Monday, August 22, 2011

Love The One You're With- Veranda Interiors

Today I am thrilled to welcome Melissa from Veranda Interiors as my guest blogger. I can't remember exactly when we became blog friends, but everyone should be lucky enough to have a friend like Melissa.
Her interiors are gorgeous, following her own home's progression is envy inducing and I have even made a special trip to H&M thanks to her post; but her kindness and support outweighs all of that. I feel very lucky to have met her in the crazy blog world!

I am SO thrilled to help out our expectant mother, workaholic, incredibly nice, favorite blogger Marianne by participating in this great series. When she first asked me to do this post we were hunkered down in our crappy rental while our new home was under construction, I sent a note back telling her that I could only do a 'hate the one your with' post. I really wanted to share images of our new home with you but we moved in and a week later we were off to our cabin at Tablerock Lake for the here I am, featuring the cabin since it is a place that we completely overhauled and we are now able to create so many wonderful memories here.
To ensure that the growth of the boys is documented as well as the fun that we have while here I set up this wall across from the front door so it is the first thing you are greeted with. I picked up the adorable growth chart off Etsy and have put some of our favorite images around it. They can change out from year to year...or I may just cram the frames closer together and add more.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and even here it is the same case. We are constantly seated at the island, creating yummy cookies with the boys, and cooking up a storm for my family when they come for the weekend, all 22 of them! The kitchen has come a long way, here is an image of what we were working with when we took possession of the home.



The family room on the main level of the home gets a lot of use from guest and our little guys. All I have to say is thank goodness the cream sofas are slip-covered, ha! My favorite item in this space is the antique teak bench from Bali that we use as a coffee table. The patina is wonderful and it just gets better with use.



The dining area of the home is right next to the great room so it had to all flow together. Once everything was drenched in white I started the hunt for decorative items. While I am still in search for many more things the space is working for me...for now.



Since we are never here during the winter months I needed to fill the fireplace box with something. The pillar candles were perfect since it is a darker space of the home and the ambiance it gives off is perfect. Tucked away in one corner of the room is Nemo, our glass fish from Roost, he is our cork collector at the cabin and the only fish I can seem to keep alive.

We tend to party it up with a bevy or two by the camp fire or on the dock so we needed a space for a bar but we are a little cramped. To accommodate the storage we required I found a great antique armiour that I adore. It is tucked away nicely in a corner and serves a great purpose.
So this is where we have been hiding out this summer. Thank you so much for visiting and do come again, I promise to make you a wonderful meal we can share. Mel xo

Thank you Melissa, of course I love it. Now I can't wait to see the house progression in the coming months!!!


designchic said...

What a fabulous transformation and such wonderful happy memories being made for your boys...heavenly!!

paula said...

It is quite beautiful. Like really beautiful.

Heather@SatisfyingSpaces said...

I love what Melissa has done to her lake house. The memories she is creating with the family are priceless!

Luciane at said...

Wow! What a stunning place! I feel really inspired by this place and its transformation.

Have a blessed week!


Luciane at

quintessence said...

What a fantastic transformation! Painting the fireplace white was such a great move - completely changes the space from pedestrian to chic!! Good luck moving into your new home - can't wait to see!!

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

What a wonderful makeover of the place! It looks amazing!! I adore the barstools. The whole place just looks so cozy. Definitely a great place to escape to and create memories at!

Design A-Peele said...

wow is all I can say! so beautiful!

Melodie said...

Melissa is one of a kind, absolutely! I am so grateful to have struck up a bloggy friendship with her, also. And it goes without saying that any home she touches becomes beautiful!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

What a beautiful retreat! Such a great place to spend your summer.

A Perfect Gray said...

ahh, what a transformation...great job, melissa...donna

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Absolutely love it...Melissa is the definition of talent!!!

under spanish moss said...

Such a wonderful transformation. We bet the family really enjoys spending time there.
Angela and Renee

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Gorgeous coffee table and love the look of the dining room and fireplace..warm and inviting.Kitchen has turned out beautiful too!

Christina said...

Looks Fantastic!

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Thanks for having me today Marianne and THANK YOU to all of you and your kind words!!! I still can't believe that our summer is coming to an end and tomorrow at this time we will be back in Canada and back at home...but I am excited to get settled in the new abode!