7.05.2014

Coastal Living Space- The BIG Reveal


Wow! This was one awesome project. It was my first big project with multiple rooms and I loved every minute of it. Mandi Gunn and her family allowed me to come in their home and create a coastal living space for them. Mandi knew what she wanted and she was open to new ideas as well. It was a true joy to watch these rooms be transformed into a cozy family space. They have three kids and Mandi said the kids just love this space and hang out in there all the time. That's what we were hoping for them to do. I appreciate Mandi and her family and the wonderful adventure we have been on since March.  

Welcome to Mandi's new living and dining space!



The space had such good bones which made it easy to design.


Shout out to Victoria Powers-an amazing young lady with great talent. She painted Mandi's favorite chorus on these panels. Did I mention she did these free hand-God given talent!!


Mandi had this gorgeous entertainment center. It goes with the beach theme because of its sandy color. The bench in the foyer was made by my hubby out of a twin bed head board.


The curtains are made from drop cloths. We had three big windows to fill and panels can get expensive. I got these drop cloths at Lowe's for under $40 and we had a friend cut them in half and hem for us. 


Mandi's mantel was in need of some love. She had this antique mirror that was her aunt's stored in the attic. With a little Annie Sloan paris grey and dark wax, the mirror was restored and takes center stage. Mandi's son found the drift wood and wanted to put it in the room. Of course, that's what makes decorating fun is when the kids take ownership and get involved. I think it looks great on the mantel.


I can not say enough about this dining room. With the outdated wall paper gone and a beautiful blue painted everywhere, the room looks so much brighter and bigger. Mandi loves to have people over and she really wanted to have a large functional dining space. We used the existing dining room table and her father built a new top for it. Now, it's a place for family, food and fun!


We bought a few accessories and cut some fresh branches from her yard to fill this vase Mandi had stored. It's good to pull out pieces you love and use them!


When we first began the color scheme and general design of the space, I found these placemats at Home Goods. They were exactly the colors we wanted to pull into the rooms. Mandi had a "home sweet home" picture that was her inspirational piece and these placemats had the same colors as the picture. When decorating a room, you should have one piece that is your inspirational piece. 


This was a dark wood buffet and needed some sprucing up. It was painted white to make the space remain open and spacious.


Thank you Brian and Mandi Gunn! Your home is a reflection of you and your love of family. 

A home is not all about paint colors and pillows, its about the family that lives there. When you walk into this home, you can feel their love for people and each other. I love helping people gather their ideas  and pulling it all together in a design that fits their style, whatever that may be. 

Home is a reflection of family!



Simple Home Decorating 
"Southern (Coastal) Style"