By Ayn-Monique Khlare
Red, White and Blue
red, white and blue room
In this 1960s cabin in the northeast corner of Georgia, every day is the Fourth of July. "The yard is full of blue hydrangeas," says Craig Kettles (C-Designs.biz), who decorated the home. "Between that and the view of Lake Burton, blue was a logical jumping-off point for a color palette. We added the red to give it pop." The iconic color combo, plus natural textures, distressed finishes and quirky antique furniture, gave this remodeled home its vintage American feel. Here's how to do it on your own. Photos by: Gridley & Graves
This vinyl floor is made with three shades of vinyl tiles.
Start from Neutral
Though the living room reads as patriotic, it's actually grounded in neutral tones. "We painted the walls white and the floors a putty color to create a blank canvas," says Kettles. This brightened up the original pine planks-keeping the texture of the wood but making it easier to patch holes or cover any stains that come with years of use. Sisal rugs, wicker ottomans and woven baskets pick up the grays and browns from the stone fireplace. Then strong colors were added in low-commitment doses: slipcovers for the sofas, throw pillows and art that can be changed out seasonally.
In the summer, flowers cut from the garden can stand in for a roaring fire to fill the "black hole" of the fireplace.
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Seaforth Natural Ottoman, $95; LandsEnd.com
Get the Look: Rug
Chandra Rugs Bay America Red Rug, $621 for 8'x10'; RugsUSA.com
Get the Look: American Flag
Get the Look: Sofa
Indigo Stripe One-Piece Slipcover, $69.99; SureFit.com
Get the Look: Laundry Basket
Water Hyacinth Laundry Basket, $29; Pier1.com for stores
Add Some History
Creating character in a renovated space can be a challenge, but in this kitchen Kettles made it look effortless. He mixed old (a hutch found in Atlanta's monthly Scott Antique Market) with new (Shaker-inspired cabinets from IKEA) to make the redone kitchen fit with the rest of the home. Galvanized barn-style lights and planks applied horizontally to the walls complete the architecture of this retro-country look. The final touch: open shelving (see slide 1) to let splashes of color come into view.
The framed vintage poster does double duty: It's actually a hinged board that hides an electrical panel.
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Get the Look: Hi-Lite
Hi-Lite One-Light Outdoor Galvanized Sconce, $116.95; Bellacor.com
Get the Look: Floor Tiles
Choices 12"x12" Vinyl Tile in White/Coastal (AL-19), Horizon Blue (AL-90) and Denim (AL-92), $37.72 per carton; Wayfair.com
Get the Look: Blue Plate Special
Manhattan Blue Plate Special Side Plate, $12.95; FishsEddy.com
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Get the Look: Pie Dish
Emile Henry 9" Pie Dish in Cerise, $44.95; SurlaTable.com
Get the Look: Dishcloth
Striped Dishcloth, $18.95 for 8; Williams-Sonoma.com
Pull In Smart Pieces
A sunny spot in one corner of the living room is a cozy place to play board games or eat breakfast. Cheery red chairs-found on sale at Pottery Barn-play up the worn red paint on the tabletop and surveyor's tripod, which was converted into a floor lamp. Because the room opens onto a deck with access to the lake, the furnishings have to be able to take a beating. Durable outdoor chairs and washable cushions and covers can stand the abuse from wet bathing suits and muddy feet.
This table was originally bar-height! Kettles sawed a few inches off the legs so it would work with the chairs.
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Get the Look: Chairs
Garden Side Chair in Red, $99; HomeDecorators.com
Get the Look: Pillows
ALVINE RÄFFLA pillow cover, $7; Ikea.com
Get the Look: Mirror
Reclaimed Barnwood Windowpane Mirror, $279.99; MyBarnwoodFrames.com
Get the Look: Lamp
Surveyor's Tripod Floor Lamp, $260; Brookstone.com
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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