excited to put her own decor aesthetic in place.  We painted the majority of the walls in the main living areas Benjamin Moore's Moonlight White and the trim on the fabulous French Doors Benjamin Moore's Fairview Taupe.  Isn't it beautiful?  I've been shopping too..these amazing pots and piece of furniture were purchased during my last two trips. I was so excited to get everything in place before I left on Friday.
This is another view of the family living areas.  We also painted the railings Fairview Taupe to add drama to the central staircase.  It is more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I purchased this chest on my last trip to Rosemary Beach.
I spent a day in Panama City at Hobby Lobby, Michael's and TJ Maxx.  What a day?  This vase came from Hobby Lobby.  A true find.
I purchased these pots at a precious shop in Seaside last week and found the sticks at no other than Michael's.  The ceramic globe was another Hobby Lobby find.  I procured the piece under the TV on my trip a month ago but we just this week were able to put it in place.  I'm still trying to decide if we are going to tweak it a bit.  Pondering whether to paint the iron parts another color.  Any thoughts?
We purchased this lamp at Bohlert-Massey Interiors and the coral and other accessories came from a little gift shop in Panama City, The Carousel (it's inside a grocery store)!  Don't you just love the laid back nature of a beach town?  Click here to visit Bohlert-Massey Interiors.
This beautiful lamp was purchased at Shabby Slips in Rosemary Beach.  It's an original lamp a local artist created.  When in its presence, it's mesmerizing!
I found this original photograph at a shop in Seaside.  It's a sea urchin.  We are going to lacquer the existing frame white.  I think it will make this beautiful image "float" off the wall.  It hangs over the kitchen island.
And this downstairs guest room, you can't imagine the transformation.  Originally, it was painted a deep rusty red with heavy ornate red & green bedding.  We are waiting for our beautiful Leontine Linens to arrive to complete the room.  I chose Benjamin Moore's Hazy Skies as the paint color for this room.  Perfection!
I found this beautiful Russian chandelier at Bohlert-Massey Interiors during my last visit.  We hung it last week while I was in town.  It's absolutely exquisite.  I really wanted this room to have a romantic feel that invites you in.  I think we are headed in the right direction.  I can't wait to share the other elements of quiet drama with you when we get it fully installed.
I found a pair of these beautiful lamps at Design on the Gulf in Santa Rosa Beach on my last trip.  Click here to visit.  They are perfect for this space.  The little white bone box was a TJ Maxx find.
A main feature of the Master Bedroom in this house is the shell fireplace created by a local artist.  When I arrived it was covered up with a huge mirror and glass hurricane sconces.  We removed those and added these unique pieces of pottery.  We are going to use this soft blue color in this room.
This fireplace is amazing in person.  The shells have spectacular natural color.  You see something different every time you look at it.  The sign of a true piece of art to me.

This chandelier was already in place in the Master Bedroom.  I think we are going to remove the shades and use it with some interesting light bulbs.  Any ideas?

I'll do some more posts later this week about our plans for the Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom, as well as, finishing touches for the rest of the house.

Please let me know what you think of our progress.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Pool of Swim

I've been working in Rosemary Beach this week and loving it.  We are making great progress on our project and I can't wait to share the finished product with you.  It won't be long!


It's amazing how different life is here from where I live.  The pace is easy and free, just love it.  I've been lucky enough to start every day with an early morning swim and it has left me longing for a pool of my very own.  Just a fabulous way to start the day.  For now, I'll just have to dream and drool over these beauties.  Enjoy!























I've needed my early morning swim because these have been long days of lots of work.  There is nothing more invigorating or exciting than seeing a project come together.  It's looking beautiful and been a fruitful week indeed.  I hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Just Pure Love!


I absolutely love this beautiful space.  I, unfortunately, can't place where I bookmarked it, so please let me know if you have seen it before.  This is pure Gwen style, from head to toe.  Enjoy these tonight.  
I love the neutral palette with spikes of color everywhere!
Everything here, from the rug to the chandelier are special to me.  Look at those beautiful natural wood floors.  Perfection!
Another spectacular view.  What about this chic sofa?  Love it.  Again, the floors!
No words!
A light, fresh airy kitchen... and, all those precious deer with antlers peering over the edge of the chandelier.  Love.
There is my little touch of lavender love.  You know I add it in every project I design.  Just a little hit somewhere makes all the difference.  Think what it adds to this hallway.
No words, yet again!
This wall color is beautiful perfection.  I could brush my teeth here daily and be gloriously happy.

I hope you've enjoyed this tour.  I'll be traveling this week back to Rosemary Beach to see our progress over the last month.  I can't wait to see how our project is coming along.  Exciting!

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

Sunday, May 23, 2010

When Can I Go Back? Please, Pretty Please

As I sat watching CBS Sunday Morning (such a fabulous show), it was all about design today.  Many fabulous places were featured including, truly, a place I will never forget:  Post Ranch Inn located in Big Sur, CA.

I was lucky enough to honeymoon there many years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.  While watching this morning, it made me long to return and I hope very soon.

Post Ranch is, literally, nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur providing one of the most romantic places I've ever been in my life.  It's luxurious, rustic, refined and rough all rolled into one phenomenal experience.  Truly, an oasis to relax, rest, breathe and just be.

Enjoy these images and dream of self-nourishment, if you need it, this is the place to go for certain.


Can you imagine being here?  Trust me, it's as good as it looks.






Post Ranch Inn is literally in the middle of the woods, a sanctuary on the California coast.  Everywhere you look there is a spectacular view.

It's also home to the award winning restaurant, Sierra Mar.  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is magical.  You feel as if you are floating over the sea.


The entrance to Sierra Mar is unassuming, much like other structures at Post Ranch Inn.  It was designed, without a doubt, to focus on the views and its awesome natural setting.







Sierra Mar's world class cuisine and wine selections are worth the trip alone.


Pathways lead to beautiful accommodations, pools, fabulous spa and so much more.






If you want activities the staff at Post Ranch Inn provide guided hikes, yoga and horseback riding among many other things.

Accommodations are available in multiple settings all with privacy and serenity as a primary focus.









I'm so ready to return.  Michael, are you reading this?

We'll talk soon.

Gwen




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