Modernized Traditionalist Met the Shore . . .

Hey . . .

Yep that's what I said.. Modern - Traditional - Meet the Shore. . . all in one.

That's Ms. Nancy Downing.  My friend, and client of some 10 years.  I love this family . . .  Nancy knows what she likes (and so does Bruce, her husband . . . he hates "drapes") so when working with her over the years, it has been fun tweaking and filtering in new things.  She's traditional, with a beach-y edge..  Likes blues, likes beaded board, likes dark wood furniture, like a touch of the floral.

Recently Nancy got her long time wish . . . a round kitchen table.  She has been talking about that for years.  But of course the round table meant taking out the built in office/desk  against the wall to make room for that 60" round.  With that decision, she lost her small office wall, so decided to add a small  "bump out" for a new office space.  And since she was doing minor renovation to the kitchen, why not tweak that kitchen a bit . .  new counter tops, new back splash, new paint, new sink / faucet.  Not major - just a little tweaking!

Robin's Egg Blue . . . the color we threaded throughout the house . . take a look how we used it.

Her front living space has a traditional look, we updated it few years ago with new chairs, pillows, ottoman and grass cloth on the walls.  Did romans, cause ya know.. Bruce . . hates drapes.  Love the blinds. . all good.

When moving back to her new "bump out" and I was talking small . . . maybe 3 feet by 8 feet, we brought her color of choice these days . . robins egg blue.

Great Dash and Albert Rug and Shawn Robinson did her magic on this chair Nancy already had to slide under her tiny desk . . . She said "the chair makes me happy" and that the whole point !

Onto the kitchen . . tweaked the cabinets with new knobs, new top and new backsplash.  We kept it all pretty tone on tone, and then pulled the blue on the walls over the beaded board.  Fresh and bright.  New blinds and a new cornice.  Great new chandelier, iron with the hint of the "nest / bird" look - a tie back to the new kitchen chairs with a great Thomas Paul Fabric.

Loving the new backsplash, faucet and countertop.

We decided on a Silestone counter top and farm sink.  It comes in tons of colors and this was the one of choice . .  to blend in with the back splash.  Great product !
Check out the colors available at www.silestoneusa.com

This was our new cornice fabric of choice.  What I like about this is 1. the texture, 2. the combination of cream and white !  Yes you can mix the two.  We wanted white trim and beaded board, but we didn't want white vinyl on the chairs . . we wanted cream.  This fabric brought the two together and a clean way.  Softened the window and finished off the look of blinds.

The look is a mix of cottage, traditional, and floral.
Great art piece by Christy Kinard, which Nancy found a while back.  It's all "her."

Here's another look at Christy's work.

Just the right "sideboard" landing piece which brings the wood of the new table and the creams of the room together.  The distressed look works well with her cottage / beach look.

All in all the kitchen now ties back to the living room in a bright and cheerful way !

After we got the downstairs under control we decided to give Nancy and Charlotte (16) a girl space upstairs . . .  with three brothers and Bruce, they needed a hide out. .  this is where we funked it up a bit. Take a look

And just recently we moved onto the master bathroom . . 

We added a pretty cream grass cloth wall paper.  New tile on the floors and in the bay window a great new storage piece and the prettiest of chairs. .  a flea market find in an amazing fabric.  Perfect for Nancy!

Wonder what will be next with Ms. Nancy

- Beth


  1. This is beautiful - I love the new backsplash in the kitchen and how it ties into the living room. Someone needs to convince the hubby that draperies will soften up that room and make it even more beautiful - but a great compromise. And that flea market chair is adorable and so pretty.

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