This month the Daily Catch is taking a peek into some of our editors' houses. I thought I'd share mine for a little inspiration– just to show that you can bring the beach home whether you're by the sand or in the city.
"When it comes to my wardrobe, I know my personal style like my best friend. But when it came to finding my decorating style, I had a little more trouble. Looking at gorgeous pictures of homes during the day at work seemed to confuse me even more because I would fall in love with everything. So, if I can give you one quick piece of decorating advice, peek into your closet if you're stumped on what decorating direction you should go in.
"If your closet is full of solid colors and complex fabrics, you'd probably like an all-white house or something more textutre-rich. Mine is loaded with fun prints, colors, and perhaps excessive bejeweling. That was my starting point. I came across this fabulous embroidered wing chair at a flea market for $99 and snapped it up. I also love embellishments and DIY projects so I decided to make a greek-key pillow for an extra twist. I used some leftover fabric from my bedskirt so all I had to buy was the ribbon.
"My next tip is to take your time. Decorating doesn't happen overnight unless you hire a professional. Take time to bargain hunt and scour roadside antique stores. Any time I go on a road trip, I try to leave a little early so I can stop old junk shops along the way. You never know what you'll come across. I found these end tables on one of my detours (they used to be this ugly, Band-Aid beige color) and lacquered them with a deep marine blue for a modern twist.
"My favorite way to add a coastal feel to my house without it looking out of place (after all, I do live in Alabama and don't think I could handle palm fronds, flamingos, and tiki torches 24/7) is by choosing a sea-inspired color palate. I love how soothing the beach is– relaxing on the sand and enjoying the peace of waves. Picking a similar color palate of whites, sandy-neutrals, and various shades of blue bring me right back.
"Last but not least, my sanctuary! This really is my retreat. I tried to keep a consistent color palate throughout the house. It gives a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy. Don't be afraid to mix contemporary, traditional, and rustic pieces. Think of it like a meal, you need something a little sweet, a little savory, and a little salty to really hit the spot. Same way with decorating: a little print, a little texture, and a little color. Best kept secret: these salvaged coral sea fans by Reclaimed Designs. I found them at Scott's Antique Mall in Atlanta. Contact Jeff Setzekorn, 386/503-0311, if you want to copy me!