Design TipsOctober 5, 2009

Designer Ideas From the Coastal Living Idea House!

As I’ve mentioned about 20 times before, every time I get my copy of Coastal Living I have to resist the urge to pack all my crap and haul butt to the beach-permanently. Seeing their Idea House, located in I’on South Carolina and designed flawlessly by Angie Hranowsky, only quadruples that urge!  I think this house is a great example of how to make a coastal home look relaxed and fresh without going uber “beachy”.  Plus, you can use a lot of these great ideas as inspiration in any home- land locked, mountainous or desert!
I’m loving to slightly mismatched colors of dusty purple, aqua, coral and gold.  Angie uses my time tested perfect ratio for pillows- 1 part graphic, 1 part solid, 1 part textural. Try it out on your own sofa! I promise it’ll look balanced. Another great idea is to use a large scale graphic wallpaper on an big, open stairwell. A lot of people wonder what to do with this space and if you’d rather not hang a gallery wall or massive pieces of art, using a paper like this makes the space seen full and interesting!
 Another great idea- instead of one fixture above a dining table, I love the look of two pendant fixtures. This works best over a long dining table though! These shown are from Circa Lighting. Angie also uses another “design formula” I love which is open and airy (modern is my preference) side chairs paired with traditional, upholstered chairs and the heads of the table.  You can totally mix and match depending on your table and personal style.
This kitchen is so magnificent! I adore the use of an Ann Sacks patterned tile all the way up to the ceiling! It makes the space seem immense and lofty and is a unique way to treat the wall. These vintage style lights are pretty amazing too (buy them here) and I love the juxtaposition of their traditional nature against the modern counter and wall.
The master bedroom is another space that makes me delirious. The bed canopy in an indian inspired John Robshaw print is things girl’s boho-chic dreams are made of!
In the den she uses one of my new favorite fabrics, this ikat stripe by Peter Dunham on the windows. Th eonly thing I would do differently (and my window treatment woman would probably agree) is to blackout line the romans so the lgiht doesn’t obscure you from seeing that gorgeous pattern!  I’m also taking note of that yummy warm grey tinged with purple on the walls!
 
Here it is used again on a daybed on the porch- I love how she used it running different directions and paired the color with a sunny yellow ikat and graphic David Hicks drapes!
 
 Try these yummy pilows from Fabricadabra for a similar look- pair them with a solid purple linen!
 
In the master bathroom Angie used two alrge mirrors which left little room for sconces on both sides so instead she just used two statement sconces on the insides of the mirrors. I’ve run into this probelm before and never thought it would look balanced to do this, but it does!
In the half bath she used one of my favorite papers of all time, Cow Parsley by Cole & Son to punch up the room in a subtle, neutral way.  If you’re wallpaper shy, try a paper like this in a tone on tone pattern to break yourself in!  

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