When you get to design your own home, you're able to choose all of the little details that make a space truly personal. Alex and I had so much fun with this project! The anchor of our home is the kitchen and we wanted it to be filled with tons of natural light. We filled it with windows, glass french doors and two huge infinity doors in the dining and living rooms that open to the swimming pool and outdoor living area. We spend ALL of our time here, with the doors wide open on beautiful days. Alex and I designed the island to look like a piece of furniture. We put shelves on the end for our collection of platters and cookbooks and hand carved a gorgeous design into the heavy pieces of wood that frame the sides. The open glass cabinets are the perfect spot for storage and make the whole space feel so warm and welcoming. We used our trademark cypress cabinetry and brought in a modern element by tiling the entire back wall in a carrera mosaic. The dark cabinetry is the perfect backdrop for our larger pieces of white coral, heirloom silver and white dishes. I think the gold pendants add the perfect bit of polish and the burnished gold hardware ties it all together.
Counters- Bianca Macaubus Quartzite Stools- Lee Industries Pendants- Visual Comfort Rug- One Kings Lane Range- Wolfe Refrigerator- Sub Zero
Alex and I are comfortable keeping very busy schedules. This week alone, we started the foundation work on TWO new houses- yay! We got to meet with our wonderful out of town clients on another project and work out all of the interior finishes and lighting choices. I had a major drapery install, did two interviews, started a new accounting system and had three sick children. And it's only Wednesday. But honestly, having a beautiful office to work in can totally change your state of mind no matter how crazy the week is.
When I started planning this space, I knew I wanted it to be comfortably elegant- polished, yet with an eclectic style. The centerpiece is this gorgeous rattan chair by Gabby. I am completely in love with its cool, graceful attitude. The Kim Salmela, turquoise, velvet pillow is the perfect accent. I chose airy linen drapes and placed a cypress bench, custom designed by Alex, beneath the window.
I designed the white shelving with contrasting cypress on the back and put file cabinets on the desk for easy storage. I then filled the shelves with books, pieces of coral and all kinds of fun memories. You can see my little collection of sea urchins and butterflies found by Alex and our children. That awesome Japanese print of a Samarai once hung in my karate grandmaster's office and my parents brought me the smaller framed print after a trip to Thailand.
Paint Color- Benjamin Moore, Ocean Floor Chair- Gabby, available at Layla Grayce Rug- Horchow Bench- Custom made by Old Seagrove Homes Pillow- One Kings Lane Books- One Kings Lane
We're planning on getting our Christmas tree this afternoon, so Holiday entertaining ideas are on my mind. Our weather is absolutely beautiful right now so, we eat outside every single day. I collected my favorite things for outdoor dining and entertaining. I started out with a beautiful farm table and chairs. These side chairs are classic with an unexpected lattice detail. A bench on one side is a great choice for the children. I also love an accent chair for the head of the table. This one is slip covered in Sunbrella fabric and accented with a cute red pillow. For the table top, I found an assortment of whimsical plates, napkins, glasses and accessories. Happy entertaining everyone!
To see all of my favorite outdoor furniture picks, take a look at my Pinterest boards.
1- Summer Classics- Club Teak backless bench 2- Summer Classics- Croquet Teak rectangular farm table 3- Summer Classics- Haley side chair 4- Fresh Eucalyptus Wreath 5- Gold Antler Bottle Opener 6- Paddle Cheese Board 7- Christmas Trees 8- Sundial Side Chair 9- Christmas Crackers 10- Evergreen Napkins 11- Pearl Highball Set 12- Noel Canape Plates
Old Seagrove Homes was created out of a chance meeting one summer night on a roof deck overlooking the beach in 2007. While Alex was already running a construction company, Cynthia had studied fine arts and design. Three children and many projects later, the couple knew that what had started out as a construction company, was quickly growing into something much more. Today, Alex and Cynthia Rice work together as a design team, building inspiring homes from conception to construction and custom finishes. Thanks for following along with us!