Featured on Houzz! Thank you.

Thrilled to have just gotten word that one of our rooms was featured in a Houzz article. Thank you, Christine Tusher, for choosing one of our coastal living room photos in your article about recliners that don’t look like recliners! The recliner we used on that project has always been a favorite.
Happy Friday,

Bistro Chair at Southampton Center

Southampton Center Wide with Marta edited I love being located just across the street from the Southampton Center, the former site of the Parrish Art Museum. This historic building is now home to all sorts of cultural activities such as, movies, concerts, and even puppet show for the kids. You might even find me doing a painting demonstration at the Farmers’ market that takes place on Sundays on the grounds! Shannon demo Be sure to check out the Southampton Center schedule of events to see all they have happening.  If your’re interested in our workshops, we’ve got one coming up. You click here for all the details. Don’t forget, you have until tomorrow at noon to comment on your favorite bistro photo from our bistro birthday posts. Here are part 1, part 2, and part 3. You’ll be entered to win one poppy red, limited edition bistro chair.

What do you think of bistro at the Southampton Center? Let me know.

If you’re in Southampton tomorrow, please stop by to celebrate with us! Best, Shannon

Happy July 4th and Happy Birthday Bistro: Part 3


Celebrating Independence Day and Bistro's Birthday

Celebrating Independence Day and Bistro’s Birthday

Agawam park close up with border edited

With the flag chair, above, it was easy to work the Bistro Birthday into the 4th of July. I took the photo above of the flag chair at the other end of Lake Agawam in Agawam Park. We’re lucky to have this lovely green space where they do concerts in the park. There is also features a World War I memorial, World War II and Korean War memorials, as well as a playground. A great spot to take a picnic and the kids.

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th! Don’t forget to comment on your favorite Bistro Birthday post by noon on July 12, 2014 for a chance to win a limited edition poppy red bistro chair! Check out the introduction post here and Part 1 and Part 2.

Happy July 4th!


Happy Birthday Bistro:Part 2 Lake Agawam, Southampton

After we packed up the bistro chairs at Cooper’s Beach, we headed to another iconic location in Southampton, Lake Agawam. It’s very near to Cooper’s Beach. Just head down Gin Lane. There, we stopped across from the stunning St. Andrew’s Church, at one end of Lake Agawam, to photograph the bistro chair the the edge of the lake, because this great little chair is perfect for fishing. We were lucky enough to catch some locals who asked if they could keep the chairs after we took their photos fishing on the them!

Lake Agawam with church wide edited

Lake Agawam with boys close up wide edited

I think the photo above is my favorite of all the ones I took during our Bistro Birthday “at the beach” photo shoots. It was such a perfect time of the day with the day light, to show the great bistro chair colors. But, I really just loved seeing the boys fishing across from the stunning church. There is also a windmill in the distance if you turn toward the church. It just made me imagine what Southampton was like in the 1600’s when it was settled.

Don’t forget to tell me what your favorite photo is in my series celebrating the 125th Birthday of the Bistro Chair. Leave it in the comments section. You will be entered to win one poppy red limited edition bistro chair. However, you must leave your comment by noon on July 12, 2014. See my first post here and the Cooper’s Beach post here.

Happy Summer!


Bistro Birthday “at the beach” Part 1 Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY

Coopers Beach with bike wide edited I am very fortunate to own a business and live in such a beautiful place. So, when I was coming up with ideas to promote our coming Bistro Birthday celebration, I just kept thinking of how great the bistro chair in all of it’s wonderful 24 colors looks in all of our surroundings, and I thought it would be great to share with you images of this fabulous 125 year old chair at Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY. (voted America’s number one beach.)

Coopers Beach lifeguard vertical edited

I and my assistant manager packed up 34 bistro chairs and brought them to Coopers Beach at the end of the day. Don’t you just love the idea of watching the sunset? I was very lucky to get such a great evening to do the photo shoot. The light was just right to show off all the fantastic colors.

Don’t forget (or if you didn’t see the last post) if you leave a comment about your favorite Bistro Birthday “at the beach” image, you will be entered to win one poppy red limited edition bistro chair. (shown in the row above us with “bistro” laser cut into the back). I will randomly choose one winner on July 12th at noon. If you are the winner I will reply to your comment and we’ll get your details to ship the chair to you if you are not in our area.

I look forward to your comments.

Happy Summer,


Bistro Birthday at the Beach in Southampton

It’s been way too long since my last post. No excuses! I just want to start sharing with you what we’ve been planning. As someone who loves Fermob outdoor furniture and has carried the line since distribution began in the USA, I have to celebrate the 125th Birthday of the Bistro chair in a big way. I wish we could resurrect a mini Eiffel Tower like they did in France. Check out the video below.

However, we’ve made some different plans based on our own surroundings. We hope you can join us for a Bistro Birthday Party “at the beach” in Southampton. Follow along in the coming days as we explore the places you could take bistro while your visiting us “at the beach” in Southampton. We’ll be raffling the French Flag chair shown in our photo during our Bistro Birthday Party, July 12th. However, if you can’t join us in Southampton, we will also draw from those who comment on their favorite Bistro “at the Beach” post between now and noon on July 12th. The person drawn will win one Limited Edition Poppy Bistro Chair as shown in HC&G magazine! heck it out below our birthday party invite. Please include the name of the place listed on our photo. You’ll see what I mean on the next post. Hope you’ll help us celebrate!

Bistro BIrthday for Blog


Painting Projects for the Home

I’ve been a little slack on my blog posts. Not for lack of things to share, but mostly because I find it difficult to tackle the design and painting projects, take pictures of the process, and then organize them in a way to share them. I promise I’ll get better at it though because I really hope to share our projects to inspire you. So, with that said, I have been busy with furniture finishes, wall finishes, and design projects over the last few months and have a few pics to share with you.

New side table painted using Amy Howard One Step Paint with Seagreass panels

New side table painted using Amy Howard One Step Paint with Seagreass panels

glazed panels Wallace

Glazed wall finish

Painted floors, kitchen in progress

Painted floors, kitchen in progress

The side tables are for a client fro whom we did some design work and the nightstands are the finishing touch. The sea grass door panel just adds the perfect coastal touch. The walls project was great to be involved in. The homeowner had added the bamboo trim to her walls to create panels. I made a sample of the finish to match the color running through the bamboo and the space outside the panels has a custom mixed color to tie it all together. The floors above are part of a whole home design project that I hope to share with you soon. The furnishings are just arriving and window treatments are not far behind.

Let me know what you think of some of these projects. Do you feel like tackling a painted floor? Have a piece of furniture you would like to update?

I hope these projects gave you a few ideas. There’s no limit to what you can do.

Be inspired,


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,


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.


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,


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,


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