Painted walls: grass cloth look

When I started my business almost 15 years ago, I did a lot of faux finishes or decorative paint finishes as they are often called. I mostly limit doing them to my design projects now. I love to add my own very personal touch by actually doing the work myself which is why I now limit my decorative painting work to my own design projects. Although, I love to teach techniques in my workshops and wanted to share with you the process of creating the look of seagrass for your walls.

Start with a base coat

Start with a base coat

Mix your paint or pigment as glaze

Mix your paint or pigment as glaze

Horizontal strie glaze rolled on walls

Roll the glaze horizontally across the wall

Drag your brush horizontally across the wall

Drag your brush horizontally across the wall

The completed wall

The completed wall

These photos were taken when we first moved Sea Green Designs into it’s current location 2 years ago. I used Faux Effects products then. I like them because they are water based and love VOC (volatile organic compounds) which means they do not off gas chemical fumes like oil based paints. Better for, better for the environment! They are formulated to allow you to work with the glaze for an extended period of time so that you can blend the areas as you work. If you try this with latex paint and water it will be blotchy because the paint will dry too quickly. You can get latex glazing liquid from many paint stores though. So, you do not have to use Faux Effects products, but make a test board before you venture into finishing your walls!

I chose an earthy brown color to work with the reclaimed pine floors that were in the space. I also wanted the natural color you would find in grass cloth wallpapers. You can get a lot of different effects by changing the base color of paint that is rolled on like normal wall paint, as well as changing the color of the glaze.

After I mixed my glaze, I rolled it on with a 1/4″ nap roller horizontally in sections. Then I dragged my “weaver brush” which is from Ralph Lauren Paint. I purchased it years ago, so it’s a bit different in the link. For this effect, I went horizontally across the wall. You can get many different effects by doing a vertical strie or even criss-crossing with the brush.

As you can see, the glaze will have a variation, lighter and darker areas, mush like you’d find a woven grass cloth wallpaper.

Here are a few photos of grass cloth walls for you to compare

charles and hudson

Colony Raffia Grass Cloth by Thibaut

Colony Raffia Grass Cloth by Thibaut

Do you like the grass cloth look? It’s a great way to add a coastal, natural texture to your home. The painted version may be a more durable option for some. And, for those who may want to paint over it later, you can certainly do this with ease versus stripping the paper. Just a few things to keep in mind when selecting a wall finish.

Best,

Shannon

 

 

Adding a Coastal Touch to the Thanksgiving Table

A touch of turquoise

A touch of turquoise Indeed Decor

Turquoise and Gold

Turquoise and Gold via Camille Styles

 

DIY Napkin Holder Teal & Green

DIY Napkin Holder Teal & Green Martha Stewart

Gold Pumpkins and Seagreen Accents

Gold Pumpkins and Seagreen Accents via Martha Stewart

Seagreen Plates Cream Pumpkins

Seagreen Plates Cream Pumpkins via 36th Avenue

Seagreen and Cream Pumpkins

Seagreen and Cream Pumpkins 36th Avenue

Starfish and seagreen add a totally coastal touch

Starfish and seagreen add a totally coastal touch via via Sand and Sisal

I’m always looking for inspiration for the Thanksgiving table and Pinterest is full of ideas. These are just a few ideas I found that I love for their coastal vibe and natural accents. Do you add any bits of nature to your table top? Ever think about adding a bit of coastal color to the Thanksgiving table or do you stick to traditional fall color? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

I also want to let you know that our Holiday Annual Open House is taking place on Small Business Saturday. Here is a link with all the details. If you’re in our area, we’d love to say thanks for your support so feel free to stop by for our demonstrations and holiday refreshments.

Best,

Shannon

Motivation Monday

Coopers beach polaroid

Love this quote and thought it suited the photo I took one day at Cooper’s beach. Hope it inspires you on this Monday! It reminds me that we all have everything we need to be a success.

I also created a paint palette for one of my current design projects that is inspired by the photo. The colors are just beginning to be put on the walls. I can’t wait to show you the finished product.

 

Top left: SW-6225, Top Right: SW-6071, Bottom left: SW-6219, Bottom right: SW-6204

Top left: SW-6225, Top Right: SW-6071, Bottom left: SW-6219, Bottom right: SW-6204

Would you consider these Sherwin- Williams colors in your home? Have you used any of them? I’d love to know. Please comment and tell me your thoughts.

Best,

Shannon

High Point International Home Furnishings Market Coastal Finds

I had the chance to get to the October International Home Furnishings Market two weeks ago. This market is held twice a year. Basically, the city of High Point and surrounding towns, which are filled with furniture showrooms, open their doors to retailers, international buyers, and interior designers. I don’t always make to each market, but I was glad to find many items that fit into our coastal style interior designs. Below are just a few great accents you might consider adding for a coastal touch to your home.

Benson Cobb large art

Benson Cobb at Market Square

Benson Cobb vertical art

Another fabulous setting at Benson Cobb

 

EJ Lawrence Quote books

Brilliant way to upcycle old books at E. Lawrence Ltd. Love the quotes!

A coastal take on the upcycled books with new covers by E. Lawrence.

A coastal take on the upcycled books with new covers by E. Lawrence.

A coastal take on the Trumeau mirror by Karen Robertson

A coastal take on the Trumeau mirror by Karen Robertson

Karen Robertson

Karen Robertson Booth takes coastal accents to another level!

Saltwater Salvage Art

Saltwater Salvage captures the ocean in art

Saltwater Salvage SEA

saltwater Salvage spells it out for us

Saltwater Salvage small art

Fill a wall with vintage prints by Saltwater Salvage. Distressed for a little added texture.

Surya Scion Rug

Surya pairs with Scion a division of Harlequin fabrics. One of my favorites! Love the colors.

So many great things to choose from! Most of the sources above are made in America which is one of my criteria when selected sustainable products for the shop. What would you add to your home? What do you like? Is there something that you don’t like? I’d love to get your feedback. You may see a few of these pieces at Sea Green Designs soon.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

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

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