so, 2010 starts a whole new chapter in our lives. as you know, we have officially moved...but what you may not know is that we have moved to a new town. we now live in beaufort, sc (kind of a mini charleston about 60 miles away)....and we are going to add a new addition to our family in june....a littleboy(which has been another reason i have slacked in blogging...thank goodness the first trimester is over)! we are super excited about starting this new chapter and hope y'all will be around to watch it all unfold....have a wonder new years and i'll see you in 2010 :)
xoxo pink wallpaper
*i promise to be back to my old blogging ways next week and if anyone is interested in design services in beaufort or nearby, please email me!
so our weekend could not have been anymore fun! taylor is always timid at the beginning of trying new things but by the time she had been to a house or two, she started liking the idea of getting candy. she would say "one piece for me and i need one more for my daddy". what a sweet girl- good thing she likes to share ;) hope your halloween was equally as fun!
i'd like to introduce you to my newest venture....the designer's attic. it's a new blog i have created out of necessity. i live in a town jam-packed with goodies and it is impossible for me not buy an item when i spot a steal. my poor attic is busting at the seams with treasures i have held onto in hopes of eventually having a home for them. now, these little guys are ready to have a new home with you...
so what's in store at the designer's attic? items like thomas o'brein sconces, cole and son, osborne and little, victoria hagan fabric, sea cloth, and some vintage finds thrown in the mix. i will be updating regularly with my latest treasures so keep checking if you don't spot something that interests you right away!! and don't worry, pink wallpaper will definitely not suffer in the process! the only change will be that the feature fabric will now be on the designer's attic!
on another note, i just want to say a huge thank you to all of my readers. i am so blown away with the support, comments, and friendships that have developed from pink wallpaper...y'all are just the BEST! i never knew that all of this could happen from starting a little blog :)
today i thought i would share w/ y'all what is hiding in my garage....this little diddy (along w/ my DR table and several other pieces i have collected from various thrift stores, yard sales, etc....drives my husband crazy b/c that is his one spot in the house). i found her under a lot of "junk" at one of my secret junkin' spots....when i saw the detail on the drawers of the chest, i knew it was special.
now the chest does have one catch, it was taken from a kiawah house where she was used as a vanity....so it has a hole in the top. i can't decide if i want to turn her back into a chest for my entryway; i could have a wooden top made or i could get a piece of marble cut for it. the other option would be to keep her as a vanity and used it in the 'next house' (wherever that maybe)...i would put a marble top on and maybe paint her a french blue....
so now i ask you...what treasures are lurking in your garage??
sorry i haven't been around much this week. i have been staging a house for a party that was last night. it is a spec home that i have been working on for the last 10 months and it is finally finishing up. kind of makes me sad. i told my husband that if we won the lottery, i would love to buy this house. it's funny how much of yourself you put into a project...at least i tend too. the builder/client decided to furnish the main rooms downstairs and i think it was a great idea. it really allows the perspective buyer to envision themselves living here vs. a huge empty room. i painted the entire downstairs (minus the master) white and i love the effect....the ceilings are a pale blue and it is such a soothing palette. it really allows you to show off the moldings and furniture. if anyone is in the market for a fabulous house in a great area, it could be yours :)
here are some of the bathrooms in the house that i am working on. the master is my personal favorite. we used a lot of marble in the bathrooms as counter tops, subway tiles, and then in a basket weave on the floor of the master. the tub in the master is waterworks candide in burnish. penny rounds were used in two of the guest baths (love them...great floor tile for anyone building or remodeling).
so one of the houses i am working on is almost finished and i wanted to show y'all some pics. the kitchen is one of my favorite spots. the house is on sullivan's so we went w/ a coastal look. shaker style cabinetry is definitely where i tend to lean...we did mix in beadboard for the island (its painted eliza lucas, one of my favorite colors- the brand use to be lord and evans but its from the historic charleston collection and i think SW owns it now). the counter top is calcutta marble honed. the refrigerator is a sub zero glass pro 48" w/ glass door. i persuaded the clients to use a white viking b/c i have been in love with suzanne kasler's 04' southern accent showhouse FOREVER (its crazy that i still love something that was designed 4 yrs ago- which makes suzanne even a more awesome designer). the bridge faucet is by rohl in polished nickel. the subway tile backsplash is waterworks (i wish you could see the sheen, its just gorgeous in person). and the lights are 19" harmon pendants in polished nickel from restoration hardware.
* sorry i am terrible at taking pics...i hope to have a professional shoot the house when everything is done. i'll show you more pics later on of the house....
seriously, its been raining here for like a week. well, i set out on my appointments yesterday- first i had a meeting at the tile place to select a kitchen back splash, then i headed to one of my job sites to inspect the paint going up. i didn't plan well...i dressed up for my first apt and just went straight to the house after that. i pulled up to the house and was greeted by the yard of mud. yup, and i had on satin, animal print ballet flats. and yep, the front door was tapped off so i had to walk all the way to the garage. my husband said "that's what you get for being so prissy"....it has nothing to do w/ being prissy- its called poor planning. i debated on going barefoot and rolling up my pants...can you imagine what i would have looked like! not to mention there is no running water at the house....so i did what i thought i had to, totally tiptoed the entire way, doing my best to dodge the puddles...it took a good 5 minutes and with every step, i had to evaluate where my next would be. i am sure the workers where all making fun of me inside. this is a perfect example of why i need galoshes....
unfortunately i don't have a ton of time to do a post this AM b/c i am trying to get ready for a meeting. but i thought i would share w/ you one of the spec homes i am working on. it's on sullivan's island (hopefully i can win the lottery and retire here one day). i think the house has so much charm...i love the arched windows that the builder selected. yesterday i met w/ the cabinet peps and we created a super coastal kitchen. i think it is going to look great. when things start taking shape, i'll share more....right now i have got to get the exterior paint selections ready. have a wonderful weekend!!
while there are so many things that make me happy, the andrew reflector is up at the top. i was lucky enough to use them in the downtown house i featured two days ago. they looked amazing against the old charleston brick. urban electric is a to-the-trade lighting company that started here in charleston. the showroom use to be located on historic King Street and i loved going in there and being captivated by the creative window displays and beautifully designed lighting. i just received their new catalog and as i was flipping through it, i saw that Tom Scheerer was one of the lighting designers....as you can see to your right, he is one of my new design heroes. chloe warner told me about him on monday when we were exchanging emails. if you haven't taken a look at urban electric, i think its time. the lights speak for themselves... they are gorgeous, current, and classic in their appearances. here are some others to drool over if you have a second: gunston, hightower, paraply, the quarter, and sheridan...as always, beauty does not come without a stiff price tag but these are really worth it.
laura from the scoop asked if i had any of my own work to share so i thought i would show this house i did in the downtown historic district. it was an amazing house with an equally amazing client (don't you just love it when that happens). unfortunately, the house was never finished b/c the owners decided to sell it before moving in. here are two shots of the project...
the main area was all one room w/ tall ceilings and i love the exposed old charleston brick wall w/ the earthquake beams running through it. we renovated the kitchen (you can see part of it on the right of the pic); it was really a dark room with black cabinets and stainless steel counter tops. we repainted the cabinets, added the frosted glass, replaced counter tops w/ granite, added the mosaic tile around the bar surround, and did all new appliances (the refrigerator was just divine, a sub zero with the glass front). the floors were brick (not old, but were new brick) and my client felt like it was always dirty so we replaced it with travertine.
my client was a young, business woman who had amazing style so deciding on the furniture was a fun task. she was always very polished and so it was nice to see that the furniture reflected her image. she wasn't afraid to be adventurous so the powder room was wonderful. we used the metallic cole and son's woodswallpaper in the small space. it was a great project that i was super sad to see end.
there is something about a collection of ripped out magazine pages, fabric, wallpaper, etc. that totally excites me. my cork board...i have two and its where i display things i love and want.....there is a method behind this madness...
Lulu DK- a master in fabric design...a young, hip girl who has awesome, geometric prints like the navy and blue color wheel fabric or the chant reverse chocolate brown fabric...they would make killer pillows
modern lines of a simple sofa- would look stunning in the kelly green dot fabric by Hable
Ben Moore paint- one of my favorite kinds of paint; Antiguan Sky 2040-60 is a dynamite color that was in this store in Beaufort and it looks amazing paired with black and white accents
card- this was the card i received from my husband when i took the step to go out on my own...a must to have around...
blue and green room- i ripped this out of a mag a while ago and i think it sums up the things i love....the paint colors and application, the zia-priven custom light, the bold zebra print on the floor...i think this room is awesome
Holly Hunt Glass Stool- come on...this just screams cool
Greek Key trim- a great trim to add to a window treatment, sofa, pillows...love the simplicity of the greek key
Cole and Son Wallpaper- retro classic....these papers are just fabulous
Anthropologie sofa- i love the new furniture line that Anthropologie has...they are so current with the design trends...and bold, which i love
picture of my BFF's- there is nothing like going home to see your bestfriends
if you are considering hiring an interior designer, have some sort of inspiration whether it be in a notebook, a folder, whatever. its a great way to showcase your individual style and for the designer to get what makes you happy.