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10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look

It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer season is upon us. For me, summer is synonymous with the beach. I’m lucky enough to live within a 10 minute drive to the ocean and I’ve always loved the light and airy beach house aesthetic. To me that means adding subtle and classic details like texture, stripes and touches of blue. Nothing over-the-top or too “theme” like. So here are 10 ways to get the beach house look.www.CottageNumber46.com

One: Keep it Light. White paint, light flooring and upholstery with some contrasting accessories will give that easy, breezy look.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.30.32 AM

Two: Add Texture. In the form of grass cloth, linen, rattan, sisal rugs, baskets and block prints. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.50.52 AM

Three: Just Add Stripes. This is easy to do with pillows, rugs, window coverings and even a touch of wallpaper.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.10.53 AM

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Four: Take it Outside. Give your outside space some sea side character by incorporating weather friendly teak or rattan furniture, galvanized pots, outdoor lanterns or an Adirondak chair.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.54.42 AM

Five: Sea Inspired Art. It’s easy to find tons of great art these days on Etsy, One Kings Lane and Minted. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.52.20 AM

Six: Bring the Outside In. Go for a slightly tropical vibe with a fiddle leaf fig or some succulents or get a Hamptons look with classic blue or white hydrangeas. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.22.39 AM

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Seven: Shiplap!  This one deserves an exclamation point because it’s one of my favorite ways to add a coastal touch.  Consider adding a wall of white painted shiplap in a bath or hall. It has beach house written all over it. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.49.37 AM

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Eight: Give a Nod to the Nautical. Incorporate something brass or sailing inspired or both! Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.27.53 AM

Nine: Come Down with a Case of the Blues. Any shade will do.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 11.06.44 AM

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Ten: Add an Outdoor Fireplace. Or shower or why not both?Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 11.16.38 AM

All images above Via Kelly Nutt Design Instagram feed. I’ve featured Kelly’s designs before on my blog. If you’re looking for more Southern California beach style inspiration, she’s one to follow. She always posts the most beautiful photos and you will not be disappointed.

Here are some ideas on how to get the look:

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Art / Stripe Pillow / Bowl / Tripod Lamp / Hurricane Lantern / Book Collection / Nautical Bottle Opener / Bronze Round Mirror / Bench / Rattan Chair and Ottoman / Chambray Pillow / Rug

Cheers to summer! Now go clean the BBQ and enjoy your holiday weekend.

XO Kerry

Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year’s resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It’s been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I’ve mentioned before there’s a long list of things that need to be done to bring the house up to this century. The first thing we did was renovate the kitchen, install new floors and update the living room by adding recessed lighting and updating the fireplace surround and staircase. These updates made a huge difference and we’re really happy with them, but I needed to add the finishing touches by updating the decor in the living room.

We wanted a new sofa and seating arrangement so I used that as a jumping off point and decided to tackle the room as a whole. Our previous home had a vintage-cottage vibe, but for this home I wanted to update our furnishings and bring in items with more of a modern polish. I love to mix old and new, clean lines with soft, graphic with organic, rustic with shine. You get the idea. The bones of our house are somewhat traditional and classic, which I love, but I wanted to mix in a little “modern California”. I also wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit by adding some fun color and pattern. I’m really happy with the finished project and excited to be able to share it with you. IMG_0406IMG_0419Our new sofa is from Restoration Hardware. It’s a modern sillouette covered in a family friendly Perennials fabric.IMG_0431This little corner nook needed a major update. The previous cushion was inherited from the former owners of the home and was covered in a peach and blue tropical print. I love the way the lilac block print looks with the black and white dot. IMG_0414 copyThe lamp and side table were splurges I almost didn’t make, but I’m so happy that I did.IMG_0401I love the blue velvet side chairs and fun star print fabric. IMG_0413IMG_0428Below is a photo that shows the fireplace and floors mid-construction. The wood paneling is beautiful, but the finish was a pinkish whitewash, circa 1992. We had the mantle re-built a new stone slab installed and of course painted the paneling white. IMG_3189I’ll share more rooms soon. We’re currently working on the master bedroom and I’m plotting the bathroom renovations… one of these days.

xo Kerry

I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

Today I’m excited to be sharing the work of San Francisco based designer Catherine Kwong. To me, her design approach is perfectly elegant and tailored. She effortlessly mixes modern with vintage in a way that is refined, graceful and elegant. I can’t recall exactly how I stumbled upon her work but let me tell you, as soon as I saw her portfolio I was stopped dead in my tracks.  I’m totally in love her refined approach to design. I especially love her use of fine art and dark moody hues that either contrast with or add drama to other elements in the rooms like lighting and fabric. See for yourself below.

I love the layered look of this console under the stairs. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.02.24 PM

Check out this modern kitchen. You may know by now that I’m a huge fan of fine art photography and this oversize work here is stunning and works beautifully as a statement piece on this wall with high coffered ceilings. J1_Catherine+Kwong+Design_John+Merkl_Pacific+Heights_150dpi

Check out the lovely star detail on this upholstered headboard. This is a great example of mixing elegant features like a mirrored side table and traditional headboard with more modern elements like the modern chrome bedside lamps.gargiulo-residence-catherine-kwong-07

Here’s a lovely mix of modern and traditional in this dining and living room area. B1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi

This dark and moody wallpaper is stunning. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.05.32 PM

This is Catherine’s San Francisco townhouse as featured in Rue Mag. You can see more of that article hereScreen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.14 PM

Again, a cool use of modern pared with rustic from the vintage wine bottle racks. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.50 PM

More great photography here in this office/shoe room! Yes, check out the wall of shoes! F3_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_06_150dpi Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.03.41 PM

Lucite, brass, velvet… oh my!H1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi H5_CatherineKwongDesign_BessFriday_Pacific+Heights_150dpi+copy

If you’d like to see more of Catherine’s work, check out her website here.

Enjoy your Sunday. I cannot believe it’s already November!

xo Kerry

Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson

As much as some days I love soothing colors, today I’m excited to write about the bold design aesthetic of Caitlin Wilson, an interior and textile designer based out of Portland, Oregon. Countless times I’ve spotted pretty rugs and fabrics on Pinterest and Instagram and traced the source back to Caitlin. I’ve become a huge fan. Her textiles, rugs, wallpapers and interiors are loaded with personality, fun patterns and color, all the while remaining sophisticated, classic and unique. I’m betting you won’t be able to resist either.

Below are some lovely rooms from her design portfolio. I’m absolutely drooling over every detail of this kitchen and dining space from the brass hardware to the bistro chairs to her signature fabric on the barstools.

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More gorgeous wallpaper and lighting love here in this little bar area.Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.42.22 PM blue-bed foyer Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.41.48 PMFrom Caitlin’s collection:

A blush and navy medallion Moroccan rug shown below with a pillow in her navy Fleur Chinoise fabric.

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Confetti Moroccan rug shown here below with Bridge City Blooms and lilac Burnside Buffalo Check pillows. I’m seeing buffalo check everywhere these days which is so fantastic when paired with a floral, as you can see here.

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I adore her antique inspired Persian “Kismet” rug shown here in coral, but it also comes in navy and is equally beautiful. I’m plotting a place in my home for one. Perhaps kitchen…

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I hope to get back into the swing of regular posting. Thanks for your patience while I had a few sporadic weeks. Very soon I’m taking some photos of my recently completed rooms and can’t wait to show you so stay tuned.

xo Kerry

 

 

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