This has been a crazy busy summer and I am almost ready for school to start back just to get some normalcy back in our lives. But at the same time I know that the crazy may continue since our youngest starts Pre-K this year. But in the vein of peaceful summer spaces here are some that are really relaxing to me.
Well, we finished the lipstick job on our main bathroom. And in celebration we started our next project! We are insane. But this bathroom situation really was just a lot of paint. Except our new laminate counter didn't work out so the hubs built a new one from wood. With a cute little shelf. All of which we painted in marine grade paint. And if I have anyone else ask me, "really, a bathroom counter out of wood?" I may lose it. Marine. Grade. Paint. People. It says not for use below the water line but a boat gets spray above that. And my kids can be messy but surely not enough to fully immerse the entire counter top!
Anyway, pictures. The room gets NO natural light and is an awkward shape so . . . . . .
It really brightened up the bath and has made it look more intentionally done which was the whole goal. We will still probably be doing a bigger overhaul sometime down the road but I really hope this lasts us at least 2 years.
And now on to our master closet! We really may be crazy. . . . . . .
OK, can I first say that I am LOVING all of the stove alcove's I have been seeing lately. It would not work for the layout in my kitchen and that makes me sad but I love the way people are incorporating them in their homes. Elizabeth Demos seems to be installing one in her new kitchen, and Lauren Leiss has done them, and of course there is Maura Endres.
But I am saying all of that to lead into some beautiful kitchens all courtesy of DeVOL kitchens. Love all of their spaces so much. Their aesthetic is so timeless yet also so representative to me of the modern country style that is everywhere. Without being kitschy.
Love these all so much and I know that if we ever move odds are good there will be a stove alcove!
So, we aren't done with the hall bathroom yet, but I have already moved on to thinking about our next project. I really can't help myself, I don't know why. But, we found a good deal on some outdoor dining chairs and had a gift card so we went ahead and got them. But now I can't stop planning out the changes I want to make to our patio. It will really have to wait a bit, both for finances and for the weather to cool off, but at some point I want to redo the existing patio and extend it over a little further so we have both dining space and relaxing space.
I love the casual, french countryside look of pea gravel so I am thinking of outlining the patios with cobblestones or brick with a trellis pattern through it, infilled with some form of aggregate.
We just got some metal cafe style chairs and I want the hubs to build a farmhouse style table to pair with them. Ideally with a tabby or concrete top but we will see. And one day adding a pergola over this area.
Holly Mathis has been one of my favorites for years and years. I first noticed her when her home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in June of 2005. Several years later when I discovered blogs I was so surprised and excited to see that she had one! Her spaces always look polished but comfortable, and I am such a sucker for the airy, cottage style she is famous for.
The May issue of Country Living had a feature on her last home, a rental, which I had been smitten with after seeing some images from it on Instagram. Love it all, it just seems so warm and cozy and it's easy to imagine feeling at home. She also recently shared some of the images that weren't used for the feature. All pictures below from either Country Living or Holly Mathis Interiors.
So beautiful and peaceful. I feel like living there would be as enveloping as a warm hug. She now offers classes and one day I fully intend to take a field trip to Texas for one. And while I'm in the state I'm going to swing by Waco too!
Well, summer has been loads of fun so far but not so much has gotten done project wise. Which is absolutely fine because the kids are going to grand-parent camp next week so we should have plenty of time to knock some things out.
We are hoping to do a face lift on the main bathroom and redo our closet situation. Don't know if both will happen but we are ready to go on the bathroom so I think that one should be a knock out.
Here's the plan, much like our master this is just a stop gap measure until we can do a bigger makeover in a few years. We are going to be painting the vanity navy, adding some pulls/knobs, changing out the countertop to a nicer formica (relative, I know), changing out the mirror, and changing out the light. Lipstick, friends, all lipstick.
The closet is a little more nebulous as it's likely we won't even have time to get started on it but seeing as my shoes are just a mountain on the floor anything will be an improvement! Wish us luck!
Leah Bailey's home hit the market not too long ago and the interiors are, of course, stunning. A light, bright pallet with coastal accents, it is everything you would expect of a low country home. Even though it is an older home it has been clearly opened up and brightened up to suit the modern lifestyle. Love.
The home before she got her hands on it was very dark and dated, amazing to believe this is the same house!
A beautiful transformation by a very talented designer, now available for a new lucky homeowner!