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A coastal home can mean different things to each of us.
Coastal style can be beachy casual, Palm Beach Glamorous or anything in between.
And for every style of coastal home, there is a lamp that fits in perfectly.
For a beach chic space, these lamps would be fun and whimsical options-
This rustic beach lamp would be perfect for a house by the sand. Especially since it is only $49.
If your look is a bit more modern or an eclectic casual then these would be great choices -
Maybe, if a traditional coastal look is what you are going for, then these could be just what you need-
Then again, a Hollywood Regency meets Coastal Glam might be your style.
If so, then these are the jewels you have been looking for -
Need outdoor lamps that don't look like outdoor lamps? Check out these two showstoppers -
The right lamp, like the right shoes, can help pull your look together.
It's all about the details.
Make yours spectacular.
Some of my newer followers may not know that I have an earlier blog, called BeColorful, that I have had for eight years.
BeColorful highlights our lifestyle up north in a 100-year-old home. I expanded and added Be Colorful Coastal when we relocated to Florida to include posts that have a coastal leaning.
This week, though, my heart was drawn northward as I watched our hometown battle mother nature and some epic flooding for the second time in eight years.
It was heartbreaking to hear the news but it was uplifting to read and see the images of how this resourceful and determined city has battled back yet again.
To see the full post click here.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
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We are, hopefully, just a couple of weeks away from "Demo Day" here at Be Colorful Coastal. We bought our coastal home a year and a half ago and we knew when we purchased it that a kitchen remodel would be in our future.
Like everyone else that dreams of a new kitchen, I have been researching via Pinterest and some of my favorite blogs, books, and websites for inspiration and I've acquired a rich cache of gorgeous kitchen images. Each photo speaks to me with some outstanding architectural element, smart functionality, or an unexpected design feature that has a fresh appeal.
Mullions in Glass Front Cabinets
Island Endcap Treatment
Seaglass Wall Color and Island
Barstools and Lighting
Flooring and Glass Front Cabinets Above Refrigerator and Freezer
Hopefully, we will be able to blend in a lot of these elements into our final design.
To see where we are starting from and why we feel this project will be a good investment you might be interested in this earlier post.
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I was looking through some images of previous BeColorful Designs that I had created and I ran across these images of one of my favorite projects. So, in the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, I thought I would share it here on Be Colorful Coastal.
A color loving client had asked me to repaint her game table.
Her only request was that it coordinate with the vivid pinks, greens, and blues in her home.
Color me inspired.
When I first laid eyes on this table it was a sedate number in black and brown.
There were a lot of surfaces to this piece and
I grossly underestimated the number of hours that the project would take.
The inset of the table was set up for backgammon and the top is designed for chess.
I taped off the backgammon template and began priming.
By the middle of August, it was looking more like this.
I wish you could know the client.
She worships at the alter of bright colors and whimsical patterns. As I said, other than the color direction, she gave me a free hand in the design.
To give myself an inspirational jumping off point, I took some images of the inside of her home.
This bright and bold pairing greeted me in her foyer. So, right from the get-go I knew this woman was going to let me pull out all of the stops.
This delightful duo, along with a raspberry pink sectional, will be in the same room as the game table.
Seeing her home and her furniture choices made it obvious that this is a client that is fearless when it comes to color and pattern.
So I went all out on this one.
It is difficult to take pictures in my studio with its overhead lighting so forgive the glare and shadows.
Drum roll please.....
The table without the top -
and now with the chess board top on.
The customer wanted more aqua in this piece and I think it pulled together well with the raspberry pinks and lime greens.
I really liked how the legs turned out.
Sometimes I never really know where I am going.
These pieces often seem to have a will all of their own.
This table was no exception.
I can tell from this close-up picture of the leg that I need to go back in and touch up the underneath side of the table a bit.
So I will do that and top coat the entire piece and then I will be able to turn it over to its new home.
Even in that flamboyant space, I think this lively one will be able to hold its own.
Yes, another BeColorful project out the door.
It's like coloring the world one piece of furniture at a time.
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Two years ago, in our hunt for the perfect coastal home, we saw probably thirty properties I still believe we chose the best house for us but we did see some breathtaking homes. Today, as we are just a few weeks away from beginning our kitchen renovation, I am making design decisions and selecting the finishing details. I'm looking at things like faucets, backsplashes, and hardware, I thought it might be helpful for me to look back at pictures we kept of those homes that we toured and hopefully glean some inspiration. When I opened up the file on this house, I remembered how incredible some of the ceilings and woodwork were in this home and thought I would share this gorgeous gulf coast beauty with you.
Tray ceiling treatment in the Hamilton design by Stock Homes.
Paint color: Sherwin Williams Sand Dollar
The drama doesn't stop at the living room. This circular dome ceiling in the dining room is a total show stopper.
An open kitchen and family room floor plan
and a master suite that opens up to the pool area.
photos are both my own and from Stock Homes
Linking up this beautiful home here:
As a transplant from the Midwest, where it was easy to introduce a touch of fall into our home decor, I am currently left wondering how I change things up seasonally now that we have a coastal home. Do people even do that here?
There isn't much creativity in draping everything in faux leaf garlands and plastic pumpkins. It's been done and done again. Let's move on. I will confess to a few fake stems on the front door but really, nobody should want their home to look like an aisle in Hobby Lobby.
Instead, I want to bring in subtle changes as a nod to the change of seasons. It can be as simple as adding accent pillows in fall shades, in velvet, or both.
Rustic and fall seem to pair well. That said, a simple burlap bow on a planter is an intriguing detail.
The addition of a few fresh stems in traditionally autumn colors can make the room feel like a touch of fall is in the air.
Rachel Reider Interiors
In a coastal home, maybe fall comes with just a nubby throw,
or a bowl of red fall apples.
Dressing a tropical home can be simply adding textures, a touch of brown, and layering in some extra pillows.
I would suspect that we choose the color palettes for our home because we are influenced by our environment. Therefore, a lot of coastal homes reflect the blues and sandy colors of the water and beach. Bright pink, coral, and vivid greens also seem to play a large role in tropical designs. It is a little more challenging to blend those colors with the usual oranges and golds of Autumn. So that means thinking outside the norm. Change things up by bringing in white and pairing it with beachy elements.
Driven By Decor
Live Bay Side
Fall mainstays in unexpected tones can be a show stopper.
Add chartreuse pumpkins to a mantle,
or paint an abstract canvas in Pantone's new fall color, Dusty Cedar.
Besides color and texture, the glow of lighted candles is a sure way to make any space feel special. On a cooler evening by the pool, these would be spectacular.
Stop by Concord Cottage so see how she made these.
It doesn't have to take a lot of effort or a lot of money but it does take a bit more creativity to flaunt some fall flair in a home that never EVER sees snow.
I have new ideas of how I'm going to play up fall. I hope you do too. I'd love to hear how you bring the seasons into your home.
Sharing my coastal thoughts here:
I loved this photo the minute I saw it on my monitor.
This is our first grandbaby. Our only grandbaby.
This is Crew.
It still amazes me how I instantly fell in love with him.
I don't think I ever had so many pictures of my own three kiddos and I have never been a fan of family pictures everywhere but sometimes there are moments or expressions captured that I never want to lose. This was one of those moments.
My daughter who has her own photography company, Clicksmith Photography, took this picture while they were visiting us this summer.
I love the subject matter, love the photographer, and I was really happy with mpix that processed the print for me.
The composition of this photo reminded me of Andrew Wyeth's painting of Christina's World.
I remember liking that painting when I was in school. The idea of the subject matter looking into the distance and the perspective this allowed is intriguing to me. I see that repeated in this photograph.
So when I saw this photo of Crew, I knew it was one that I would need to frame.
I went with a simple and inexpensive frame from Home Goods that allows me to easily change out the photo as our little man grows and changes but it might be awhile before I change this one out. It has that timeless appeal and looks right at home on that sea glass painted wall.
I don't want too many pictures, but this might be a sweet complimentary piece framed on the nightstand?
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This little coral table has some miles on it. It has also morphed from a dignified black to a flamboyant coral.
We bought this table almost nine years ago from a furniture store that was going out of business. The store delivered it to our second home, in Galena, Illinois which was about ninety miles away.
The house in Galena was a rustic rural getaway and the decor featured a lot of blacks and camels, with splashes of red and bright green thrown in. The table, back then, was black.
It worked well within the space even if that black finish always, always, ALWAYS, needed to be dusted.
Our Galena home had been a great second home when our kids were growing up. It was only about an hour and a half away from our primary home. Because it was close we felt free to go up just for the day, an overnight, or a long weekend or holiday. As the kids got older, though, our trips to Galena became less frequent and we began rethinking our investment.
In 2014 we put the Galena home on the market and made the decision to purchase a home in Florida. Because Galena was a second home, and because a lot of the furniture wasn't what we wanted in a coastal designed home, we sold it completely furnished. Right before we listed it, though, we took out some of the artwork, a few of my favorite accessories, and a couple smaller pieces of furniture that I thought I might be able to recycle to work in Florida. This table was one of those pieces.
We brought it back to Iowa where I repainted it with Behr's Youthful Coral.
I used the paint with the built in primer since I was covering black. I also used a sponge roller to get an extra smooth furniture grade finish. Even with the better paint, it still took three coats to completely cover.
The home we purchased in Florida has a bonus room. It could be used as a den or extra bedroom. This is how the room looked when the previous owners had the house.
I had never been a blue person but I somehow was drawn to this pretty space. I liked the idea of a blue room with a contrast of corals and navy. We did freshen up the room with a coat of Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. This blue has just a hint of green in it that feels more current.
We were starting from scratch and trying to furnish an entire house which was daunting and expensive. I did find a Lexington sofa on clearance that seemed to be made for this room but other than that, the room was looking pretty sparse.
I had the perfect end table for this room but it was seven states aways. I had been spoiled by the Galena house. Before, because of the close proximity of our two homes, we could drive things back and forth between the houses fairly easily. Now, because we would typically fly instead of drive to Florida, we weren't able to bring much with us.
In the beginning, we had shipped some things like bedding and kitchen items from up north and we had filled in with an absurd number of purchases from Amazon Prime. They had to lose money on us that year with all of that free shipping. But we still had some bulkier items that weren't cost effective to ship.
Eventually, though, we brought an SUV down to Florida and we filled it with heavier items like books and tools and a couple smaller pieces of furniture, including the now coral table.
Finally, it was in our coastal inspired blue room.
With the back and forth to Illinois and finally Florida, I figured this table has traveled a total of 1644 miles to get here,
The room is evolving and still feels rather naked, but at least when I find another lamp for this room, I will have a table to set it on.
I guess it was worth it.
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This little lovely, in Naples, Florida, showed up in my feed today. I am crushing on the coral ceiling. As I look ahead to our kitchen remodel, I am soaking up inspiration from everywhere so you can bet that I pinned that ceiling to my Ceilings Pinterest Board.
Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend.
You can find the full listing on this condo here.
I am a fickle pickle.
It hasn't even been two years since we bought our coastal home where I was able to start off with a clean slate. I opted to go with a blue and white color scheme infused with coral and seafoam, but now I'm seeing green.
Paired with black and white? I die.
The thing is, I really like our blue and white look we have now and the beauty of blue and white is that it leaves me a lot of options. It is one of the reasons I chose that palette. For now, I have been accenting with a pale seafoam and doses of coral throughout the house. But, why not substitute some of the seafoam for a bolder green?
A statement piece of furniture in green could be spectacular.
It would be easy to repeat the color with plants and small accents.
Our family room is all white slip-covered furniture with a navy and white stripe rug. I could definitely see bringing in some green there.
If there is just enough then maybe, when we redo the master bedroom, I could totally embrace my black, white, and green dream.
Does green speak to you or am I alone in my green envy world?
Sharing my envy here:
Photo credits as they appear
3.HGTV Green in contemporary bedroom
6.Lamps Plus blog
He was a Christmas gift that has been classing up our place for maybe fifteen years now.
He is actually in our home up north, which is where we are right now as we count the days until September when we will be returning to our coastal home. But while we are here, I thought I would share with you a bit of my seasonal style.
Puck has been moved from room to room a few times but he usually ends up in the family room or the breezeway. I've always enjoyed changing things up a bit with the seasons and with September right around the corner I started thinking about his next look. Before I knew it I was looking at old photos of Puck, and it became obvious that I have really embraced, and maybe gone a bit overboard, dressing Puck in seasonal decor. I pulled some of the photos together and thought it would be fun to share a few of his ever-changing looks with you.
This would be Autumn Puck dressing in a lighted garland of fall leaves.
When it was time for book club, Puck donned his cheater readers.
His Halloween hat is one of my favorite looks.
In the past, I've done a pre-lit evergreen halo, but this year I'd like to acknowledge my Scandinavian roots and add candles to create a St. Lucia crown.
Puck has an Easter bonnet,
and a Fourth of July chapeau.
I like to dress him for parties and events too.
This was the look for a bridal shower,
and a snow day ( which we never have in Florida).
He dressed the part for the New Year,
and he went all out for the Academy Awards party.
When I finally move him south he might have to have a Panther or Gator hat.
Some of us change out the mantel or the front door or a window sill with the seasons, and some of us dress up Puck.
Have a great week.
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It is amazing to me what a difference the right light fixture can make in a room or in our case how bad the wrong one looked.
We have been gradually updating the fifteen-year-old home we bought a year a half ago and the guest bathrooms were at the top of our list.
I forgot to take "after" pictures before we headed up north so I will feature the full reveal later. In the meantime, I wanted to share my lighting success story.
The bathroom fixture in this bathroom was the typical contractor-grade light which could be purchased at any big box store across America. Not only was it a yawn but it was undersized. This is a fairly good sized bath area and it needed more light than the existing three bulb number was providing.
I found my perfect fixture at a better than perfect price on Amazon. I only paid $150 for this light with my Prime account. It seemed like I was hemorrhaging money with all of the changes we were making to the house and even though I wanted a good looking fixture I was hoping I wouldn't have to pay a handsome price. It must have been a closeout because I tried to purchase a second, slightly shorter one for the other guest bath and it was almost five hundred dollars. In fact, I keep checking back and I see that the light I did purchase is now retailing for over seven hundred dollars! Yikes. Knowing I scored such a winning deal makes me love my purchase just that much more.
It is mounted on the mirror so the chrome base looks like an extension of the mirror. I couldn't have planned it that well.
Thank you, Amazon.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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It had been twenty years since I had a crib in my home. Then came the news that we were going to be grandparents and everything changed.
It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea that I was actually going to be a Mimi, but now that our little Crew is here and has totally melted my heart, I can't imagine the world without him.
I was eager to make it easy for the kids to visit and to have the big things that Crew would need while he was here. When I finally embarked on my search for all things baby, I became giddy with thoughts of a beach themed crib. Especially here, in our Florida home, I wanted to go all out and embrace that coastal flavor. There are a number of ways to do that. One option I considered was a brightly painted crib. via Pop Sugar
I loved this idea but because our crib will not be set up all the time, I started looking at cribs that fold up and can be easily stored. We decided on this Dream On full-size crib and I love it. It collapses to about 8 inches wide and will fit in the back of a closet or under a bed when not in use. It was only available in natural or white and we chose white.
So, without the bold coral or aqua crib, I would have to get my beach vibe from the bedding.
No worries, there is a wealth of crib bedding with that tropical twist.
My overall design plan for our Florida home is Palm Beach flavor meets a more casual Hollywood Regency.
Pulling together images into a composite is an easy way to see if I like how things go together and I had fun pulling a few together for this project.
This was my Hollywood Regency take.
Stripe chest - Maraki Home Design via Etsy, Sweet Jojo Designs trellis crib sheet, Regency crib in black via my Someday pin board, Palm Frond crib skirt is Isabella Daniel and Co via Etsy, leopard print rug from All Modern and paint color is Sherwin Williams Ravishing Coral
Did you notice that crib skirt? Seriously? I die.
It is too feminine for a baby named Crew but I do like how the colors and patterns work together.
I need something a bit more gender neutral.
I've thought about navy and aqua,
or a coral and cobalt composition.
Skirt is Miss Polly's Piece Goods, sheet is Carousel light coral from Amazon, Dream On folding crib from Amazon and Caron's Beach House blue iris rug. Brilliant Blue Benjamin Moore wall color.
A nautical take seems appropriate for a little guy named Crew.
Regatta Crib Bedding via Land of Nod
Make a Splash Bedding via Land of Nod
I am also seeing a lot of soft watercolor combinations,
Carousel Designs - Lime and Solar Flare
Poppy Di Vinci crib
and beachy brights palettes.
Miss Polly's Piece Goods
I would love to pull in a flamingo or two but it feels too feminine. I'll keep it in mind if someday Crew has a little sister or a girl cousin.
Green crib is from Land of Nod, coral crib skirt is Sadie and Scout via Amazon, Flamingo print crib sheet is Birch Rose Lane, and mobile is from Crochet on a Tree
I love all of these different looks but the reality is that our crib will usually be set up in the guest room and I would like the look I chose to play nice with the colorful coastal look that I have in that space.
Have you visited the Carousel Designs custom bedding site that allows you to drag and drop fabrics and trim to create your own look?
I did and I came up with this design for a crib that would be compatible with what was already in our guest room.
I haven't made any final decisions yet but I will be sharing when I do.
Thanks for stopping by.
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Five years ago I had never even heard the term pool cage. Then, two years ago we began looking at homes in Florida and I knew that if we were going to have a pool down here we would definitely want one of these enclosures. Fast forward again to this summer and I am now researching the pros and cons of replacing or refurbishing an existing cage.
This was how our pool and the cage appeared in June of this year.
We bought this home about a year and a half ago but the house is fourteen years old - just old enough that it is requiring some added maintenance.
We started updating this part of the house last fall when we resurfaced the pool and replaced the tile.
We knew the cage was starting to look tired but we had turned our design thoughts and dollars toward renovating the kitchen. We thought the cage could wait another year. Then, a couple of weeks ago, a storm blew through and we were left with a sunroof in our pool enclosure.
The simple fix would be to have someone come out and repair the missing screen but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that this is the part of the house we enjoy the most. The cage had several small tears and we had noticed more bugs recently. The aluminum structure was also looking faded and a number of the support screws were rusted. Maybe we needed to think about more than a simple repair.
So we started scouring the internet for pool cage specialists in our area. We will be going with Gulf Coast Aluminum. It was interesting that they were able to give us an estimate using Google Earth software without even coming out to the house. The software zeros in on our house, the pool and lanai area, takes measurements and figures the estimated cost. Wow!
We were given two options. We could either tear down the existing cage and replace it with an entirely new structure or we could have all the screening removed, rusted bolts and screws replaced with aluminum non-rusting screws, repair and repaint the existing aluminum cage and then rescreen with new no see um screening for a little over half of the cost of a total replacement.
We went back and forth for a bit. This is one of our favorite places to relax so we want to be happy with the end result but we also want to spend our dollars wisely.
There are some options in the new cages, like these picture window size openings that I would love to have.
Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Aluminum
But, we will be returning to our coastal home in about a month and we would like to be able to use the lanai. We really don't mind the existing structure. It just needs some TLC.
I am one of those people that mosquitoes just seem to be drawn to, so a pool without a cage or an enclosure with a gaping hole is not an option I want to think about.
News of the Zika virus, while perhaps overblown, is an added concern. Totally replacing the cage would require building permits and it would be about three months before the project would begin. Whereas repairing, repainting, and rescreening can be done within the next two weeks. Cost is always a concern but for us, timing is everything and we will be going the restoration route.
Interestingly enough, the biggest cost of either starting over or rescreening is the screens themselves. Maybe because we are going with the no see um option which is a finer, more bug- resistant screen.
I hope this company pulls through for us. They are very well rated on the various social networking sites and with the BBB.
I will follow up as this project moves forward.
In the meantime, I will be staying inside or bathing in DEET.
Sharing my pool cage reno here:
We are still a little over a month and a half away from beginning our kitchen renovation but I have found it helpful to create concept boards on Polyvore to see if I like my elements together. We have already decided on the cabinetry, appliances, and countertops and I am pleased with how they are blending together. Flooring, sinks, faucets and hardware decisions are still needing to be made.
I had a blank canvas when I began creating this coastal bedroom. This is currently a second home for us. We didn't move anything from our Midwest home to this house by the water. We moved in with an air mattress, a few purchases shipped from Amazon, and a suitcase of clothes.
Like most people, I would often look to Pinterest for inspirational images as a jumping off point. I was seeing a lot of white rooms and they were a different look from the deeper hues I had used up north. I wanted this coastal home to have a different personality than our Midwest house, so I let myself be influenced and went with a warm white paint for the walls and a pale sea green on the ceiling.
Furniture was also on the to-do list. I wanted to embrace a coastal flavor,
so we chose a bed and dresser from the Tommy Bahama Ivory Key collection and then dressed it in Barclay Butera's Coconut Grove bedding.
We chose to buy our dresser from Baer furniture which offered an exclusive textured linen finish.
I didn't opt for the matching mirror or night tables. Instead, I went with this mirror that I bought with a coupon from Hobby Lobby. My plan is to cover it in sea shells. #staytuned
I can't say I love the night tables. The Ivory Key options were beautiful but I didn't want to do the matchy thing. Suddenly it was crunch time. We had company coming and I didn't want the lamps on the floor so I made a rash purchase that I'm not crazy about. I hope that with a little personalization, like paint and hardware, that I can give these two pieces a more upgraded style.
Now that the major pieces have been put into place we are adding the personality like this painting by Sharon Erbe.
There will be adds and edits as the room evolves but I am already confident that this room offers a cheerful coastal welcome to our guests.
Pritchards Bay Panel Bed
Grotto Isle Dresser
Wilford and Lee Cabinet
Couture For the Home lamps
Coconut Grove Bedding
Linking up this Be Colorful Coastal post here:
I bought this clock maybe five years ago from a store that was closing its doors.
It had a funny red glaze over a dark brown finish.
In a word, it was weird.
I could see why nobody had bought it.
So I brought it home with the idea that I would paint it.
Five years later, I finally got around to it.
Using craft paints and a paint pen, I created this one-of-a-kind colorfully embellished clock.
I even added some palm fronds for a bit of coastal flair.
Another Be Colorful Design complete.
This is it!
This is the look I am going for in our kitchen remodel.
I found it via Home Brunch.
It incorporates so many of the elements that I am looking for in our new kitchen design.
I love the white cabinets and the glass inserts.
I am crushing on the contrasting island with the X end caps,
and it even has the ceiling details that I am looking for.
We haven't signed on the dotted line yet but we are looking at cabinets from Meridian.
I saw a showroom display of their cabinets at
and we would use this modified shaker door style but with the X mullions in the glass front doors.
I am envisioning the island is a light and warm gray and the cabinets in this soft white.
These are beautiful cabinets that are made in the USA, they have the soft closure on all doors and drawers, and full extension glides.
There will be glass at the top of all the cabinets much like this.
There will also be a couple of glass fronts in the cabinets flanking the cooktop. I am a fan of the X mullion for those glass panels but I haven't decided which look I prefer.
The stacked mullion,
or the single.
I would like to add a few ergonomic elements to the cabinets like this utensil drawer insert,
and if it will work with our final design, this spice rack pull out.
I showed this image to our kitchen designer, and yes, they can create it, but is it worth the extra $$$?
I think a lazy susan will be fine.
I am beyond excited. Pulling together the plan is so thrilling.
Hopefully, that excitement will carry us through the construction phase which should start in about ten weeks.
I'd love to have you follow along and give me feedback.
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Photos via Home Bunch, Pinterest, and Hooked On Houses
Flooring decisions for a home in a tropical climate are different than choosing a floor in the Midwest.
In Florida, humidity is a huge factor. Our home here is about fourteen years old and except for carpet in the bedrooms, the flooring is a neutral tone, twenty-inch square tile. We are fortunate that the tiles are a bit larger than what was typically used in the early 2000's. They were most likely an upgrade fourteen years ago and for the most part,they still look good today.
We were surprised to discover that when they installed the tile they did not run it under the kitchen cabinets. This creates a real issue for us as we prepare for our kitchen remodel. The fourteen-year-old tile isn't available any longer and we do not have any left over tiles. Because the cabinet footprints will be changing, we are looking at a new floor and this floor will also need to be carried into the open plan family room.
Fortunately, there are some easy transition points at the two kitchen doorways where the new floor will meet up with the old.
Even with those transition points, I could only envision a wood floor partnering up with the existing tile. Since we began planning this remodel I have learned that not just any wood flooring will work in this humid climate. Old school, solid wood flooring is not an option.
A solid wood floor has a lot of pores or paths for moisture/humidity to enter.
If the expansion is too great the board will warp and either cup or crown. In some situations, this expansion has even caused floors to buckle.
Then came the engineered woods which are much less susceptible to humidity because of the way they are made.
This engineered wood makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of natural wood floors even in tropical climates.
So with this new information in hand, we knew we needed to limit our choices to engineered woods.
We also knew we were looking for a light finish in a warm gray or taupe color and we liked the look of a wider, roughly seven-inch plank. Something like this Lighthouse sample from The Medallion Collection of Naturally Aged Floors.
The color is great and it has a lifetime structural warranty and a UV Polyurethane finish.
The downside for us is the product is made in China.
We also liked this Greystone Maple from Uptown Floors.
It is a superbly made product but the sales rep advised us to stay away from maple, saying it would dent easily and the smooth grain would make those dents very apparent. They didn't offer this color in an oak or hickory.
The color and texture of this Rosina from Legno Bestone is stunning but it has an oil rubbed finish that needs to be buffed and re-oiled every few years. We want something that we can install and forget.
Q Wood's Wedding Cake and Picket Fence are two more intriguing options.
They are made in America, have a durable protective coating, and they are oak.
I like both of these shades.
We are fortunate to have so many choices and I don't want to over think this since there are a lot of decisions ahead when it comes to this kitchen remodel. This is a big one to be sure, in terms of visual real estate and dollars. So we are doing our homework and should be able to make our choice quickly and with confidence.
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I Feel A Kitchen Remodel Coming On
We bought our coastal home a year and a half ago.
We traveled across six states to see it after fawning over some beautiful pictures of our dream home on the internet.
In so many ways it was even better than we could have imagined.
Then we walked into the kitchen.
Really? The listing sheet said that the kitchen had been recently remodeled.
From where we came from this would not be called a fully remodeled kitchen.
This was an amateur job at best.
There are two dishwashers but apparently one was replaced and now they don't match. They were most likely original to the house so the other one is probably about twelve years old. We also questioned why they didn't update to stainless.
Some of the granite was also replaced with an incongruous stone.
On top of that, the glass cooktop is cracked.
We knew all of these things when we bought the house and made an offer that reflected the need for a new kitchen.
I am a little embarrassed when I tell people that we are preparing to remodel our kitchen after having shown them the original real estate photos.
Who said pictures don't lie?
Like us, by looking at the pictures, most people can't believe that a complete gut job is necessary.
The reality is that the kitchen is barely functional. It is okay when it is just the two of us, but when the kids are here it is totally insufficient.
As you can see from the real estate photo, the original refrigerator has been replaced with a much smaller, aka less expensive option.
What is hard to see from this angle, it that the refrigerator also projects out beyond the cupboards. In fact, it sticks out far enough that the drawers in the pantry in that corner can not fully extend.
Unlike the Midwest, where we can put a backup frig in the basement, homes in Florida do not have basements and it gets much to warm here to keep a refrigerator in the garage. Our laundry room doesn't have a workable space, so we are limited to this one refrigerator and it has to house everything. After we loaded it up with wine and beverages, we didn't have any room for food.
Then there is the issue of ventilation. It wasn't apparent in the real estate photos but there isn't any exhaust fan in this kitchen. Nadda. None. Nothing but this ceiling fan.
Notice, too, how many canned lights there are in this ceiling. I'm all for great lighting, but this ceiling looks like a piece of swiss cheese.
Not to mention that there are twelve lights on one switch and that switch gets HOT.
What the real estate photos also don't show is that these cabinets have been repainted...
by a hack.
I think they painted them with a broom.
Oh, I know I sound just awful. I should be grateful for what I have.
If they were well configured, we would keep them, sand them and paint them again but there are too many design issues to want to seriously consider working around them. The island is too big and doesn't allow for the dishwashers to open fully.
Then there is this desk which is totally obsolete. I would much rather have drawers or cabinets here.
It may not appear like it in the listing photo, but this kitchen is a hot mess.
So if all goes as planned there will be a demo day in our near future.
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P.S. Yes, the ceilings in the adjoining rooms were purple. I know, crazy. That has already been addressed. They are now a more sedate shade of gray.
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Summer holidays and patriotism, they make me think of red white and blue, but once we were living along the gulf, I found myself wondering how old glory paired up with vivid coastal hues.
Apparently, quite well.
I think they go together like the beach and music.
We started fresh when we bought our Florida home. I left the tubs of holiday decorations up north. I wanted something different here. Yes, a new color palette, but I would also have to learn how to infuse my holiday style with a coastal flavor.
I immediately liked this cobalt blue, aqua and red combination with just an understated patriotic napkin added for that holiday nod.
Flamingos and flags? Love it.
Creating a vignette with items I already have, especially if they are vintage? And then adding a bit of coastal flair? I'm all about it.
Pinterest is teeming with red white and blue 4th of July cocktails, but this idea of incorporating the tropical colors of a watermelon into the festivities seems a bit more in line with the unexpected and fun look I am going for.
Then again, perhaps keeping it old school and giving our flag center stage, but with a creative twist, is all that is needed,
From sea to shining sea,
no matter where we are in these United States,
we are privileged to live here.
We will be flying our flag proudly and celebrating all that it symbolizes.
Wishing all of you a Happy 4th!
Chartreuse house with flag - unknown
Pale turquoise front porch with flag - Hooked On Houses
Bright pink house with flag - Rachel C Photography, Flickr
Lime- green home with turquoise door - Beach Bliss Living
Coastal style pillow - OBX Trading
Patriotic flamingo tumbler - Zazzle
Vintage vignette with flag, pink flowers, and antique toy truck - Fox Hollow Cottage
4th of July watermelon - Pinterest
Flag draped in doorway - Domain
Flag hung vertically with white furniture - Veranda
Flags in planters around the pool - Pinterest
Flag wrapped Palm Trees - Imagine
Stars and Stripes umbrella next to pool - WSM Aquatics
Flag hung between two Palm trees - San Diego Union Tribune
Land of the Free and flag at the beach - Linda of Coastal Charm
Five years ago I never thought we would be residents of Florida or that we would own a pink house. Well, maybe it isn't pink. I guess most people would call it coral.
Coral this isn't a color that you see much on the houses in the Midwest, the place we had called home for our entire lives.
But in this South East corner of the world, the color is not so unusual.
As I searched the web for landscaping and trim colors for coral homes I see that it is a color that is embraced up and down the East and Gulf Coasts.
This shade was outside of the box for us but I have always loved bold colors.
So when we first saw this house, it was love at first sight.
We loved this happy hue
and it was
that spoke to us,
and now we are so proud to call it home.
Spellbound Moment for the Week of June 20, 2016
This is the image that left me spellbound this week. It is the perfect mix of the open frame styles that are trending right now and that nod to the coastal style I am looking to achieve.
I found it here for $400 less than Wayfair.
At 20 inches wide, it would be amazing in our foyer or back hallway.
Color me spellbound.
Alligators made the news again last week in Florida. It was a horrific story of a two-year-old that was fatally attacked by an alligator while visiting Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The child was playing in the shallow water of a man-made lake after dark and the father of the boy tried valiantly to fight off the alligator but was unable to save his young son. Events like this are shocking even to Floridians who are familiar with the dangers of sharing real estate with these reptiles. But people that live outside of the area, people less knowledgeable about the behaviors of these creatures, hear about these stories and typically over- estimate the risk of an alligator attack. Conversely, others are frequently dismissive of the very real threat that co-existing with over a million alligators in Florida creates. The facts, though, highlight that alligator attacks are relatively rare and the risk of an attack can be dramatically reduced even further with a bit of common sense.
When we first looked into moving to Florida from the Midwest, one of the things that concerned me was the abundant wildlife in this tropical part of the world. I will admit to googling alligator attacks, panther populations, and bear sightings. but the beauty of this state won out. This is where we wanted to be.
The home we ultimately purchased is in a golf community that has several small retention ponds along the course and one of them isn't far from our house.
My imagination was having a field day and I could only envision that the pond was teeming with alligators. I have yet to see an alligator outside of the zoo but my fears were not totally unfounded. Alligator attacks in Florida are a reality. According to the USA Today,
"The statistics, which go back to 1948, show that the deadliest years for fatalities caused by alligator attacks were 2001 and 2006. Three people were killed each of those years."
Their graph below highlights the relatively low risk of an alligator attack.
There are nearly twenty million people in Florida so the odds of being a victim of an alligator attack are extremely low. Still, there are things we can do to help alleviate that risk even further.
Because alligators lurk in fresh or brackish waters, do not swim in these areas or any body of water that is posted with warning signs.
Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn, so swimming at night or even walking near ponds, lakes, or canals during these hours should definitely be avoided.
Feeding an alligator reduces its fear of humans. Do NOT feed an alligator. To do so is not only dangerous but it is also against the law in Florida.
Most alligator attacks occur in the water but if you encounter an alligator on land do not approach it. Alligators can jump to heights of six feet and they can run very fast for short distances. So maintain a distance of at least twenty feet.
Because alligator attacks are fairly rare they almost always make the news and without an understanding of the statistical odds of an attack, it is easy for our fears to take over.
According to CBS News, the facts are this, Florida averages about seven serious unprovoked bites a year and officials put the odds of someone being seriously injured by an unprovoked alligator in Florida at roughly one in 2.4 million.
While we were visiting the Naples Zoo earlier this year I noted a sign near the alligator exhibit that also emphasized how infrequently these attacks occur.
I'm okay with those odds.
Knowledge is power.
Favorite photo for the week of June 13, 2016
I took this photo on a real estate hunt a year and a half ago when we were looking for a home in Florida. I thought it was beautiful then and it inspires me still. As we are preparing to remodel the kitchen in the home we ultimately purchased, I am looking for interesting ceiling ideas that we can incorporate into our kitchen design. This one keeps coming to the top.
This is the photo that still takes my breath away. This ceiling leaves me spellbound.
This image is from the real estate listing we found on the internet when we were looking for our home. We thought it was amazing and fell in love with the property before we had actually even set foot in the home. Lucky us. Six months later we were moving in.
The home and the pool are about fourteen years old. The pool heater had just been replaced so it was new but everything else was original.
At first glance, the pool looked great but what the photos didn't show was the tile was oxidized, the grout was discolored and the surface of this concrete pool was beginning to fade and had several stains along the bottom.
We were moving from the Midwest where pools are seasonal and hard to justify. As a result, we had never had a pool before and knew very little about them or what was current or "cool" when it came to pool design. So we made the decision to contact a pool professional.
I had really liked the glass block wall between the spa and the pool itself.
I especially liked it at night when it allowed the glow from the spa light to shine through the block into the pool.
But what do I know about what is cool for a pool? Apparently, nothing. I quickly learned that along with the institutional type railing in the shallow end of the pool, that glass block is a dated look. The pool company also pointed out where the block had already been repaired once. It was only a matter of time before it would leak again so while we were resurfacing the interior of the pool we decided we would also rebuild the spa wall.
The pool was drained in a day.
Within several more days, the tile was chiseled off.
I learned that the pool has a hydrostatic relief valve that keeps the pool from floating up after the pool water is drained off.
The result was some muddy underground water entering the pool. About this point I began to worry that we had made a big mistake.
They began constructing the waterfall wall where the glass block had been.
Then they began tiling the water line and the spa.
I really did like the retro look of the original tile but we wanted to replace it with something a bit more updated with a modern clean appearance. We chose a glass tile in blue that has a few iridescent tiles that create some sparkle and interest.
Next, they covered the tile, cleaned the interior, and began applying the Pebble Tec finish which is a cement with pebbles and colored glass mixed together. Pebble Tec will last twenty years or more and is much more fade and stain resistant than a traditional plaster finish.
The Pebble Tec is sprayed on first and then hand- troweled for an even smooth coating. We went with the blue color and infused it with blue glass beads for an added shimmer.
We also added a new pool filter, new LED pool lights that can change the color of the pool, and the drain covers were replaced with new ones that meet current safety standards.
It has only been a couple of months, but we noticed that after we put in the new pool filter that our electric bill decreased by about $70 a month. Our electric bills here are not big so that has been a significant change for the better.
By the end of the week, they were refilling the pool using two garden hoses. A pool the size of this one took about a day to refill.
It was rather scary looking on Wednesday but by Saturday night, it looked amazing.
( the lines are the shadows of the pool cage)
I'm lovin' it!
Have a great week. I am sharing my pool restoration post here
and here too.
I'd been coveting this towel rack from Frontgate for quite a while. I saw it last year but the $199.00 price tag was a bit daunting when we needed so many other things for our new home. A year later and we are starting to add some of the ancillary items that make our house feel like a home and help to keep us more organized. So, when I saw that Frontgate's Memorial Weekend promotion included their bronze towel rack at 25% off AND free shipping it was all the convincing I needed to add one to my cart. I'm so glad I did. If you have been on the fence about purchasing one of these beauties I would whole -heartedly recommend it. It has a beefy weight and a tasteful design that works with any furniture style. I was pleased that the rack was so much larger and substantial than it appears in the photo. It easily accommodated our oversized beach towels without them having them drag along the ground.
If you have a pool this is the product you are looking for. No more wet towels scattered over the pool deck or draped on the backs of the outdoor furniture. There are two finishes available white or the bronze finish that we chose.
Assembly could not have been easier. The item arrived well packaged and Frontgate's customer service is second to none. I am not being paid to endorse this product in any way. I just wanted to share my experience with this company and this towel rack in particular.
Let the summer begin!
The foyer is like your face. It is what people see first. This is where you make your style statement. Are you Transitional Coastal, Palm Beach Regency, or Key West Casual?
This is also a great place to play with color. Announce your color story right as you come through the front door.
via Classic Florida Style, Taylor and Taylor
coastal sky shades,
flamboyant flamingo hues,
or natural neutrals flourished with whimsical coastal touches.
These entryways would never fail to make me smile as I walked through the door.
Please join me at Coastal Charm where I will be sharing my colorful coastal foyer inspirations.
Take a risk.
Welcome the world to your home with color and a dash of wow that they won't soon forget.