Saturday 11 December 2010

Interior Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller

Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller decorated her Carpinteria, California, beach house she shares with her husband and two sons, with white walls, slipcovered seating, and antiques to create a tranquil and serene space. Almost all the rooms and all the hallways are Benjamin Moore's White Heron, a nice, soft white, not glaring, not too bright. The kitchen and master bath are a seafoam color, Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware.

A trestle-leg desk is positioned in front of French doors in the office the designer shares with her husband.

A large mirror over a long French serving table gives the dining area the feel of a café in Paris. Sea grass rug and slatted chair complete the look.

In the entry, a well-worn Gustavian bench and blue and white striped rug.

Ocean breezes waft in through the entry's screen door.

Espley-Miller's living room has an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean, a massive stone fireplace, and big, comfortable sofas and chairs slipcovered in white cotton denim. A huge antique dhurrie defines the seating area.

In the kitchen, a light with a Victorian wicker shade hangs above a table made of antique corbels topped with glass.

Just about everything in the kitchen got a coat of white, including the hood. The light fixture is trimmed with antique fabric.

A distressed cabinet from a milk factory and the shutters against the wall make a statement in this corner.

A black banister and black chandelier help ground the bright, airy, open upstairs hall landing.

A winsome flea market portrait leans against a wicker lamp

In the upstairs hall, skipping ropes with brightly colored handles are piled under a French poster.

Stripes of red tile lend definition to the shower walls and tub surround in a boy's bathroom.

Striped bedding and a striped rug echo the lines of wooden French blinds in the bedroom of one of Espley-Miller's two sons.

The master bath opens to an oceanside deck. "It's very white and very simple," Espley-Miller says. "I wanted nothing to detract from the incredible view and the light."

Barn doors with their original seafoam color for the headboard in the master bedroom.

Shells fringe a custom shade on a lamp in the master bedroom.

The bedroom's mantel is a wooden French window frame. A framed grid of shells on fishing wire "sparkles and catches the light from windows and the fireplace," Espley-Miller says.

The patio fire pit takes the chill off after sunset.

All images and information from House Beautiful.

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  1. Ok, man, you have answered a question for me. I had see the pictures with the soft green online and had wondered what the color was. But what is restoration hardware paint? Where do you buy it? hmmm, maybe I can google it.

  2. Oh, so I googled it and there is no store near me! There is one about 4 hours good!

  3. Love it,looks like jelly fish prints behind the black banister, cool!

  4. She was the hottest woman on the planet in "Too Shy" video by Kajagoogoo back in the day.

  5. Love the window treatments in the bathroom that leads to the outside...what are they called and where can I find them. Are they the same in the living room...lve those as well. Would love to be able to know who to call...Help... :)


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