MondayMusings:Historic Shore Decor


If you follow our blog, you might know that we have been on the hunt for a beach house the past couple of months. As it turns out, it hasn’t been as easy as we thought! On the bright side, we have a new potential contender. The best part? It’s a historic home! We know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we are huge fans of the charm that accompanies a place with a little age on it. (And those little plaques on the front doors!) Mixing coastal style with classic charm can be tricky, but we think we’re up to the challenge! This living room has loads of inspiration.

The house has an entrance “parlor.” If you’re picturing velvet-covered Victorian furniture, you’re right on the money. Pull down the sheers and bring on the light! This round table has a welcoming appeal and the upholstered furniture is much more the look we’re trying to achieve. Plus, a classic chandelier combines the old with the new.
Liz Williams Designer

Sitting porch? Yes, please! Coffee and crosswords are even better with a water view.

Anne Decker Architect
If there’s one drawback to a home that hasn’t been renovated since the ’60s it’s — you guessed it — the kitchen. But, we figure we can grin, bear it, and count our blessings that it wasn’t last renovated in 1907! 
Elle Deocr
Mom wants a bull in the kitchen. I’m on board.
A formal dining room is great in a formal house, but we’re wanting fresh off the grill, (and out of the ocean!) lots of friends, and no dress code. This farm table, chairs and these great light fixtures are a fabulous combo.

This art is coastal, chic and just a touch refined.
pretty stuff
A built-in china cabinet doesn’t have to display the good stuff. We much prefer the eclectic coastal look of this set up.
Jason Bell Design via House Beautiful
An antique french bed painted white is light enough to be beachy but still fits the age of the home.
One of the most important considerations I always have is where my desk is going to go! One of the winning points in our latest obsession is that it has a perfect spot for a desk in the corner of my bedroom, in a window overlooking the water. Just think of all the blogging I could do! 🙂
We love a look like this for baby Will’s room. It’s masculine, Hemingway-esque and could carry him for years. His new baby hammock would look great in there for now. Yes, baby hammock. Sometimes there comes a point in life when you and your husband look at each realize it at the same time: No matter what that d*&! sleep book says he’s never, ever going to sleep in that crib.
Phoebe Howard Design
We just love twin beds. They probably aren’t the most practical for guests — but we love the sailboats over the headboard!

Life of Polarn Per
Bathrooms can be tricky when you’re looking to maintain a level of certain historical integrity and make it look up to date. Mosaic tile and pedestal sinks are such a classic choice.
So what do you think? Are you more of a new house person or do you like a bit of a fixer upper?
Happy Monday, friends!


Things We Love: Paneled Ceilings

Anne Decker Architect
A few days ago, Mom and I were pondering a plain cathedral ceiling. The height was great, and we knew a statement light fixture would spruce the space. But that would only get us so far.

House of Turquoise
After a few minutes of deliberation, we decided that paneling was a must! 
Catalano Architects
We adore the charm of paneling and how instantly it transforms a wall, especially that pesky, overlooked fifth one.
Jane Churchill Design
This kitchen is undeniably adorable. The splash of pink is so sweet, but it’s the ceiling that really caps it off for us.

Suzie Anderson Home
Especially in a room that is paneled from floor to ceiling, we like the warmth of keeping the ceiling dark.
Roughan Interior Design
We are having a little kitchen envy. The copper vent hood, those gorgeous tiled wall. We think we might cook more in this room… Or at least make more tea.
Heather Bullard Photography
Whenever we get in the mood that a totally white room will be boring, a picture like this brings us back to our senses.
Erin Martin Design
We generally think of painted paneling for beach homes, cottages and other casual spaces. This is a great reminder that it works in a more sophisticated spot as well.
Life of Polarn Per
We adore these floors! So gorgeous!

Could this room have any more character? A place for sleeping, eating, chatting and storing all our books… We think we could live right here. Who needs a kitchen anyway?

Everything Fabulous
A perfect way to end the post! Painted paneling, a chandelier, a white hide… these are a few of our favorite things 🙂
Make sure to check back tomorrow for our giveaway!


Going Gray

Anne Decker Architect
While we are always big fans of white, sometimes it seems like, when it comes to kitchen cabinets, so many of us get caught up in the idea that a shade of white is our only option.
Martha Stewart’s kitchen
Everyone always says that changing the paint is the fastest, easiest, least expensive way to change the look of a room.
Betty Wasserman Interiors

But let’s face it: When it comes to painting cabinets, getting a real pro who will do a beautiful job is going to cost a pretty penny.

Tracery Interiors
So it’s still important to make sure, while branching out, that the color you choose will stand the test of time.
Graciela Rutkowski Design
For a departure from the ordinary without the remorse that can come from choosing a color that’s too intense, we are huge fans of the gray kitchen cabinet.
elements of style
It’s so warm, so chic and looks fabulous with pretty much any color and style of knob.
Life of Polarn Per
Plus, you aren’t caught a year later, way too soon to hire a professional again, wishing that the red you chose for your cabinets wasn’t so… red.
Kvanum Swedish Kitchens
Gray seems to lend itself to pretty much any floor type, as well.
Mick De Giulio
It’s a beautiful contrast to a lighter floor,
Sally Wheat’s kitchen
And brings out the richness of a darker hardwood.
Martha Stewart
Plus, what could be a better match for your stainless steel?
Kristin Cunningham Design
What is your favorite kitchen cabinet color? We hope you are all having a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by today!


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