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Design Featured in Cottage Style | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

I am proud to show off this cute article, featured by Cottage Style magazine!  This is a project I completed in Watercolor, FL, on the beautiful beaches of 30-A.  A few of you may remember other pictures I posted of this project: Click here to see!

Here is the cover of this Fall/Winter 2015 issue:

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And, without further adieu, here are the first two pages of my feature! (I’m so excited!)

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First Spread

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Second Spread

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Third Spread

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Fourth Spread

See more rooms, and more details in my first post about this project.  I hope you enjoy!  All these bright colors are sure to lighten your mood!

Burnt Pine Redesign | Cara McBroom

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I couldn’t resist the rhyme! This is a project I finished two years ago.  I never claimed to be a punctual poster, but better late than never, right?  This home had some beautiful features, but they were overshadowed by darkness.  That’s all–just a lack of light!  My job was to furnish this beautiful home, and add a little brightness and contrast!

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Master Bedroom BEFORE

 

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Master Bedroom AFTER

This may be my favorite Master Bedroom design, to date!  I wish this were MY room!  We replaced the patterned carpet with hand-scraped wide plank wood.  I chose the most beautiful creamy paint color for the walls to brighten things up!  All of the walls had a faux plaster finish in a goldish tan undertone–I wanted to KEEP the texture, but amp up the lightness so that the wood floors and other wood pieces would have some contrast!  So, the paint has a pearlescent finish that’s very subtle, but emphasizes the texture, and is so much richer than flat or satin.

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Chalk painted nightstands help to lighten and balance the dark, carved wood king bed.  Crisp cream drapes brighten the dark shutters, and light, crisp, fluffy bedding screams “get in!”.  The large mirror helps to reflect light back into the room, but is also a jewelry cabinet!  A girl’s dream!

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Living Room:

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Living Room BEFORE

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Living Room BEFORE

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Living Room AFTER

In addition to painting the walls for crispness, we added cream window treatments, and an assortment of creamy painted and upholstered furniture.  One gorgeous faded Oushak rug anchors the seating arrangement, and a custom-built entertainment cabinet tames the cables and wires from before.

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I spent a lot of time holding cream paint chips up to the stone in every room.  I wanted the color to blend well with all the stone, but not go gold or yellow.  I am so happy with the final result!  I love how the brick seems so textured in contrast.

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I wanted to find something dark, but open and rich to sit behind our light linen sofa!  I love the way the scrolled ironwork stands out!

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Media Wall BEFORE

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Television Console Concept

I had a vision for the entertainment console, but couldn’t seem to find anything long enough to anchor this ginormous framed television!  I commissioned Armored Frog to build me this beautiful cabinet, and then paint it a beautiful, crusty antique white.

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Here’s the new cabinet in Armored Frog’s Studio, before delivery!

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Media Wall AFTER

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Guest Room BEFORE

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Guest Bedroom AFTER

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Boy’s Room BEFORE

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Boy’s Room AFTER

In the boy’s room, we brightened the walls, added some color to the ceiling, and finished the windows off with some soft drapes.

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Guest Bedroom 2 BEFORE

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Guest Bedroom 2 AFTER

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Don’t judge my photo-taking skills!  This room was hard to photograph!

In the second guest bedroom, we painted the walls a slightly less reddish camel color than the pumpkin color that was there before.  This made the room a tad lighter, but provided a rich backdrop for my white painted headboard.

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Attic Room

Next, we have a cute little attic room!  We turned this room into a small media viewing area, with a daybed and some built-in cabinet storage.

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Kitchen

Lastly, I can’t talk about this project, without giving kudos to my amazing painter, who hand painted each square behind the ceiling lattice in the kitchen!  I actually felt bad asking them to do this, but they executed it flawlessly!

Contact me if you need help furnishing your home!

cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

Silver Beach Towers Lobby Redesign | Cara McBroom

I was chosen to create a vision for both the East and West lobbies of Silver Beach Towers, a little over a year ago.  This was a pretty big undertaking, not only for the sheer scale, but also for the fact that my ideas were under scrutiny of an entire homeowners association, as opposed to a couple of homeowners.  Luckily, they loved my ideas, and decided to hire me!

This was a fun transformation!  The style was about 10 years old, with its palm tree and monkey themes.  My main goals were to:

  1. LIGHTEN things up.
  2. Create a TIMELESS atmosphere.
  3. Keep things CLEAN and STREAMLINED.
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Lobby BEFORE

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Lobby AFTER

My first step taken in “operation lighten-things-up” was changing all the paint colors!  I wanted to neutralize all the gold tones, so I chose a pale warm gray for the walls, a new fresh white on the trim, and a soft blue on the ceilings that helps add depth, and also emphasizes the architecture of the ceiling.  I removed all the black iron railings, painted the newel posts and rails white, and added suspended glass panels, for an unobstructed view of the ocean when you walk in the lobby doors.  I replaced all the dark carpet in one lobby, and all the gold tile in another lobby, with this beautiful, soft gray porcelain tile.  Finally, I updated the furnishings, added some “wow” factor lighting, hung some large-scale colorful art, and brought in some live plants.

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What a difference!

Being the first thing you see when you walk in, I wanted our center table and chandelier to really make a statement!  First, I added a silver leaf faux finish to the dome ceiling, so that the lighting would twinkle and glow.  Next, I chose an ethereal trickling glass globe chandelier.  Each globe has tiny crystals in the bottom, so that they catch light, and resemble trickling rain drops.  I drew up a design for this center table, and commissioned Armored Frog to build it.  Made out of reclaimed wood, with a mitered inlay top and a chrome banding on the top and bottom, this table took my breath away when I saw the finished product!  I couldn’t be more proud!  It’s not every day I get to design a piece of furniture and see it come to life!    I feel like a proud Mama!

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I covered all the upholstery in soft, buttery vinyl that looks like leather (easily wiped clean!).  The backs of the slipper chairs are upholstered in a blue 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric, that is resistant to stains and sun-fading.  The pillows are also covered in solution-dyed acrylic Sunbrella fabrics.    Although practicality and function were a main concern, I think these new furnishings added some much-needed warmth, sophistication and welcome!

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This new entry console is a thing of beauty!  Above it is a textured giclee art that packs a colorful punch, and some simple, elegant accessories.

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I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to paint these 8′ tall acrylic and glass abstract panels!  (In above picture, to the left).  You can see a hint of the track-and-pendant system I installed in the part of the lobby that overlooks the pool level.

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Pool Lobby BEFORE

You can see in this BEFORE photo, that the lighting occupying the expansive ceiling and 2-story space was rather small in scale and nondescript.  I wanted to utilize the entire ceiling, while still only needing my one central electrical source (concrete ceilings in high rises always force me to be creative!).  Here is what I did:

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Pool Lobby AFTER:

I used a bendable track, and hung crystal pendants at varying heights, for a trickling effect.  This design took advantage of this prime, empty real estate!  It drew the eye towards the beach view, and added some much-needed visual interest to this area.

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This story and design was featured in the current issue of Condo Owner magazine:

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Click here to read the full article: Latest Issue Condo Owner (This link will only work until the newest issue comes out!)

Want to see some more photos from the installation process? Read on!

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Before my track pendants were hung, I cut out circles from magazine pages, and had my installer tape them to the wires, so that I could stand back, and artfully judge the height and placement of each pendant! For about a day, we left people pretty curious about what in the world we were doing!

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I don’t envy Jeff’s role, here!

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That’s my son, Case, pitching in!  He is fascinated with anything that has wheels on it, so he was more than happy to help push this gigantic contraption around!  That’s my friend, Dawn, to the right!

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Again, he is sooooooo helpful!  ha!

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Setting “mamma’s” prized creation in place.  Be careful with that prized piece of craftsmanship!!!   I still get heart palpitations when I look at this.  Thank you, Armored Frog!

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Pat Heroman and his wife personally made sure all the plants were freshly fluffed for our photo shoot!

Pat’s company, Heroman Services, is the leading Interior Landscaping firm along the Gulf Coast and is ranked as a Top 25 Company nationwide.  He was amazing to work with!  I told him my design concept for the lobbies, we talked about placement of plants, and style, and he ran it with it!  He provided photos of our spaces, with images of his proposed plants and containers photoshopped into the room!  Click here if you want to read a blog I wrote about biofilia, and the importance of living, green plants and flowers in interior spaces.

 

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This is Mark Worden, with Lightwave photography, the photographer who took all the amazing shots of the lobbies for Condo Owner magazine.

Mark and I worked together before, in a photo shoot for Condo Owner magazine!  Click here to see this project!  If you want to see his amazing photos, click here to see that issue of Condo Owner magazine.

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Here, you can see a close-up of the Entry chandelier glass globes, and the little crystal beads that live within each one!

Contact me if you need help coming up with a vision and plan for your home or lobby!

Cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

80’s Houston High-Rise Before and After | Design by Cara McBroom

This high-rise condo in Houston, Texas was stuck in the 80’s, with its plethora of hallways, closed-off spaces, laminate cabinets and colored toilets.  My clients know good bones when they see them, however!  We enjoyed working together on their Panama City Beach remodel so much, that they called on me to help them visualize the potential in this gem!  We knew we wanted a transitional look that would marry their traditional accent pieces with their contemporary affinity.  We began by reworking the footprint of the condo, and doing everything we could to maximize the openness and function of every space.  Then we focused on lighting, making sure we had ample recessed l.e.d. lights, mixed with accent lighting and correct electrical outlet placements.  Next, I started drawing/designing all the bathrooms!

The next step was for me to fly over to Houston, 7+ months pregnant, during a classic Houston heat wave (one day my client’s car said it was 109 degrees, and my feet were ginormous!!! I waddled everywhere).  But, in three days, we were able to choose every tile, cabinet, cabinet hardware, flooring, light fixture and plumbing fixture!  Having the bathrooms already planned and drawn-out made the selection process much more organized and streamlined (and helped us avoid any pretty, sparkly tangents, or “squirrels”, as we laughingly called them.  What’s a “squirrel”? Watch the movie UP.)!  Anyhow, without further ado, here is the awesome transformation:

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

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Ta-da!

The first thing we decided to do is open up the doorway leading to the rear entrance.  This allowed us to extend the kitchen some, and brighten things up a bit.  We also opened the walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining areas.  We replaced the living room wall/wet bar with an open counter-height bar, and accent lighting.  I chose almost-white cabinets for a bright contrast against the cherry wood floors. The shining star, in my opinion, is the stainless steel backsplash tile!  This took a little convincing, but was well worth it!  It reflects light, adds texture, and creates the illusion of depth, much like a mirror would.  We wrapped the structural column on the bar with stainless steel so that the column looks integrated and weightless.

Kitchen before (opposite view)

Kitchen before (opposite view)

Kitchen After (opposite view)

Kitchen After (opposite view)

View into dining/kitchen Before:

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Dining Room Before:

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Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

Dining Room After:

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In the dining room, my clients needed a little bit more storage, so I designed this narrow buffet/hutch built-in, with beautifully stained wood, sparkling hardware, antique morrored doors, and grasscloth textured accent in  the middle.  I wanted this piece to look like a transitional piece of furniture (not like an extension of the kitchen).  This helps to define the space and keep things from being too matchy.  Pewter and blue silk drapes add some warmth, softness and drama!

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Here you can see what a dramatic difference wood floors can make, as well as a bit of color on the ceiling!  In this case, I chose a gray paint for the walls, and a slightly bluish gray for the ceiling.  The color scheme is a mixture of rich cream, gray, and powder blue.  Above the sofa is a commissioned piece of art painted by the Emerald Coast’s Allison Wickey.  You can see how I mixed her traditional fauteuil chairs with some more modern upholstery, and recovered the chairs in a clean, masculine gray, with blue fabric in the outbacks.

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Bye, bye, generic doors and sad floors!  Hello, beautiful wood panel doors and custom tile “carpet” design.  I created the most durable, inviting entry rug “look” out of this beautiful gray damask inset tile.  It mirrored the new custom recessed tray with cove lighting that I designed to give the entry some “wow” factor.  Not seen in the photos is a drop-dead gorgeous rectangular crystal chandelier—decadent, yet still modern. The stainless penny rounds I installed in the recessed tray reflect the crystal lighting and twinkle, like stars!

I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU ALL THE BATHROOM BEFORE-AND-AFTERS!:

Powder Bath Before:

Powder Bath Before: Cramped, dark and klaustrophobic

My concept drawing:

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We removed the wall, which was creating a small linen closet, and expanded the bath vanity.  I aimed for all white in here, to maximize the brightness.  The asymmetry of the cabinet works well, with the waterfalling counter top and opening adjacent to the toilet, to prevent any cramped feelings.  Some unique tile application, a horizon band mirror, and some effective lighting give this bathroom the right finishing touches.

Master Bath Vantiy Before

Master Bath Vantiy Before

Master Bath shower/closet before:

Master Bath shower/closet before:

Master Bathroom AFTER: (we created a new closet elsewhere in the condo, and created a makeup vanity, with open shower design instead.

Master Bathroom concept drawing: (we created a new closet elsewhere in the condo, and created a makeup vanity, with open shower design instead.

Master Bath After:

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The Master Bathroom nearly tripled its size!!  Not just in square footage, but also visual lightness!  I chose a porcelain Carrera marble (beautiful and white, but without the porous stainability and upkeep of real marble) for the main floor and wall tile.  I accented with a blue art glass mini-mosaic tile, and added transitional rectangular panels in the shower area.

Master Vanity Concept Drawing:

Master Vanity Concept Drawing:

Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting.  We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting. We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

Office Bath Before:

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Office Bath Concept Drawing:

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HIS shower Before:

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Concept Drawing:

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HIS Bathroom AFTER:  Whoa, what a difference, right??  Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional.  The electric mirror provided beautiful bright ligh, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash.  textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

HIS Bathroom AFTER: Whoa, what a difference, right?? Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional. The electric mirror provided beautiful bright light, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash. textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

HIS closet BEFORE:

HIS closet BEFORE:

HIS closet AFTER:  Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors!  They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

HIS closet AFTER: Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors! They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

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Master Closet center storage concept drawing:

Master Closet center storage concept drawing:

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I hope you enjoyed your walk through this Houston remodel, as much as I enjoyed designing it!

A Cozy Home in Watercolor | Design by Cara McBroom

Welcome to a super fun project I had the privilege of designing in 2013!  These clients wanted something bright, colorful and boldly, but tastefully, coastal.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Living Room

Living Room

The living room is mostly subdued, with bold color appearing through art and pillows.  Long ethereal drapes soften the wood walls, and emphasize the height of the room.  The sofa and swivel chairs are slipcovered in washable linens, perfect for salty bodies, and sticky fingers!  The large square wood cocktail table is virtually indestructible–ready for toy banging and foot propping!  Comfort and livability were important considerations.

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Dining Room

Dining Room

The dining wall was prime real estate for some large, impactful color!  I liked the idea of having a variety of chairs, so I paired a turquoise settee with some French burlap chairs, and some slipcovered host & hostess chairs.  This amazing table is solid bleached pine!  Incredibly beautiful, and incredibly heavy, and perfect for this beach family.

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

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Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. The green flatweave rug helps to break up all the blue, and the mid-century modern casegoods add a rustic/mod vibe to the room.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. Beaded sconces free up the narrow nightstands, and mirror the blue circles in the modern tree print fabric!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom began with a canvas of soft gray in the bed, drapes and coverlet, and was finished with splashes of bright turquoise, lime green and orange!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Seating Area in Master: These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints!  Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair?  The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

Seating Area in Master:
These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints! Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair? The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics.  It's always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange), to liven things up!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics. It’s always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange) to liven things up!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines.  In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched "poufs", currently stacked in the corner.  Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs!  In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines. In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched “poufs”, currently stacked in the corner. Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs! In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

For the bunk room, I chose a wide array of colorful, mismatched chevron patterns, and tied them together with one central, colorful print.  The twin-over-twin bunks offer some swing arm sconces, storage drawers on the bottom, and quaint picture framed “windows” that look out into the main room (alternately providing openness, while the wall itself is providing privacy).

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This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

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Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

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I’ve never been afraid to play with bright colors, so I was glad to have met these playful, daring clients, who were willing to go bold with me!  This project was a joy to design, and I think it shows!

Keen on Green | by Cara McBroom

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Why do we crave the natural world? How does this relate to the way we decorate our interior environments? I would like to talk about the importance of incorporating plants and flowers in your living spaces.

photo via Bhouse

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Ever notice that in almost every staged space you see in design magazines, you can always find a plant or flowers of some kind? I know that any time I finish installing a project, I never feel “finished” until I’ve added some fresh flowers, and maybe some fruit in a bowl. As a final touch, plants and flowers add so much life, happiness and love!

Watch what a difference the final layer of plants make in this gif from House Beautiful. It makes the space feel more inviting and lived-in.

There is some science behind this need for green. Biofilia can be defined as an innate love of that which sustains us (in this case, nature). “We evolved from the natural world…Nature provided shelter, clothing, food, light, heat and water. We have lost touch with the direct effect of nature. We no longer seek these elements from their primary sources…Yet, given the opportunity, we enjoy the sounds of nature—the soft running water, bird-song, the smell of fresh air, the feeling of earth beneath our feet, and the sunshine on our face. We need the nourishment of the living world for our health.” ~Barbara J. Huelat (2007) Healing Environments: Where’s the Proof?

So, basically, our enjoyment of plants, and a fresh bouquet of flowers is more than just an aesthetic preference!  Studies have shown the healing effects of exposure to nature on hospital patients. 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

More studies have proven an increase in productivity for offices that incorporate live plants into their interior design.

This photo shows beautiful use of a

This photo shows beautiful use of a “live wall” in an office setting.

What an incredible office design! photo credit

What an incredible office design! photo credit

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium.

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium. This is live art!

Here are some ways to incorporate plants into your home:

Just kidding!!! I was just seeing if you were paying attention!  I’m not suggesting you turn your home into a jungle.  Here are some lovely, tasteful ways to incorporate greenery into your home:

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Don’t have a green thumb?  Sometimes all it takes is a trip to the florist (or a walk through the forest foraging for branches and wildflowers) to lift your spirits and give your home a welcoming feeling.

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Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

The last time I staged a home for photographs, I was able to bring home a huge bouquet of white hydrangeas, and I was SO HAPPY and excited! They literally made my entire week. So go ahead–feed your biofilia!  Go out and treat yourself to some fresh flowers! Give interior plants a try! Good luck!

A Seagrove Beach Cottage Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

This design takes place in Tre Viste, a 3-unit Condominium in Seagrove, with a secluded beach cottage feel.  This condo was actually beautifully furnished before, but the sellers could not part with all of their goods, so my clients called upon me to fully furnish the entire place in a matter of weeks!  Let me tell you, I had to put on my comfy shoes, for all the shopping up-an-down the Emerald Coast that this required!  Luckily I had the help and companionship of my lovely summer intern, Anna!  She and I had so much fun shopping together, and we were able to see our design come to fruition in a matter of weeks!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design!  I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors!  The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design! I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors! The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach!  (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach! (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

There's a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo!  Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

There’s a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo! Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

Here is our quaint little living area!  Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think!  The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Here is our quaint little living area! Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think! The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Living Room

want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel?  Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral!  When the client's came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel? Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral! When the clients came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Living / Dining

This console can be a desk, or accent table.  I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

This console can be a desk, or accent table. I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong's studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong’s studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I'm in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I’m in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua!  I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua! I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe!  The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe! The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior's showroom!  It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior’s showroom! It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows.  I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows. I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!!  I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!! I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Cabana

That's me, taking pictures!  Anna snuck this photo of me.  I'm not a photographer, but I try!

That’s me, taking pictures! Anna snuck this photo of me. I’m not a photographer, but I try!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve! I snapped this while shopping for recliners!

We had so much fun putting all this together! Although it was a lot of work, I am up for another challenge like this! I finished just in time for this family to enjoy their new beach residence for the summer!

Most clients want a complete custom design, and are willing to wait, but If anyone is facing time restraints, hire a designer, (hire me!), to make sure you get the look you want, in the right time frame!