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.

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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