So you want to build a beach house...

You fell in love with the beach. You stayed an extra few days to soak it all in. You followed your curiosity and called the number on the for sale sign...just for kicks. One thing led to another and before you knew it, you’ve purchased your own piece of sand with views that take your breath away. Now, it's time to take the next step and build the home where you and your family will make so many memories. Summer vacations, fall escapes, a new place to spend Christmas where starfish take the place of snowflakes.

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Here’s where all of those hours you’ve spent scrolling through Houzz, watching HGTV and flipping through dog-eared pages of Coastal Living come in handy. But you quickly learn, there’s so much more to building on the coast, especially from six hours away. After deciding on a house plan and hiring your contractor, the real work begins.

Anyone who’s been through the process will tell you that there are hundreds of decisions to make both large and small. With every decision, there are dozens if not hundreds of options. I’m no mathematician, but I can tell you with certainty, that adds up to what can be an overwhelming number of choices! It can be like speaking a foreign language in a foreign country where everything is moving pretty fast.

Just in the way that you’d never think of traveling to a place you’ve never been without a tour guide or an interpreter, it’s important to enlist professionals that can guide you through the process with their expertise. We are very fortunate here to have reputable contractors that are skilled and trustworthy. But their responsibility doesn’t typically extend into the realm of paint colors, tile, flooring, light fixtures, etc.

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It’s important to enlist professionals that can guide you through the process with their expertise.

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

This is where Lemongrass Interiors comes in. I have over 21 years’ experience in and around new construction and I am well-suited to help you speak this new language and not only make it through the process, but actually enjoy it with less stress. I can be both your guide and your interpreter. I am well-versed in construction terms, methods and codes. Moreover I know most of the contractors in the area, and I usually know each of the subcontractors and have developed a repore with them.

In many cases homeowners call me in somewhere after the rough-in stage because they begin to realize pretty quickly that the decisions come hard and fast. In every case they end up saying they wish they had brought me on when pilings were going in. From experience I can say that the best time to bring in a designer is before the walls are framed. The best and least expensive time to make changes is on paper. Your floor plan is set and will probably stay set, but now is the time to review window placement and sizes. This is where a furniture plan (typically provided by a designer) is crucial. Now is the time to decide bathroom & kitchen design because it’s expensive and time consuming to move studs. Do you want recessed inserts in your showers? Is it important to have those centered on the wall or in a specific location? Is your laundry room truly functional for your needs?

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enlisting the services of a seasoned designer saves time, reduces stress and makes the whole construction journey more enjoyable. 

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

This is all before we enter the land of siding details, handrails, paint colors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, handles, knobs, trim profiles, tile designs, cabinets, countertops and more. An interior designer worth his or her salt (Me! Me!) can not only help you achieve the look you want, but will direct you toward the choices that make the most sense for your budget and needs. I think one of the worst feelings is to fall in love with a backsplash only to realize it’s three times your budget allowance or have your heart set on a beautiful countertop that stains easily. Does that mean you have to give up on the fabulous backsplash or countertop? Not necessarily. One of my favorite challenges is to find the next best product that meets as many of your requirements as possible. Most of my clients would tell you...I spend your money like I would spend mine. I’ll help you save where you can save. And when it's time to splurge, I’ll advise you there as well.

There are so many areas in our lives where we wouldn’t think of proceeding without a professional’s guidance. Building a new home, especially if you live in another state, is absolutely a situation where enlisting the services of a seasoned designer saves time, reduces stress and makes the whole construction journey more enjoyable. 

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you navigate through the new construction process, you can schedule a no charge Discovery Call here. Prefer to start with a plan review? Click here to start the process. We make it super easy!

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[when building]

 

The best and least expensive time to 

make changes 

 

is on paper.

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

The Friday Five :: Coffee Tables

Woohoo!! We've made it to Friday and the weekend, meaning we can prop our feet up and relax a bit. A comfortable sofa is clearly the anchor in your living space, but let's not forget it's all-important sidekick, the coffee table. Whether you're going for a glam statement piece or something softer to gather around, there are so many styles to choose from. This week, we've curated our current favorites and the ones that, in all of our constant furniture scanning and searching, have been the stand-outs.

Gold Glam Gorgeous

Friday Five Gilt Coffee Table

This beauty has it going on! Not only is it a cool shape, but the finish is a hand-applied gold leaf giving it a special dimension. Though at first, you may feel the gold is a little bold (see what I did there?), the openness of it keeps it light and far from overwhelming. And then let's not forget...that price! Sliding in just under $400, it's one of our most affordable choices.

Reclaimed Rectangle

Friday Five Levi Coffee Table

Crafted of reclaimed walnut and supported by sleek slices of blackened steel, this table is a show stopper. At 60" long, it's perfect in front of a three-seater sofa and its heft makes it a durable piece for heavily used family rooms.

Concrete Cube

Friday Five Parish Cube Coffee Table

I just love cubes! They're so versatile and this one caught our attention right away because it's unlike anything we've seen lately. At 24" square, you can bunch two, three or four of these to fill the space as needed and this style comes with the bonus of being outdoor friendly. Though it would be lovely with a navy sofa (what isn't, right??), I would love to see this in an all-white space, adding just a touch of subtle color and texture.

Organic Round

Friday Five Expressionist Coffee Table

It's always interesting for me to research furniture design and see styles that were once considered avant garde are now considered classics. This lovely coffee table uses hand finished mango wood to create an organic Noguchi-inspired base. Topped with clear round glass, it becomes a light and airy statement piece and would be equally at home in a modern setting or updating a more traditional space. 

Cozy & Tufted

Friday Five Jesse Coffee Table

I would be remiss if I didn't include an upholstered option. This ottoman-slash-coffee table has a wonderful scale at 51"x35"x18.5", a bottom shelf which is so useful for books & games and a pretty oatmeal linen fabric top. We have this piece in stock in our showroom at Windmark Beach and are in love. Unlike many upholstered pieces that are a bit too soft, this one has a more firm feel which means you can easily add a decorative tray or set up a board game.

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The Friday Five :: Favorite Flat Woven Rugs

This week, I'm highlighting a few of my favorite flat woven rugs. These beauties are indispensable in the beach house world, handily standing up to sandy foot traffic all the while keeping their casual good looks intact. Typically, I think of stripes or solids, which lend them a decided "beach house" feel, but I'm also sharing a long-time favorite that steps up to the plate when you need a more traditional or slightly formal style. Other than the durability that the tight weave provides, I also LOVE the fact that most of them are reversible. This not only doubles the life of the rug, but also can save your toucas in the event your bestie spills a little red after dinner and you have your mother-in-law coming over for brunch the next day. So let's get to it:

Wool-Blend Stripe

Nags Head Flat Woven

Though this may look like a sisal, it's actually woven from a blend of wool, polyester & nylon not only making it much softer, but also more stain resistant than a true natural material would be. This style is available in sizes up to 8X11' and in another colorway, but I really like this two-tone natural version because it mimics a natural so well.

Wool Stripe

Cape Cod Flat Woven

These flat wovens from Jaipur are my all-time go-to favorites and with good reason. This navy version with a thin, off-white stripe is so versatile. Great on its own, it also works well when layering. The 100% wool is super durable and easy to clean. This particular style is available in several colors and sizes up to 12X15! Best of all, these are in-stock and ship out in less than two days.

Cotton Stripe

Birmingham Cotton Flat Woven

Dash and Albert cotton flat wovens are the epitome of coastal cool. While not as easy to keep clean, they are comfy under foot and give a space an easy, breezy feeling. Dash has tons of stripes, but we think this black & white version is just a little edgy and would be beautiful paired with a natural or reclaimed pine table. That combo is so good!

Indoor-Outdoor

Elizabeth Green Flat Woven

If you follow me regularly, then you know that navy blue is my first love. What you may not know is that my second love may very well be this acid green/yellow {see logo, wink wink}. While the color is what caught my eye first, the construction of the rug sealed the deal. It's like seeing a handsome guy and then realize he's also a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders. This rug looks and feels just like wool, but is made of 100% PET (read up about that here).  Not only are you giving Mother Earth a little love, but it's outdoor friendly. When it needs a refresh, just vacuum, lightly brush with fresh or soapy water, or spray with a hose. Doesn't get much easier than that.

Classic Poser

Kolos Jaimak Flat Woven

Though this baby may look like a classic oriental, it's actually a ninja reversible flat woven that is not only perfect for your dining room at home, but lovely in your coastal home when you want to step things up a bit. I used a similar version in my friend Jessica's home - which is their full-time residence, just at the beach. It's held up for years and she has two lively little boys that put any rug to the test.

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To inquire about products available through Lemongrass Interiors, please comment below and we’ll reply with pricing and availability right away. In most cases, the item can be shipped directly to you and you’ll always enjoy a lovely discount off retail pricing when you order direct.

Some items may include affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a commission should you click through and make a purchase.

 

The Friday Five :: Wisteria President's Day Sale

Everyone that knows me knows I LOVE A DEAL!! It just makes me happy and almost feels like a little personal competition sometimes. A couple of years back, a friend and I even got into the "extreme couponing" thing, which if you've never done it, is actually so much fun. This week, I had another Friday Five post prepared, but when I saw some of the killer deals on Wisteria, I put on the brakes because I knew I had to share like super fast! They have launched their President's Day Sale with 20% off everything sitewide, but it only lasts through Monday, January 19th. At checkout, be sure and use the code PREZ2018. So let's dive in:

Mirror

Friday Five Wisteria Natural Scallop Edge

Friday Five Wisteria White Scallop Edge

This Scallop Edge Mirror is just beautiful and is already a great deal at $249. Available in two finishes (I love them both!), it can work in a traditional or coastal room, while the white finish could lean a little more modern. It has such pretty details with a beveled mirror and is a great size at 25"X40". At the moment, Wisteria is noting a bit of a back-order, but this pretty lady is worth the wait!

Art

Friday Five Wisteria Study In Blue Wall Art

The tones and textures of this abstract artwork jumped out at me right away. Then I saw the size - a 32"w X 48"h piece of hand-painted art for under $400 is certainly a steal!

Bar Stool

Friday Five Wisteria Barley Twist Stool

Friday Five Wisteria Barley Twist Finish

I hesitate to use the word "bargain" because of the sometimes negative connotations...but folks, this stool is a BARGAIN!! I would love these at the original price ($549), but at just $163.99, these babies are going in the cart for an upcoming beach house I'm working on. The finish is really well done, with a whitewash over pale wood and the neutral linen seat is accented with nailhead trim.

Coffee TableFriday Five Wisteria Limewash Coffee Table

When your living room needs a refresh, look no further. This coffee table is a stunner! With a gorgeous carved detail on the sides and the lime wash finish that lets a bit of the wood tone shine through, this is an easy piece to work into a more traditional setting and easily complements other stained and painted finishes you may be working with. The glass top keeps it open, airy and easy to maintain. I shop a lot and am wowed at the price - just under $600.

Media Console

 

Friday Five Wisteria Reclaimed Wood Console

This media console is available in two sizes, but the four drawer is the deal. It's length is nice at 54.5" making it just the right size for a typical (not gigantaur) flat-screen TV. This baby is solid wood with plenty of nice storage, both open and closed. Normally $999, this piece which has so much character, is just under $800!

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To inquire about products available through Lemongrass Interiors, please comment below and we’ll reply with pricing and availability right away. In most cases, the item can be shipped directly to you and you’ll always enjoy a lovely discount off retail pricing when you order direct.

Some items may include affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a commission should you click through and make a purchase.