Coastal Living – November 2009

We received our November issue of Coastal Living magazine in the mail yesterday and I could hardly wait to sit down and soak it all up last night.

A quick glance at the table of contents revealed that this issue would include some of my favorite things- food, travel, decorating and Heather Chadduck.

Imagine my surprise when I flipped to the article Heather produced on page 28 and saw this old photo of the two of us working together on a tablescape…

Okay, okay! So I photoshopped myself into the picture. A girl can dream right? 😉

In all seriousness, you have to check out “Seaside Style”. Heather created three different beach-inspired tablescapes that are perfect for the upcoming holidays. In one setting, she used coral bush. And because of the photo of it on page 30, I am now obsessed with the stuff.
Don’t even get me started on the driftwood garland and giant recycled glass marbles on the first page of the article. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Thankfully, they included the web addresses and phone numbers of the stores where you can find all of the items she used. here I come!


On page 37, I enjoyed reading about Coastal Livings Idea House 2009, located in the community of Seawatch in Sunset Harbor, North Carolina.

The interiors of the Idea Home were created by designer Philip Sides. He used “creative color combos and sit-down-and-stay-a-while furniture arrangements” throughout.
The house is simply stunning, but reading his name brought back some crazy memories.
Last year, before I started doing virtual design consultations full time, I must have sent out over 50 resumes to everyone and their brother. One of Kevin’s tours had fallen through, so we needed to find ourselves some jobs fast. I didn’t blog about any of the scary stuff that was going on in our world at that time, but let me just say that we spent many a night laying in bed, flinching every time we heard a noise because we thought the repo man was in our driveway. And keeping our utilities on became almost as hard as keeping our minds off the looming reality that we may lose our house.
Anywho…I really wanted to land a job in the interior design field, but would have been happy with anything at the time. Well, long story short- no one called me in for an interview or even responded to my letter/resume except for Philip Sides. And even though he was writing to tell me he couldn’t hire anyone at that time, his courtesy was so greatly appreciated and his letter probably had something to do with the creation of my design business shortly thereafter.
It’s crazy how small this world can seem sometimes!

Back to the Idea Home…
Here’s a link to a video tour of it.
You may need to throw on a bib before you watch it. :-)

If you’re lucky enough to live close to the house, you can purchase tickets to tour it here:


The November issue also contains information on the 10 Best Seaside Hideaways in Mexico. Check this one out:

Photographer: Tria Giovan

Can you say paradise? This is the Palapa Room at Verana, in Costa Alegre. If you’re looking for seclusion, this is definitely the place to go. To reach the resort you take a 30-minute taxi ride from Puerto Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlán. Then a 30-minute boat ride, then a walk through a village, and then up a path to a seaside cliff. Sound exhausting? No worries―a mule will haul all of your luggage. :-)


“Family Ties” (on page 76) was an absolute delight to read as well.
Sherry Bilsing and her husband, Mark Graham, worked with designer Jackie Terrell to create a home filled with “vintage finds, a modest dose of color and kid-friendly style”.

SO many elements in this photo on page 77 made me swoon…

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

I love the clean-lined wainscoting. So crisp and fresh!
I love their use of casual, striped slipcovers on the normally “seriously-upholstered” wingbacks.
I love the little wood-topped stools, lined up in a row, underneath the windows.
I love the shade of green on the pottery sitting on the mantle.
I love all the textures. The wood floor, the charcoal-colored tile on the fireplace, the thick, plush rug, the Ikea basket filled with logs. They’re all so scrumptious!
I love the vintage school poster hanging on the wall. The matting around it matches the wall color perfectly! I wonder which came first? The mat or the paint? :-)


I could go on and on about this issue of Coastal Living, but I don’t want to spoil too much. If you don’t have a subscription, you can also visit their website to read some of the stories featured this month.

Thank you to the staff at Coastal Living for putting out yet another great issue!
And congratulations to the Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Beirman, on the purchase of his new, bouncing baby boat, “Buttercup”! The story on page 12 about it was really fun to read. :-)


To read other Coastal Living reviews, visit these great blogs:

Coastal Nest
Completely Coastal
Beach Vintage

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Guest Bathroom Reno - Day 2

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