Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pulling It All Together - Locksley Lane

If you are like me you are already drooling at the photo of her home.  It is a gorgeous "Southern" style home and just wait until you see what's she's done with the inside. Paula from Locksley Lane is such a lovely and gracious person, I know you are in for a treat.  Her style is so liveable and every room so beautifully done,  so sit back. grab something to drink and enjoy.

 I am so happy to be a guest on Marty's "Pulling It All Together" series.  I am a relatively new blogger at Locksley Lane and Marty has been an inspiring force for me - always there with a supportive comment and her encouragement along the way.  I feel privileged to be able to talk with you and show you what's happening here in our home in Charleston, SC on Marty's blog A Stroll Thru Life.

We have a traditional home in Charleston, that sits high on a stilted foundation with lots of porches and a "widows walk" up on the roof.  A romantic myth holds that these "walks" were used for the wives of mariners, who would look for their spouses to return from the sea. This was often in vain as the sea took many of the mariners, leaving the women widows. Thankfully..... we use it to relax and marvel at what is around us :)

They call this area in SC, the "low country" because the land sits at water level. Hurricane season is taken very seriously and even heavy rains can cause big problems.  But enough of that....we have a stroll to take.  Come on up to the porch and let's rock's one of our favorite things to do.

Deciding what room to show you was a little hard, because we have an open floor plan. Great for family and entertaining, but when pulling a house together it's not as easy as it looks. Well, it wasn't for me anyway. I adhere to the KISS theory (keep it simple silly) when it comes to decorating.

The kitchen is wide and opens right up to the family room. I used soft plantation beige paint colors to keep with the feel of the home.  You can see all of my cookbooks that I love and use daily (hehehe) right off of the island above.  Actually, I was cooking spaghetti sauce on the stove when I took these pictures. :)

 I used South Carolina straw baskets and greenery above the cabinets and black accents.  I'm working on the wall with the "D" on it.  That initial is a holding place until I find something more suited for it.

The kitchen doesn't have a large space for a table. The nook was my initial decorating challenge.  I had to find a table to fit with pedestal legs so people could move around the benches easily. I had the cushions recovered and replaced a drum light that came with the house.  I chose a new light with flowing ironwork so it would compliment the open space of the room.  Plantation shutters, pillows and accessories were added. I love my little nook now. 

The kitchen opens to our family room. I use shades of sea foam green to accent the house and adore pottery and ocean finds since we are close to the beach.  I'm not a proclaimed decorator by any means.  I keep things simple and use things that feel good and that work with the family.

 Many of the decorations in our home have been found walking the beach.  We are so lucky to have these treasures right at our fingertips.

If you walk from our family room out the doors under the half moon windows, you enter my second favorite spot in the house....our back porch.  This is where you will find me most evenings...with a glass of wine and a good book.  :)  Please ignore the old grill top in the back corner on the floor.  I'm working on the other side of the porch and will be sharing that soon.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to stroll thru my home. I enjoyed the opportunity to share what's been going on in our house. If you get the chance, stop by and visit me at Locksley Lane.  I'd love to hear from you.

Marty - thank you bunches!!

Didn't I tell you her home was stunning.  This is a home that I could just move right in and never leave.  You would always find me on one of those porches too.  Thanks so much Paula for letting me feature you today, I loved having you.  Now if you don't know Paula and her blog Locksley Lane, be sure to rush over and click the follow button, you don't want to miss a single post.

 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
 No Minimalist Here for Open House Party, Posed Perfection for All Things Thursday Hop
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things, The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden,
Love of Family & Home for Inspire Me Please  
 Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
 From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
 The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party,

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  1. Beautiful home! I love ALL of your design choices! The combinations of brown, black, white and your yellow are amazing :-) And your windows are to die for. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes - Crafts, Cooking & Color

  2. WOW and OH WOW! Love this home! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. Beautiful! I like the keep it simple rule for decorating! I love Paula's home!

  4. Marty - Thank you for the wonderful blog feature and for allowing me to share on your blog. You have been a wonderful and supportive blogger - can't thank you enough. Also can't wait to see all of the great things you will be sharing in the coming months. <3


  5. Hi Paula, your home is so gorgeous, so many things to love, especially the nook with your black table and chairs, of course I love those wonderful plantation shutters!

  6. I love Charleston and their homes! This home is stunning!
    Thanks for sharing with us Marty and Paula.

  7. What a lovely home. Thank you Marty and Paula!

  8. First of all, Charleston is one of my favorite places! Second, I LOVE her home! I want to sit on the back porch with some tea - or a glass of wine. Beautiful!

  9. Oh I adore this home! Wonderful touches throughout. I can't wait to visit her blog.

    See you soon!

  10. Θαύμασα αυτό το υπέροχο σπίτι !!!!
    Ευχές από την Ελλάδα !!!!

  11. Marty,
    What a beautiful home Paula has and to live in Charleston. Oh so much history and beauty there. I am jumping over to check out her blog now. Great choice this week.

  12. Beautiful home and you decorated it perfect for the style and by living at sea level with all those treasures to be found at the beach! Thank you for sharing Marty, I love this segment of your house features in Stroll Thru Life!
    Have a lovely week ahead, you both.

  13. What a great southern home. Thanks for sharing locksley lane.

  14. Wow, LOVE this house! It's going on my "Future Home" Pinterest board! :)

  15. A beautiful home that is inviting and warm. Blessings, Catherine

  16. Fabulous home! She just needs to paint the porch ceilings haint blue. All Southern porch ceilings should be haint blue.

  17. Oh Marty, what a beautiful southern home! It's just delightful in every way!!

  18. Oh my that curb appeal and porch! What a great home Marty. Thanx for sharing at THT!

  19. What a beautiful home Marty! Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Yes, her home is quite lovely - so delighted that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday - I will be featuring your post!

  21. This is my dream home! Thanks for sharing with #throwbackthursdaylinkup. Hope you join us again this week.

  22. Marty, Paula's home is a delightful treat! Thanks to Paula for sharing it with us, too. Beautiful!

  23. Marty, I've always loved low country style homes and this one is gorgeous!