In December of 2012, we closed on our “dream home”. I use the term dream home loosely because although the property was picturesque and the location perfection, the home left a little to be desired in my overly visual design mind. I couldn’t help but see past the dreary fifty shades of brown and semi-abandoned interior. Instead I saw a a blank canvas with design and decorating options for days. From the inside to the outside, every square inch was about to see some “Operation Brittany”. We decided year one would be a focus on the inside since it needed it most and year two we would start working on the outside.
Living in the South means blistering summers and an encyclopedia of swarming creatures. For us, a screened porch was an absolute MUST HAVE. When we first saw the home, I had visions of our girls running through the backyard while Mark and I sipped wine from the back porch. Although those days may be a distant, keep on dreaming mommy moment, at least I have a vision to keep me motivated. For now, it’s more like chasing Winter around the yard while she gets into anything and everything while Addie is trapping creatures in glass jars and sneaking them inside the house.
Step ONE in our outdoor overhaul was turning the small back deck into a larger screened porch. Meet “Operation Back Porch Overhaul 4.0″…
Once the porch was complete, the next step was selecting flooring and lighting. I love creating an outdoor space that feels clean, comfortable and inviting. One thing that makes such a huge difference is flooring. In our previous home, we chose an outdoor carpet for our screened porch and that turned disastrous very quickly. Between pets, stains and pollen, it got ruined faster than I thought humanly possible. This time around, I chose a porcelain tile that resembles a natural slate. This gives the beautiful look of a natural stone without the maintenance and sealing requirements. In addition, ceiling fans are also a must for our blistering Georgia summers so I found simple and chic ceiling fans for both sides of the porch.
Next, we tackled painting the entire outside of our home including the interior of the porch. I will share more of the exterior soon but for now, here’s my exterior paint choices that extended into the porch…
(NOTE: our home is three sides brick so the siding color was only for the back of the home)
Siding & Porch Ceiling: Gray Husky by Benjamin Moore
Trim: White Dove by Benjamin Moore
Shutters & Window Sashes: Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore
The next selections were the fun part! My favorite piece and the most stunning part of our back porch is the custom granite table. The base and top were custom made from Tiger White granite by our company APF, Inc. It is super durable, easy to clean and has such a beautiful white marble look. We had a patio set from our previous home that simply needed some cushion replacements. I also wanted a more clean, neutral look than the blue ones that came with the furniture. I found replacement cushions that fit perfectly (link below) and really gave the set a clean, fresh look! I am going to be sharing THE BEST way to clean your outdoor cushions on the blog next week! Its’ the best kept secret EVER! Until then, here’s my furniture/accessory choices…
Melbourne Hampton Bay Patio Set- Home Depot
Replacement Cushions- Ballard Designs
White Console Table- Joss & Main
Table Accessories, Lantern, Teal Rug and Teal Pillow- HomeGoods
“H” Monogram- The Woodshop of Alabama
Outdoor Grommet Drapes- Pottery Barn
Outdoor Dining Chairs- Target
Navy Outdoor Pillows- Target
Pink Pillows- Custom Made
Custom Tiger White Granite Dining Table- APF, Inc.
White/Black/Gold Vase- Target
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
Guest Editor, Maghan Sisk
With all of the gorgeous colors on the blog, I thought I’d throw in a little white on today’s Fashion Friday!
Who waits until after Easter to wear white? WELL… I don’t think there are any true rules in fashion. I believe that if you feel great in what you have created in your closet then go for it! Today I put together some of my MUST HAVES in whites this season.
Have a great weekend!
*I have this cover up and I absolutely LOVE IT! I think it looks expensive in person and is super flattering*
Yours Truly, Maghan Sisk
Today I am sharing an interview with Toronto Lifestyle Magazine, Her Magazine…
We have been long standing fans of mixing colour and prints. Brittany Hayes’ house is just that, doused in rich hues, varying textures, and brass finishes. As an interior designer and blogger of the ever popular, Addison’s Wonderland, it is clear that the many snapshots of her home perfectly captures her balance of creativity and eye for design.
You may know her as the designer behind the whimsical children’s bedding company or the girl that was on Shark Tank. After three years of creating a whole lot of bedding, setting up mock girls rooms and packing tons of orders, she has decided to take a break and share her passion, love and obsession for design with the world. Currently, Brittany and her husband run a kitchen and bath company, APF, Inc. We know, she’s kind of our version of Superwoman.
Keep reading for more of Brittany’s perspective on designing her own space, running a company, a blog and taking care of the family!
What first inspired you to pursue a degree in residential design? Tell us a little bit about the process!
I have always loved fashion and originally studied fashion design at UGA. During my sophomore year, I toured the halls of the interior design building and fell in love with the renderings and projects done by the design students. I realized my heart may lie in interiors rather than fashion and changed my major my junior year.
Your blog, Addison’s Wonderland, is a beautiful culmination of your creative image and projects. How and why did you first launch the site?
Addison’s Wonderland began in July 2011 as my children’s bedding company. During the summer of 2014, I decided to take a break from designing bedding and start blogging about my designs and home renovations. I wanted a transition for Addison’s Wonderland and decided to pursue this avenue after my Instagram page had taken off from my home design posts.
It’s officially Spring! I honestly dread the months of January and February each year and to finally be well into March is beyond exciting. We decided to welcome Spring with a whole lot of outdoor cleaning over the weekend. My hubby finally cleaned out our “barn” and started working on that space while I scrubbed, cleared off and re-decorated our back screened porch. With the help of HomeGoods, I completely refreshed and brightened up the living area and I can’t wait to share it with you! Today is another blah, chilly and rainy day but I know sunshine and warm temps are right around the corner!
Today I am sharing our master bedroom renovation in our cabin. As you all know, I am certainly not afraid of pushing the envelope of design in my home and our cabin is certainly not safe from my layering of colors and patterns. Besides the beautiful yet completely dry rotted rug, the space was a whole lot of blah with a side of brown and taupe. All in all the room needed an overhaul and a good ole scrub down…
Since the flooring was in pretty decent shape and there were no other major changes needed in this room, the first step was paint. I chose to continue the same white walls and gray trim throughout most of the home and into the master bedroom. I will be blogging about creating a cohesive home very soon but this is one of my tips. When you are playing with lots of colors and patterns, creating a cohesive canvas is a must! To add further interest and a bold pop to this decently large bedroom, I chose a black accent wall for the bed. This creates a very dramatic statement wall and really showcases the light headboard and bedding. This room receives a fair amount of natural light so I was not afraid of closing it in too much with the color black. Here’s my journey to creating an eclectic chic master bedroom…
Alabaster by Sherwin Williams (Walls)
Tweed Coat by Benjamin Moore (Trim)
Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams (Accent Wall)
Next up, furnishing and accessories! I am a girl that has a mad crush on Anthropologie. I stalk their website like a teenager would a boy band and it’s bad. Real bad. My hubby jokes that every day there’s a new Anthro box on our doorstep. Not really, but ya know. Anyways, I fell in love with this duvet cover and it was the starting point for my room design. I wanted to accent it with bold colors and fell in love with these amazingly colorful tassel pillows. I then topped it off with the long orange/gold tassel lumbar pillow (pictured in “AFTER” below). Since blue and orange are complementary colors, the pillow against the bedding really POPS!
I love creating a mix of hard and soft so upholstered headboards are one of my favorite choices for creating soft lines against wood furnishings and masculine colors. This amazing headboard caught my eye with it’s unique lines and nail head trim. The perfect cherry on top of any home design sundae is amazing lighting! Lighting fixtures are my weakness and I love, love, LOVED this amazing iron piece. Finally, it was time to accessorize! I found the awesome gold retro style lamps, side table lantern and white drapery panels at HomeGoods. The room is still an accessorizing work in progress but here’s the current “AFTER” featured below! Enjoy!
Duvet Cover- Anthropologie
Tassel Pillows (both colors)- Anthropologie
Safavieh Queen Taupe Headboard- Overstock.com
nuLoom Rug- Wayfair (Similar)
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
Guest Editor, Maghan Sisk
Easter is right around the corner and I have put together a few Easter outfits! I love the meaning of Easter along with the church service and all of the fresh, beautiful floral arrangements! I always know that when Easter finally arrives Spring is officially in full swing. Oh and did I mention that all of these dresses are under $100?! Enjoy!
Heels & Accessories
Yours Truly, Maghan Sisk