Monday, June 19, 2017

The Magic of Paint!

Paint is such a magical thing! It transforms buildings like a blanket of snow transforms and beautifies a less-than-perfect landscape. In my last post I shared my ponderings over selecting paint for the exterior of The Sassy Seagull.

Well....wave the magic paintbrush and voila!

All of the paint colors are from Benjamin Moore. This is the palette I finally settled on...

The shutters are "Limelight" aka 2025-40.

The siding is "Amelia Island Blue" aka 2044-40.

And the exterior doors are "Pink Peach" aka 2009-40.

Here's a little "before and after" for you...



My contracting company for The Sassy Seagull has been working hard to finish up the job and I've been working hard to make it pretty inside. In my next posts I'll show you how things are shaping up!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cheerful Coastal Colors!

Now that the siding is installed at the Sassy Seagull cottage I am excited--and maybe a little scared--to pick colors for the exterior. Paint is one thing that has a tremendous impact on the look and feel of the home and I want to stay on budget by getting it right 
the first time. 

want the colors to feel bright, cheerful, and coastal so I started by going to a couple of paint stores and picking out my favorite paint chips that met that criteria. 

There were soooo many options and as you can imagine it was a little overwhelming. My husband requested that I pick something for the siding color that is blue or blue-ish so I chose a periwinkle blue color from Benjamin Moore that we both liked called "Blue Lapis".

I bought a sample and it was tried it in a small place before committing. 

It looks lighter than the paint chip in the bright sunshine but we loved it! Unfortunately our neighbors had loved it too and it turned out to be the same color as a nearby cottage that had a tall vine-covered fence in front obscuring the view of their home. So I went back to the drawing board and played with some more colors...

I need three colors--one each for siding, shutters, and doors as well as white. I also want to paint the floor of the front porch a light to medium gray and use blue on the ceiling of the front porch.

So after more samples, more trials on the shed behind the cottage...

L to R: Benjamin Moore Limelight, Poolside Blue, Pink Peach, Amelia Island Blue and Limelight

I chose "Amelia Island Blue" over "Poolside Blue" for the siding, "Limelight" for the shutters, and "Pink Peach" for the doors. It's gonna be bright and happy y'all! The painters are working right now and, hopefully, I'll have pictures for you soon! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Who's "Siding" With Me?

Sorry about the awful pun y'all! I'm just giddy because we've made so much 
progress lately.

The Sassy Seagull has been slowly but surely getting an overhaul! A few weeks ago the foundation work was completed and all brand new electrical and plumbing was roughed in. Some rooms received new windows and and the carpenters built my front porch and back steps.  Then. Finally. It was time to begin closing up the walls!

First came insulation and a moisture barrier that wraps around the house to keep that good ole air-conditioning inside from leaking out...

Then the crew put up Hardie siding. It's made of cement so it is flame retardant.

Paint is next! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raising The Roof!

Things have been moving along at The Sassy Seagull! Last time you had a peek at the cottage we had just torn the old front wall down to replace rotting boards and to shore up the foundation. While we were at it we decided to "raise the roof" by giving it 
a steeper pitch.

Because of the changes we made it was necessary to put a new roof on the front. We really wanted a metal roof and decided to go ahead and replace all of the roof thanks to a great quote we got from Ace Roofing!

The guys came and measured...

Took the old roof tiles off...

And before too long it we had a gorgeous metal roof!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bright Ideas!

The electricians from Russell Electric have finished their rough-in at the Sassy Seagull! They left a little tongue-in-cheek note on the panel box for the inspector...

And sure enough--as expected, we passed the inspection!

In a few weeks they will come back to put up the light fixtures....sooo I need to get busy and choose light fixtures so they will be here when we're ready to go.

The biggie is the dining room chandelier... It will be prominent and it needs to be something special. I'm willing to spend a bit more for it (if necessary) and cut somewhere else. Here are a few of the candidates...

How do you like this big, beautiful oyster shell chandelier? It would be stunning 
if it is not too big...


I love that big oyster shell chandelier but this is a nice smaller oyster shell chandelier...


Along the lines of using coastal materials, check out this driftwood chandelier...


I am crazy over this boho style chandelier! I have seen it in person and fear it might be too large for my room but isn't it amazing?


Here's another wonderful rustic beaded chandelier that is a good scale for the cottage...

Source: Wayfair

And last but not least is this fabulous capiz shell chandelier--one of my favorites. 
Isn't it fantastic?


I've got to choose soon. Which one(s) do you like the best?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Name That Cottage!

I am a mama x 4 and each time my husband and I were expecting we spent a lot of time considering various names and trying to select just the right ones for our precious babies.

I've been doing the same sort of thing with our beach cottage--trying to pick a name that is  special and will reflect the personality I hope it will have. These are some of the names I considered...

Smooth Sailing
Beach Bliss
Tickled Pink
Barefoot Bungalow
Isle Dream

Each of these had its merits but didn't make the cut. There was one other name that I kept coming back to that finally won out. It uses the word "sassy" which used to be a bad thing when I was growing up--meaning rude and disrespectful. 


But in modern times sassy can also mean lively, bold, and full of spirit... 


...all that with a touch of quirky.


That's the kind of sassy I am aiming for.

And the winner of the "Name That Cottage contest" is....The Sassy Seagull !!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Favorite Things!

 Look at this face...

This is our granddaughter Piper who is celebrating her third birthday today!  And yes, she is quite the character who keeps us all on our toes and frequently in stitches with her 
lively personality.

Saturday we celebrated her at a "Piper's Favorite Things" birthday party. Her mama did a photo shoot featuring Piper and some her most favorite things and created a beautiful invitation...

Couldn't resist sharing this little lady on her special day. Piper, you're one of my favorite things, sweet girl! Happy Birthday!