2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House – Bunk Rooms

The house had two bunk rooms, one on each level.  The upstairs Bunk Room was initially a walk-in-closet, but it was so large we felt it was better suited for a bunk room.  Due to the ceiling slope we opted for a daybed design and I think it worked out well.  We even had enough room to spare a walk-in-closet at the back of the room.


The design starting point for the room was the “Serendipity” Sister Parish wallpaper, we then painted the paneling and bed platforms to match the green in the paper, in Pratt & Lambert “Barberry”.

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The linens with the custom scallop trim and the coverlets are both by Traditions.  The bolsters are trimmed in Schumacher’s Colette Coupe trim. The gold striped accent pillows are in Windsor Smith’s “Sparkle” stripe for Kravet. The Sunbrella throws added the perfect punch of coral for the foot of each bed.


The first floor bunk room is off the back hall.  We decided to paint the entire room in a dark charcoal gray (Pratt & Lambert’s “Dependable”) to add contrast against the otherwise mostly white common areas.  The straw baskets hold Sunbrella throws and Tilly Towels (unfortunately not pictured, added those after I took these pictures).

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Each bunk has it’s own curtain, black-out lined, so parents have a better chance of kids sleeping in.

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The accent bolsters on the beds are in Studio Bon’s “Fuzz”.  Linens are from Traditions.

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Each bunk also has an ipad docking station… which should keep children (or adults) entertained for hours.  All of the audio video work in the house was done by our friends at Innovative Sight & Sound.

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changes!! and introductions!!


Last August I hired Lauren.  Things have been so insanely crazy that I never found time to properly introduce her… and here I am telling you she’s gone.  Shame on me!  I knew it would not be a permanent gig because from the beginning she told me she planned to move back home to north Alabama in a few months.  Somehow I convinced her to keep renewing her lease.  We pushed her “last day” back three (or was it four?) times, but at the end of April it was official… she was moving north.  It was a sad day because we LOVE Lauren.  WE MISS YOU!!!  Come back and see us soon!!!

Lauren, this is who has taken your old seat… meet Leigh Ann!


As you may recall we posted a job opening on the blog, it was to fill the Lauren void.  (Big shoes to fill.)  We received so many great resumes it was very hard to narrow it down, but after an interview with Leigh Ann we knew she was a perfect fit.   She started on Tuesday and we are sooooo very glad to have her!  After stalking her on Facebook we decided her coffee carrying skills looked promising.  (Kidding!)  But she is a talented, smart, and funny cookie.  And… a licensed Interior Designer.  Look out!  She is married with fur babies and in her spare time she makes jewelry out of vintage pieces.  Allison just snagged this cute lemon cuff…

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The deal went down like this… Allison peeked up over her computer monitor and said “can I buy that lemon bracelet?”, Leigh Ann said “sure”.  And then it was done.  This could be dangerous.

In other exciting news….


Anne Scott is back!  (that’s a double name… two double namers in this office!) You may recall she was our summer intern from last summer.  Which makes the intern process so great… no training required, she came right in and went straight to work.  She is a blessing to us and we are so honored that she wanted to come back again!!

And let’s not forget Paula, Joan, and Allison!!

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It’s humbling to have such a wonderful group of people, it really blows my mind.  So very, very, very grateful for them!! They make going to work fun.



I followed myself around all day.  I documented the mundane, the precious, the working… all of it.  You may be interested, or you may be bored to tears.  If you are bored to tears, apologies in advance.

October 18, 2010

3am – 7:15am : coughing baby, sleepless momma

7:15am-8:15am : bottle, scrambled eggs, kisses

8:30 : Pure Barre

{I try to go on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, but missed all last week.  It felt great to get back to it.  If there’s one near you you might like it too.}

9:30 : shower and get ready.  This is my product line-up… from left to right in chronological order.

and if Fresh Hesperides and Fresh Citron de Vigne had a baby it would smell like me… (one squirt of each).  Why are Fresh scents so delicious?  They aren’t overly perfumey… which is likely their appeal.

Some of you inquired about that ivory eyelet shirt from the NY post, so I wore it again… it’s sort of Anne-of-Green-Gables-esque so I paired it with my zipper jeans so I wouldn’t look too geriatric.  The shirt is (sleeveless) and from JCrew late this summer (on sale rack), sweater is Liberty of London (for Target, from the little girls section).  The jeans are JCrew… city fit, from this summer (no longer available, but similar to the Minnie?), an impulse buy I didn’t regret later. Sometimes I zip the ankle zippers, sometimes I don’t.  Depends on my mood, which depends on the weather.

What’s that I see as I kiss my baby goodbye and head out the door!? Why some tiger striped and gold painted pumpkins.  Or if you are 13 months old you call those “ca-cas”.

I get into my car and head to the office.  My car is almost eleven years old and has 173, 894 miles on her.

When I get to the office I pull into my usual parking spot and see this:

Well, apparently Saturday was national “boss’s day” (who knew!? not I!)… and my girls went all out.  (I do not like the word “boss” btw, it makes me feel weird.)  I love them, I really, really do.  I dropped my laptop on my desk, stepped back and snapped this very telling photo… and almost missed the card.

(We use PCs.  We work in AutoCAD, AutoCAD runs smoother on a PC.)

The card was really nice (and funny), so much so that I can’t show you the inside.

After all the I love yous we discussed how awesome Auburn University’s football team is.  War Eagle!  And then we discussed my nail polish. Playa del Platinum. I felt sure my nails looked like those of a corpse with this nail polish, but Allison assured me they did not.  And then I found a second to clean out my purse.  Somehow, someway, Baked Lays made their way to the bottom of my purse.

This is what came out of my purse in order for the Baked Lays clean up to be executed.  I floss.

After this task was completed we proceded to have our usual Monday morning meeting.  It lasted a long time.  It was over at 1:00.  And I insisted that Allison pose for a picture so you could see her boots.  She calls that jean look the “redneck tuck”

Lunch and kisses.

My husband comes by the office on his way back into town.  He spent the weekend with my father in Chicago and Minneapolis.

I needed this today, headaches… often.

Thankfully I have Paula.  If I didn’t have Paula I’d need more Excedrin.  Paula LOVES paperwork!  (Okay, she probably doesn’t, but you wouldn’t know it.)  Paula loves tracking orders!  Paula loves organizing all the ins and outs of Urban Grace Interiors and does it with JOY.  We love Paula.  If you’ve ordered anything from us you’ve been on the receiving end of her emails… she stays on top of everything and writes it all down.  She is a fantastic woman!

And there is Lauren… the newest addition around here.  She is cooler than cool, works very hard, and does everything with great precision and accuracy.  Por ejemplo… when I was headed to NYC I mentioned “Lauren, if you get a minute could you please make me a list of all of our trade accounts with the account #s listed next to the manufacturer?”… within fifteen minutes I was delivered a list.  The list was the exact size of a dollar bill so it would fit into my wallet and not get lost (she knows me already)… it was above and beyond (she had listed the showroom locations, account numbers, it was created in excel with our logo… I mean really!?).  Lauren, you are a rockstar. She’s beautiful, and all we have here is the back of her head.  Will do a proper introduction soon… with a picture from a real camera.

And now back to Allison and her cute bracelets.  This face is likely due to the fact that Adobe Illustrator had just shut down on her for the 10,000th time today. She controls so much more than our constantly streaming Pandora.  And she is a riot.  She directs the Monday morning meetings and never complains when I get distracted and slow them down.  She knows everything about everything, and she would never admit to it… which is the best quality one could have.  She has impeccable taste and knows every word to every song ever played on the radio.  I need someone to help me get her on the Singing Bee

These file boxes represent the projects that Allison is currently managing… yes, she is a saint.

Our projects are scattered across the continental United States and at times this gets confusing.  So we play pin the client on their state…

No, we don’t really do that.  I love a Pop Quiz, but no pinning tails.  Lauren made this map on Friday of current projects, just to help us remember who lives where.  If your state isn’t represented perhaps you should hire us.

Allison moonlights at Banana Republic.  Where they have these paperclipish cuff link things that we are in love with.  Allison keeps them by her desk in this fantastic dish.

What’s in our fridge?

And what do we snack on… popcorn (thanks to my sister)! (clock is wrong on the coffee maker)

Today these two friends came by!  Pregnant friend was picking up draperies for the nursery!

Big brother came too…

Two books on my desk that I like very much…

I’ve totally abandoned my hour-by-hour plan that I began this blog post with.  We work.  We work.  And then we work some more.  And between working I snapped some photos.

And we take breaks.  I call them “non-smoker breaks”.  Breaks are healthy.  Today I was about to wear out my friend Cindy’s blog (refreshing it) waiting to hear the sex of the twins she is carrying…

Let the nursery designs commence!

Then, before I knew it… it was 5:00 and time to go home.  Sandwich was waiting on me!  She’s starting to look and act more like me…

I start dinner.  Sour cream pork chops, butternut squash, green beans, biscuits.  Then Daddy comes home (he’s been out of town remember) with surprises for his girls.  Horse and a cow for the Sandwich and a jacket for Momma.

The mess in the background was out of control… so I fixed it in photoshop.

Then he insists on a boat ride.  Don’t get anything too fancy in your mind, our boat is of the aluminum species, and we love it.

My captain thinks I should be in a picture…my eyes are half shut and that headache was still lingering.  But the sunset… (I zipped my ankle zippers for the boat ride)

Captain and first mate…

We hurry home because the pork chops should almost be done! They were yummy.  We eat together and then Daddy and Sloane go play so I can clean the kitchen and make my coffee for tomorrow morning, I do this every night (make coffee for following day and use Bar Keepers Friend). I love a clean white sink.

It’s bath, bottle, book, prayers, and bedtime for Sloaney B.

Newest issue of Elle Decor arrived (did you see it on my desk?).  Usually this means I pour a glass of wine, draw a bath and enjoy.  I’ll save that for tomorrow night.  I set up camp on the bed with my laptop and started this blog post…. fall asleep at 11pm.  It was a long, but great day.

[Joan isn’t in the office on Mondays, but she deserves a shout-out too.  I love her as much as I love Paula, Allison, and Lauren.  I would be up the creek without these people… and I hope they know how very much I appreciate them!!]