Saturday, July 10, 2010

on her way...

My mother-in-law is finally moving from North Carolina to Savannah next week! Now that both her children and grandchildren live here in Savannah, she had no choice but to come on down our way! She's moving into a great place downtown with super tall ceilings, exposed brick floors and nice big windows. Her place is only one block from Forsyth Park and two blocks from the shop on gorgeous Gaston Street, lined with oak trees and Spanish moss (don't worry, she's not the kind of mother-in-law that just pops in unexpected!).

So, the fun part begins of decorating. She's leaving behind a lot of her furniture...ready for a fresh and updated look. We're thinking a palette of white, camel and a soft blueish green will be pretty. A little light and beachy, but still sophisticated like a downtown Savannah home.

In the living room, she has a tuxedo style white Crate & Barrel sofa that she's bringing. We're going to add these pillows in the camel zebra print. The lamps are a soft white porcelain with a light tan silk shade. They're nice and tall, which is great for those high ceilings. The rattan side chairs may work just right. Maybe a starburst mirror and some prints above the sofa or a big gold mirror that reflects the view out the windows on the other side of the room. A natural seagrass area rug over the brick floors and a soft pale spa blue throw.

For the master bedroom, I think we'll use the same colors as the living room. Then she can switch out the pillows and throws if she wants too. She has a traditional four poster mahogany bed and highboy. She needs new linens, side table with a drawer and lamp. The room is small, so that's about all that can fit in there. I gave her some monogrammed white linen euro shams with that same blueish green color a few years ago, so that's our starting point. I think this vintage desk (it looks aqua in the picture, but it's lighter in person) could work perfectly as a dressing table with that French chair covered in linen. It has a handy drawer for all her stuff and is a little chippy, which I think will look good next to the formal bed. The ivory gourd lamp should be the perfect height for beside the bed. For the bedding, some natural linen pillows and an ivory silk boudoir pillow will look sharp and pull together the ivory of the lamp and linen in the side chair. The duvet cover is crisp white with a little trim of that blue color.

I'll keep you posted on our progress. I'll let you know what works and what doesn't!

Photo credits: Mrs. Howard, Number Four Eleven

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