Southern Spring Travels {Savannah, Tybee, Beaufort}

This Spring Break, I feel in love...

With a house. A region. And two towns, in particular.

Yup, it was a big week. 

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Welcome to Sundew Cottage on the ecclectic island of Tybee, Savannah's beach town. 

We knew we wanted to explore Savannah with the kids, but also wanted to squeeze in a little beach time, if we could. Staying in this adorable cottage was just a perk that came along with the trip, but truth be told, it was much more than a perk - more like a highlight! 

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The screened-in porch being the true gem of the cottage - Great for sun drenched mornings, afternoon naps, family dinners and chilly evenings, too! 

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We explored Savannah by day, dining out and taking in all the city had to offer than slipped back to the cottage in the late afternoon to enjoy a dip in the pool, cook a meal in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) by the fire at night. It was truly delighful.

Some of the highlights from Tybee were: the Social club for Blue Grass Brunch, The Cafe & Bakery on 80 for take away lunch, The Crab Shack for creekside dining, Wiley's Championship BBQ for really good ribs, and Scuba Steve's Seafood for shrimp right off the boat. Honorable mention to Gerald's Pig & Shrimp, which was closed when we tried to go, but looked so fun!

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We spent a couple of days wondering through Savannah - taking in the squares, the architecture, the atmosphere and, of course, all the good eats!

Most notably, we enjoyed the Old Savannah Trolley Tour, which was a great way to keep the kids engaged while we explored the whole historic area. The kids also loved the Dolphin Magic Tour on the river, which allowed us to view the two local forts and the Tybee lighthouse.

For lunches we enjoyed the Old Pink House as well as The Little Duck Diner. Of course, no trip to Savannah would be complete without a visit to Leopold's for ice cream made the old fashioned way. Special shout out to The Grey, which we wanted to try but just couldn't make it work. 

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Our last day was a dreary, rainy one - we decided to skip town early and head home, but first ... a detour! Not just any detour, only the best detour to date - to Beaufort, SC. What a cute little waterfront town!!

We only stopped in for a couple of hours, just enough to grab a great lunch at the Wren, walk the main street and take a driving tour of the historic district - including the house from the Big Chill! Next time we'd love to take the historic home tour via horse drawn carriage, Southern Rose Buggy Tours.

We had such a nice time touring this lovely area of the South that we're already making plans for another get away. And, of course, it's inspiring a project at home too!

More to come...

A New Great Room {Client Work}

Surprise, surprise...

I'm back, so soon, sharing the before and after of a recently completed great room for a repeat client (my favorite kind).

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This was a top to bottom makeover including new wall color, layout, floor coverings, furniture, etc.

I do a lot of work that includes client's existing furniture, which I enjoy, but having the opportunity to create an entirely new space is always a favorite because the transformation is so clear.

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We choose a tight color palette, mostly shades of grey with mint/seafoam accent, for this project - pulling inspiration from the architecture of the home and some existing kitchen furnishings to tie the spaces together.

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Texture and pattern were key players in this project. Area rug, cushions, throw blankets and eyelash poufs all in similar tones, but varying patterns and textures keep the space interesting while maintaining the minimal palette.

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Small details like the nailhead trim speak to the lighting fixtures in the kitchen to help coordinate the two spaces.

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Funnily enough, one of the first projects I completed for this client was an update to the mantel and help with art placement (then we moved onto the master bedroom, which you can read about here). I choose the urns for her mantel not knowing that they would be a major influence on the great room over a year later. 

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No good reveal post would be complete without a good before shot to remind us where we started . Go ahead and feast you're eyes on this image - camera phone, bad lighting and all.  

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Yes, we've come along way and the transformation couldn't be more clear. Clean and crisp, but still cozy - one of my favorite combinations. 

Big thank you to the Valentine Family for trusting me (again) to make this happen - I hope you love it as much as I do!

More to come..

Spring!

Spring is in the air...for many of us, it's been a long time coming...so we're extra excited this year!

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I'm in the mood to work on the yard,

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Do a bit of travel, 

Finish off some on going client projects, 

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Add some Spring decor to my own home, 

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And share some recently finished projects.

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Yes, there's a lot to look forward to this Spring. 

More to come...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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Truth? I had every intention of sharing a holiday home tour with you, but, like everyone else, finding a spare moment proved to be just too challenging.

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Now that the holiday season has passed, time has slowed to much more respectable rate and I can finally reach out to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. 

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I hope you had a wonderful 2017 and want to thank each of you - from family, to friends, to clients and coworkers - for making my 2017 one of my most memorable years yet. I worked on, and completed, some of my most favorite projects to date ... 

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I also started a lot of exciting projects that will be carrying through to 2018. 

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Although blogging has taken a bit of a backseat to my design business (and there's probably no one even reading this other than family and friends), I do plan to continue to share with you from time to time because without your support there would be NO design business. It just wouldn't be right to start off this new year without recognizing that. So thank you, again, for helping me to have the best 2017!

Here's to an amazing 2018 - for all of us!

More to come...

In The News ... 3

It's almost October ... how did that happen and where have I been? Weeellll, I've decided to take a step back from the weekly blog posts. Mostly because life has taken me in different directions - the kids are back in school, I've upped my hours at the store, taken on more clients and enjoyed some downtime (including a bit of travel, more on that later). But, also, because I feel like the world of blogging is already so saturated and I don't think I'm adding any value at this point. My plan, for now, is to pop back from time to time to post inspiration, client work and/or just a life  update...because I know, enquiring minds want to know. I've loved blogging over the last 7+ years and truly appreciate everyone that supported and followed along week after week. 

Before this spirals into an entirely different post, let's change the subject and chat about life lately...

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With the kids back in school, I have been able to open up my schedule to take on a few new client projects. Obviously, some are bigger than others. Can't wait to share the updates as they roll in. 

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We recently traveled overseas, to Southern France, for the first time since we moved back from London 8 years ago. Our trip brought back so many memories of our time living and traveling around Europe, and provided inspiration for design as well as lifestyle.

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Slowing down, enjoying the simple pleasures of life is always a big take away from our travels. And, of course, the amazing fresh food we enjoyed inspires our cooking at home. Here are some of the recipes I've made lately and really enjoyed:

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While traveling, we were also inspired by many beautiful gardens. So much so that we've finally decided it's time to tackle some much needed updates in our own garden. Starting with tidying up the paths, which had become overgrown and undefined over time. Here, you can see we've started in on the main path - lots more to go on this project! 

I'll be sure to pop back in to provide updates on projects and such. Hope you enjoy some of the recipes. And, thanks again for following along for all these years.

More to come...