Southard Living Series. Our New Home

I wanted to re-introduce a little Southard Living into the blog as we build our new home.  We are working with the amazing team at JW Homes to build this dream home. As we work through the details with their design team, I thought it would be fun and another way to organize my thoughts by sharing our mood boards with y’all. All images are from my Pinterest page – please refer to that page for sources. Enjoy!

Exterior. We chose to do the very classically clean look of white with black trim. In Charleston, this is actually Charleston White and Charleston Green (reads black). The front elevation has two porches- one on the first floor and a second off an upstairs bedroom. The black detail will be the tops of windows, tops of porch railing, the foundation of the house and a semi-gloss front door.  I’m proud to say that I’ll be adding some palm trees to my front lawn in the future. Nothing makes me happier. 

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Entry. I wanted to carry the black and white scheme into the interior of the house when you first step in. With the front door open, there will be a synchronicity to the house. The entry way will have a chair railing- above will be white, below black. I’ve considered doing the top in wallpaper and it’s something I’m still mulling over. Planning to add a punch of color with a piece of art from Lindsay Cowles… oh how I love her stuff. 

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Study/Library. I am drawn to this one image of Monique Lhullier’s home office (first image below). Planning on doing a dark wall, using our white lacquer parsons desk, a hide rug, upholstered chair behind the desk and two chairs similar to the image below or two ghost chairs. I’m on the hunt for brass/gold colored skinny bookshelves or some that I can spray paint.  Send ideas!

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Powder Room. I love powder rooms. I have loved this image from Lily Bunn Weeks for so long using the Tanzania wallpaper. I’d love to do something animal print that hasn’t been published to death though. Some ideas below. I’m also loving Farrow and Ball’s Ocelot and Osborne and Little’s Bagatelle Spot. Hmm…

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Maybe a snakeskin? We’ll see.. loving brass/gold accents to warm it up.

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Kitchen. This was actually the first place that Bo and I started when talking all things design. This image from Urban Electric Company..showcasing their wonderful light fixtures, however I plan to use Visual Comfort’s Hicks pendant lights instead over the island. Our upper cabinets will be painted white with nickel pulls. The backsplash is a grey glass subway tile and the counter tops are white with grey honed Carrerra marble. The island has the same marble top with black painted cabinets underneath and French bistro stools. Dream kitchen.

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Living Room. We have a completely open floor plan. The kitchen, breakfast nook, living and dining room are all one open space with an archway separating the dining room. 

Still a work in progress my friends. Here are the pieces we’re considering: grey velvet Chesterfield sofa, two Hickory Chair Monroe Chairs, some unique coffee table, Madeline Weinrib rug and some of these lamps. Window treatments are the next thing up to decide. There are a lot of windows. I’m not clear yet what I’ll do yet… The art will again be a great source for color. 

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Considering just about 50 fabrics. Oh the choices…

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Next up Dining Room, Stairs, Reading Nook and then Bedrooms!!

Happy designing y’all.

xoxo,

eloise

Apartment progress

Major progress in the apartment in the last two weeks- curtains hung (in 1 room but hey), dining room table and chairs, boxes all gone (how long did that take!) and most of the furniture in the baby room.  Just when I want to take a deep breath and not purchase anything for a while, I know that baby gear buying all needs to happen next month, we need to hang two more sets of curtains (harder than usual in our apt), and get some more art for the place.  All in all though, I’m really happy with how it all looks so far. Enjoy!

Our couch and chair and a half from West Elm were the perfect medium shade of gray and I love how comfortable these are now that they’re broken in. We chose Tom Felicia’s fabric from our pillows for the windows and man does it make this room. 

I had one of my photographs of graffiti printed on aluminum and I love the effect.

Instead of side table lamps, I chose to do two floor lamps- allowing us the ability to keep our tiny side tables full of family photos instead (we don’t really have surface space for these otherwise). The coffee table is reclaimed wood on metal base- not the most baby friendly but I’ll figure something out. Love the addition of the snakeskin tray and horn vase.

View from the other end past our new Restoration Hardware dining table. Finally it arrived. If you can wait quite a while for a table and chairs, they’re stuff is incredible but they make each piece after an order is placed so it takes forrrrrreeevvvvvverrrrr.

Bo hardwired the drum light you see and it was quite the experience. I’m so proud of him, but we also advise you to do this during daylight hours. Holding flashlights in your mouth while your pregnant wife attempts to maneuver around you holding cords is just awkward in the dark. 

You can see my button Union Jack Flag by the door. I love that piece but man was that a lot of tiny buttons to work with. To the left are our state prints (etsy of course) – with a heart over the places that are special to us- NY and VA. Next up are NC and SC to add to the group.  The rug is an indoor/outdoor rug – so smart for kids and I’m so glad I did this.

We printed another of my photos on canvas for the bedroom- I love this print and how it pulls out the red-ish orange in the pillow and side tables.

Another beautiful Restoration Hardware piece, but again….we waited a long time. My dad’s painting is leaning now but will hang above the tv soon and you can see two of our pigs (Bo collects piggy banks).

Baby room! We hung my denim American flag in here and  I love it- always thought it would be perfect in a baby room.  The shams from Serena and Lily are lovely. I can’t wait to finally decorate with color this fall when we know the gender. For now I’m enjoying the navy and white though- feels very clean to me.

Our little changing table and to the right will go our glider I still need to pick up from my friend’s apartment.  Baby Southard’s first little stuffed animals sit atop the table now b/c Kingsley thought these were gifts for him and shook them both to death when they sat on the bed.  Ahem…this will be interesting to see how he does.

Kingsley sitting atop what he thinks is “his” bed. Every night after we get home and he goes for a walk, he’ll head back into “his room” and lays on the bed. The more stuff we put in there the more weary he starts to look.

What do you mean, this isn’t my room?!  I’m not moving out.

Happy decorating!

xoxo

eloise

Design Crush… a house in the hills

I have a blog crush on Sarah’s very fabulous blog a house in the hills, so I was excited to see her and her husband’s home on Design Sponge!  Check it out!

Photographers Lou Mora and Sarah Yates moved into this Los Angeles home with their two dogs, Ruca and Eleanor, just over a year ago. They’ve managed to create a little haven from the craziness of the city — at night they can even hear owls and coyotes. As photographers, their work takes them all over the world. Lou specializes in environmental portraits and lifestyle photography, while Sarah is a wedding photographer and founder of the wedding photography collective Birds of a Feather. But when they’re home, they love to walk the dogs, cook and entertain (all of which, Sarah writes about on her home blog, A House in the Hills) so it was important that their house feel cozy, warm and welcoming.

The table is reclaimed wood on metal legs, the yellow Eames chairs were an eBay steal and the metal wire chairs are from CB2. The chandelier is Patrick Townsend 

She found this womb chair at a flea market! So jealous…

The desks are from Pottery Barn, the rug was a sale find at Anthropologie, the giant framed print is Shepard Fairey and a gift from a client.

These shelves are old wine boxes that her husband nailed together to create shelves. Genius.

Their precious pup…

xoxo

eloise

Slowly but surely

Slowly but surely is the hardest thing to live by when decorating your own home. It takes a while to get everything you want b/c of budget, back-orders, decisions and well laziness sometimes for me. We’re making progress though. Of course my baby/guest bedroom will have it’s first guests in a week and the bed isn’t set up, there isn’t a light in there or any tables but ya know…slowly but surely we’ll get things up and running. I can now see my father in law using a flashlight to get around the room at night this weekend.  Oh lord.

Here are some quick updates though in pictures of the baby/guest room: things ordered, and to be ordered.  God help us and our budget :). More to come on the living room and master BR soon.

Nope, we don’t’ know what we’re having yet but I love the navy and white room. I plan to add hot pink accents if its’ a girl, and orange accents if it’s a boy.

So it’s painted! Thank you Bubba. The rug is in from Overstock.com but the room still houses some vases and crap i dont know where to store. The white curtain fabric has been ordered, and we’re doing a navy Greek key trim on the white curtains.  Plan to hang my denim flag in there above the bed when that gets set up……sometime soon 🙂

Here is me in my 20 week glory- You can see the white nail head bed from Joss and Main and some fabric swatches I’m not using over there.

This is what the bed will look like but picture it with our all white duvet:

Shams for the bed:

Scored these lovely items at the Jonathan Adler warehouse sale:

Ordered and on their way:

Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp. omg i’m so freaking excited about this esp b/c I found it on sale. If you like the store on Facebook you get 10% additional off by entering ihfacebook as the code.

To keep a balanced budget I went with the wallet-friendly Ikea for the nightstand. We can only do one nightstand in the room 🙁

To be ordered:

Well, a crib, duh.  This is on the ole registry for some loving soul to buy me :).

Dresser choices- I can’t decide! I’m leaning toward #2 though

#1?

#2?

#3?

Knobs for the nightstand and dresser- one option for neutral, one orange and another pink option 🙂

The dresser will also be the changing table. I’ll be nicely adding my best friend’s glider to the room to sit next to the dresser.

Now- to genderfy this room- here are the pink and orange doo-dads I’ve found!

boy stuff:

pillows

garland

print

print 2

pillow for glider:

then i just need an orange throw blanket

girl stuff:

Print

ikat pillow

pillow 2

blanket

garland

For either room, I can choose my own color combos in this print

that’s all for now friends.

xoxo

eloise

Happy Tuesday

Sorry for being MIA. Being prego has shifted my world a bit but I promise to try harder to post!  I wanted to dedicate this one to great nurseries because designing one can feel super overwhelming especially if you tend to hate most pastels :). Here are some brilliant nurseries for inspiration.

xoxo

eloise