Ikat Love: Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bitsy Lakehouse Cottage

Jul, 28, 2015

Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bittsy Cottage renovationOften at the beginning of a job I began with an inspiration picture, artwork or piece of furniture that I use that as the diving board for the rest of my design.  Last year, I came across these super fun  Lakeside Swivel Chairs ( yes I said swivel! Click on the link for all the great details) at Raymour and Flanigan. They were so incredibly comfortable, versatile, and overall playful. They added just the right pop of color and design to the cottage. I particularly loved the fresh ikat patterned fabric that they were slipcovered in.  Once I sat on one I knew that I had to have it for the cottage living room. I loved it so much that I had to buy two. The perfect balance to the sofa and accent to the fireplace and lakeview behind. Both little AND big kids fight over who gets to sit in them and spin around.

Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bittsy Cottage renovation

The Inspiration

From these chairs I pulled out the navy blue, turquoise, green, and bright chartreuse yellow colors. I dressed up the windows with navy and white striped nautical inspired panels found at HomeGoods. My husband Ross and I whitewash the ceiling, painted the walls Offshore Mist by Behr Paints and tackled our own DIY fireplace makeover. We accessorized the TV cabinet with the turquoise blue Anthropologie glass knobs, nautical decor such as rope covered storage boxes, wooden and metal orbs and a boat motor that was purchased for $4. at a flea market in Newport, Rhode Island.  Wicker baskets house extra blankets and a twine and aluminum side table from Target accompany these colorful swivel accent chairs. The right amount of nautical decor and the perfect relaxing spot to be “On Lake Time!”



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    December 15, 2015

    I want to purchase those pillows “on lake time”. Where do I get them.

    Thank you!

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      December 15, 2015

      Hi Brenda- I purchase them thru a company called Peking Handicraft. I will be placing an order in January. I can get you the price and we can communicate via email. My email is memehillstudio@me.com. Thank you Amie

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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