Key West + Bungalow Style Exterior

I saved the exterior for last:-)  The style of the inside of the house was formed initially by what we wanted the outside to look like.  My husband, David, is from Florida originally and really wanted it to be a "Florida" house.  We put together the Key West look of the outside with the high pitched metal roof, Hardee Board, and 2 story wrap around porches for that extended outdoor living space.  The interior is the bungalow style with no wasted space and open areas. I still have a lot to do with the outdoor space, but out front I like so far:-)  I added flowering perennials and a pink/gray marble edging just to give it something a little extra.   When we were interviewing builders and asking our friends, you don't hear very often where people have had a great experience with that process.  No matter what it's definitely challenging but I can say that we overall had a great experience with Fuller Construction.  Josh was great to work with and very responsive and super on top of the whole process.  The actual build itself only took 5 months to complete, which is really good for a custom build.  Overall, between purchasing the land, the architecture, and building it was a 3 year process but we weren't in a hurry and it was totally worth it!

Our New Studio!

Here's our finished new studio space!! I wanted a comfortable living room like feel that is bright and open.  Since we do mostly on location shooting, it's not your typical photography studio.  I did design in though so that if I want to shoot I can use every inch of space, have to maximize!  The brick wall is awesome for headshots or a quick industrial look and the funky wall papered wall is great for a totally different texture.  This space is the main reason that we built our house, because it's really hard to find something in an already built house with a separate entrance and connected but separate space.  All the artwork is hung on a wire system so it can be removed or re-arranged easily without drilling holes in the walls.  Since the rest of the house is coastal chic, I wanted to do modern NY loft style but I couldn't do it!  Still going along with the shabby chic theme is the furniture and wood mantle you see below the monitor.  The sofa and chair I literally looked for like 6 months to find something like this and almost spent a ton of money on a custom piece when I found this set on craigslist for next to nothing.  It's great because I can easily fit them in our suv to take them on shoots as well.  This is the only space in the house with dark dark hardwood floors just to distinquish it as a sepaparte space as well.  There's an attached full bath as for our clients as well.  It's a smaller space so tricky to photography but has a vessel sink, tile mosaic around the mirror and blue painted cabinets with a huge drawer for storage.   

Master Suite

Here's our master!  All the furniture is french provincial again custom painted from Shabbyed Up Chic!  It's tough to find antqiue furture that fits current sizes of kind size beds.  Gale, from Shabbyed Up Chic actually put legs on antique night stands so they would be high enough.  The detail on the shelf, headboard, and nightstands is a shade of grayish blue that matches perfectly!  I have lots of jewelry and for a year or so was looking for a shabby chic jewelry armoir and fourd this little treasure at Summerhouse.  We have a really nice view out the 2 doors leading to the balcony of the lake.  The perfect place to watch sunset, which we should do way more often! Our master bath is light green with gray painted cabinets and a massive gray tile shower.  The hooks on the back of the door don't totally match but I love the green fluer de lei so had to use it somehow.  I love the antique beveled mirror, it came from Forty Three Oh 3.  It's such a large space it was hard to find something that was intersting but fit there so this was definitely a great find! 

Shabby Chic Guest Room

To continue on upstairs with the shabby chic decor, next we have guest bedroom 1.  I got this idea in my head that I wanted to do yellow and gray room, and once the idea's there I have to do it!  Yellow shabby chic furniture is hard to come by so when I stumbled upon www.shabbyedupchic.com, gold mine!  Gayle had all these amazing pieces and even custom painted the headboard and dresses the exact color of yellow I wanted.  The piece that really caught my eye was actually the white dresser and mirror.  When Gayle was rehabilitating this piece she found a dime with the year 1916 on it and gave it to me.  Definitely confirmation it's from the early 1900's. Makes me wonder who had this piece back then, what did they use it for, what was their life like?  The little rocking chair and end table I actually painted myself to match the bedding.  The big open windows accross from the bed also give you a great view of the lake.  

Office Foyer & Stairwell

On goes the blogging of the house!  This is our personal office, David has ridiculous amounts of books, even more than is here so lots of bookshelves were super important!! This is a whole wall of shelves and I initially didn't really like just the plain white background so I had our wallpaper guy use the same wallpaper from my studio in the back wall of these shelves and also you saw it in the living room behind the TV.  Voila, I LOVE how it turned out.  The desk and chair go along with the shabby chic theme and are actually more functional than they look:-)  The starwell is really really tall and actually while we were moving I found this fabulous mirror that is framed in metal ceiling tiles, it's like 9 ft tall so perfect for that space.  The W is also made out of ceiling tile so a perfect and simple accent.  Again, I needed a cool light fixture but I didn't want just a normal chandalier so this one looks like water droplets and also has an interesting reflection.  We designed the floorplan to basically have no wasted space, so the short entryway foyer is the only hallway type space there is.  You walk in to another totally different capiz shell chandalier and a rug made out of winecorks.  I am ALWAYS losing my keys so found this nice little find on etsy to go right by the front door.  Sometimes I forget to put them there but most of the time now I can find them.  Here's where I found everything too:-)

Huge Mirror/W: Blue Moon Trading Company, Desk & Chair: Summerhouse, Lighting: Candleabra Lighting, Winecork Rug and Key Hook: Etsy