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Coastal Interiors: Modern Vintage Living Room

Coastal Interiors, Summer, Spring, Home Blog Posts, Interiors, Living Room, EdesignAnneke McConnell

Thanks for the social love and pins from my last post guys! It can be a little daunting to put yourself out there, and I'm so thankful for your support!! xoxo

As for today's design, I love a good mix of modern clean lines, a uncluttered but collected space, and definitely a beach vibe!  Incorporating inky blues, indigo, palm leaf green, etc. with pops of warm colors, gray and tan are my tendencies in design.

I fell in love with that navy brushstroke pillow (and more colors!) at first site and have always been a sucker for palm leaf ANYTHING like this pillow.

Using a clear coffee table and sofa you can see underneath really just visually lightens the feel of a room. I love the sofa in this design for that very reason!

The navy striped rug is a vintage find, so at the time of this post there is only one available.  Adding home decor with history and quality like this really adds life to a room - whether it's found online, passed down in the family, or found at an estate sale!

Then how FUN is that gold starburst pendant!!!  Lighting has such an amazing way of pulling an entire room together - one of my most popular post is on lighting which you can find HERE!

We are also ALL about versatility around here at Coastal Collective Co., and garden stools definitely fit the bill for that!! They are incredibly easy to move around, can be used inside or outside AND as a seat, footstool, or side table. We personally have a few and LOVE them!  I think the subtle variation in colors in this one in today's design are gorgeous!

 

 

COMPLETE THE LOOK!

 

TODAY'S INSPIRATION

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With lazy, warm summer days not too far off (no, I didn't forget Spring!), I am loving EVERY item in this collection above!!!  Swing porches, garden stools, outdoor pillows galore. It's all gorgeous and inviting, not to mention comfortable for a night with friends and good food....and hopefully great conversation. ;-)

 

And to top it off with a few weekend faves. Clearly I have sunshine and warmer days on my mind!

tan suede heels / sunglasses / necklace / perfume

xo,

Anneke

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Coastal Kitchen Update: The Island Light

Coastal Interiors, Home Blog Posts, Interiors, KitchenAnneke McConnell

Last fall I decided to tackle the finishing up of our coastal kitchen makeover after a semi-grueling painting of the cabinets in the summer.  That's slightly dramatic, but if you're considering painting your cabinets yourself, yes, you'll definitely want to read through and learn from our experience

 

Here is a recap of each week:

Week 1: The Vision and Before Photos

Week 2: Painting the Cabinets

Week 3: Purging, Storage and Organization Solutions in the Kitchen

Week 4: Herringbone Tile

Week 5: Evaluating Progress

Week 6: Kitchen Reveal

 

Today's post is all about the selection of lighting for our island.  This is not a sponsored post, but I am fortunate to have been able to work alongside Lamps Plus who provided the light for our makeover.

Even as someone who LOVES design and decorating, I was running into some challenges (which I share more about in a bit) and the people at Lamps Plus were very kind and helpful in making a decision. Just sayin'! #greatcustomerservice

Here is the island light we ended up with!

So here just some design parameters we were working with when we were trying to find the "perfect" light.

  1. We wanted to have as many bulbs as possible. We went from 4-5.
  2. We wanted the light to be visually light so as not to block our view of the water, but also make a statement. This is super tricky in such a small space!
  3. The ceiling height of only 7.5' combined with the standard bar height on the island made the dimensions we had to work with very limited.  We needed something long and skinny, that remained as close to the ceiling as possible. Some island lights were visually perfect, but the way they mounted were not feasible so that's something to consider!
  4. Also, we did not want to rewire anything and stick with the single hole mount that was already there.
  5. Of course, we wanted a light that fit our beach house style, was easy to clean, and blended in nicely with the other textures and finishes. Our entry, living, dining, nook and kitchen are all one space!
  6. I love, love, LOVE how the light we chose has two metal finishes! The main metal portion is a dark bronze and the light socket is an antique bronze that ties in REALLY well with our hardware.

 

See it up close.  It really is the perfect fit!

Here you can see a better view of how the mount fits well with what we already had in place. 

The light comes with extension rods, but we just don't have the vertical space for that.    Extension rods are a great thing when you have taller ceilings and want a light with a straight clean line versus a cord.

 

You can see how it would look here installed with the rods.  I love knowing that it is an option to add them if we moved or did a major renovation.

 

So here you can see the progression of lighting.

Before Painting: a simple bronze 4-light

After painting: we switched out the bronze for this simple silver 4-light when the bronze one had led lights that were an absolute PAIN.  We were also waiting on our new Roman Shades, which we now LOVE.  The shade below is actually a curtain panel I just tacked up for photos. That's blogger TRUTH right there! We currently use these curtains in our home office and master bedroom.

So there you have it!

Thanks again to Lamps Plus for a great experience working with them.  I've purchase their lighting over the years and truly love the variety of options they offer!  They have some great videos on Facebook to help show you how to bring all design elements together.  Video makes all the difference for me, so I really appreciate when brands make things easier and make videos to help us all out.

xo,

Anneke

P.S. If you're new to Coastal Collective Co., I'd like to invite you to take The Make It Happen Challenge! It's a FREE 5-Day Video Series I made to help people meet their goals.

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Coastal Interiors: Coastal Modern Living Room

Home Blog Posts, Living Room, InteriorsAnneke McConnell

The New Year is off with a bang as we are now back into our routine as a family and the kids are back in school.  I'm excited for the year ahead with more design work, my Blogging for Biz and Goal Achievement groups, as well as personal endeavors for our family.  I have traveling HIGH up on the list!

I often post more designs on Instagram at @coastalinteriors, but am making it my goal to post my designs on the blog so they are easier to find for you.  Please comment below or on social media if there are particular topics you'd like me to share about in the future.

 

Here are a fews ideas I'm contemplating:

  • How To Decorate While In Transition: for example, you know you are moving in the near future.
  • Home Building Series: we have been through this process ourselves and my father in law is a builder, so I think this could be beneficial to those of you interested in the process.
  • The Look For Less: sometimes we like the look, but not the price.  What are your thoughts on a series that helps you achieve a similar look on a tighter budget.
  • The Process of Organizing and Decluttering for a home you LOVE.
  • How to Create a "Decorating Plan": it's hard when we would like it all done at once, but it's not always possible.

 

I 'd love to know your thoughts! These are specifically ideas for the "Home" side of the blog.  I will also be adding more to the "Fashion" side as well, but that's another post!  

On another note, I'm considering adding a few contributors to the site, so if there are other topics you are interested in for Coastal Collective Co., I'm all ears. I'm leaning toward Food/Kitchen, because who wouldn't want to learn more about tasty coastal food?!  And possibly Health/Wellness/Activities because it is important to me to share more about a positive life.

Enjoy your day!

 

xo,

Anneke

 

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Coastal Interiors: Home Office Beginnings

Interiors, Office, EdesignAnneke McConnell

As we're wrapping up things around here for Christmas and the New Year, my husband and I have settled from the craziness of our beach house kitchen makeover and were ready to dream about that "next step".

We seem to go in waves like that (no pun intended), tackling a larger project, then a smaller space, getting our house organized, then thinking big again. It's been quite the process and remaining content through it all has been key.  Otherwise we'd never enjoy our beautiful view!

On the upper floor of the beach house you enter a larger room, which then goes into another smaller room.  There are plenty of windows and light, but it is a challenge to work with.  At this point the smaller room is our bedroom and the larger room is a living room/media room.

You can see the set up below of when it was a vacation rental. The entire reveal series can be seen HERE on my previous blog This, That and Life.

So NOW, we are going to make the current living room (bunk room in the above photo) into our Master Bedroom, and the corner room (living room in above photo) will become the home office I've been dreaming of for some time. I am SO excited about this!!!

Since I'm working on my laptop most of the day, I think I could get used to this as my work space! The view and the fresh air don't hurt!

Needless to say, the perks outweigh the design challenges. I'm working with every wall containing  either a door or window.  We have 4 windows and two doors.  The room on the other side of the two interior windows is our kid's shared bedroom.

I'm currently working on space planning considering our needs, but here's a very tentative plan.

 

 

This is just the beginning, but I'm already dreaming of other finishing details such as paint, window treatments, plants, and maybe even a wall treatment.  It needs to fill a variety of needs while not feeling visually weighed down and remaining streamlined.

I can't wait to see it come to life!  Let me know what you think in the comments below or connect with me on social media.


xo,

Anneke

 

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