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  • Last minute Thanksgiving Tablescapes

    November 20, 2015

    Today I’m blogging about Thanksgiving Tablescapes with easy and fun festive ideas.   If you are a last minute Nelly when it comes to decorating the table, here are some quick backyard remedies. Nothing says fall and harvest time better than real accents taken right from nature. Below a happy tartan plaid is paired with pinecones, acorns and a simple arrangement of twigs.   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.12.41 PM sweetsomethingdesign.com   If you have a simple white dinner collection, try adding a touch of greenery with natural twine and custom nametags. It looks like a special note accompanies each guest telling them why they are cherished by the host. Love!   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.12.56 PM thisishappinessblog.com   What an unusual and refreshing arrangement this is! Layering table fabrics with graphic patterns and bold colors really punches up this setting. Again the painted pumpkin and greenery bring some of the outdoors in. Even the Chardonnay works!   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.13.11 PM realsimple.com   Plaids are popular for fall and here are an assortment are laid out as table runners. A variety of pumpkins shapes and sizes, some even painted, decorate the table along with bark vases, leaves and chalkboard painted plates.   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.13.20 PM theturqoisehome.com   I also like this blend of gold chargers paired with white modern dinnerware. The gold is a nice contrast to the rustic straw basket with white painted “punkins” as my little one used to say.   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.13.31 PM chiccalifornia.com   And last but not least is a decorative trellis tablecloth in a rich earth tone accented with leaves, pumpkins and glass votives.   I hope this inspires and lends a hand to those who are hosting the big meal at their house this year.   Happy Turkey Day!!   Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.13.42 PM ciaonewportbeach.com  

  • Kitchen Remodel Willbrook Plantation

    It’s November and the sun is shining! Thankful for that! Last month included a fun trip to the High Point furniture market and locally styling a kitchen remodel finally complete in Willbrook Plantation. Here is a peek at some pictures of this gorgeous kitchen to be published in Grand Strand Magazine next spring. I’m just a little excited… definitely needs a professional photographer.   IMG_2389   IMG_2395   The style of the kitchen is a modern/antique blend, a combination of new and old. The custom cabinets are an off white simple shaker door style with gorgeous gold hardware. Classic Walter Zanger tile is inserted above the Viking range with crackled subway tile running up both sides of the custom hood and perimeter of kitchen. Marble countertops are featured along with rustic walnut on the massive 4' x 8' center island. Another neat design feature requested by the homeowner is a contrasting "sink shelf" for lack of a better word stained to match the walnut island. The farmhouse sink sits on the shelf for an antique effect.   IMG_2396   IMG_2400   The sliding barn door and newly designed pantry offer both convenience and style.   IMG_2403 Look for more photos of this entire remodel project next spring in the Grand Strand Magazine.

  • Fall Market Trends 2015

    October came and went and with it came fall market in my hometown of High Point, NC. It is always a fun and exciting event to attend and the creative energy is contagious. This year’s industry trend forecast was by Julie Smith Vincenti a home furnishings trend reporter, magazine editor and business owner. Learning about how trends start and evolve is really interesting. Here are 3 trends that were covered in detail with a few photos.


    1. “Beyondaries”


    Science and technology are leading the way with advances in exploration on other planets and space itself. New discoveries are constantly announced in the media and two movies Gravity and Interstellar were big hits this year. Along with the space race of the 1950’s was mid-century modern furniture. And it's back! Space influenced design is depicted through moon motifs, moon rock finishes, spheres, agates, matte black and futuristic designs.


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    2. Fearless


    The recession is over and people are ready to live a little. Tired of playing it safe, rebellious colors are on trend. Think hot pink paired with neon yellow and red. Unusual and energizing color combinations often influenced by digital screen colors. Scale and patterns exaggerated with gold accents. Take a traditional plaid but blow it up in size and recolor it for a modern twist. Lit plexi-glass and high sheen lacquer finishes are part of this trend. A traditional teal was punched up with neon yellow and overscaled prints by designer Tobi Fairley for CR Laine. Note the lucite legs and brass tacks on the leather ottoman. The bottom picture was taken from a show house she designed.


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    3. Island Life


    Island life and all things tropical are in the forefront with travel to places like Cuba and Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the Summer Olympics. Exotic woods like rattan and banyon wood are popular. Patterns with Ikats, leaves, palms, pineapples, birds, snakeskins, crocodiles and shells all play right into the island trend.


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    You can see more of these trends out at retail next spring! Happy shopping!

  • Antique Brass Bath Fixtures

    One of the definite trends of 2015 is brass, especially in plumbing fixtures.   Not the old school, shiny brass that your husband says is back in style… but a new sleek, aged brass with a hint of bronze in it.   The Kohler Purist Collection is one of my favorites and has a bit of an industrial feel to it. Love the cross handles! They even created a wall sconce.


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    Antique brass fixtures add a real warmth and wow factor to the photos below featuring cool marble and tile surfaces.


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    If you’re looking for a stylish and affordable brass fixture on a budget, try the Verdanza Series available at Home Depot. Home Depot you say? Yes! They nailed the finish and style in what they call an Antique Brass.


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    More great images of brass fixtures showcased in classic bathrooms featuring marble and black/white subway tile. Both might I add, have gorgeous herringbone wood floors that also keep the space from feeling cold. Modern yes, but not cold.


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    And last but not least is Rohl’s Cisal Collection featuring a Tuscan Brass finish. I believe the exposed shower system with diverter ran about $4700 but fear not, the rest of the collection was not near that! The bridge faucet would look so pretty on a bath cabinet and I love the detail of even the tp holder.


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    A few more inspiration photos below. I can’t decide if I like the elegant feel of the all white bath on the left or the statement bath with black to the right. Which is your favorite? Are you a brass fan? Feel free to comment below.


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  • Ship Lap Obsession

    I’m not sure if it’s the idea of life on the coast or the idea of going back to a simpler time where everything old is made new again that seems to have taken shape in the form of shiplap. All of my projects as of late seem to include some form of shiplap be it on the walls, ceilings or doors and can I say I absolutely LOVE IT?! It creates instant texture and character to an otherwise boring sheetrock surface. Shiplap also known as 1x6 tongue and groove can be purchased at any lumber supply store. The projects I’ve worked on have used Pine or Cedar. It also reminiscent of an old farmhouse and can be stained or painted and pairs great with other woods like beadboard or board and batten.   Below is a peak at a project remodel project currently underway. We originally planned for just the fireplace wall to house ship lap to add interest and help frame the fireplace. The homeowners loved it so much they decided to splurge and finish out the entire room! On a side note we also replaced the stairwell spindles and added a section of chippendale. Love it!   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 2.06.55 PM 32 Tidewater   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 2.08.08 PM 32 Tidewater   The coastal bedroom below is a great example of painted shiplap in a soft blue color. It's creates a nice contrast to the antique wood headboard.   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 1.48.43 PM www.ourtownplans.com   The living room and kitchen each are designed with beadboard ceilings and horizontal shiplap walls. The stone fireplace and kitchen island pendant lighting add a modern twist.   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 1.52.23 PM www.ourtownplans.com   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 1.55.32 PM www.ourtownplans.com   Last but not least is an example of pine flooring used on the ceiling in a shiplap motif. It's a rustic touch to this farmhouse bath.   Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 2.05.53 PM www.historicalconcepts.com

Robin Johnson








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