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A Designer to Love: Cathy Kincaid

Cathy Kincaid Connecticut outdoor areasource

Last week we looked at an inn whose rooms were designed by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, (a co-founder of Vera Bradley) and we talked about her fearless use of pattern and color.  Today I would like to share some of the work of Cathy Kincaid Hudson with you because she, too, seems to be fearless in her use of pattern and color.

Cathy Kincaid Connecticut

A lot of her work is more formal than my usual taste, but there are a number of more casual spaces she has designed that I love.  The kitchen below (from the house above) is a bit more subdued in pattern than some of her other kitchens, but there is still the mix there…old mixed with new, pattern mixed with solid… all making for a charming room.:)

Cathy Kincaid Connecticut

And the bedroom below is also in the same home from the top of the post.  It has a great mix of rustic with refined.

Cathy Kincaid Connecticut

I’ve noticed that she has used a tan plaid or check in several of the spaces that appeal to me.

There they are again in the cute cute bedroom below.:)

Cathy Kincaid farmhouse bedroom with

Cathy Kincaid farmhouse

The mix of patterns in the next bedroom works so well because she has kept them in the same color family….the stripe, paisley, and small scale print…all blue.  What a relaxing looking room!

Cathy Kincaid farmhouse blue

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pantry like this one?:) (I am trying so very hard to make myself not like wallpaper, but when I see spaces like this it is difficult to resist!)

Cathy Kincaid

Alright now, get ready for some pattern.:)

Here is a more formal space she did with a large scale pattern on the chairs.

Cathy Kincaid Highland park dining

And now we are really seeing her brave mix in this next bedroom.

Cathy Kincaid Scottsdale

All the different patterns play nicely together in this room because they each have that rosy red color in them.

Cathy Kincaid Scottsdale bedroom with

And although the dining room color scheme is more subdued, it too has a number of patterns playing together.

(Be sure to look at the cushions on the chairs.:))

Cathy Kincaid Scottsdale dining

The last piece of eye candy I want you to see is this kitchen from the 2003 Southern Accents Showhouse located in Dallas. Cathy Kincaid Interiors did the entire house- over 10,000 square feet! Again there is a great mix here…rustic with refined, old with new, and a nice use of a variety of patterns and colors in the textiles.

Cathy Kincaid Southern Accents 2003 Showhouse kitchen

And now that you have seen some of her work, let me tell you a little about Cathy Kincaid Hudson.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and interned under Joseph Minton at the Fort Worth firm of Minton & Crowley. If you aren’t familiar with Joseph Minton’s name, let me just show you one space of his (my favorite:)) from the very last Southern Accents Showhouse that sadly never made it to print. (There is a short video tour of this room here.) Doesn’t this look like a room Cathy Kincaid might have done?

breakfast room 2009 Southern Accents Joseph

She started Cathy Kincaid Interiors in 1978 in Dallas has been decorating homes for over 35 years.  In fact, her firm was awarded Best Decorators in Dallas in 2007.  She believes in using the best of whatever you can afford when creating a space – even if it means the space is sparse for awhile.  Quality matters, and from looking at her work, I would say attention to detail also matters.  She enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, pets, and friends.

Cathy Kincaid and familysource

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of her work.  If you will click through the links below the photos, you will be able to see even more!

Enjoy the rest of your week.:)

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 28, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Cathy Kincaid ranks among some of my very favorite designers…I love her style!!!…Interiors that are exquisite, yet you feel at home and comfortable in each room!…Such an outstanding career that she has had!
She is proof that comfortable can still be stylish, isn’t she Shirley?

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - January 29, 2015 - 6:58 am

I love her style — very English country. I’m with you on wallpaper. You would think that I’d be over it after having to remove 6 rooms of it in our old house, but I kind of love it! Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t, so I have to admire it in designer photos :)
The layering makes me think English country too. You certainly should be staying away from wallpaper if you have removed it from 6 rooms. That must have been a ton of work!

Barb - January 29, 2015 - 7:57 am

Wow, her work is beautiful. Thanks for introducing her to us. We are in the planning stages for a new kitchen/dining room. I’m going to have to bookmark her page.
How fun to be doing a new kitchen and dining room! I hope you find many ideas from her work.

Arlene@Nanaland - January 29, 2015 - 8:00 am

I love her style!! And that exterior shot of the house is just the type of house I would choose if I could pick a style. Thanks for sharing!!
I thought that exterior was perfectly charming. Happy you liked the inside and the outside!

Paula - January 29, 2015 - 8:52 am

What lovely and comfortable looking rooms! This designer has to be one of my favorites, so thank you for introducing me to her work.
You are quite welcome Paula. I am glad you liked the rooms!

Kathy - January 29, 2015 - 9:14 am

That was fun. The style is so much the way my husband’s aunt’s house in Asheville was decorated. I wish I had taken photos of her house…but this post helped me remember. The bedroom with all of the patterns could have come right out of her house. I am going to show my husband this post.
Oh I wish you had photos of it! If her rooms looked like this, her house must have been beautiful. :)

Cheri - January 29, 2015 - 9:17 am

I was preparing myself for something wild with her mix of patterns but was pleasantly surprised that it was toned down and all went well together. I have seen some blogs where it is so busy with patterns that it is overwhelming and hard to follow or appreciate. My decorating is so bland that I could use someone like her.
She really thinks about the elements that she mixes so that they do “play well” together. I need to be more brave too. I know exactly what you are talking about in rooms that are too busy with patterns, and I certainly don’t want that to be the look here.

Katrina - January 29, 2015 - 9:17 am

What beautiful rooms!!!!! All in all though, my favorite pic is the one of her family and that precious chubby checked grandchild! Happy Thursday!
Wasn’t that just the sweetest family photo? Loved it. :)

cindy hattersley - January 29, 2015 - 9:22 am

I have so many of these photos pinned I can’t tell you!! Love her work!
So glad you liked the photos Cindy. She certainly designs beautiful rooms.

Carolyn - January 29, 2015 - 9:31 am

Love, love, love her work. Very English. I’m not quite so formal, either (I live in a log cabin, after all), but I love her mix of antiques and rustic but elegant materials. That first kitchen is one I’ve had in my favorites. Thanks for featuring her.
She does such a beautiful job mixing things doesn’t she Carolyn? Glad you enjoyed all the eye candy.

Louvina - January 29, 2015 - 10:37 am

Truly enjoyed seeing her work! Just fasinating how she pulls everything together and the calming effect the rooms seem to elude. Just wondering how you find these great designers? Magazines, online, research? Thank you for sharing all these talented folks!! Did you ever study design? Seems like I remember reading that you did? Think you’ll ever return to it after hanging up your chalk?
Research…lots of research. No, I have a business degree in accounting and an education degree…no design course. Who knows what I will do when I retire….full time blogging is my first choice. :)

Kim - January 29, 2015 - 11:14 am

You know I love these rooms!
Oh yes, these are definitely “your”kind of rooms, Kim!

L J - January 29, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Love the rooms since I’m an Anglophile at heart though the traditional style is not “where I live” I appreciate her style. Kelly, I’m with you on the wallpaper issue. I’ve got my heels dug in and I’ve taken a stand–no wallpaper. Yes, I’m finding it attractive but it’s not as easy to change as just re-painting. And after the investment of money, time, and work to get it up one also has to deal with issue of styles change.
Kelly, thanks for all you do.
I keep saying no to wallpaper, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to resist when you see such beautiful patterns. When I feel weak, I will have to have you give me therapy. LOL

Katie Clooney - January 29, 2015 - 2:01 pm

I knew that kitchen looked familiar. I toured the Southern Accents showhouse. The entire house was gorgeous. My #1 is a TCU grad as well! Great post!
Lucky you getting to tour that showhouse! I know that had to a sight to see! Hope you took a lot of pictures Katie. :)

Jayne - January 29, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Thanks for the tour. I loved the tan checks as well! I have some in my den! I loved the first kitchen. I like subdued. I’m to much on a lot of patterns. Too busy for my A.D.D..No wall paper for me! Just took some boarder down and that was a job. ;)
I hadn’t thought about ADD with wallpaper. You are right, the busy-ness of it all could be a problem!

Michaela - January 29, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Just Beautiful!
I agree!

Garden, Home and Party - January 29, 2015 - 5:36 pm

I love her work and as usual, the rooms you selected are all rooms I could be very comfortable in. I will definitely visit the link and look at some more of her magic with rooms.
You will find many rooms you love there Karen. She does beautiful work that is timeless.

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 29, 2015 - 6:14 pm

Kelly, when you mention the different prints together in the fabrics you are observing what quilting is to most quilters. It works as long as you don’t go overboard, the value of the colors in the varied prints, plaids, dots, etc are the same. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

When I was a young girl we didn’t mix blue and green. Look at it today. IF the value works the colors work.

Rencently I read where you said something about a dot with the plaids in your home. If it is the same value in color it works.
I have a pet peeve of not using white/white with ecru or beige.
Buy a small swatch of a dot fabric in the same value and pin it to your drapes and observe it there for a day and see what I am saying isn’t correct. HA! HA! We have to encourage you to try NEW things also.
You are so right Nan. It is the value of the colors in the patterns. I will try what you said with the polka dot fabric. Yes, I need to be more brave! :)

Trisha Troutz - January 30, 2015 - 11:07 am

One of my favorite designers. Her work is so layered and cozy. Absolutely love the pictures you posted!!
Layered and cozy…describes her work perfectly!

Debra - February 1, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Love that first picture and I would be definitely enjoy a gorgeous kitchen like that. That bedroom with the three single beds is my favorite.
Wasn’t that bedroom just the cutest thing?!Thank you for reading and always leaving such nice comments Debra.

Talk of the Weekend #15

Spring Island kitchensource

Goodness what a busy weekend!  A dinner party…a full day of taking down all the Christmas decor (finally!)…and more that I will fill you in on next week. So yes, this week’s Talk of the Weekend is so late that it is going to have to be your Talk of the Monday Morning.:)

Just a few totally random things I think you will like…

Spring Island home screened

The kitchen at the top of the post and the screened porch above are both from a gorgeous house you should see here.

Great article that is a love letter to Mitford for all of us Jan Karon fans here.

Mary Kay Andrews Beach Town summer 2015

Beach Town

The title for Mary Kay Andrews’ newest novel (available in September) is finally out!:)

farmhouse kitchen Decatur GAsource

A beautifully restored home with this great farmhouse kitchen is for sale in Decatur, Georgia (not far from downtown Atlanta.)  Read all about it and see more pictures here.

Downton Abby display at the

Did you know the Biltmore house in North Carolina is about to host a Dressing Downton display beginning next month? You can find out all the details here.

Super bowl party

Are you making plans to host a Super Bowl party next weekend?  Here are some ideas for decorating (like the party above)…

cookie dough

And these chocolate chip cookie dough footballs look like something fun and delicious for your party!

Southern Lady magazine article on former Vera Bradley Inn  check sources

I found an article on the old Vera Bradley Inn in Seaside, Florida that we talked about last week.  I thought you might enjoy seeing a few more photos and reading a little bit more about its former life.  Check it out here.

Nora Murphy calendar

And finally, if you haven’t checked out Nora Murphy’s beautiful website, hurry over and do so now!  She even has free downloads for 3 different gorgeous calendars for you.  I know you will love them!

And that is all the randomness I have for you on this late Sunday night.  I hope your weekend has left you refreshed and ready for the last week of January.:)

Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - January 25, 2015 - 11:43 pm

Kelly, love your Talk of the Weekend posts…always fun eye candy with some beautiful homes! The Super Bowl party buffet inspires some ideas for the game next Sunday. As I’m sure your sons have told you, Seattle is Seahawks crazy! We love our Hawks! The article about Jan Karon’s Mitford series was a good read. Thanks for sharing it all!
So glad you appreciated all the “randomness” Gracia. Yes, Seattle is loving their Hawks! It must be very fun to be there now. I hope it will be fun after the game this weekend too. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 26, 2015 - 6:23 am

Another great Talk of the Weekend…Love your football themed food buffet!….so very creative!…and will have to check out the Dressing Downton event at The of my very favorite places…Have a great week and anxious to hear about “the more”
Thank you Shirley! Wish we could make it to the Downton exhibit at the Biltmore. I am excited to share “the more,” but it will be near the end of the week before I can share it with you all (very busy week this week.)

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 26, 2015 - 6:40 am

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the Downton Dressing! It was here in Wilmington, DE for many months and is DEFINITELY worth seeing. Make a date with a daughter, friend, etc and get it on your calendar.

So enjoyed Jan Karon’s latest. The series is a good read.

Kelly, always enjoy your post!
Nan, thank you for giving us a heads up on the exhibit and your recommendation. We just might have to plan a trip to The Biltmore for this one. :) I am glad you enjoyed the Mitford post.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - January 26, 2015 - 6:58 am

I second Nan’s advice on the Downton exhibit. I also saw it in DE & it was amazing!! You get to see the costumes up close, see how they looked on screen vs. in person and find out how they mix old clothing & new construction to make the costumes. Very worth it.
You are so lucky to have already seen the exhibit Kim! We are jealous. :)

Susan - January 26, 2015 - 6:59 am

Love, love, love the houses you post and since we are moving back SOUTH I am revisiting many of your older posts for ideas to use in our new home. I visited the Downton exhibit at Winterthur in Delaware and it is fabulous. A must see! The exhibit at Wintherthur displayed costumes and items from the show along with outfits worn by the Duponts and their staff. It was very nicely done. The gift shop sold everything imaginable Downton and many of the tourist left dressed as their favorite character. Very fun and funny!
Another person who has seen the exhibit! Wow! How funny that the tourists left dressed in costumes. :) I would have gotten photos of THAT!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 26, 2015 - 9:16 am

I want that house in Decatur, GA!! It is not good enough that I live in Decatur, AL. While we were at Biltmore after Christmas, we saw one dress that was to be part of the collection. It was one that was worn by Lady Violer( Maggie Smith). I am obsessed with Biltmore. I want to see it at every season of the year!!
No, I am afraid it is not good enough that you live in Decatur, AL. Perhaps they can move the house for you, Arlene. :) (But then you would miss all the great restaurants that are in Decatur, GA.) I would love to see the Biltmore at Christmas. I know it had to be gorgeous!

Debra - January 26, 2015 - 9:28 am

Porch envy continues….and with a fireplace. Ugh! Just lovely. My ultimate dream.. :) I’ve always wanted to go see the Biltmore. Sigh! The Biltmore and all those beautiful Downton costumes. How fun would that be. Maybe they would be displayed in Chicago?? I could hope. Well, have a pleasant week ahead. Now let me just refresh my coffee and I am off to indulge with more “visual goodness” at the Nora Murphy site. Thank you! :)
Yes, I dream of a porch with a fireplace too, Debra…one day. :) My daughter loved all the museums in Chicago, so it is entirely possible that the Downton display might come your way.

Barbara (WA) - January 26, 2015 - 11:50 am

Very fun randomness, Kelly! That first kitchen is to die for – I think my whole downstairs would fit within, heh. Speaking of dying, the playoff came for us Hawks fan almost did us in – oy! We aren’t hosting for the Super Bowl but those treats are so cute. Not sure I’ll be able to eat before and during the game! Have your sons caught the 12th man fever?
I had only watched the first of that game and thought the Hawks weren’t going to pull it out, but goodness they did! Our sons have not really caught the fever since they are more fans of basketball (and our middle son is now back home with us until he starts a job in May.) But I imagine our oldest is enjoying the spirit of the city (and hopefully a Super Bowl watching party this weekend.)
I know you will enjoy the game!

Dawn - January 26, 2015 - 5:57 pm


After you mentioned Downton Abbey the last time my Mother-in-law told me she had bought every season and asked me if I would like to borrow it? She said she knew I would love it since I had been to Biltmore and told them they just had to visit since it was from my favorite time period. I fell in love with Downton Abbey and my Mother-in-Law bought me the Biltmore Christmas book when they toured it a second time. So now I can’t wait to watch the next season! I am also looking forward to the next Mary Kay Andrews book as well. I love to read her books in the summer time when I can dream of being at the beach. Thanks for sharing all of the sweet inspirations above! I love that porch with the stained screen doors next all that white. It looks so relaxing! I hope you got much accomplished this week so your week will be less stressful. Keeping your Father-in-law in my prayers. Take care.
Being such a big fan of the show, you really should make a trip to the Biltmore to see the exhibit. It sounds like something you would absolutely love Dawn. Thank you for the prayers for my father-in-law. He is home and trying to regain his strength after being in the hospital for so long.

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 27, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Kelly: Check this out: Downton Abbey

There is something here to interest everyone, it isn’t just the show. Even if you aren’t a fan of the show, you have to see that period in our history in the display!

Garden, Home & Party - January 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm

Sorry to be so late to the party. So many pretty rooms, as always. Oh my, this Super Bowl party spread raises the bar. I plan on fixing Mr. B and me some great game food, but these treats are tempting.
Thanks for the link the new site and great looking calendars.

Louvina - January 28, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Enjoyed the random wanderings of this post! I have not had time look at all of it as I have been randomly doing a lot of different things myself! But at my happy place beachside– even if it is down in the 30’s and only 55 degrees today. Going to look at some little beach houses tomorrow– little in size but not in price!:)Going to have Chinese or NY Pizza for Super Bowl Sunday. Always wanted to have a party but never did. I do like to look at all the great ideas though—How does it feel having your house back to normal? Looking forward to the next post!

Katrina - January 29, 2015 - 9:21 am

Love the Super Bowl spread and especially the chalkboard! I am so excited to go see the Downton Abbey exhibit at Biltmore

At the Beach: An Inn That Became an Inn… That Became A House

former Vera Bradley Inn exterior Seasidesource

Let’s travel today.  We haven’t done that in quite some time, have we?  If you didn’t know better, you might think the house above is a typical old antebellum mansion in the South, but if you have vacationed in Seaside, Florida, you will recognize the white picket fence with the small signs naming the town’s homes.  The house isn’t an old Southern mansion at all.  It was actually built in 1989-1990 and operated for a number of years as Josephine’s French Country Inn – the only bed and breakfast in Seaside.  I have been unable to locate any good interior photos from when it was run as Josephine’s, but from the descriptions I’ve read, it was dark, filled with many pieces of mahogany furniture, and had brass light fixtures…not exactly what you usually have in mind when you think of accommodations at the beach, but at some point in its 15 years of operation, it was voted one of the top twelve inns in America by Country Inns magazine.  Apparently people liked it, but the owners retired, and the inn was sold in 2007.  The new owners wanted a new look for the inn, so they hired Barbara Bradley Baekgaard.  Do you recognize that name?

Let me give you a hint…

Inn by the Sea signHow about the name… Vera Bradley?

That one probably rings a bell.  In fact, I bet many of you own a handbag or two with that name on it.:) I am not much of a fan of the florals and paisleys, but my all time favorite handbag is a Vera Bradley one I own like this one:

Vera Bradley

So where were we? Oh yes, the inn…Barbara Bradley Baekgaard is one of the co-founders of Vera Bradley,and she was commissioned to brighten up the interiors of the inn.  And boy did she brighten them up with color and pattern!

 Here is the dining room…

dining room former Vera Bradley

(Don’t you love the slipcovers on the chairs?!)

dining room  from former Vera Bradley

The lobby wasn’t quite as bright,but I like the green mats with the P. Kauffman Artissimo fabric on the sofa.

lobby former Vera Bradley Inn

Check out this bathroom… red wicker!

bathroom former Vera Bradley

On June 8, 2007 the inn reopended as the Inn by the Sea, but by 2009, it was on the market for sale again.:(This time it finally sold as a private residence on July 5,2012. But the story doesn’t end there. Now the house is available as an 8 bedroom rental…perfect for family reunions or small weddings.  So now I want us to take a look at how the interiors of the home have changed from when it was the inn.

This room was formerly called The True Blue room in the Vera Bradley Inn.

True Blue room former Vera Bradley

Here is how it looks today in the rental house.  It appears they kept the wallpaper and some of the furnishings, but the pretty plaid carpet and some of the linens have been changed.  Doesn’t the former carpet make such a big difference?!

true blue bedroom in Seaside rental

Here is another blue bedroom from the inn, this time with buffalo check carpet.:)

blue wallpaper former Vera Bradley

And now as it appears today.  Same bed, chairs, and wallpaper, but again the unique carpet is gone.

blue wallpaper bedroom Seaside

Obviously, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard is fearless when it comes to combining colors and patterns.:)My favorite room from the inn was The Sunset Room.

Sunset room former Vera Bradley

It still has its toile mixed with red today in the home as a rental (but I like the white matelasse better.) This room is located in the carriage house behind the main house and available as a separate rental if you need a smaller space.

sunset room Seaside

I also like this yellow toile bedroom in the rental, and the check carpeting is still there.:)

yellow toile bedroom Seaside

I think the lobby area may be very much like it appeared in the inn.

living room Seaside rentalsource

But the owners made big changes in a new living room, dining area,and kitchen.  My guess is that this space was formerly the dining room in the inn.

new living room Seaside rental

I think they did a beautiful job with it!  Don’t you?

kitchen Seaside

I could not find a photo of how the porch is furnished today, but this is what it looked like when the house was an inn…super pretty with all that blue and white!

porch former Vera Bradley

So are you ready for a beach trip?  Looks like a nice place to stay with a large group. (It can sleep up to 22!)  I hope you enjoyed seeing how it has changed over the years.

exterior former Vera Bradley

I wonder if someone will turn it back into an inn in its next life.:)

Until next time…

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p.s.  Jenny Steffens Hobick had her wedding at The Inn by the Sea, and she has a nice post about it here.

(Looks like she stayed in the True Blue room.)

Design Chic - January 23, 2015 - 9:22 am

It looks like an amazing inn – just love the living area kitchen combo…gorgeous!!
I love that new living area and kitchen too…looks like a place of calm in house with a lot of pattern. :)

Martha - January 23, 2015 - 9:49 am

Beautiful! I like the carpets Baekgaard choose so much better, the replacements are boring. Maybe the new owners felt they would not appeal to most people, but I think they were wrong. Really a lovely house,inn,rental…..I would love to stay there.
I think perhaps some of those patterned carpets aren’t made anymore…at least the ones I have looked at like them are not. So that might be why they did not get replaced with matching patterns. They really made the room though.

Shelley - January 23, 2015 - 10:20 am

I check your blog daily as it is my favorite…and have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you as an invited guest in your beautiful home…I have to say…I also love it when we “travel” together to visit other places. Your picks are always so perfect to peek in!

Hope you Dad-in-law is feeling better these days!
You are so sweet to say such things about the house and blog, Shelley! Thank you. I am glad you are enjoying all the houses here. Yes, my father in law is doing much better and is home from the hospital. :)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 23, 2015 - 10:49 am

Love this style, absolutely beautiful, but I would be afraid to vacation with my family with white furniture!

Sit outside with that chocolate ice cream!!!
I had not thought of that! We would have the chocolate ice cream too…perhaps sitting at the counter in the kitchen. :) Hopefully, those slipcovers can be easily washed.

Peggy - January 23, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Just in time to take the chill off! I love these visits. And I adore those buffalo checked chair slips with their cute button backs in the dining room of the Inn.
I thought those slipcovers with the buttons were perfection! I need someone to make some like that for me. :)

Katie Clooney - January 23, 2015 - 12:23 pm

I am in love with this house! I always love to go into Vera Bradley stores because they are so beautifully decorated. Have a great weekend!
If you are a fan of Vera Bradley, then you should most definitely love this house! And when it was operated as an inn, they gave away Vera Bradley bags that coordinated with the room you stayed in with each visit! (You would have been in Heaven with that, right Katie?)

Vicki - January 23, 2015 - 1:10 pm

I love the porch! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!
All that white wicker mixed with blue and white buffalo check…how can it get better on the porch?!

Garden, Home and Party - January 23, 2015 - 3:56 pm

What a gorgeous house and I really like what the owners did to it. It still exudes charm but seems a little calmer than the multi-patterned layers that Vera Bradley had done.
Have a great weekend.
The change in carpet toned down the bedrooms, and the new living area and kitchen seems very relaxing. It would be a fun house to stay in!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 23, 2015 - 8:37 pm

i could pack my bags and move into that gorgeous home right now!!!…
I want to come with you Shirley! :)

Debra - January 23, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Another one for the bucket list….Oh, Seaside. You had me at the front porch with all that wicker. I can hear the ocean and feel the breeze. Ok, raised hand on the paisley and floral. Guilty. I have three purses, along with a backpack and coordinating towel that I like for the summer. That is the only time that they come out. I guess it’s just one of the downfalls of living near an outlet, shopping with a sister that knows every pattern and is a little, no a lot….obsessed. Ha. :) That purse on Ebay is so fun in the red houndstooth. Love it. I usually don’t have much luck when it comes to Ebay, do you? :( I guess I stay too low/reasonable on my bids. It’s a “Killer” when you see the price escalating at the end and you have been watching and waiting. Thank you for the visual goodness as always Kelly. Now, don’t mind me while I sip some of my Peach Tea Snapple, scroll back up and sigh! :)
I do believe you are a true Vera fan, Debra! (And your sister must be as well. :) ) I have great luck with Ebay because I do the “buy it now” things. All of our Christmas dishes came from there.
Enjoy all the links in the post!

kathy - January 24, 2015 - 10:41 am

Love it! Would you believe I had just been thinking that I needed to see a beach post!!! (Seriously, you always seem to post on what I want to see!) I like the checked carpet better than the solids too but I am not really a fan of carpet anywhere. My favorite room was the kitchen/family room. I am not in love with those purses either but I do have a solid black one that was a nice gift.(Maybe I will get it out and have it monogrammed.) As for wallpaper, I still have two rooms with it but they sometimes makes me feel like I am living inside a gift box. Thanks for the trip to Seaside. I have actually been there because of seeing it on blogs. It is a gorgeous area.
Wasn’t that family room nice? I laughed out loud at your “living inside a gift box.” So true! Seaside is wonderful, and a trip there is much needed right now. But it way too early to start craving beach houses! (Although we did make a trip to Seaside one year for Valentine’s Day! :) )

classic • casual • home - January 24, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Such a fun and interesting post. How about that porch!!!
That porch is heavenly!

Dawn - January 24, 2015 - 8:30 pm


I love all of the touches the Inn had. Those red checked lamp shades in the bathroom are my favorite! They make that red wicker chair pop! I also appreciate the mixes of colors and patterns. I wish I could be so brave and bold! Thanks for sharing this inspiration with us. Have a great weekend. Take care.
You are right about those bathroom lampshades. They do add just the right accent with my red wicker chair. :) I am never that bold either, Dawn. I play it safe way too many times.

Carrie - Curate & Co. - January 25, 2015 - 10:43 am

I thought this former inn looked familiar, I’ve read Jenny Steffens Hobick’s post from her wedding in a Seaside! I’ve been dreaming of a a Seaside vacation ever since! I must say I totally love your posts on traveling & inns! I’ve been reading some of your passed posts recently & I love that You look for the same charming places to stay with character as I do when I’m selecting a place to visit! A girl after my own heart! I love what the new owners have done with the main floor of this now rental home too it looks great.
The main floor is definitely your “cottage style” Carrie. You would be right at home in this house, AND in Seaside. It is a wonderful place to visit!

Jayne - January 25, 2015 - 8:07 pm

You had me with the blue and white. I love blue and white! And checks! You are so right about the carpet. The solid carpet just made the rooms seem…well…dull. My family will have to grow a little before we need a place that big. But one day…one day!
Jayne, I hope you and your family do get to enjoy that big house one day!

Carmen - January 26, 2015 - 5:56 am

Love it! Thanks for sharing and have a good week!!
So glad you enjoyed it Carmen. Thank you for reading!

Katrina - January 29, 2015 - 9:25 am

I want your purse!!!! Like you, I am not a huge fan of the floral purses…. They seem to clash with most outfits(ha ha, I say that like I dress really nice…NOT)
Thanks for a pretty post!

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