Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Real Homes - Beach Inspired by Shorely Chic

For those of you who are not familiar with the blog Shorely Chic - please check it out.  It is an amazing blog for those coastal chic loving fans like me.  

Also, Liz's Shorely Chic Etsy Shop has some great accessories for the coastal chic home...I have purchased shell coasters,  a vintage vase, wine sacks with starfish on them (make great gifts) and my most recent purchase, a vintage gold birdcage that was waiting for me at home last Friday when I returned from a trip.  

Liz has great style and I love reading her coastal decor inspiring posts.  Here is a post she did on my house in May 2010...hope you enjoy it.

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Real Home - Beach Inspired - Edition 1!!

I am over the moon excited to introduce the Real Homes - Beach Inspired series to Shorely Chic. I am always looking for inspiration in magazines and on the web for beachy/coastal homes and decided it would be really fun to seek this inspiration from the very people who follow this blog and my twitter and facebook pages! I sent out notice via facebook and twitter last week about this series and was asking for volunteers. I received lots of responses with so many awe-inspiring photos to look through, and the best part, these homes were real created with real budgets and without professional styling - so genuinely Shorely Chic!

My first feature is on the gorgeous home of Debbie from Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. I asked Debbie to give me a brief overview of the remodel of her home in coastal Florida to tie in a story with her beautiful photos:

All my life, I have lived on the coast and since I was a child, I've always had a love for seashells, sea life and the ocean. Whenever I am near the water, I feel a sense of serenity, inspiration and peacefulness. (Ahh, like music to my ears...-SC) When my husband and I decided to completely renovate our 1953 home, we moved out and re-did it from top to bottom, inside and out. I have always loved interior design, so I decided toexplore my creative side and design the interior to evoke the feeling I have when I'm around the ocean(my point exactly!! - SC). I chose a color palette of blues, greens, pinks and creams - with a small dash of red. I have infused little touches of the ocean into every room. I love starfish - all kinds, and I have included them throughout my house.

I have so many favorite areas - both inside and outside - but I think my most favorite is my kitchen. The photos do not do it justice. I designed every aspect of this kitchen myself and then had it built exactly as I wanted it. I wanted the kitchen to feel like a room where you could just hang out...which is why I selected shelves opposed to upper cabinets - it gives the room much more of a casual roomy feel. The color of the cabinets are winter sky blue - they are the most amazing color and I just love the marble counter tops. I went to the marble factory and picked out the slabs myself and then had the marble honed so it has a more natural finish.

a big THANK YOU to Debbie for sharing these photos with us :)
**If you would like your home to be featured in the Real Home-Beach Inspired series, email me!!**


Shorely Chic said...

You are the sweetest, Debbie!! You are so talented yourself, and I am so excited to be following your blog. I know you will have so much fun with it - love, me!! xoxox

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh wow, Debbie... your home is beautiful! What a fun mix of color! It definintely has a beachy cottage feel. You did a fabulous job!
Shorely Chic sounds wonderful. I love those shadow boxes. I'm going to check it out when I have a little more time. Doing homework right now with the kiddos.
Have a good night!
~ Jo :)

P.S. Thanks again for the seashells! That's so sweet of you! :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You home is beautiful Debbie. I love the giant shell and the white coffee table is fantastic. Those shadow boxes are really pretty. I'll have to go check them out. Thanks.

Donna said...

Oh, wow! I really love your home, Debbie! My very favorite is your kitchen! I love the open shelving! And the colors you have used thru out are wonderful! I have a bench/table very similar to your cream one that my hubby made. Ours is painted green, but now after seeing yours I want to give it a makeover! I also love all of your shell accessories. Just gorgeous!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your home is so pretty, Debbie. Just viewing the pictures I feel that I have spent a day at the beach. I can feel the sea breeze now.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I LOVE Dbbie's home! I'm so jelous of that sun room. Sigh!!

Ocean Dreams said...

What a beautiful home. I love all of the blues and feel like I've been to the beach now just from sitting in front of my computer. :)