Kelly Christakos Stivers


finally.....a black front door! 

I think I'm the last person on the planet to hop on Instagram (I needed another social media outlet to become obessed with like I needed a hole in my head), but I joined a few weeks ago, and if you follow me @bungalowblue you know I FINALLY painted my front door a few weeks ago!  High gloss black.  So shiney and perfect.  And I love it. I still have to find a door knocker, replace the lights and slap a fresh coat of paint on the adirondack chairs, but what a difference the color has made.  Here's a little peek:

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


charlotte's garden

Everything interior designer extraordinaire Charlotte Moss does is chic, elegant and downright amazing, including the magical gardens of her East Hampton hideaway, featured in this month's issue of Veranda, which I have dog-earred and returned to more times than I can say!  Hard to believe that when Moss bought the property 20-some years ago, it was just a spec home with no landscaping and a measley pool, but she was quick to divide the yard into a series of rooms and terraces, perfect for dining or curling up with a book.  I love everything about her garden, but I have to say, the round "windows" sculpted into the hedges, the many varying shades of green throughout and the stone obelisks are my favorite.  Very English and very sophisticated!

To read more about Charlotte's garden, check out the article here.


anchors aweigh: 10 fun anchor-inspired finds for summer

I'm a huge fan of all things nautical, especially when striped, brass or navy blue and white.  Lately, I've been seeing anchors all over the place and I can't get enough-is there anything more symbolic of summer?  Makes me wish I was on a boat, anchored out in the middle of the ocean somewhere!  Here are a few anchor-inspired finds for your home (and jewelry box!) that I'm loving lately:

My love for stripes runs deep, and this striped captain's chair with an embroidered anchor is killing me!

Love this linen Scrimshaw anchor pillow - would look equally fabulous indoors or out!

Set a nautical table with these navy and white melamine dinner plates.

This delicate anchor bracelet would be a beautiful accessory to any summer outfit.

I love this bottle opener so much, I've got it in brass and nickel!

This porcelain bottle stopper is a fabulous hostess gift for summer barbeques.

This tiny brass box with raised anchor detail is perfect for holding matches!

Hand-printed, organic anchor napkins add a nautical touch to your summer get togethers.

Gorgeous rose gold anchor stud earrings are a nautical nod to summer days at the beach!


folly beach design plan

When a lovely reader from Salt Lake City emailed me for help decorating an old cedar shake bungalow she just purchased on Folly Beach, South Carolina, I jumped at the chance!  Even better?  Her only request was that the entire house be black and white with lots of texture, a beautiful backdrop for her rustic, antique furniture, planked walls and ceilings and collectibles from her travels that would create a comfy, cozy vibe but wouldn't detract from her amazing ocean view.  Done and done!  Originally from Massachussets, my client wanted to infuse a little New England vibe with subtle nautical influences, rustic lighting and lots of seagrass, reclaimed wood and comfortable furnishings.  Here is a little taste of some of the loveliness we've decided on, with lots more to come:

Please forgive me for not including sourcing information on this one - because this is a paying client, I didn't think it was fair to post!

If you are in need of decorating help and don't know where to start, please contact me at  Happy Tuesday!


my bookshelves, restyled 

One of the benefits of the occasional bout of insomnia is all the things I get accomplished around the house in the middle of the night/wee hours of the morning. To say I am unbearable without a good night's sleep is the understatement of the century, but when I see all the work I get done when I should be counting sheep, somehow it's a little more bearable.  My built-ins are a fabulous example.  We lost power for fifteen hours last night during one of the worst thunderstorms we've had in a while, so while the furbaby snored away on his bed, oblivious to the storm (lucky duck), I decided to clean the shelves on my built-ins and rearrange.  

If you're new around here, we built corner built-ins for an awkward space between our family room and kitchen.  It's been a lifesaver for additional storage, a place for our TV and also for opening up additional space in that weird spot.  Read about the before and after here

I added a bunch of texture - woven demijohn bottles, crusty old medicine bottles and faux coral for a nautical touch for summer.  Here's the right side and little sneak peek into my kitchen behind it:

The left side:

A few crusty old liquor and medicine bottles add a little interest:

Woven and glass demijohns and, of course, I couldn't style my bookshelves for summer without including a handmade monkey's fist - check out how I made it here:

Books, a favorite watercolor painting from a recent trip to the U.K. and some coral:

A great shot of my little lovebug and some of my favorite design books:

The hubby is a Marine and so we have a ton of books on the military, wars and sailing - it seemed only fitting to include a chunky piece of coral on top of a stack of some of his:

How do you like to style your bookshelves?  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!