sharing the love

tastes orangey2Tis the season for a holiday giveaway!  You know we love paintings by Clare Elsaesser.  Six winners will get their pick of a 13 x 19 print from Clare’s shop: Tastes Orangey.   Just leave a comment with your favorite holiday movie quote and we’ll pick six winners on Tuesday!


Hello faithful blog readers.  I was on a roll blogging with the posts about the Coastal Living house and then I got distracted.  Traveling and working a whole lot lately, so I’ve been trying to spend every second of precious free time with my little family.  A few weeks ago Marla took our pictures, it had been a year since our last session with her so I was excited about capturing memories of Sloane at this precious age (she’s three now, how time flies).  Marla lives down the street, which is also down the bayou, so we hopped on the boat, picked her up on her dock and headed to what we like to call “The Hill”…. a deep cut created by the Intracoastal Waterway that is not only breathtaking, but also lots of fun for Sloane who likes to climb, dig and get dirty.   I thought I’d share a handful of my favorites from our session…












Hate to presume that anyone will ask, but someone usually does…  Sloane’s little sweater came from Children’s Place, I ran in for socks and came out with that sweater, oops.  Her aqua jeans are Old Navy.  My top is from my friends at Willow + Woods, they have an online store now (Wear Willow), which is fantastic.  The top is Lauren Moffatt, not sure if it’s still available on their website, but perhaps you could call and order it 850-231-0248.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for this year.

2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House – Game Room & Theater

The second level of the Ultimate Beach House has two large areas for more entertaining… a Game Room and a Theater.  The Game Room (seen below) was deep enough for a large seating area and a ping pong table.  We tucked Lee Industries drum stools beneath the ping pong table so the table could be used for other games, or even as a secondary dining area for kids.

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The ping pong table was a custom design I whipped up in a total state of madness at the last minute, and I think it turned out alright, all things considered.  The seating area at the end of the Game Room has two large Lee Industries slipcovered sofas, a leather ottoman, and a wall of watercolor prints that surround the television.  The paintings on the left are by Michelle Armas, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person when Leigh Ann and I were in Atlanta a few months ago.

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The photograph above the sofa came from local artist Tommy Crow, the lamps are all from Circa Lighting.  The watercolors behind the television are from Michelle Morin of United Thread, I should have taken a close-up photograph, they are amazing!

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It’s hard to mix art in a large open space, but after finalizing the exact location of the ping pong table I had this idea to hang wooden handled sandpaper paddles on the wall.  It was a graphic detail that didn’t introduce any more color, but just made sense and added interest.  I drilled the holes in the paddles myself, thanks to Billy the trim carpenter for letting me borrow his drill, and lined them up easily thanks to the walls being paneled horizontally.  I painted the ping pong table in Pratt & Lambert’s Seed Pearl & April Mist, and the bases are Golden Green.

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As you leave the Game Room and head toward the Theater there’s a wet bar that’s lit with the most beautiful  natural light that comes from a little dormer window.  We tucked a cushion in the alcove and decided it would make a great reading nook.


Double-lined draperies in Home Couture’s Lorraine seperate the Wet Bar from the Theater.  The Theater being windowless made it tricky to photograph, but I did the best I could…

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The tall ceilings really needed pendants, so we dropped three down the center of the room and added sconces at each level of seating.  The walls and ceiling are all clad in Stroheim grasscloth.  Moss green carpet kept the room monochromatic so that the Lee Industries double chaises would shine.

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The concrete side tables were a last minute addition from CB2 and the chunky tassel throws at the foot of the chaises came from West Elm.  Sometimes when you are in a time crunch sites like CB2 and West Elm come in very handy, stock is usually good and they can ship fast.

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If you are interested in any furnishings, fabrics, rugs, art (etc) you see in this post, or the posts to come in the next few days feel free to contact us via our website or you can email Allison at allison(at)urbangrace(dot)com .

I’m not sure if these are “pinnable” from this page, but if anyone wants to pin them on Pinterest I’ll be adding them to a “Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House” board as I update these posts.