Beach

Starting Fresh and Clean

Let’s all just pretend that it hasn’t been almost 2 months since my last update.  Holidays are just my favorite time of year, and it’s hard not to get swept up in the merriment and celebration.  Now it is a new year, and that means new motivation.  I don’t usually make resolutions because I feel like you shouldn’t have to wait a year to decide you want to finally commit to something, or resolve to be better in something.  You should be able to do that any time of the year, when the feeling strikes a chord and you are truly ready to go.  But after Christmas and around New Year’s, it is easy to feel the energy of those who are becoming resolute and want to do something. For me, it was a good house cleaning.  Which led to furniture rearrangement, which created more room to clean out the closets, which helped me find all my interior design notebooks, which motivated me to hop back on the ole blogger.   So maybe good things are to come in the new year.

If you recall just before Halloween, my Little Sister moved into her new place and was working on decorating her first house.  I am reminded that we were working on dressing up a guest bathroom before the move, and we had worked on an accessory board (**click on image to enlarge).

 

Guest Bath Accessory Ideas

The Waffle Weave Shower Curtain (from Target, I think) was a starting point and inspirational photos from Restoration Hardware.  Idea photos are from Pottery Barn (Towels and Glass Accessories) and Pier One (Coral, Lights, Hook and Shelf) but that in no way means you have to buy them there.  I created the collage simply to put ideas in to the head of LS, and let her find her own pieces using these as a jumping off point.  I will admit, sometimes it’s hard to look outside the box when you have a specific piece already pictured in your head. Been there, thought this many times! Then just maybe it is just right for you, but try to remember to not limit yourself.  New Year means new creative ideas and influences.  Start Fresh!

Moving Up In The World

I love moving! Not many people share my enthusiasm, but I love all of it.  The packing of boxes always helps me purge items that I could never seem to let go of on my own.  If I don’t have the energy to pack it, it shouldn’t make the trip. The actual excuse for exercise in moving box from house to truck, and truck to house. I have moved a lot, and learned that one box at a time is perfectly acceptable…slow and steady wins the race. And the excitement of having a fresh slate and new spaces to be inspired (and stumped) by. My current residence is the longest in my history, of living in one place (except my childhood home). Through my years in college and after I lived in a total of 9 different houses/apartments/dorms, and all of them were so different and created great challenges in my design. Imagine moving from a 780 sf apartment on your own, to a 160 sf bedroom with a roommate.  Talk about your lessons in downsizing and storage options! Well all this is leading up to Little Sister moving into her very first ‘home’. Not a dorm.  Not a sorority house.  Not an apartment (although she had a great one). A house with a yard and individual rooms!

From what I remember, back when we first moved into the house, it can take some time to have enough furniture to fill it.  I know how tempting the desire is, to run out and buy all new furniture and accessories to fill your house…but tread carefully there.  First, make sure you can afford it. Ain’t no deal like a craigslist deal. And second, what’s the rush? Big deal, so a few of your friends may judge you, and when you have company over you may have to use outdoor furniture for dinner (2 Easters in a row at our house!), and it may take a year before you finally cover up the concrete subfloor with your Costco snap-and-click laminate (carpet HAD to go before move-in). I feel like I am still trying to find my sense of style, and by slowly adding pieces over time, I don’t feel the urge to make a complete 180 and design the opposite direction.  I do recollect that each place I have lived, has had a particular ‘theme’.

Dorms – Red Gingham Bedding and yellow accents First year of interior design school…don’t judge me yet.

Friends House – Beachy; blues, greens with white-washed furniture and white bed linens.

Same Friends House, Part II – White bed linens, white-painted furniture with Victoria’s Secret pink striped tissue paper decoupaged on the drawers

First Solo Apartment – Red accessories and still white bed linens Poor college student decor and camping chairs in living room

Sorority House – Country Denim, red check, raffia and very little space

Apartment in Italy – IKEA and luggage

Solo Apartment as College Graduate – Vintage/Retro Kitchen and living area with red appliances, antique table and neutral khaki furniture…tropical bed linens from target. Can you tell it’s still a work in progress?

Buchanan Sofa

Current House – Under negotiation Trying to mix love of french and antiques, with old world and Tuscan style. It might sound easy, but the colors palettes are hard to agree on!

So back to Little Sister, who sent me some key elements that she would like for her bathroom. Great to have a place to start! A waffle weave shower curtain from Target, and Pottery Barn guest towels.  She has a great impressionist piece of artwork also, of a boat on water, so can you tell where this color scheme is headed?

Product Image Home Waffle Weave Shower Curtain - Light BlueGrand Embroidered Washcloth, Dark Porcelain Blue

Learning towards ‘beachy’ colors, there are so many directions one can go.  For example:

Beach Themes

Which direction would you head toward?