Erin Paige Pitts Interiors

"It's all in the details……."

Month: October, 2011

“It’s all in the details… finding the perfect artwork for a project that completes the space…”

I was in High Point last week for the fall market and one of the things that I focused on the most was finding artwork for current projects.   Finding just the right artwork and accessories really makes a good project a great project.  It gives a residence a sense of completion in a way nothing else can.  Artwork doesn’t always mean investment quality original works.  There are so many sources for gorgeous limited edition prints that have as much aesthetic bang for your buck as an expensive original oil painting.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites and I am sure you will quickly realize there are is some great artwork out there to fit every budget. 

For any of you who know me or closely follow my work.  I love the sea and everything about the water.  I do a lot of waterfront residence and am always looking for appropriate artwork.  Seahorses and Starfish are among my greatest loves.  Here are some stunning seahorse and starfish prints.

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I have also always loved garden plans but had never seen them in this lovely shade of light blue…

Last… who can not resist images of children frolicking in the water or playing with their hola hoops… perfect for a beach house!

I am also always looking for fish, crab or lobster prints that aren’t the typical.  These are hand colored and each one looks like an original watercolor.  I fell in love with these instantly…

I hope these images brought you some renewed excitement and it has urged you to make your interiors complete with the addition of some great prints and artwork.  If you love what you see but don’t know how to put it all together, I am always happy to take on artwork consulting projects in addition to full interiors projects.  Before starting my own interiors firm, one of my positions was as a fine art consultant to corporations and private collectors for Renaissance Fine Art. 

Always, feel free to contact me at erin@erinpaigepittsinteriors.com  if you have any questions!

xo

Erin

“It’s all in the details… Making your home into your own personal retreat (for everyday)…”

First, I want to apologize for not blogging in quite a while.  I have been with raising three young children and running my own design firm, that there just hasn’t been time.  I have missed writing my blog and am going to try  to get it back up to speed.  Thanks for your kind follow.

I am a firm believer that “you should live where you really want to be”.  What exactly do I mean by that, you might ask?  Too many of us live where we NEED to live, not where we WANT to live.  We may need to live to be close to work or to school or to family ….  If you fall into this category and aren’t able to live where your dreams take you, why not make your home feel like your own personal retreat?

I am going to make the assumption that if you are reading Coastal Style, you either live near the coast or are vacationing here.  If so, I am guessing you love the relaxing feel of the coast? The sea breezes, the beautiful colors and textures of the sand and surf?  All of these are elements you can incorporate in the design of your home (primary or second home) to give it that relaxing coastal vibe.

As an Interior Designer that specializes in “elegant coastal homes”, there are several elements I incorporate in my designs that create the luxurious and restful (aka “retreat feel). For one to relax, the mind has to relax. Too many opposing elements, make a space busy, not restful.  Here are a few ways …
1) tonal or monochromatic color schemes- this doesn’t mean NO color- just fewer colors used deliberately.
2) luxurious finishes and fabrics- “use tactile and textured elements”
3) consistent use of theme- pick something and stick to it!
4) edit- fewer larger elements create more impact without appearing “busy”

I am sharing with you photos of a few bathroom spaces I’ve designed that embody the “retreat” feel.  A room in which this approach is extremely effective is the Master Bedroom and bath.  Think of a hotel room or spa you’ve visited or seen in a magazine.  What elements about that room appealed to you?  That can be the basis of your master bedroom or bathrooms design. 

This particular master bedroom is a great example of a soothing grayed green and sandy beige color scheme.  The room uses two principle colors married with texture (in the fabric and area rug) and subtle pattern (on pillows, bedding and artwork) to create a restful feel.  The simplicity of the draperies, in a flowing off white linen allow you mind to relax.  The addition of the shell trim to the draperies leading edge gives it just a touch of natural luxury.  Dress your bed with fine high count linens to sink into after a long hot day.  There are no jarring colors or details here, all the elements reinstate the feel of a luxurious retreat.  The addition of a bedside bouquet and some wonderfully scented candles add the crowning touch.

Master Bath rooms can be designed to feel like a spa bath.  Perhaps you have noticed that High-end spas tend to use one principal type and variety of stone throughout and be very soothing?  It is the simplicity of their design that creates that spa like feel. Here I used white Jura  Limestone in this bathroom on the floors and countertops (as well as the bathtub surround and shower, not pictured) to give a consistent natural element to the space.  The details such as polished nickel lighting and hardware are a glamorous partner to the more natural finish of the stone.  The white custom cabinetry with the open area under the sinks and large hyacinth baskets give the space a very relaxing non-cluttered feel.

A large soaking tub is also a necessary luxury in a spa bath.  There are tub selections for every type of bather.  You can choose from soakage tubs, air massage tubs and of course, jetted tubs. All three varieties available as freestanding or built-in versions.

Outfitting the shower to elevate bathing to a new level should also be a part of making your bathroom into a retreat. A luxurious shower fitted with a comfortable shower seat, rain head, shower body jets and other features should be part of the plan.  This shower was carved out of an otherwise unusable space- a dormer window.  We tiled the entire shower, ceiling, dormer and all.  The window gives this otherwise dark area much needed light.  The consistent use of this dreamy blue-green tile makes you feel as if you are swimming in the Caribbean!  Who doesn’t love that! This bathroom is a good example that efficient use of space and good design you can make any size shower become luxurious and retreat like.

Here is another view …


It is always important to do your research and know what you want before embarking on a renovation project.  A well developed design concept and floor plan will facilitate a great finished project.  If you seek professional help designing your home to feel like a retreat for everyday or any other project, please feel free to contact me at Erin@erinpaigepittsinteriors.com. Www.erinpaigepitts.com