Design-to-Reality

Sometimes you create a design concept that you just can’t WAIT to install because you know how beautiful the outcome is going to be.  This vacation home is for a sweet Mississippi family is just that. Their basic wish list was neutral, washable, and livable. Karen Kerns and I used traditional lines and classic design elements mixed with a little bit of coastal to create a soothing oasis for this family to enjoy for years to come.

Family Room/Kitchen

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Living Room

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Dining Room

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Master Bedroom (my fave!)

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Guest Bedroom Highlight

As part of our most recent Gulf Front Watersound photoshoot (more on that later!), this is one of my favorite guest bedrooms. Located near the front of the home at the main entrance, the blues and greens set a fun, bright tone for the rest of the homes’ decor. The bedding is composed of a white washable coverlet with custom-made decorative pillows. The bed and accent chair are by Lee Industries. Other interesting design details are the stainless steel chair arm and lucite bed foot.

Susan Lovelace, Brooke Williams and myself worked on this home with the owners from start to finish, beginning with the very first floor plan. We selected all finishes, tiles,  flooring, furniture, and accessories throughout the home. It was a 2+ year project that was definitely a labor of love, but we succeeded in creating a peaceful retreat that the homeowners and their families can enjoy for years to come.

Grand Dunes Before-and-After

This was such a fun before and after of a South Tower Grand Dunes unit in Miramar Beach. Our clients have owned this vacation home pre-construction for over 12 years ago with another family. This year they bought out, and decided to do some cosmetic renovations to the unit including new paint and furniture to freshen up the space. It was all shades of GREEN before, so we lightened up the space to include more neutral upholstery and pulled pops of aqua blue and sunset corals from the gorgeous Gulf views right outside their floor to ceiling windows. The draperies were heavy with cornice boards before, so we chose to do rods with rings and lighter linen-look draperies in each room. The upholstered beds and wood tones of bedside pieces lightened up the space from the darker, traditional cherry woods.

LIVING BEFORE

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LIVING AFTER

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DINING BEFORE

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DINING AFTER

GUEST ROOM BEFORE AND AFTER

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GUEST ROOM BEFORE AND AFTER

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And here are some more shots of the condo from the elevator entry vestibule to the breathtaking views of the outdoor balcony.

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I’m blushing…

I’m not going to lie– it took a bit to get on board, but BLUSH is BACK in interiors more than ever! Love the way our showroom displays this feminine trend with and Eloquence king bed and nightstands, Bella Notte bedding, and John Richard crushed velvet chair and lucite framed intaglios. Now, my husband doesn’t have much of an opinion on what I do at the house, but this look might have to be a guest bedroom, ha!

Emerald Coast Magazine

Check out this article I was interviewed for in the July 2019 edition of Emerald Coast Magazine. We discuss window treatments from shutters to custom draperies and how to cost-effectively come up with a plan for your home’s privacy.  The cover photo of the article is from one of my favorite Watercolor, Florida remodels.

Lovelace also has an article about our new Inlet location, Lovelace Lifestyle, opening in the same issue. Susan talks her second location opening as well as how she’s managed to stay in business here on the Emerald Coast for the past 25 years.

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Click here for a link to the entire digital magazine: https://www.emeraldcoastmagazine.com/digital-edition/

And while you’re there, vote here for Lovelace Interiors for Best of the Emerald Coast!

Rugnews.com

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So honored to be interviewed for this national online publication, Rugnews.com. They focus their interest on the use of rugs to anchor spaces in interior design projects. The article talks about both our Miramar Beach and Inlet Beach showrooms, and features images from my most recent design projects. We discuss rug trends along with durability and functionality.

Click on the link below to read the full article:

http://rugnews.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=0DAB59D70A93452A92E82D8312BEFBAA&nm=News+Archives&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=B057D339E04A4FFF99DB9FEEB9BDA02F&tier=4&id=2849C8F48AE349468E12063D576E692F

 

Underwater Museum of Art, Florida

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https://umafl.org/

So what is it all about? Well, besides being named as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” of 2018, The Underwater Museum of Art Florida is a newly created local eco-reef and dive site situated right off Grayton Beach.

“The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Walton County, Florida, the museum lies at a depth of approximately 60-feet and at a distance of .7-miles from the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Each year, a juried selection of sculptural works, drawn from artists throughout the world, is installed in the underwater garden. The sculptures quickly attract a wide variety of marine life and, over time, metamorphize into a living reef. This eco-tourism attraction not only entices art lovers and divers from around the country and around the globe, it provides a much-needed habitat for local marine life and fisheries as well as providing marine scientists, wildlife management professionals, ecologists, and students, with an opportunity to study marine life and measure the impact of artificial reef systems on the Gulf ecosystem.”- https://umafl.org/

My husband, Colby and I are honored to have been chosen as a sponsor of one of the 2019 statues that are scheduled to be deployed this summer by my thoughtful mother-in-law, Debra Cannon. She selected a statue that will be placed in our honor this summer and will be added to the 2018 group of statues that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico floor. How cool is that?!?

Check out some pictures of some of my favorite local artists, Justin Gaffrey and Allison Wickey’s works that were selected in 2018 for this project.

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Susan Gordon Pottery

My newest obsession is Susan Gordon Pottery— it’s a beautiful handmade pottery line from Birmingham, Alabama that has been featured in Southern Living and Martha Stewart Weddings. The abstract wave bowls are PERFECT for our Lovelace Interiors showroom in Inlet Beach. They blend beautifully with Annieglass for serving and as tabletop accessories. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here are some of mine:

Check back this summer when they arrive at our Inlet Beach showroom! In the meantime, follow her on Insta:

 https://www.instagram.com/susangordonpottery/