Birds of a Feather . . Flock to My Living Room

Peacock available at www.plantationdesign.com

All these fantastic finds available at www.lucyandcompany.com

New addition to our showroom … it’s such a beauty in person.  So saturated with color.

The peacock fabric and rug are the two things I used to start this room. We knew we wanted to mix wood furniture, painted and upholstered. It was a fun project as it developed and as I found all the accessories. See the full story in Charlotte Urban Home Magazine !  www.urbanhomemagazine.com/uploads/file/UH%20Charlotte%20May%20June%202011/Lucy&Co.pdf

Photos and Design by Beth Keim

Peacock Artwork www.etsy.com/shop/ImagineStudio

Jewelry www.etsy.com/shop/DolorisPetunia

Enjoy the day !!
 - Beth

Just another Lemonade (stand) Sunday . . .

Hi All. . 
I don’t think I came out of the house yesterday, so I owe my kids. They have been wanting to pull out the lemonade stand.. with Lucy it’s all about the cash, with Kate it’s all about being social (and who are we kidding, with me, it’s all about the cool lemonade stand !) Now, we live on a busy road, in an old neighborhood with a lot of dog walkers and runners, perfect for this kind of thing.. so it’s time. I found this great re-cycled cardboard lemonade stand last year on line and while it was killing me not to insist on a pattern or color in which to paint it … I let them have at it.


So, what would a post be without all things lemonade .. leading to all things lemon yellow, to all things citrus that I love and that bring inspiration …


With the lemon totally now on the brain, I am pondering just how to incorporate them into design.  I don’t think I have ever painted walls a solid school-bus yellow, but I know I have incorporated yellow in the design. It could be in the way of a stand-alone yellow dresser, fabrics, a lamp.  I feel like just a few splashes of yellow is all it takes unless you are really making a lemon statement, then in that case I would put it everywhere ! There are no rules.

all the above fabrics, furnishings and accessories available through www.lucyandcompany.com

The above ideas translated into this room design (by Ashley). She just infused a few yellow accessories, they pop, but don’t overwhelm.

photo by Ashley Goodwin  www.ashleystuartgoodwin.com

Continuing with my citrus-on-the-brain-rant I remember back to my last buying trip in NYC. On on rainy day, I walked past the Kate Spade www.katespade.com window in my favorite neighborhood, the Flat Iron District. The rainy day was instantly brightened with this window display. Mixing reds, pinks, oranges with the lemons work all day long for girls that love warm colors and these colors never go out of style

Some of my favorite bright sunny fabrics … .

all fabrics and accessories available from www.lucyandcompany.com

Translating into a room design …

Design by me.. Photos by me.. This client loved pink and orange, old and new. One of the funnest projects I’ve done this year.


Now See how Kate Spade mixed in the teal shoes, in design, mixing in a random color is all it takes to bring a specific color palette to life !

photo by Ashley Goodwin www.ashleystuartgoodwin.com

Now when checking my fabric vault (the one in my brain) I pulled up the Studio Bon (a vendor of our) www.studiobon.com and low and behold on their blog… we are on the same wave length

2. “Bang” in Bubblegum 5. “Ric Rac” in Candy, 6. “Sally” in Fire 7. “Twinkle” in Candy 9. “Oompa in Fire 10. “Sally” in Pumpkin 12. “London Bridge” in Fire 13. “Stripedot” in Fire

A few more random fabrics I love in hot pinks, oranges Osborne and Little and Designer’s Guild are alway my fabrics of choice, with something new every year.

Have a fun Sunday Afternoon !!!
- Beth


Sand, Shells, and Tent Houses . . .

Hi all… it’s really a lazy Saturday

I am holding up in the house at the moment with 97 degree weather outside (and it’s only June), knowing I should be weeding the garden, walking the dogs or pulling out the lemonade stand for the kids (stay tuned for tomorrow) but my mind is elsewhere.

So I have turned the A/C way down and pulled out the fluffy white duvet I love, and am letting my thoughts wander to a trip I took to the Shore … No, not the Caribbean, but a funny little part of the Jersey Shore, called “Ocean Grove.” Yep, I said Jersey! My husband’s a Jersey boy, so I guess that makes my girls “Jersey Girl’s.. not..” Sorry got side tracked…..

Anyway, there are the cutest little row houses there. They are actually tent houses, just a block or two from the beach and not too far from the Boardwalk. It has inspired me to pull some of my favorite color combinations, furniture styles and finishes.. and to feel the inspiration, I am getting help from a variety of photographers, who’s talent is evident here …




I love the combination of sunset peach, white, turquoise, that’s really more mint with the color of driftwood pulled in….  Like these pillows… Love them.. favorite vendor of ours.  And how about the lamps.. perfect…

photo by Beth Keim


Also found another amazing floor lamp in our files, orange wire and big. A little pop or orange will do the trick… and how about this desk !  The top is a cool, taupe colored stone with a distressed teal base.

I think this is worth a re..mention…. found these wreaths on Etsy and love the simplicity of them, really more of a Fall thing… (or plan ahead !) … but love the colors…





When thinking of paint colors just remember they dry darker, flat paints can be touched up, but eggshells can be cleaned…A good paint combinations for this look could be … . .


My mind is drifting back to the Boardwalk, the smells, the age and the general feel of it all. I love the grey tones of the planks, especially down by the water. The wooden storefronts mixed with brick ones. Tones of whites, peach, blues and grays. I love the idea of mixing distressed pieces, aged and carved like an old merry-go-round at the carnival.  Chipped paint, burlap, metal are all the things I am seeing.

(can you tell I don’t want to get up and go outside)…


Nothing like a root beer float !!


. . .  an most amazing new fabric line we found in NYC … reminds me of “ink-blot” prints we all did as kids !



60” round ped. table with vintage lines and a driftwood stained solid wood top. Great in the kitchen with a curved bench on 1 side and chairs of the other…

or if rectangular would work better, this 84” wood top has an iron base.


A few more color inspired finds …

I am loving my “day at the beach” time in my head, and inspiration CAN truly come from anywhere !!