Annual Holiday Open House: Small Business Saturday

SH Press Holiday Ad 2014

It’s that time of the year again! We’re looking forward to showing our appreciation to the guests who visit and shop in our store, our design clients, the creative spirits who attend our workshops, our family, and our friends. I also thank all of you who visit our blog and website. I hope your holiday season get’s off to a wonderful start.

I hope you’ll get out and shop small wherever you are and support your local businesses. If you’re in our area and would like to attend please let us know. I’ll be demonstrating Amy Howard at Home products. I’ll be showing you inspiration boards on how to get that coastal look for your home three ways. Traditional, Transitional, and Cottage. I hope you’ll be inspired.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Holiday Project Workshop at Southampton Historical Museum

Unfinished Laurel Wreath Workshop

I am very excited to be teaching another Amy Howard at Home Workshop this week at the Southampton Historical Museum. I will be walking attendees through the steps of using One Step Paint to add some holiday color, as well as, adding some gold leaf accents and finishing the piece with an authentic patina using waxes and Dust of the Ages.

If you can not be in the vicinity of Southampton, NY this Thursday, November 6th, from 6pm-8pm. I hope you’ll stay tuned for some pictures of the workshop and the finished product. If you are near Southampton, NY and are interested in this or any future workshops, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

Be inspired,


Amy Howard at Home Workshops at Sea Green Designs

I’ve really been working on spreading the word about our Amy Howard at Home Workshops at Sea Green Designs. Slowly, but surely, we’re getting groups together. Here are a few pics of some workshop fun from this summer. I really enjoy helping people hold onto pieces they own or have found at consignment shops, tag sales, etc. It gives them an opportunity to be creative and keeps the pieces from becoming some of the 10 million pieces of furniture thrown into landfills every year in the US. Let’s call it eco-friendly, creativity.

BYOP collage 1

BYOP collage 2 BYOP collage 3 BYOP collage 4

I held two workshops this summer. the BYOP: Bring Your Own Piece was a lot of fun. We had attendees bring a small piece to finish with One Step Paint.  For our second workshop at Sea Green Designs this summer, I had purchased some vintage 1890’s bread trays from Germany. Since they had no finish on them, they were a great choice for Amy Howard at Home Toscana Powder Paint. This centuries old casein paint made a great finish for the tray. We then added a sheet metal inset finished with Amy Howard at Home Zinc Solution. They were so proud!

Are you interested in learning how to re-purpose some pieces you have? Keep following for tips and inspiration. Have questions? I’d love to hear from you. I hope to have a question and answer post if we get enough interest.

Happy Monday!


Suite Bedroom: Refinished with One Step Paint

It was a busy summer here in Southampton. We were blessed with wonderful weather which meant we had lots of people visiting our seaside town. (Or, maybe it was the presence of the Kardashians in Southampton. We’ll never know…) Since I haven’t shared much on the blog lately, I thought it would be nice to start with one of our summer “rescue, restore, redecorate” projects. I transformed a not so sweet bedroom suite.

Vintage 40's Bedroom Suite

Vintage 40’s Bedroom Suite

This bedroom set belongs to a client who had it as a child. Made by Klinge furniture in upstate New York, the pieces are incredibly well made of solid maple. Unfortunately, the color of the stain was terrible! Our client has a space for them though and had enough vision to know they would be fantastic if painted. So, below is the color scheme.

Voster Color Scheme

I used the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint. I had to do a little tweaking of the color to get what the client wanted. So, I mixed the colors Linen and Mollie Yellow for the main color. The green accent is mostly Vintage Affliction with some acrylic Hooker Green mixed in. I used the light wax for 100% coverage then the dark wax to add patina. Of course, I love the Amy Howard at Home products for their eco-friendly composition, but they are dream to work with and the colors are great.

Refinished Bedroom Suite Using One Step Paint

Refinished Bedroom Suite Using One Step Paint

The pieces are headed to Palm Beach where I think they’ll fit right in. Sweeeet!

Have any pieces you would like to rescue? Have you rescued any pieces and given them a new life? Email me. I would love to see what you have done. Maybe I’ll share it here.

We also, have some workshops coming up if you’d like to learn how to use the whole range of Amy Howard at Home products. Click Here to see and/ or sign up for one for our workshops.

In my next post I’ll share with you some of the fun we had at our workshops this summer.

‘Til then, I hope you’ll be inspired.


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,


Contrasting Interiors

One of my favorite ways finish the  interior of a bookcase or cupboard is with a contrasting color. This is a great way to set-off items on display or pull the color of the room onto the furnishings.

A great look for kitchen cabinets.
A favorite color combo, white and sea green.

A pretty, pale blue bookcase interior pulls in the color of the dining chairs.

The pale green of the beadboard back and shelf interior makes me think mint juleps. (via Martha O’Hara Interiors)


Clean lines and a beautiful blue make these bookcases stand out in the room. via Jeffries Design Group

Clean lines and a beautiful blue make these bookcases stand out in the room. (via Jeffries Design Group)

The color contrast on this bookcase really stands out without any books. With such a great blue , I can see why they left it empty. (via Anna Milnikova Interiors

The color contrast on this bookcase really stands out without any books. With such a great blue , I can see why they left it empty. (via Anna Milnikova Interiors)

Of course I have to include our Signature bookcase in this post, too...

Of course I have to include our Signature bookcase in this post, too…

What do you think of including that pop of color inside a cabinet or bookcase? Love it or leave? Let me know.

Be inspired,


Workshop Schedule

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Register for our August 24th Workshop Here.

Register for our September 14th Workshop Here.



Reflections on 2012

As the year comes to a close, I am taking a look back and sharing some of the things I’m so grateful for this year.

A) The incredible joy and support of my family and friends. I turned 40 this year and it was a great excuse to get my family and friends together.

B) The opportunity to work with clients to create some beautiful spaces. We had the chance to revamp some existing pieces, use sustainable new pieces, and create spaces we hope will last and last.

C) This year, I was able to put together a team of two talented women who have helped my business greatly. Having them has also given me the ability to be more flexible with my children. A true gift.

D) We were able to have some great events this year at Sea Green Designs. We hosted a few trunk shows and had a few demonstrations at our Holiday Open House.

E) Lastly, I am grateful for our new location. I may not have had the best timing (the week before Hurricane Sandy), but with my staff, family, and friends, we made the move, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m looking forward to the new year in our new space.

Thank you, too for your support and following Sea Green Designs in our endeavors. We would love to hear from you.

May you have a Happy, Healthy, New Year!

LOL, Shannon

Annual Holiday Open House at Sea Green Designs

Click HERE for more details or to register. Hope to see you there!



Coastal Color: Bleeker Beige

HC-80 Benjamin Moore’s Bleeker Beige

Trying to get back into the swing of things after we moved the Southampton store around the corner and the superstorm Sandy, and the Noreaster. I hope all who have been adversely affected will see some relief soon. If you are in the unfortunate position of having to re-do your rooms due to flooding, maybe you’ll consider one of the coastal colors I’ve posted in the past or this weeks choice, Bleeker Beige, HC-80, by Benjamin Moore.

Living Room in Bleeker Beige, courtesy RestylingHomebyKellyblog

Living Room in Bleeker Beige, courtesy RestylingHomebyKellyblog

I love the use of Bleeker Beige in the image above as a nice neutral backdrop for this room with lots of natural light. I also love the vintage wine flask as an accent next to the table.

Mudroom in Bleeker Beige courtesy Decorpad

In the mudroom above, Bleeker Beige is an excellent match to the tile in this very organized mudroom. (I must admit, I’m a little jealous of this space. I could use a mudroom like this in my own home.)

Great contrast with Turquoise, courtesy Lucy Williams

Above is one of my favorite finds in looking for use of this color. I’m not 100% sure it is Bleeker Beige, but Lucy Williams did a wonderful job here with the neutral background for the vibrant turquoise and coral furnishings. Very coastal indeed.

Have you used Bleeker Beige? Is there another neutral wall color you’ve used with some vibrant accents? Let me know.



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