Kelly Christakos Stivers


sullivan's island stunner

Charleston is one of my favorite, most magical cities to visit and the neighboring beaches are just as spectacular, my favorite being Sullivan's Island.  The beach itself is gorgeous, the water warm and the homes to die for!  This stunner, featured in Charleston Mag, is a fabulous example of the beauties dotting the shoreline; I couldn't devour the images fast enough!  Design really is in the details and this beauty, from the planked walls and ceilings, painted geometric floors, oversize artwork to the gorgeous lighting, pops of color and natural textures (that cypress table base!!!) is simple yet stunning.  The mix of modern and traditional is SPOT ON!  While everyone else is Instagramming pictures of pumpkin spice lattes and fall decor, I'm still sitting in hot and humid weather so I'm going to go ahead and post every fabulous detail of this gorgeous beach home...

There is so much to love in this entryway - that gorgeous navy blue door and  painted geometric floor add a modern twist to an antique table and shiplap ceiling and provide a hint of the loveliness to come in the rest of the house:

The all-white living space is warmed up by a blue and white striped rug, linen sofa and chandelier.  The vaulted, planked ceiling makes the whole space feel light and bright:

French bistro bar stools and green enamel pendant lighting provide a pop of color and texture to the all-white kitchen.  Yet another fabulous example of why white kitchens are timeless:

A cypress trunk table base and a gorgeous grouping of glass floats hung from a sailing cleat add interest and a subtle nautical nod in the dining area:

Comfy, cozy furnishings are a must when you have outdoor spaces like this:

An oversize capiz chandelier, blue and white throw pillows made from vintage textiles and abstract art add pops of color to the family room:

Beautiful blue and white ikat Roman blinds in a cozy sitting area off the the grouping of glass pendant lights:

This house is full of the most amazing artwork and this oversize beach photographic print is not only gorgeous but it is the perfect compliment to a striped dhurrie rug and wicker chair:

An elevator papered in Cole and Son Great Wave wallpaper is a must for any beach house (so is that sweet black lab!!):

Faux paint treatments on walls, in my experience, have been less hit and more miss, but a driftwood treatment on the ceiling in the master is absolutely gorgeous:

No beach house, regardless of decor style, is complete without a bevy of blue and white stripes:

Blue and white is bold in a bunk room, but those chevron painted floors steal the show!

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Topanga chair / Capiz globe chandelier / Beaded frame mirror / Thibaut Lucas pillow cover

Fouta beach towel / Oversize beach photographic print / Capella rug in dove grey



inspired: shiplap walls

We are in the process of adding an en-suite to our upstairs and while certain aspects of the design are still up in the air, I'm leaning heavily toward one thing for certain: planked, or "shiplap" walls in crisp white paint!  I really want a light, bright space, so instead of plain, white painted walls, shiplap will provide the texture and interest that will take the room from boring to soft and elegant, which, since it's going to be a guest suite, is exactly the look and feel I'm going for!  While shiplap can definitely tend to create a beachy feel, it can also be traditional and classic.  I love it hung vertically for an unexpected twist!  Here are a few examples from my inspiration file that have me chomping at the bit to get started!  A little design eye candy to start the weekend off right...

Garden and Gun

Milk and Honey Home

Phoebe Howard

My Sweet Savannah

Muskoka Living

Forever Cottage


Steven Gambrel

Amanda Rapp Design

Have a wonderful weekend!


serena + lily fall favorites

If you haven't seen the new fall line from Serena and Lily, you need to mosey on over quick, fast and in a hurry!  Their fall catalogue made its way into my mailbox last night and I couldn't devour it fast enough - bold pops of rich, saturated color are an unexpected, refreshing compliment to gorgeous neutral pieces, brass and gold accents, luxurious silk curtain panels, stripes, stripes and more stripes!  As someone who is partial to neutral spaces, I can't stop thinking of those magnificent emerald curtain panels paired with brass accents (or those indigo walls and trim with jute rugs and gold, for that matter!)  I'm loving the mix of materials and textures - a scalloped cowhide rug, an antique gold finish on the Harrington lamp and that gorgeous Blake raffia coffee table have me swooning!

As usual, I fell in love with all things neutral - linen, gold and hints of gray/ are a few lovelies I wouldn't mind putting in my shopping cart:

Goodman pendant / Blake raffia coffee table / Bruno bench / Harrington lamp

Savile side table / Scalloped hide rug / Capiz scalloped chandelier

What are some of your favorites from Serena and Lily's fall line??


matt albiani

I'm still in denial that August is rapidly coming to a close, so, in the lingering spirit of the summer, I thought I'd share one of my favorite sea-inspired house tours featured in Domino a few years back.  Do you guys remember photographer Matt Albiani's New York City apartment and Hamptons retreat?  If you were a fan of the magazine, how could you forget?!  Next to Ruthie Sommers California beach bungalow (which launched a nationwide obsession with Benjamin Moore's Soot paint), it was one of my favorites!  With a love for all things sea-inspired, Albiani created a refined living space in his West Village apartment with understated nautical touches and then went all out in his Hamptons summer rental decorating it with a treasure trove of maritime relics he collected over the years. There is a decidedly nautical East Coast influence present in both spaces and it's perfection:

Muted gray walls, a distressed mantle and a mix of antiques create a warm, cozy feel in his apartment's living area; love how he paired antlers with a cowhide rug and

A nuetral color palette is warm and elegant in the tiny space:

A floor-to-ceiling gallery wall filled with a mix of Albiani's photography is a dramatic focal point, thanks to a deep, dark accent wall:

A wooden oar, a vintage seascape and a blue and white stripe pillow add a subtle nautical touch:

White shiplap walls are a beautiful backdrop for blue, black and silver accents and lovely vintage oil paintings of the sea:

A collection of sea treasures takes pride of place on bookshelves:

The entry of his Hamptons retreat is light and bright; the sea captain painting and vintage flag evoke a bit of the Americana and give a hint of what is to come in the rest of the bungalow:

Albiani makes kitschy look cool, thanks to vintage paintings, seashells, glass bottles sea life pillows:

What a gorgeous space for entertaining:

Albiani brought his East Coast sensibility to the West Coast when he opened Mate Gallery, a Montecito shop specializing in seafaring style where every item sold in the shop has a story to tell.  Vintage nautical flags, old nautical paint-by-number scenes, Hardy Boys books, throws, beach blankets and surfer tees share space with Albiani's professional photographs of beach scenes.

To see more of Matt's homes and to check out his amazing portfolio, check out his website.  For more info on Mate Gallery, see here.


fall at pottery barn

Nothing kills my summer buzz more than a stack of Fall catalogues in my mailbox.  As much as I love the change in the seasons, it's kind of hard to get excited about riding boots, flannel shirts and faux fur throws when temps are hovering in the 90's and humidity is off the charts.....HOWEVER.....after flipping through Pottery Barn's Fall catalogue last night, all I can think of is deep, dark, moody blues and warm tans after landing on this home office on page 2:

Lately, I'm especially drawn to walls, trim and ceilings all painted the same color and how it makes such a dramatic statement.  Here, navy blue walls, seagrass rugs and yummy camel leather chairs warm up the space and add a ton of interest.  Perfection.  And my favorite color palette for Fall.  Suddenly, I'm not so bummed about the summer coming to an end.  (Well, almost.)  Pottery Barn's fall catalogue is chock full of snuggly textures, rustic accents and a soothing color palette of gray, cream and blue.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Herringbone has become a classic decor staple and this chevron stripe jute rug is absolutely stunning!  I love that it's in a natural texture!

How gorgeous is this Devon campaign-style bedside table?  And I love the nautical feel of this Ludlow trunk bar cabinet:

I am OBSESSED with this Bailey bedside lamp in glass and brass with a fabulous cowhide shade!  I love the sleek lines of these Lily Task Table Lamps and the variety of finishes:

This Verona glassware set and these bone handled cheese spreaders are simple yet stunning and make me want to throw a fabulous dinner party:

Gold accents like this bamboo mirror and this Arabella gold medallion are a must for fall


I'm obsessed with these blue zig zag hand towels as well as this chevron crewel embroidered pillow:


These gray linen and silver square frames are stunning and these pom pom hand crochet throws are super soft, perfect for snuggling!

What are you loving at Pottery Barn this fall?