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Home DesignCoastal Design Pt. 2 - The Crow's Nest

This next home was built by the Stokton family who bought a beautiful slip of land that teeters on the brink of the serene Fripp Island marshes in South Carolina.  The home was designed by Atlanta architect, Dwayne Stone, who was asked to take full advantage of the lush marsh views.  Constructed by contractor, Alan Patterson, the home has wonderful entertaining space and a unique feature I refer to as "The Crows Nest".

Tall windows capped with transoms, broad overhangs, a satin metal roof, soft coastal green shingle siding and the playful crows nest perched at the peak of the roof make this island home a welcome addition to the breezy marsh land of Fripp Island, SC.

The open great room space crowned with a vaulted ceiling and timber beams is surrounded on three sides by the amazing coastal views of golden and green marsh grass.

Soft gray cabinets with a white quartz top and sleek stainless steel appliances offer a clean cool look ideal for a tropical vacation home.  The painted…
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Home DesignCoastal Design Ideas - Captain's Villa

This creative villa, redesigned by Nancy Hurley of Coastal Designs by Nancy, is the first in a series of six coastal homes I am highlighting in my "Coastal Design" blog series.  All of these homes are located on Fripp Island, SC and were part of the 2016 Fripp Island Women's Club Home Tour.

We began our tour at the Captain John Fripp Villa and were surprised and delighted by the fresh interiors and modern take on traditional coastal design.

Bright whites mixed with weathered wood, shiny chrome, mirrored accents and muted taupes create a relaxing oasis perfect for coastal living or for those of us who wish we were living at the coast.

A faux transom made from framed mirrors adds visual interest and a sense of height to the otherwise low ceiling.  This detail is carried throughout the 1250 square foot villa.

The Master bedroom walls are accented with ship lap and continue the mirrored transom detail.  The white interior is coupled with contrasting dark stained elements and sub…

Home DesignKitchen Design Trends for 2016

Curious to know what kitchen design trends will dominate in 2016?  Below we list some design trends you will want to incorporate into your home this year.

OPEN CONCEPT:
Kitchens that open up to living and dining spaces satisfy the needs of the modern family





MULTI-COLORED CABINETS& OPEN SHELVING: Color is making a comeback in combination with neutral colors



RUSTIC DESIGN ELEMENTS:
Rustic elements such as stone, timber and metal are being mixed with more refined materials to create a dynamic design balance



LIVE EDGE COUNTERS:
Counters with a "live edge" have irregular, lightly finished edges that accentuate the natural appearance of the material.  In this case the natural curvature of the tree is easily visible in the solid wood plank counter. 



TOUCHLESS FAUCETS:
Advances in technology and a desire for sanitary food prep conditions has fueled a boom in "touchless" fixtures for the home



COMMERCIAL GRADE APPLIANCES:
Built-in fryers, double ovens, 6-8 burner gas cooktops and g…

Home DesignGet Creative - Cabinetry Inspirations from KBIS 2015

The 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas was full of fantastic cabinetry inspirations.  The show was brimming with eclectic design styles, common materials used in uncommon ways, and new products that make your cabinetry come alive.  Since I couldn't take you along as I visited each booth, I've taken the time to showcase some of the most creative design ideas and products that I found.

FUN, FLOATING & FUNKYFloating elements are very popular and very cool.  Whether it is a floating shelf, floating drawer or floating cabinet; these designs are fun and give the illusion that the elements are unsupported, as if by magic.  Who couldn't use a little magic?






















RUSTIC, REFINED & ORGANIZEDRustic materials that evoke nostalgia and replicate or pay homage to mother nature provide designs with a feeling of comfort and warmth.  Industrial influences in lighting or hardware give a masculine, casual feel to a space. On the other hand, more refined styles can be used on the…

Home DesignAppliance Innovations You Should Know About

The 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas was packed with appliance manufacturers featuring their latest and greatest products.  I browsed them all and compiled a list of the most impressive new appliance features that you should pay attention to.


SIDE OPEN OVEN:  Bosch's 30 inch Benchmark Series Wall Ovens are available with side opening doors.  The ovens come in either right or left swing doors.  This is an option you should expect to see more of and one you may want to consider for your next wall oven.

The side opening door allows for easier transfer of heavy items in and out of the oven and when mounted at the appropriate height, it is accessible for those in wheelchairs.





SPEED MICROWAVE OVEN:  Everyone likes to save time, energy and space.  A speed microwave helps you do just that.  Instead of eating up valuable real estate in your kitchen with a built-in microwave and second convection oven, you can use a combination microwave/convection oven like the one made by Bos…