monday at the beach

When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach. (Unfortunately, my body doesn’t always get the chance to go!) Whether it’s New England or the Gulf coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.

So welcome to my new blog series…
‘Monday at the Beach’
Let’s go...

Colorful Carolina Cottage

Over the course of a decade, this getaway on the marsh in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, had seen it all: kids growing up, graduating, moving away, getting married, having kids of their own. But while things changed and evolved for the family who lived there, the house stayed the same.

Interior designer Liz Carroll was brought on board to oversee a remodel after a simple consultation.

So out went aged teal carpeting and dark green walls; in their place, Carroll installed warm hardwoods and paired crisp whites with bright hues for a fresh, modern look. Here's how color can bring a past-its-prime home back to prominence.

Nurture Your Nature

Carroll didn't have to look far to find the color inspiration that would define the living room; she just had to glance out the windows. To keep things from getting too overwhelming, she made sure to ground the space with soothing neutrals.

Room with a View

Because the dining room is open to the main living area, Carroll continued the green-and-lavender palette, but in softer, more subdued color ways to keep the focus on food, friends, and family.

Pick a Starting Point

When Carroll laid eyes on a bolt of look-at-me, indoor/outdoor TrinaTurk fabric, she didn't think twice about using it to upholster the guest room's custom headboard; she knew the fun, bold print was exactly what the homeowners had in mind.

Sea-Worthy Guest Room

The unexpected color combinations in the guest room's charming KatieRidder wallpaper inspired Carroll to think outside the box. She borrowed the poppy red color from the tiny flag atop the illustrated ships and used it for the Greek key motif on the pillows and custom twin headboards, and again for the wide trim on the curtains.
What do you think of this cute little cottage?
Is it move-in ready for you?

Many thanks go to my friends at Coastal Living for their help with this.