Sunday, December 29, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- Adventures In Decorating

How I Found My Style Sundays From My Front Porch To Yours
Thanks so very much, sweet Pamela, for inviting me over to your amazing blog to be a part of your fun and fabulous "How I Found My Style Sundays" series!

Unfortunately, I can't share "how I found my style," because, well, admittedly, I'm still trying to find it!  One year, our home may be dressed in reds, golds and greens, with traditional decor and the next a softer color palette, mixed with coastal accents, may greet you.

And, if I were to share my "style" in our home at this very moment, you'd find one, large Christmas "mess" as our decorations are beginning to come down.  So, let's step back in time a few months, when Summer was here and *coastal-y,* French Country accents were splashed around our humble abode! 

Come on in!
One of the first rooms you see when you enter our home is the great room.  And, during these Summer months, it's dressed in soothing colors of blue, white and tan (hard to believe this space was once covered in all things red, gold and green)!
A natural seagrass rug anchors it all.

Because we live here at the beach, a coastal themed Summer mantel seemed like a natural choice!  
How I Found My Style Sundays From My Front Porch To Yours
A nautical theme vignette fills our "Pure White" chalk painted sofa table:
Over in our sitting room, the soft color palette continues, including splashes of grey that I've been adding in here lately ... from our new curtains to the grey and white French fabric that I lined the back of our bookcase with:
A few more splashes of coastal accents made their way to our duck egg blue accent chest, including our *feathered friend* from my favorite, Home Goods:
Across from the sitting room is our dining room.  This poor space has seen so many different wall colors in the 7 years we've lived here that I'm shocked the walls haven't caved in!
Walls aren't the only thing I've enjoyed painting ... in fact, this buffet was the first piece of furniture I painted and is what launched my furniture painting frenzy, including the the table and chairs.  My paint brush even made its way to the lamps, as well as the mirror, which got a shiny coat of gold!  
A simple table vignette, filled with white and silver pieces, is being enjoyed during these Summer months:
Speaking of paint, you might as well know (if you can't already tell) that I'm *addicted* to it, especially chalk paint, and have transformed SEVERAL pieces in our home with it ... our kitchen island being no exception.  What was once a "builder grade" maple island was transformed with face panels, a few coats of AS Old White and Chateaux Grey (along with a butcher block top and farm legs).  A silver bucket sits perched on top, filled with *Summer-y* branches:
The three wall mounted shelves which I built a few years ago (and am shocked haven't come crashing down) are covered with AS "Pure White" and filled with simple white and glass pieces:
It's hard to believe our cabinets were once maple stained.  A couple of years ago, I painted them white and have never looked back!  Yup, chalk paint ... again (not only on the cabinets, but, also on the Chateaux Grey napoleon bar stools we added last year).  A cheery, vintage *Summer-y* print sits front and center above our cabinets (thanks, World Market):
Our breakfast area also got a dose of chalk paint when I painted our dry bar AS Old White, followed by Chateaux Grey.  And, yes, before you even ask ... the apron/legs of the farmhouse table and chairs are painted with chalk paint, too (AS Pure White) ... see, I told you I'm addicted!  A simple, Summer vignette fills the table.
Right off of our kitchen is our master bedroom (how convenient is *that* for my hubby's midnight snacks).  This room also got a mini-makeover when we painted it in a softer color palette (including painting the side tables AS Old White):
Our master bath then followed suit when I painted our cabinets AS Old White and our mirrors AS Duck Egg Blue.  A simple vase filled with pink hydrangeas reminds me of the Summer months we're enjoying!
Now, when it came to revamping our 7 year old son's room, I wanted to keep the colors "alive," so, primary colors were the obvious choice:
I have to enjoy this while I can because I know he'll want more of a say in his decor someday ... soon (ugh)!
His bathroom was recently redone in blue, tan and white ... nautical prints seemed to be an easy choice in here.
Even when Summer is over, this cute whale will remind me that the ocean is right down the street and the lazy days of Summer will soon return:
During the Summer months, our kiddo loves having his own "hang out" space where his friends and he love playing video games ... having "Beywheelz" battles ... and, rockin' out to Kidz Bop tunes:
And, as I wasn't quite ready to give this space a big, BIG boy look when I recently gave it a makeover, I chose a simple, yet colorful, nautical theme:
You know little boys means lots of dirty clothes ... so, let's head on over to the mudroom!  White cabinets (painted AS Pure White), bead board and Ben Moore's Wythe Blue help this space feel "fresh." 
While enduring the not-so fun task of folding laundry (okay, actually, my sweet hubs does most of it), I can't think of anything I'd rather look at than pics of my family ... it was only natural that this wall became our gallery wall:
Before you go, let's take a quick peek outside ... here's our screened porch, (which we are currently expanding), where we love to linger!
Of course, a simple bowl of shells is in order, along with colorful *Summer-y* pillows:
This picture of our patio is from a few years ago because, recently, we expanded our screened in area by enclosing it!  As much as we loved the pergola and openness, we tired of the constant mosquito attacks, visits from snakes and lizard invasions we constantly endured when trying to sit out here!  I'll soon be sharing pics of the "new" space!
Okay, so, who's ready for a glass of Pinot and some fake grapes?
Thanks so much for taking the time to tour our home!  And, thanks again, Pamela, for inviting me to share our home with your readers!

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Thank you so much Becca for sharing your home with us! I have had so much fun over the years watching you change your style up. Your kitchen makeover is one of my favorites to date. 


  1. Becca,
    Your home is just beautiful. I love every room. Your summer mantel is gorgeous. Love your beautiful dining room and that kitchen is great. It really is all so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Pamela Becca was a great choice. Loved this tour.

  2. Your home is lovely! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. I luv Becca's beautiful coastal home. The rooms are so open and inviting. And that kitchen... sigh. Thanks for sharing ladies.

  4. Pamela, thanks for showing us around Becca's beautiful home! She has an amazing eye for decor and is the most darling person! I had the great pleasure to meet her and spend time with her at Haven. She is so precious and one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

  5. What a beautiful home. Thanks much for sharing it!

  6. Becca, you have a lovely home but somehow I couldn't get past your comment about Christmas coming down at less than five days after Christmas. My husband is the oldest of ten and we will be celebrating and entertaining through New Years Day! Here's to your beach house and Happy Holidays!!

  7. Just beautiful! I also take Christmas down early- the clutter gets to me after a while. Your kitchen is lovely- our cabinets are chalk painted too- love them :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  8. Becca has such a beautiful home! I always enjoy seeing what's she has done and the humor in which she tells it in her posts. Thanks for sharing Becca's style with us, Pamela!

    Happy New Year!

  9. I love, love Becca, her style, her home…she is such a wonderful and talented person…So enjoyed seeing Becca's beautiful home again…I never tire of seeing her gorgeous creations…thanks Pamela for a great feature today…and I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year!

  10. Becca as always, everything is so beautiful!!

  11. I love your house. It is beautiful.

  12. Your home is beautiful! Can you tell me the name of the fabric that's on the pillow in the wingback in front of your fireplace? I am in love with it!!

  13. your home is just spectacular thank you for sharing !!!!! can i ask what color are your kitchen walls?

    1. Janet I am not sure what color Becca's walls are. If you go to her blog and ask her she will be able to tell you I am sure. I think it is a Benjamin Moore color.

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  15. It´s just perfect! I enjoyed every picture! I love it!

  16. Hi,I repeat my comment, which I am not sure if came to you. I just wanted to say, that I enjoyed every picture, house is just perfekt and so lovely decorated!I like it very much!

  17. I came to your site when inquiring about how to use chalk paint to paint an armoire. I felt the same way you did about that wooden piece in my livingroom. You said you used 2 paints? One was Ochre and the other ? Was it chalk paint? And did you then sand a bit after it was all finished? Thank you! My email is if you could email me please!


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