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

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

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

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

Fall Neutral Fabrics and Textures for Your Home

Fall Neutrals for the home

 With the change in the weather, the start of school, and some new fabric sample arrivals, I was inspired to put a few things together and show you how they might look in a room setting.

How you can use these materials in your home

How you can use these materials in your home

The individual materials are all shown below. The wide stripe is perfect as lined drapery and the light weight printed sheer would be fabulous as sheer panels behind it. I loved the idea of a chocolate brown suede texture to add warmth and the shagreen is just a possible accent for a pillow or ottoman. The Abaca rug really adds to the texture in the room and is a perfect coastal accent. The art shown is by local artist, Maureen Travers. You can see her work in our Southampton store. Lastly, the light fixture is truly inspired by Autumn. Made by Ro Sham Beaux of grapevines. With our new shop online, you can even purchase it here.

Schumacher fabric #67940

Schumacher fabric #67940

Schumacher printed linen sheer #175400

Schumacher printed linen sheer #175400

 

Striped linen by Schumacher 67540

Striped linen by Schumacher 67540

 

Rowla Stingray 4040 by Groove

Rowla Stingray 4040 by Groove

groove Solo 9230

Solo 9230 Nubuck by Groove

As always, let me know your thoughts. How would you use these materials? Do you like neutrals or prefer brighter color?

Happy Fall!

Shannon

Reclaimed Wood: Great Ideas

Today I received an email from Jeanne Oliver Designs regarding her Creatively Made Summer Series and I could not pass-up the video series “For the Love a Reclaimed Wood”. Jeanne Oliver’s site and blog is full of inspiration and the Creatively Made Network provides lots of wonderful ideas.

I subscribed to this video series and it is well worth the $10. Melaine Thompson shows the ins and outs of creating some fantastic frames and pieces of art using salvaged or reclaimed materials, but you can also use the same techniques using new wood, too.

Art by Melaine Thompson

Art by Melaine Thompson

Frames by Melaine Thompson

Frames by Melaine Thompson

Be sure to check out Melaine Thompson’s fantastic blog and website. She has a great eye, and I love her use of reclaimed materials. Let me know what you think.

Be inspired,

Shannon

 

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