Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coastal Living

A beach house should be a place of simplicity and relaxation, a place where memories of sun & sand exist. It must be functional, yet beautiful. When we think of a beach house we think of family and friends, boating and sand castles. Well... this is exactly what the design of the interior should reflect.

Here's a few images we love, a way to get you inspired to begin your beach house project, or at least to take a quick break from the hustle & bustle of the everyday, and learn some tricks on how to simplify your home, so that it feels like a vacation everyday.

The interior of a beach house should contain items that remind you of the memories that have been made there, and those that will be made in the future. Also, it must contain pieces you love, and colors that make you happy. The overall design must reflect and add to the calming nature of  living on the water. Blues, greens, whites, and wood tones are an easy way to get that beachy feeling inside. We love using whites as the basis for the design, and bringing in colors and textures through furniture and accessories.


Our go to items are the Mainly Baskets occasional chairs, that bring in some great wood tones, and Dash and Albert Indoor/ Outdoor rugs. The rugs are so functional for a beach home that sees lots of sand and salt water, as it can be taken outside and hosed down! We love going to antique stores and flea markets to find some great pieces to add to the design. Here are some pictures we love, enjoy.


Xoxo Kelly McGuill Home Design Team

           























Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simple Changes

Simple Changes make a world of a difference. Isaac Wood, an up and coming photographer, came over yesterday to photograph some images of a few simple changes that we made to a screened in porch and laundry room. They were small changes, yet they made such a positive difference, and the pictures came out stunning, so we thought we would share them with you!

 
After years of use, the laundry room needed a facelift, so we decided to put in some new white hexagonal floor tile, and inexpensive white subway tile from Home Depot. These small details made for such an appealing, inexpensive renovation to a room that sees lots of dirty socks. The Boston Functional light fixture forms a beautiful relationship with the painted black window panes. This makes the room so much more appealing, don't you agree? We plan to add some shelving and accessories, but how simple and adorable is this laundry room!




The focal point of the screened in porch is oh so obviously the white, tufted naugahyde ottoman. We had this made by the fabulous Lauren Michaels Design. It adds a cozy feel, and makes for enjoying the view with your feet up so fun! The texture from the wicker, as well as the baskets, and wood elements make the contrast in the space so amazing. We used Perennials fabric on the cushions and pillows to give way to stress free entertaining in a place that sees a lot of traffic. As Kelly always says, the porch should be an extension of the way you live inside of your home. 

Also depicted in the image: Mainly Basket sofas, West Elm console, Raw hide from the Raw Hide Company, Perennials fabrics, and of course, Green apples from Whole Foods (: 

So our advice to you is this: Look around for some simple changes you can make to your home that will make you smile and create a wonderful space for you to live in. 

xoxo Kelly McGuill Home Design Team

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tweet, Treat and Peek

WOW, say that three times fast. I have been wonderfully busy and have not had time to blog.  However I have been tweeting? Twittering? Making Tweets? (I know really?)My web and PR person; Luke Bunting has suggested I join Twitter (it makes me chuckle even to write that).  We have gone back and forth over this and I truly believe that  no one really cares what I do on an hourly, daily, monthly basis...so why tweet???  OK, I've started (now you're chuckeling). I'm not really sure what a hash-tag is and I'm not really sure I'm tweeting correctly, yet I've reluctantly joined the twitter-sphere.  One of my first tweets was about my favorite plant; White Geraniums....They are out and they are beautiful.  White Geraniums make any vase or vessel look amazing, they add so much to any room and they are sooooooooo reasonable...Enjoy them while they are out and follow me if you dare on twitter..OYE.

Now onto my treat, I had the pleasure of shooting again for Twin Farms twinfarms.com in Barnard, Vermont with the fabulously talented photographer Jim Westphalen jimwestphalen.com and his team of amazing shooters, Bill and Lenny.  We covered many of the spaces there and  had the pleasure of shooting Katie Ridder's katieridder.com new spaces in Hillside and Grotto.  I can't show everything at this point but I'll give you a glimpse of what she did...BRILLIANT.



And now onto my Sneak Peek.  I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with a client in a neighboring town .  This client called me after she saw my article in Yankee Magazine www.kellymcguillhome.com about my home.  She thought it was serendipitous that she loved and connected to my style and we  basically lived  five minutes from each other.  My client and her husband in their early seventies (yup 70's) have decided to change things up a bit.  Out goes the wallpaper in every room, out goes the mantle and fireplace that they never liked, out goes the colored rugs. There will be new paint for the oak kitchen cabinets, a new mantle, new crown molding , new window treatments and new furnishing.   I've been so lucky to work with them on this project and so lucky to have the dream team on this project.  Ritchie Burns of R &B concepts is the GC and master carpenter.  Ray Heatley of Clover painting is the master painter , Jim Matta of Lauren Michaels is my go-to window treatment creator...Yeah.  I'll be sending images as we go along but here are a few for starters.  .
 The mantel my client never liked

phase 1 of our new mantle by Richie Burns
Before (After soon to come )

And last but not least.  I did this cute crafty idea for Yankee magazine years ago, it would make a great Mother's Day gift.  SO easy to do and so affordable.  Apothecary jar , chalk board paint ,bird seed and chalk .


Monday, March 25, 2013

Never Pinterest while on a diet

Never Pinterest while on a diet or when broke.... That's right, my latest addiction is Pinterest, my two sisters, Susan Farrington and Renee Grady are  addicted and they turned me right on to it.  I love so many aspects of it for home and for work.  Here are a few images that caught my eye, made me drool and got me thinking of changing some things around in my house.



all images from Pinterest

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring, Where are you ?


As the Northeast gets walloped with yet another snow storm, I feel the need to have a touch of spring in my life.  So, on a recent trip to the flower market I picked up these green goodies.


And when all else fails or green goodies aren't available, I use jelly beans and white chocolate malted milk eggs for a fix.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Crown Point Cabinetry

Crown Point Cabinetry

Back in November I was asked to style this  amazing Falmouth, Massachusetts home for CrownPoint Cabinetry. I had heard of Crown point but wasn't really familiar with their product.  This family run  company was founded over 4o years ago . I had no idea  that their ads have been in major magazines and their cabinets are in homes all over the World.  This Claremont, New Hampshire based company has it right, they use the finest quality products and produce the finest quality cabinets.  They can make any style cabinet that you like for any room that you need them in.  Custom is their forte , if you like shaker, transitional, victorian, modern, they can make it for you... This house was one of their first shoots with a "contemporary" style cabinet.  Peruse thru these images, I bet you'll remember their name too..












I didn't style this Crown Point kitchen but I love everything about it..