Traditional Home July ’08

GCI Design

Traditional Home July '08

…Carlee responded to Jacqueline's request for a light palette with interiors that echo the hues of water and sand. "I like details, but I don't like fussiness," Carlee says. Textured linens and natural cottons are warmed and grounded by a sea-grass rug and wooden surfaces. "I also like to establish balance in a room," explains the designer. "Everything in the living room was rectangular, so I chose a sofa with a curved back and a round table to add softness and counter the straight lines." For an added element of surprise and sophistication, Carlee incorporated cobalt blue glass tiles to enliven the fireplace and the open kitchen's backsplash.

The gallery-style kitchen anchors the home's flowing plan, while a dining counter for buffets and casual meals establishes a slight sense of separation. The dining room commands a sunny alcove, open and accessible to the kitchen, yet slightly removed for a hint of formality. For continuity, Carlee repeated the window treatment from the living room- a floor-to-ceiling tri-panel design in tan, light blue, and ivory.

…Throughout, the furnishings are a mix of collected pieces and finds from local antiques stores and funky beach shops. With relaxed coastal living in mind, Carlee does whatever it takes to create just the right laid-back look. She even brought the blue bistro chairs on the porch from her own home. "I couldn't fine the perfect chairs, so I tried mine," she recalls. They were so perfect I just had to leave them."