Happy New Year: Coastal Inspiration for 2014

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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.



We’re Moving!

Whoo! Hoo! It’s official. We are moving to 40A Jobs Lane in Southampton. Basically a block away, but it’s such a pretty courtyard.

Our New Location, 40A Jobs Lane, Southampton

So, I just signed the paperwork Friday, and my head is spinning with so much to do. I’m hoping to try and share some of the progress pics along the way. Here are a few before photos that I took yesterday.

The center room

"The kid's room"

Our new location was once a kitchen and bath showroom in another life. So there are some great “nooks”. The one above is where I plan to put our children’s furnishings and accessories. (Once I get all those shelves of the wall!)

The girls

my little guy

I brought my kids who made themselves right at home in the big empty space and kept themselves busy being creative.

I have lots of painting to do! Hopefully, the process will move swiftly and we’ll be on the space soon! Stay tuned. We plan to have another Learning and Libation event in the new space on November 3rd. So, save the date!



Sustainable Style: Re-purposed Furniture

Classic Cottage Sideboard by Sophia’s Decor

Stenciled chest by Simple Home Life

Revamped chest by Sawdust and Paint

One of my re-purpose projects

Many of you may not know that in addition to our custom furniture finishes and decorative wall finishes, I also will re-finish home-owner’s existing pieces to re-purpose for use with their updated decor. Recently, I’ve found several others that do the same thing and I have shared a few their beautiful  projects with you above. Let me know if yo have a favorite?

Not only does it conserve resources (both environmental and financial) to use older pieces of furniture, but it also keeps these pieces out of the landfills. The furniture business is the number two user of wood behind paper and one of the largest contributors to the landfill. So, why not take a second look at that old piece of furniture and re-purpose it?



Before and After Painted Projects: Re-purposed table

One of the other painting projects I recently tackled was this long table. The table was a great find one of my design client’s made. We’d decided a long table would be perfect along this wall to hold all the family photos. We were considering having a table custom made, but lo and behold my client found this table at a consignment shop two doors down the street. While the existing finish worked with the color in the painting it was a bit two green for the blue and cream color scheme in the rest of the room (photos to follow in a later post).

It took a bit of sanding, then I applied a layer of deep blue on the top, followed by a layer of white. For the base a left a bit of the green behind and painted a layer of neutral white. I wanted to have both the crisp white and the off-white which are both in the room.

This room is almost complete and I hope to post the design photos soon. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

All the best, Shannon

Before and After Painted Projects: Foyer

I got a little behind on my posts in the last few weeks, but I had some good reasons. One of them is the project above. This was a two day project where I stenciled the walls with a sophisticated trellis pattern. Then the cherry columns where primed and painted to lighten up the space and join the foyer with the living room rather than serve as a divider.

The columns were painted in Farrow and Ball, Ringwold Ground but in a 40% sheen, whereas the color previously painted in the living room was the same color, but in the estate emulsion. The trick to achieving the look in the foyer was stenciling twice. First in a mid gray color I mixed myself, then again with a dry roller using white in a satin finish.

The client loved the end result. What do you think? Do you like the way it turned out? Would you have left the columns the way they were?

I’d love to know what you think.

Happy Monday, Shannon

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