Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Captivating Interiors of Serena Crawford


While perusing Pinterest I  stumbled across the photo below of a home designed by Serena Crawford.  Of course I wanted to see more! From what I  can tell the homes she has designed are located in incredible locales.  She has allowed the surroundings to be the focus.




I love the liberal use of texture here don’t you?


Most of her designs favor little or no color.

Look at these two adorable dogs! The only time can get Beau to pose is when I really don’t want him in the picture!










In the living room below the addition of the ethnic textiles add just a hint of color.

Here on a cliff overlooking the burst of blue echoes the sea below.

What do you think?  Do you love her designs as much as I do?  Do you have a favorite?

To see more of her beautiful designs go here http://serenacrawford.com/portfolio/

All image sources can be found on my Pinterest Boards here http://pinterest.com/chattersley/.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rough Luxe Black & White


Whether on their own or together these two can make a bold statement.?  Do we love them because they can pack a powerful punch ? Or is it because they are also so classic and timeless?

I love it when the duo is paired with a lot of texture so that it tones down the contrast.


  The armoire and picture frame in this Daryl Carter designed room creates a bold statement against the stark white wallsThe rest of the room is quietly peaceful.



This textile is the star of this room against a gray wall.

shyrdak headboard, as featured in anthology magazine

Here the walls are a biscuit color.  Notice how the background of the large pillow and the art echo the color of the walls.  Here the statement is subtle.


I adore this room.  The addition of texture and “the not so black” accessories lighten the effect. 

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This painting is the star of this setting.  Can you imagine it without it?

Designer Rose Uniacke in London.

I am crazy about this vignette….. the clever mix of the art with the  folk art.

via Phoebe Howard


More Daryl Carter…does anyone do Black and White better than he?

Darryl Carter . The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History


Me thinks a stylist did this.  What do you think?

Do you have a favorite? Would you or do you use black and white in your own home? If so how?

Sources to all images can be found on my Pinterest Boards here  http://pinterest.com/chattersley/

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Shot of Yellow


I was going to do a post on Concrete (save that one for another day) but it is absolutely freezing here on the Central Coast.  I decided we could all use a dose of sunshine to lift our spirits!



table arrangements from my daughter’s wedding

yellow french barn doors



tablescape from my daughter’s wedding




Yellow kitchen.


privet berry, kumquat & ranunculus






outdoors and yellow barn doors

Sources to all images can be found on my Pinterest Boards here http://pinterest.com/chattersley/

Have a Great Day and Stay Warm!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Weekend in the Wine Country

We have always loved the Sonoma Wine Country but have not been for a visit in awhile.  Our children gave us a weekend in Healdsburg at the beautiful Le Mars Hotel for Christmas lucky us!!
We stopped in Sonoma on our way up on Friday and dropped in on a couple of our favorite haunts. I always love visiting Sonoma Country Antiques. The shop is packed full of antiques, architectural items and home accessories.  I always find some thing interesting for myself or one of my clients. I wouldn’t think of going to Sonoma without stopping.

                                  They do an incredible job with their displays.  I loved this arrangement with the oversized Santo.
This deer head hanging on old shutters was calling my name.  I think I am going to try this little vignette at my lake house!
Look at all the fabulous goodies they have stacked on top of this oversized cupboard.  They make it look so easy don’t they?!!
They always have tons of wine related antique and vintage finds.  Aren’t these gathering baskets great?  I would love to take one of these home to hang in our wine cellar.

I am crazy about this long oval table (sorry about the horrible photo…left my good camera at home).  I wish I knew someone who needed thislove it!

If  you make a trip to the wine country you will definately want to stop by. They have a revolving inventory of antique and one of a kind items for your home.  For more information go to their website here http://www.sonomaantiques.com/
Literally across the street from Sonoma Country is Cornerstone Sonoma a unique venue, for garden, home, special events, wine tasting and dining.
Cornerstone Sonoma
Inside CornerStone is one of my favorite haunts Tesoro Home and Garden.
I worked on a house in Silverado a few years back and I always stopped and visited their tiny storefront in St. Helena.  They have now moved to Cornerstone where they have the room to display display the artistry of floral designer Paul Stokey and Staff. They too have wonderful inspirational displays and unique decorative accessories for the home.  For more information and how to find them go here http://tesoroflowers.com/
I thought this display was extremely clever.  Simple square floral vases in three sizes filled with tea lights.  I could see simple greens wound around for a less contemporary look as well.  I loved this!

                                  Next stop Artefact Design and Salvage also located within the confines of Cornerstone.

This photo from their website says it all. They specialize in architectural items, and decorative objects crafted from salvaged materials.

You can see the variety and depth of the objects offered.  Many things are very large scale creating maximum impact. The displays and designs are the genius of owner and founder Dave Allen. Notice the spoon chandelier in my photo below.
                                If I were to walk out with one item I would have nabbed this fabulous Santo
For more information on their wares or directions visit their website http://www.artefactdesignsalvage.com/.
Our last stop before heading up to Healdsburg Chateau Sonoma.  Owner Sarah Anderson always has wonderful vintage and unique objects for the home that delight and surprise shoppers.

How about this French Train Station Clock?  Wouldn’t this make a fabulous statement piece in your home or garden?


Lovely cabinet filled with the gorgeous  Astierre de Villatte dinnerware. I will take the whole cupboard full thank you!!
If you would like more information on the lines they carry and their services please check out their website here
I hope you enjoyed my day trip to Sonoma.  More wine country shops to follow in one of my next posts!

Monday, January 7, 2013

We Bought a Little Cottage…The Final Chapter

For those of you just dropping in, about four months ago we bought a little cottage to flip.  The boys worked on it when work permitted and we finished it and put it on the market a couple of days before Christmas.  All the sources for this little bath can be found on my pinterest board here http://pinterest.com/chattersley/hawthorne/

Real Estate Photo of Bath Before

 After…We tore out the original  vanity and replaced it with a parsons style vanity crafted by Micheli Woodworks.   This created a more open look as the bathroom is small.


The lights are from the Martha Stewart Collection for Home Depot here. The mirrors are also from Home Depot.


The Vessel Sinks are ample in size. They are currently out of stock but similar ones can be found here http://www.lowes.com/pd_212812-35272-1441-CWH_0__?productId=4326717&cm_mmc=SCE_PLA-_-Plumbing-_-BathroomSinks-_-4326717&%22cagpspn=pla%22 We were lucky enough to find the Calcutta Marble as a scrap.  The faucets are Belle Fioret.  The baskets are from World Market. 


The shower tile is the same simple (yet classic) subway tile used in the kitchen (only with white grout ), found at Home Depot or Lowes. Faucets are Belle Fioret.


                              The floor is natural slate and can be  found at Lowes. 


There was a tricky little bathroom located off the laundry room that was pretty worthless. The boys had the idea to take this space, steal a little space from a closet in one of the bedrooms (it had two) so there would be another small but mighty workable bathroom off the bedroom.

                                               They took this lovely space

                                                   And turned it into this


This tiny/sink vanity combo is another IKEA find.  The smallest pedestal sink (our original choice) we could find would have made the bathroom too crowded.  Excuse the dark mirror, I think it needs a long thin gray or silver mirror.



Many of the homes of this size and vintage have three bedrooms and one bath.  An extra bath no matter how tiny is invaluable. This  is a European style damless shower.  The tile again is subway tile with a glass liner to give it a little interest.


The bedrooms were pretty much left as is.  They had the wonderful board and batten walls that were just given a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore White Dove.  The hardwood floors were refinished.  The “boys” took one funny armoire/closet and turned it into a real closet. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the transformation


We used the simple (small), inexpensive school house lights from Home Depot throughout the halls and bedrooms.  I didn’t care for their larger ones.


Since the house is small I felt it  important to keep as much continuity with the paint, surfaces, fixtures, and flooring as possible.  The hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry and baths were all painted with Benjamin Moore Halo.  The bedrooms and all trim are White Dove also from Benjamin Moore.
Below are before and after pictures of the front of the house.  Unfortunately it does not photograph very well.

There was too much concrete in front of the house.  There was already a driveway that leads to the garage in back.  They tore out the “second driveway” and the concrete sidewalk, sodded the lawn and added the cobblestone walk.  We added a few simple foundation plantings to ground the house.
The body of the house is painted Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore. The trim is also Benjamin Moore (White Dove)

                          The front door is painted Straw by Farrow and Ball


It was so much fun working on this house because it had so much character.  The house was on the market for four days and had multiple offers.  It is currently in escrow thanks to our wonderful realtor and friend Bill Huber http://billhuber.mlslidx.com/idx/homepage.cfm?cid=51094.  Thanks Bill!

Huber Real Estate

This was such a fun project because this little house had so much character and charm.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.