Blue and White Home Accents

We had another snow day yesterday. That makes two this week which the kids are loving, but the slush, snow, and ice still has me reminiscing about our trip to Perth. I came across so many great coastal accents while “window shopping” with my sister-in-laws and nieces.

Pillows Freedom

Suzani Pillows Freedom

Morrison Frames

Kids Scarborough Beach

The pillows were at Freedom and the frames are from Morrison. Freedom is a great all around source for furnishings and accents, a bit like a West Elm. They are a larger chain, but I was pleased to see their commitment to sustainability. They have a lot of well priced items, perfect for changing your home accents with the seasons. I am a huge fan of Morrison. They started in Fremantle, Australia  as mainly a clothing company. All their garments are designed and produced in Australia. You can read more about them here. I love that they combine beautiful home accents into their stores that also reflect their quality and elegance.

My last image was taken at Scarborough beach which we went to just before one of our shopping excursions. Have to say “wish we were there” until winter was over.

Be inspired,

Shannon

Sea Green Designs Just Won Best of Houzz Award

Just wanted to share how thrilled I am that we have won a best of Houzz 2014 Customer Satisfaction Award!

Remodeling and Home Design

 Check out our profile if you haven’t seen us on Houzz.

Thank you to those who nominated us!

Be inspired,

Shannon

Fantastic Find! Custom Furnishings at Fremantle Furniture

We’re having a snow day in Southampton today. (We’ve had our share this year already…) I’m thinking of our recent family trip to Australia where is was in the low 90′s most of the time, and I wanted to share a great source for custom made furnishings that I stumbled upon when we took a little trip to Fremantle.

fremantle-furniture-company-logo

freo furniture table close-up with text freo furniture with text

Freo Furniture hall table with text

Located in Fremantle, Australia (which is west of Perth and the major import/ export port for Western Australia), Fremantle Furniture is a place Western Australians can go to for custom furnishings such as dining tables, entertainment consoles, cupboards, etc.

I loved the textures and design of so many pieces and was very pleased to see they use 150 year old reclaimed English timbers. Australia is well known for protecting its environment and resources so it was no surprise to find reclaimed pieces here. All of them would work well in a home with coastal style.

I found the style of the pieces to be very on trend for our NY area. What do you think? Would any of these pieces work in your home? Have any of you been to Fremantle or heard of Fremantle Furniture?

I’d love to hear from you.

Be inspired,

Shannon

Happy New Year: Coastal Inspiration for 2014

new year sand photo

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous 2013. One of my “resolutions” this year is to share with you lots of coastal inspired content. Currently, I’m on holidays visiting family in Australia. We’re enjoying the summer months here, and I’ve found much inspiration which I’ll share over the next few posts.

Port Walter, Perth, Australia

Port Walter, Perth, Australia

We will be returning to Southampton in a few days where we’ll settle back into winter, and my hope is to inspire you in the new year with great images of coastal inspiration, design ideas, sustainable decor for your home, and DIY techniques.

Miller bedroom collage

One of our Southampton Projects

Hand made decor

Some of our favorite sustainable home decor

Glaze Techniques

Some glazing techniques in action

Another goal for the new year is to reach 500 followers of this blog by July 4th, 2014. I hope you’ll follow along, be inspired, and share with your friends. I would love to hear from you all.

To all my dear family, friends, and clients who have supported me and Sea Green Designs, I wish you the Happiest of New Year’s.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Complimentary Holiday Design Board

Deck the halls

Deck the halls

If you can make it to our Holiday Open House tomorrow (Small Business Saturday), we will treat you with a complimentary Holiday design board. Just email us an image of one wall with a few dimensions. We’ll email you a design board decked out for the holidays.

Be inspired,

Shannon

Sea Green Designs Celebrates Small Business Saturday

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of our supporters, clients, friends, family which is why we hope you can all make it to our Holiday Open House. We are holding it on Small Business Saturday because what better way than to say thanks than to have a party! Come kick off the holiday season at Sea Green Designs on Saturday, November 30th.

Holiday Open House 2013

Holiday Open House 2013

Amy Howard at Home Demonstration 12:00-2:00pm

2:00pm-6:00pm  Complimentary Holiday Decorating Consultations & Refreshments by Boathouse Road. Fill out our registration form with details of one wall in the space you want to decorate. You must provide us details by 11-25-13 in order for us to provide a printed digital design board similar to the one shown. We’ll include suggestions for holiday accents and how you might arrange the space.Contact us with questions and to email images of your space. Marie Sellers will be on hand with her organic drink mixes and delicious dips and dessert mixes. You’ll want to try the caramel apple martini for sure. We are also raffling a Sugarboo Ceramic platter.

Tickets are $1 each and all proceeds will go to the Group for the East End who help protect and restore the East End’s environment and fuel passion in kids to become stewards of the environment. We’ll draw the winner at the end of the Open House. Hope to see you here so we can thank you in person!

You can also register here If you cannot make it, we wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings and THANK YOU for your support.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

How to Choose the Right Dining Table

With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner. I wanted to share a few guidelines on choosing the right dining table since we all are likely to do some kind of entertaining in the next month or so.

No.1 Choosing the right size

Floor plan with Dining Table

Floor plan with Dining Table

I recommend choosing a table that fits your space. The rule of thumb is to allow 30″ -36″ from the edge of the table to the wall or nearest piece of furniture. This allows for movement around the table even when guests are seated. In the floor plan I did above, we allowed more room by choosing a narrower table that was 36″ wide. However, we could have gone with a wider table of 42″ and still had plenty of room.

No.2 The right shape

If you have a square room for example 12′ x 12′ or a room that is 12′x 14′, but you place a server or buffet on the wall which leaves you with almost a 12′ x 12′ room. you might consider a 6′ round table or a square table instead of a rectangular table. This will fit the proportion of the room better. Just use the above guidelines to be sure you have the right amount of space to move around the table.

No.3 The right material

What your table is made of is a major consideration. You’ll want to take into account the style of your space and the function of the table.

White painted table Shabby and Charme

Live edge breakfast table

Glass Dining Table Kahn Design Group

Vintage Swedish Farm Table

Reclaimed Dining Table, Elle Decor July 2012

Reclaimed Dining Table, Elle Decor July 2012

You can go with a crisp, cottage look with a painted table, add texture with a live edge table, keep it light with a glass top, go vintage with an antique, or have a table created out of reclaimed lumber. You’ll want to consider what the table feels like, how easy it is to care for, and how it will hold up to your use. If you want to keep it eco-friendly, you can rescue an old table with a painted finish, find a vintage piece, or use reclaimed lumber. Hopefully, some of the above images will give you some ideas.

Be inspired,

Shannon

 

 

Fermob Outdoor Lounge: What’s New?

As I said in one of my last posts, I’ve carried Fermob outdoor furniture since 2000, the first year it was distributed in the US. Needless to say I’m a fan. With the array of color and style (24 to choose from), you cannot go wrong with the line whether you like traditional or contemporary. At my recent training in Sonoma County, I learned some new things that I thought I would share.

No.1      2014 will be the 125th year that they have been making the bistro chair! If you ever stop by my shop, you’ll probably hear one of us say “Ah, Fermob, is a fabulous company. They have been making the bistro chair since 1889.” It’s just one of those incredible facts that shows how timeless this classic is. However, I’ve never mentioned (probably because I didn’t remember it) that the chair was designed because at that time in France, the merchants were taxed for anything they left on the side walk. That’s when ingenuity kicked in and the bistro chair was designed to be folded and brought in. Brilliant! Be sure to follow us to learn how we’ll celebrate this 125th Anniversary.

Fermob Bistro chair with cushion

Fermob Bistro chair with cushion

No.2      Fermob was awarded the ISO 14001 Certification for sustainability in March of 2010. This is a certification which awards 20 years of commitment to sustainable development. There is NO manufacturer in the US that meets the same standards at this time. I’ll do another post with all the details on Fermob’s commitment to the environment.   

Fermob stands by their words

Fermob stands by their words

 

No.3      Many new products will be available. Our favorite chair after the bistro chair, Dune, is now available in a fabulous new stripe! Ours will be arriving in Spring of 2014, but feel free to contact me now if you want to get your order in. They’ve also added the following for 2014. Caractere Table, Ellipse Armchair, Latiitude Sunlounger, Bellevie Chair, Surprising Table, and a smaller Costa table. All of these work back to existing collections. Then you have the Osmose, and the Kintbury table and chairs designed by Sir Terence Conran.

Some of the pieces for 2014

Some of the pieces for 2014

 

No.4      There are two new colors replacing two oldies, but goodies. Honey and Capucine (nastursium)

two new Fermob colors revealed in Healdsburg

two new Fermob colors revealed in Healdsburg

I know it’s early but I can’t wait for spring so we can put the new display together! Which piece would you choose? I’d love to know. Maybe we’ll get it in for Spring.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

The H2Hotel: Part Two

With so many great examples of eco-friendly interior design in the H2hotel, I really wanted to delve a little deeper and share the details.

First of all, maybe I don’t get out often enough, but I’ve never seen a hotel room like this before.

 

H2Hotel Room

H2Hotel Room

The large balcony that is part of the room at the H2Hotel

The large balcony that is part of the room at the H2Hotel

 

Smaller balcony with the Fermob bistro chair and a view of the pool

Smaller balcony with the Fermob bistro chair and a view of the pool

Beautiful Soaker Tub at the H2Hotel

Beautiful Soaker Tub at the H2Hotel

Refillable bath amenities

Refillable bath amenities

Refrigertaor with refillable H2O bottle (both flat and sparkling) with water glasses made of recycle bottles

Refrigerator with refillable H2O bottle (both flat and sparkling) with water glasses made of recycle bottles

 

 

Recycle bin in the room at the H2Hotel

Recycle bin in the room at the H2Hotel

Two balconies (one featuring two Fermob bistro chairs in Verbena), an unbelievable soaker tub, a closet that I wish I had at home, the list goes on…But the materials are what make everything so sustainable. The flooring is bamboo (a rapid renewable resource). The bath amenities are in refillable containers. The water is in refillable glass jars and the water glasses are made of recycled glass. Want a refill? Just head down the hall where you can refill with filtered water through a tap like you would find at a bar. The sheets are organic linen, by Coyuchi (whose line we carry at Sea Green Designs)

When the building was constructed all of the lumber was either FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) or reclaimed. Many of the structural elements where made of recycled materials such as steel, concrete, and glazing.

Salt water pool at the H2Hotel heated by solar Power

Salt water pool at the H2Hotel heated by solar Power

H2Hotel Sign

H2Hotel Sign

 

Then, there is the stuff that isn’t pretty, but is practical: smart sensor for lights (your room needs the key inserted for the power to go on) low flow faucets and toilets, low VOC finishes for better indoor air quality. With all this, the H2hotel uses 28% less energy than other hotels and 20% less water.

You just feel healthy staying there! Have you been to a similar hotel or this one? I’d love to know if there are others like the H2hotel.

Thank you FermobUSA for providing such amazing accommodation for this training event!

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Fermob Outdoor Lounge Furniture & the H2Hotel: Part One

As a retail partner and oen of the first retailers in the US to carry Fermob outdoor lounge, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a training event  in Healdsburg, CA (Sonoma County).  Fermob USA hosted the event at the H2Hotel which was an amazing place to stay.What a lucky girl I am!

h2hotel balconies

I’ll talk more about Fermob in my next post, but this post is all about the H2Hotel. With my niche being eco-friendly interiors, staying there was an enormous inspiration. This hotel is LEED NC 2.2 Gold Certified which means it meets some of the highest standards of sustainable building.

From the water heated by solar roof panels (including the salt water pool) to the living roof which filters rain water reducing input into the town drainage and the heat given off by the hotel to the Eco Space elevator which uses 60% less electricity than a standard elevator and requires NO OIL this hotel has infused sustainable solutions into its design, operations, and attitude.

hotel room collage

My Room at the H2Hotel

I would also have loved to share some photos of the incredible dinner at the hotels’ restaurant, Spoon Bar, but I was enjoying my fellow retailers and the food too much to stop and take photos. Suffice it to say it is a farm to table restaurant using local, in season produce and everything was delicious! I did get a few shots of the restaurant and breakfast that I wanted to share.

note* the outside showcases a water fountain made of old tea spoons that the water trickles down through!

note* the outside showcases a water fountain made of old tea spoons that the water trickles down through!

A delightful breakfast.

A delightful breakfast.

 

Headed to Sonoma County? Definitely check out the H2Hotel and the Spoon Bar inside You will not be disappointed.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

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