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

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

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

 

 

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

Save the Date: Annual Holiday Open House

 

Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

It seems soooo early for Holiday planning, but we already have to get our ads ready. I thought I would share one of them as a teaser for our Annual Holiday Open House. I’ll be posting more about it soon, but in the meantime. Save the Date!

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Fabrics & Finishes: Aqua and Burgundy for Fall

While it may be obvious that shades of sea green (aqua, robins egg blue, seafoam, etc) are my favorites, I find they often get overlooked in fall and winter. Many people feel they are just for summer. Au contraire!

I put together the fabrics and finishes above to show you how great these shades of sea green look with burgundy and other warm tones. I was mostly inspired by Harlequin’s Collection featuring the Ophelia fabrics which is a gorgeous embroidered linen.

Harlequin Ophelia 130238

Harlequin Ophelia 130238

This fabric works wonderfully with several other of the Harlequins collections,.

Harlequin Flow 2558

Harlequin Flow 2558

Harlequin Makeda Plains Sky 6240

Harlequin Makeda Plains Sky 6240

Harlequin Shani 1640

Harlequin Shani 1640

I put together an example of how you might use these fabrics in a room, below.

Sea Green Designs Concept for Aqua and Burgundy

Sea Green Designs Concept for Aqua and Burgundy

Tritter Feefer, a wonderful, eco-friendly, custom furniture maker who manufacturer in the US has fabulous finishes that tie into this color scheme to. The Rita coffee table, and Paris side table in my concept board above could be done in their fabulous textured finishes like Hades below.

 

Hades Finish by Tritter Feefer

Hades Finish by Tritter Feefer

Check out Harlequin fabrics. They are one of my favorites. You can see another post I did here and here.

What do you think? Would you pair shades burgundy and aqua? Or do you think aqua just for summer? Let me know.

Be Inspired!

Shannon

Coastal Combo for Fall

I put together a Coastal Color Combo this week with deeper blue tones for fall. My hope is to share a Coastal Color Combo weekly to keep you inspired with all the fabrics, paints, and textures that are available through us and that inspire me. You can follow me on instagram for the weekly picture before the blog post unfolds.

Deep Blue coastal color combo

Deep Blue coastal color combo

So, I mentioned in last weeks post we received many memos of some new Schumacher fabrics. There are a few more here, but the one that really inspired me is the large coral jacquard by Robert Allen.

Tree Branch in Cobalt by Robert Allen

The repeat is quite large and it is a heavy weight fabric which would be great for an arm chair or headboard. I put together a board for inspiration below. The accents follow.

Our suggested use of the elements

Our suggested use of the elements

Navy Linen throw by Pom Pom at Home

Navy Linen throw by Pom Pom at Home

regina andrew king nine recycled glass lamp

The King Nine Recycled Glass Lamp by Regina Andrew

Hand made waste basket in navy with starfish

Hand made waste basket in navy with starfish

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Hand made “flower” arrangement by Karen Robertson. Made of seashells!

The accents are some of our favorites in the shop. Hand-crafted, natural, and made of recycled materials. These are some of the criteria we use when choosing eco-friendly pieces for the shop. With the exception of the Tree Branch fabric by Robert Allen, all the fabrics are natural cotton or linen. I would suggest organic linen for the bedding to top it all off!

What would you choose? Would you like this color combo?

Best,

Shannon

Eco-friendly Kitchens Inspired by Prince Charles

British Standard Kitchen

British Standard Kitchen

 

 

I’m always trying to keep a look out for interesting news about eco-friendly interiors. Yesterday, I came across and article in The Daily Mail a British online newspaper about a kitchen designed for an eco-friendly home model for the Prince’s Trust Foundation. According to the article which you can read in it’s entirety here, Prince Charles was so impressed by the kitchen in the model home that it led to the design of a new line of affordable kitchens made by  British Standard in the same factory as the Plain English cabinetry. However, the cabinets by British Standard must be picked up and installed by the home owner.

Plain English has been making kitchen cabinetry in England since 1992 and participated in the Natural House at the Ideal Home Show in 2011. They celebrated 20 years in business going back to basics and creating kitchens the masses could afford under the British Standard by Plain English name. The kitchens are built to last a life time.

I love the look of these kitchens. Do you?

Best,

Shannon

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