Kitschy Coastal Powder Room

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hey guys, it's Kate Cabiltes!

I find very few things to be a better use of my time than scrolling through old posts on the Lonny website. When going back to a "Castaway Chic" Features Home Tour designed by the fabulous Alessandra Branca I was smitten -- and mostly with the powder room! This neutral oasis is still oozing with character from the shiplap walls to the shell statement of a chandelier. This Italian born and raised designer added minimal accents and a few textures to keep the space fresh and airy with definite vacation vibes.

Here's how to get the look in your powder room...

Kabibe Shell Mirror via Mecox
Strasburg 6 Light Shell Chandelier via Arteriors Home
Turkish Hand Towel via Coastal Home & Body
Philodendron Leaf Spray via
Storage Basket via Kohl's
Coral Fruit Bowls via Wayfair
White Washed Boards Shiplap via Brewster Home Furnishings
Brushed Aluminum Outdoor Wall Light via Lamps Plus

Inspiration image via Lonny

- Kate

My Powder Room DIY

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hi Everyone.  Thought I'd take a little break from the One Room Challenge for a bit and show you some other progress happening elsewhere in the house.  Last week I showed you some of our exterior projects. This week, a little DIY I did on our powder room walls.  Our powder room has great bones. Love the marble and the vintage faucets and the high ceilings. The mirror is something I brought over from our last house.  Unfortunately this seems to be the one space I did not capture before photos of.  Doh! But you will get the idea when you scroll down to our progress shots.

Here are my inspiration shots.  I'm absolutely in love with this Kelly Wearstler wallpaper but I knew that there was only the slimmest chance that I could actually afford it.

And it seemed very painterly so I figured a DIY was in order. I purchased a silicon comb on etsy (the kind that can be used for painting or pottery).  I snapped some vertical lines down the wall to act as a guide and mixed my grey paint with some glaze to keep it workable. And then I just started in.  Here we are in progress.

It was a little challenging because the ceiling is literally so high I had to stand at the very top of the ladder to reach it.  Thank goodness the room is narrow!

Here it is after it was pretty much complete. Now the outlets really stand out like a sore thumb.

And the final reveal!  I added these great sconces from Shades of Light. They really finish it off! And finally, I styled it with a bunch of plants here, even though in reality there is no window so only faux will work.

What do you think? I'm really happy with the results. Eventually I have to put my hardware on the cabinets and get a fun pendant to replace the boob light (luckily it's so high up you can't see it in these shots). But I'm so happy to have one space so close to completely done!

Week 3: The One Room Challenge, Lucy's Room

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hi Everyone! I can't believe we are already half way through the One Room Challenge.  If you haven't already gone on and perused all the amazing projects involved, please take a look. So much inspiration!

Lucy's room is coming along nicely.  We've made some real progress over the past week.  After installing the shelves and getting the rug nailed down last week, we went ahead and finalized our paint color (Ben Moore Dartsmouth Green) and took the plunge.  Just as a reminder, here is Lucy's design board (and some before photos from week 1).

And here is how her room looked last week.

And here we are this week with the paint.  I feel like it's starting to come together. Still miles to go. 

We also received some fun items in the mail. This amazing Slim Aarons print from

This fabulous faceted mirror from Zuo Modern (which will be a nice subtle nod to my faceted hardware).

And this amazing mythic llama lamp from Barbara Cosgrove Lamps.

Apologies for the progress style photos. We will have some great styled images at the end!  Stay tuned on Instagram for more progress. Next week we are hoping to make a decision on a bed before it gets too down to the wire and also take possession of our newly upholstered love seat.  Woohoo!

House Update: The Exterior Wall

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hi Everyone! It's been a while since I posted about exterior progress on the house. I've been doing some toying around with paint colors which I hope to post about soon.  But most recently the big project was fixing our garden retaining wall. Our house sits up from the street and the there is a long stone wall on both street sides of the property.  The wall was in ok conditions in certain places and was completely falling apart in others. There was a large vine (think 4" diameter) coming out of the wall in one location.  We decided to go ahead and have the wall repaired so that we could plant in the bed between the fence and the wall come spring.  We also decided that the side entry to the house was way too narrow. Some people would walk past it and miss it altogether, so now was the time to widen it and make it more welcoming.  Here is what it looked like last fall before we cut down that awful vine.

Cutting it down improved it but then just revealed the damaged wall behind.

Here is some progress from when we built the fence and added our patio.

And here it is in progress.

As you can see, we also added a retaining wall next to the driveway (which allowed us to get rid of some rotting railroad ties and gives us space for planting). We also expanded the back patio space so our Airbnb has a little bit of outdoor space as well.  Here are some final shots of the wall and garden area (added a few shrubs which will screen the driveway nicely in the future).

 I'm excited to get fall cleanup started but sad that our planting season is coming to an end. Time to do some plant research and planning for next year! and finalize our exterior paint colors.

Week 2: The One Room Challenge, Lucy's Room

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hi Folks! The One Room Challenge started last week and we are off to a great start with Lucy's room. Here is a reminder of what Lucy's board looks like now.

Over the past week we have made quite a bit of progress. We installed some shelves in this funny nook that is created by a chimney bumpout and the wall.  The use of space is so much better!

And I have been experimenting with rugs. I got this large oriental rug on craigslist for a steal and I loved the size and how soft it was but alas, it just looked too masculine.
I ended up purchasing a rug from an Etsy Seller in Turkey and I love it (the one on my board). The colors are subtle and the dancing ladies on the rug are so fun!

It  smells a bit like a hookah lounge which I suppose is the price you pay when you buy a rug from Turkey. But the smell is dissipating and nothing a good dose of Febreze won't fix.

Stay tuned on Instagram and next week on the blog as we get up and running with paint colors and other new purchases!

Bold Rustic Kids Room

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi, Kate Cabiltes here!

While on one of my favorite daily reads My Domaine recently, I found this adventurous kids bedroom haven crafted by New York based interior designer Brad Sherman. This ode to the mountains was lovingly created with neutral furniture and bold primary colored accents. With a wallpapered mountain statement wall, the nod to mother nature is achieved tastefully. By adding cozy blankets and whimsical throw pillows, a hanging swing and layered rugs, the look is complete.

Here's how to get the look in your kid's room...

White Deer Head Plaque via Home Decorators Collection

Hanging Rattan Chair via Serena & Lily
Emmerson Day Bed via West Elm
Sheepskin Rug via Ikea
Fakse Rug via Ikea
Woolrich Hudson's Bay Capote Throw Blanket via Backcountry
Mod Love Needlepoint Throw Pillow via Jonathan Adler

Mirage Grey Wallpaper via Graham & Brown

Inspiration image via Brad Sherman

Week 1: The One Room Challenge, Lucy's Room

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hi Folks!  I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather.  I'm very excited to announce that I will be participating in the One Room Challenge and re-vamping Lucy's room for the next six weeks. For those of you who not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it's a 6 week challenge where 20 selected design bloggers transform their space from start to finish.  The great thing about the One Room Challenge is that the rest of us out in the blog world get to participate, link up, tag our projects on social media and showcase our work alongside the twenty chosen blog stars.  This bi-yearly event is the brain child of Linda from Calling it Home and is now in it's 11th season. It has been such a success that it is co-sponsored by House Beautiful Magazine and has a lot of product sponsors that work with the challenge as well. I was lucky to be able to have my hardware showcased in Paige Minear's family room last spring in one of the 20 featured rooms.  Paige did such an amazing job it really inspired me to take the plunge and do a room this fall for myself.  And thankfully Paige is coaching me through this process (hello, waking up at 2am to link up?!) so I know what to do!
So, without further ado, let's get down to business.  Some of you may have seen Lucy's room back when I did a little house tour before we moved in.  This is what her room looked like when the previous owner lived here (fuschia much?)

And this is what it looked like just a week or two ago.

Definitely an improvement but the room still doesn't feel put together. It's a nice big bright room on the second floor of our house, and unlike the rest of the house, the trim is actually painted white, which i like.  There are a lot of hand-me-downs like the rug from our master bedroom and the tapestry on the wall and as you can see I was experimenting with some wallpaper ideas that didn't ever come to fruition. Everything is currently so creamy and the room lacks personality. I got that awesome love seat on craigslist (more on that later) but the 80's pattern definitely needs updating! Obviously, there is much to do.  Here is my design board for Lucy's room.

I wanted her room to not feel too juvenile or babyish. But I still wanted it to be fun and playful.  Hoping this combo of sophisticated rusts, peacock/teal lends the right mixed boho vibe.  Now for the not so fun part.  My task list:

- Install shelves in nook
- Paint Walls
- New Roman Shades
- New Rug
- Re-upholster love seat
- New big-girl bed
- New Artwork
- New nightstand
- Paint dresser
- New Mirror and Lamp

Yikes! I've got my work cut out for myself. Lots of sourcing, tasks and getting stuff pulled together.

Wish me luck! And feel free to follow along daily at my instagram account or check out #oneroomchallenge to see what everyone else is doing.  And of course make sure you are following the One Room Challenge on their official instagram account to see which rooms really inspire everyone.