Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Family | Nantucket Summer 2016

We just returned from a glorious week in Nantucket.  We were spoiled with spectacular weather, because I know traveling there in June can be iffy.  Truly, our trip was everything I could possibly want in a vacation, lots of quality time spent relaxing and exploring with my little family, incredible food, quaint surroundings and plenty of sea air!   Can I just say how much I miss the smell of the ocean now that we are back?  We stayed in the idyllic seaside village of Sconset again.  It remains my very favorite part of the island and we spent the bulk of our time there.  We ate at all 4 of the restaurants in town and picked up lots of fresh baguettes from the market and wine from the corner wine shop.  The shell lined streets smelled heavy of roses and honeysuckle and I admired every tiny garden and carefully planted window box whenever I passed by.  There are grander homes on the outskirts of Socnset, but my favorite are the little fishing shacks built in the 1800's that have been turned into beach cottages, with their slightly sagging roof lines and crooked exteriors.  I was lucky enough to go on a tour of 6 cottages in Cod Fish Park (an area I wasn't familiar with from last trip) on our last day in town.  

Our days started pretty early as far as a vacation goes, the early sunrises get you going! We took long walks every morning on the bluff or the beach.  We ate breakfast on the pretty brick patio of our rental with the french doors flung wide open, sometimes those breakfasts included warm cinnamon rolls or muffins from the Sconset Market that we would pick up for the kids on our way home from our walk, other times doughnuts (the cinnamon and sugar are the best) from the Downy Flake that Jimmy would grab after an early morning golfing.  (The best baked goods are still from Wicked Island Bakery though.)  We spent our days on the beach or exploring downtown. We climbed to the top of Sankaty Lighthouse on the clearest day and saw for miles, we picked wildflowers, celebrated Father's Day, peeked in homes that still looked empty for the season, drank HUGE iced lattes, filled ourselves with lobster, enjoyed midday cocktails (that might have just been me ;)), made many trips to the Juice Bar for ice cream in homemade waffle cones, had a perfect sunset picnic at Madaket, and devoted some time to better acquainting ourselves with the island's history.  If I had to pick a highlight or favorite day, I couldn't.  Our boys are at the perfect age for travel and we are so grateful for the time spent here, together.  This trip is one for the memory books! 

I instagrammed (over grammed. sorry, not sorry) a ton of photos in case you want to see more.  Hashtag: #foleyACK2014 

Thanks for letting me share!

^^ Our little cottage for the week.  Tiny but perfect. ^^

^^Daily bike rides in Sconset were a favorite of mine.  Look long sleeves in JUNE!^^

 ^^C loved the new Sconset playground!!^^ 


^^Prettiest sunset on Madaket beach^^

^^We took some self timer pics.  This was one of many "silly with props" photos that the boys requested. I love that they are perfectly spaced with only a few seconds to grab bike and beach chair before shot went off.

^^Football, baseball and baseball gloves all got heavy use.^^

^^Just thankful that the "jumping off lifeguard chair to catch football game" didn't result in trip to hospital. ^^

^^Photo by Charlie^^

^^From Cod Fish Park tour^^

^^Boys Club^^

^^my favorite spot in the cottage.^^

^^Taken by Charlie.  One of my favorite pics of the trip.  Maybe he takes after my Dad with his camera skills!^^

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Plans for a master bedroom | beds with canopies

Hello? It's me.  Anyone still out there?  ;)  I have a HUGE backlog of blog posts that I would love to write, projects I am dying to share, recipes you must try and snippets of my growing boys that I want to preserve.  But time is precious and short, so I'll do the best I can, just know my intentions are to be here more often than I really am.  I always marvel at those that do daily, even weekly blog posts.  I am better about instagramming, my account link here, but it's just not the same, is it?

So... I'll start with the most current of topics.  A bedroom plan for a sweet Alabama couple.  They are young newlyweds, both working professionals, lovingly decorating their charming first home in a historic part of Birmingham.  Liz has a really good sense of her style, which I would describe as classic, fresh and southern.  I had the pleasure of helping them with ideas for decorating their master bedroom.   Here is glimpse of the starting point:

Here was the inspiration image Liz sent me

One of my all time favorites! 
What we loved: The soft palette, the cornice and canopy, the timeless feel.  We decided to repeat the cornice and canopy idea for their master bedroom. 

Here are some other beautiful rooms with cornice and canopies for additional inspiration:

Designer: Cathy Kincaid
^^What I love: The contrasting trim, the addition of a lining fabric in another print, the monograms, also note the position of the side window, like in Liz's room - we will be adding a roman shade to that window and drapes that repeat the cornice and panels around the bed to the room's other 2 windows. The swing arm sconces, plus table side lamps.^^

Designer: Cathy Kincaid
^^What I love: The bamboo bed, the loveseat at the foot, the box pleat cornice, simple white bedding^^

Designer: Tammy Conner
^^ This room was used to show a bamboo bed style as well as using two different style window treatments in the same space. ^^

Architectural Digest
^^What I love: Upholstered headboard in same check as bedskirt and canopy lining - pattern repetition!^^

^^I posted this beautiful cottage last Christmas.  This is the style I suggested for Liz's cornice and canopy - box pleat cornice with contrasting check lining and to repeat the same style on her drapes (the exception being the window right next to the bed since they are upgrading to a king size bed and there will be a little less space.)  With three windows in her room it felt like too much to have drapes right next to the bed.^^

So here are the design boards for the room.  I provided two bed options, one to have an upholstered bed and the other to add bamboo.

Note: More options for fabric, rugs, furniture, etc were provided as well as details on what to use where, these boards are intended to serve as inspiration and to provide a visual for how the suggestions will work together in a space.

The color palette for the room is white, ivory, green and a touch of pale blue.  I suggested lightening the walls to make everything feel a little fresher and more crisp.  Also, upgrading to a lighter, small loop wool carpet.  The pattern rug is for a foyer leading into the bedroom. I added the pretty block print fabric for a long bolster to make the bedding feel youthful, it would be trimmed in the same linen we would use on the custom swing arm lamp shades.  I also provided both coordinating and contrasting trim options for the floral fabric that will go on the canopy and the windows. The bedding will be white, except for a very thin pale blue scallop and monogram.  

Liz has decided to go with the bamboo bed option, which I love, and just feels right for the room.  I can't wait to see what she does with the plans - this is going to be a good one!  You can find her here, at her blog.

Out of respect to paying clients, I do not share sources for their plans.  
I'm always happy to share any sources in my own home.  Thanks for understanding.