Country Living House of the Year

Emily Henderson is a designer, TV Host, and super fun blogger. I check out her blog as often as I can because she just makes me smile. Her style is typically much more modern than mine. However, she’s such a happy soul that I totally want to be her friend. And I would definitely let her redecorate my house for me if she wanted to.

Anyways, she was picked to do the Country Living magazine’s House of the Year. It’s a remodel, and I feel like it’s exactly the way I would decorate a beach house if I had one.

Living room before:

Living Room - Before

Living Room – Before

Living Room After:

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Country-living-house-of-year-2013

 

Bedroom before:

Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Bedroom after:

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hoy-tour-bedroom-0913-xln1

 

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

And kitchen before:

KITCHEN-BEFORE

KITCHEN-BEFORE

Kitchen after:

 

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hoy-tour-kitchen-0913-xln

 

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hoy-tour-cabinets-0913-xln

Anyone notice the metal red bar stools? Um, I did. Such a happy space! Can’t wait to see the full spread when the issue comes out in September!

 

Less is More

This past year, my husband and I visited Charleston, SC. When we were walking through the fantastic downtown area, we stumbled upon a home decor boutiqe that had some of the most unique items I had ever seen. That store is called South of Market, and it was started by designer Kay Douglass.

South of Market

South of Market

Lo and behold, that very next month, I was reading my House Beautiful and saw an interior design that I absolutely loved and reminded me of that shop. When reading the article, I found that the designer was Kay Douglass. What I loved about her design was that the rooms felt so comfortable and uncluttered. She had statement pieces in every room that you could focus on because of the simplicity of the room design.

In the article, Kay said that she has to show her clients through her designs that less is more. That living with less “stuff” and less “decoration” actually makes the room feel better overall. I don’t think that this style is for everyone, but it definitely speaks to me.

 

Kay Douglass Designs

Kay Douglass Designs

 

Kay Douglass Designs - Oversized Light Fixture

Kay Douglass Designs – Oversized Light Fixture

 

Kay Douglass Designs - Simplicity

Kay Douglass Designs – Simplicity

Kay Douglass Designs - Kitchen

Kay Douglass Designs – Kitchen

One of the items that Kay sells at her shop are oversized light fixtures, which I absolutely adore. She loves turning unexpected things into pieces of art or functional items. For instance, she transforms oversized baskets into hanging lights, outside cement planters into side tables, and farm equipment into wall art.

What I don’t love about her stuff is that is way, way, way out of my price range. Not sure who can afford a $1,500 pendant light, but it is definitely, most certainly not me. However, this shop and Kay’s designs inspired me to DIY my own oversized light fixture. Because when you can’t afford it, just make your own, right?

Next week I’ll show you how I turned an ordinary lamp shade into this pendant light for my kitchen, inspired by South of Market designs.

Lampshade Turned to Hanging Light - Middle Redefined

Lampshade Turned to Hanging Light – Middle Redefined