Coastal Living :: On Land, Inspired By The Sea…

We just got back from our last vacation of the summer, and like most migratory Atlantan’s we went to the beach. Yes, I braved getting sand in my shoes, and salt water in my hair just to get a little R&R. In all honesty, I love the sea…some little known facts about “The Ace,” I am a coast guard certified Sailor, I can drive a boat up to 48,’ (at least that’s the largest I’ve ever driven), I can snorkel for hours-at least until someone yells “dinner,” I can paddle-board, windsurf, and at times enjoy simply floating on the water on a rubber dingy. I grew up surrounded by water, and snow. The best of both worlds really. So on to Seaside, Florida. A much touted master-planned community by Andres Duwany, who also designed the community I live in. Although, it’s fairly close and only a six hour drive, I never like to vacation where you see the same people, and Atlantan’s flock there in droves. Not a bad thing, but it certainly causes you to make sure that every hair is in place (at least underneath a fashionable straw fedora), lipstick is on, and your shoes come from Burch, Choo or Spade (sounds like a coastal law firm). As someone who likes to travel incognito, and wear snorkel flippers pretty much everywhere, it becomes a bit of a challenge.  So after much coaxing from Mr. B., we went. I found it charming, and not quite as frenetic as I imagined. The first thing I did? Visit the shoppes, snap a few for my readers, and find a secluded area of the beach where The Fashionista and I could snorkel uninterrupted by the crowds until chow time.

I know much has been written about Seaside- so I don’t want to go down that same path to coastal chic. Over the past month I have been saving some pictures of interiors that are fresh, and less published (hopefully). Now that we are looking at a vacation property on the beach, I have been looking at inspiration everywhere, and wanted to share some of my very favorites, and a few that I captured on vacation…Now for the announcement- since Summer is all but over, we’ll be posting three times a week starting next week, and in September we will be bringing you “The Ace” five days a week! Including a new section “Entertaining with The Ace,” which will focus on dining, tables-capes & restaurants we visit…I look forward to bringing you tons of inspiration from the world of dining, and share some entertaining tips from some amazing talent…so check back often.


 Design/ RR Interiors

This design is for the Lark Hotel. Of which, should be on everyone’s bucket list. The perfect example of how not to look like a hotel, and more like a coastal retreat. The pattern mix is simply refreshing.


Designer/ Miles Redd

Stripes for miles in a sea of blue. The palm relief that is repeated on the wall is design genius at it’s finest.


Photo/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

I love wall treatments, and a simple “1×2″ board repeated on a wall is classic. From Pizitz.


Photo/ Vicki Gladle

From Pizitz at Seaside. I thought these vignettes were the antithesis of the simple charm found in this coastal town…


Designer/ Jamie Moore

The architectural detail in this space is utilized to perfection, and the furnishings are the perfect accompaniment…


Photo/ Vicki

Who doesn’t love a quiet corner? Photographed at Pizitz in Seaside, Florida


Photo/ Vicki Gladle

Whoever styled the shelves in this store has a seriously talented “design eye.” As we all know bookshelf styling is an artform.



This dining space is from the Utah Parade of Homes, although Utah is not a coastal space, this dining room pays homage to seaside style from the natural grass rug to the Capiz shell chandelier.

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more design inspiration…Starting next week we will be starting our bathroom renovation. We partnered with Kohler so it’s going to be an exciting design collaboration (with a lot of fabulous products including a custom designed dual vanity). I’ll be sharing pictures of the progress along the way.

As always,

Be Inspired. Be Amazing.




It’s back to work I go…

I took a much needed hiatus (yes…three glorious weeks) to focus on the new addition to our family. I wouldn’t have exchanged this special time for anything in the world…visits to the aquarium and the sunflower fields (my all time favorite thing to do in June) made even more special by sharing it with our new daughter. A sea of yellow perpetually happy faced flowers before us was just the thing to brighten an already perfect day . 

Good ole’ summertime in the US of A.

So back to work I go, with the wee one going to summer camp a few days a week. I have some amazing projects coming up that I’ll be working on, a bedroom sanctuary for a client who loves all things beachy (almost as much as moi´), and a huge project that we just took on for a lovely couple who have one of the most extensive collection of antiquities and art that (without a doubt) rivals any that I have ever seen in any of my travels throughout the world. They recently moved into a much larger space so we will be adding some upholstered pieces and highlighting what they already have.  I am beside myself with enthusiasm for the opportunity to work on this unique space, and of course pinching myself that I have the honour. Since they have traveled all over the world the pieces are just beyond amazing, and if you are familiar with Elle Decor Magazine you’ll get a sense of what I’m talking about.

This interior from Elle Decor is exactly what I’ll have the pleasure of working with, modern art melded with antiquities from around the world.

I also wanted to share a sneak peak into one of the bedroom projects that I am working on for a client, I like to think of it as ‘rustic coastal glamour”. It’s been a whole lot of fun to do since I was able to add some custom pieces by several artisans that I have been dying to use. A shell-encrusted chandelier made by an artist out of Charleston, a driftwood desk that was crafted out of pieces of well worn wood washed ashore on the craggy coastline of Oregon, and a mirror made from a collection of shells that my client has collected from beaches around the world. We paired some traditional fabrics with a few sun-washed patterns for a look that will hopefully “tide” them over until they retire to Alys Beach in a few years. Lucky them and lucky me because I’m pretty sure that I see invitations to visit them in my future.

 The pairing of mirrored end tables with the rustic desk at the foot of the bed just defines coastal glamour, all centered around a palette inspired by all things sand and surf.

This custom mirror will be gracing a small ante room off the bedroom…

Since we are talking about the beach I thought I would sign off with this amazing gazebo lovingly constructed for nuptuals orchestrated by none other than wedding planner extraordinaire,  Colin Cowie. If Mr. B and I renew our vows this would be just the ticket.

Anyway, glad to be back in the blogosphere, and looking forward to sharing the latest and greatest with you on a regular basis…so check back….