calm before the storm

Wow, is it Thursday already?  This week is flying by.  In the last seven days, we’ve decided that the house on the bay is the right one for us.  I think it was the breathtaking sunset views that sealed the deal ; )  And the fact that we’ll actually have a YARD for the first time in six years.  Peter finally has a dock for our ski boat that’s been sitting in storage since 2006.  Assuming the motor  still runs?  The kids are so pumped.  Here is a peek from last night.  Sorry for the poor quality photo.


There is much work ahead.  Mainly purging all of our stuff and reducing inventory before the move.  Ugh, and packing gobs of boxes.  Anyone want to come box with me?  I can offer champagne and whole grain goldfish for refreshments.  Super glamorous, I know.

Met with the painters yesterday and analyzed the interior paint situation in the house.  It’s not good.  Had all my wall and trim colors selected – a few selections I started playing around with:

bay color beginning

Thought I had it all figured out but during yesterday’s walk-through one thing stopped all paint plans dead in my tracks.  The current trim color (a slightly offensive flesh-toned cream) is an oil-based paint.  Apparently it’s quite a process to paint over oil-based paint.  And CRAZY expensive.  Not in the budget.  So I’ll have to be a clever little designer and work with the existing trim color.  This should be interesting.

Other exciting design challenges I will have to work around and/or change in this home: fleurescent lights, carpet, oak cabinetry, bad wallpaper and yucky tile.  Funnnnnn.  So I’ll have plenty of blog material for the next few years!  Everything will have to be done in stages.  Guess how much my current budget is?  Nada.

Jealous yet?

Because the water view is a focal point along the back windows of the home, I think it’s important to keep the color palette clean and neutral.  Currently the main rooms are an overpowering pinkish red which burn my retinas.  I’ll reuse many of the furniture pieces from our Georgia home, which are darker cased goods.  As budget allows, over time I may pop in a few modern elements here and there to give it some flair.  Let me share a few inspiration shots I have for the design.

I’m aiming for layers of different textures and monochromatic tones.  My walls and trim will be a dark cream – not as light as this crisp white.  I like the interesting and quirky layers here.




We’ll be living in this home six months out of the year.  I’d like for it to have a relaxed, cozy, settled feel.  Maybe a Something’s Gotta Give meets Father of the Bride house on-the-bay-feel?  How’s that for a cray description.



Maybe Franck will come help and we’ll have a scene like this with Peter…

My favorite line in that scene:

George:  “Did we come in on budget?”

Franck:  “Of course not, George, of course not.”  

Ha ha.  All too familiar.

Peter has a few cool sailboats, wondering if I can find a place for them?  He was on the sailboat team at Georgia Tech and loves all things aquatic.  It would be nice to add his passion for the sea in our home.


Speaking of cool sailboats, I’ve had this pic on my phone forever. I think it’s a room in Ralph Lauren’s home?


A house full of equestrians and sailors.  Hmmm, interesting things to tie all together.

I’m sure by day three of packing, I’ll toss most of my clothes except for some button downs and tanks then decide it’s a great idea to  just wear a daily uniform.  Seriously, why do we have so many clothes when we usually just gravitate to one simple look with different accessories!??



Just like design, I usually go back to the classics.  They always make me happy.


By now you probably think I’m completely nuts.  Yep.  This post is complete : )

I’m very close to posting pics of things for sale before we move.  It won’t be a pretty post by any means, but it will show you all I have for sale.  Back soon!!

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  1. Shelby says:

    Ah! What a fun project to take on! I love that you have so much to work with (even if it is with a limited budget!). The sailboats are my favorite touch though! My boyfriend (also from Tech!) has one prominently displayed in his living room, and it’s such a great combo of masculinity and whimsical coastal. I can’t wait to see how the place turns out!

    PS-BEYOND jealous of the view! Take me there, now!

  2. Nancy Powell says:

    Seleta, this sounds amazing and a great move for your family! The kids will love it there and make so many memories..I know you have a mammoth job ahead, but it will be so worth it! Best of luck with the paint and plans! Can’t wait to go with you on this journey!
    xo Nancy

  3. Michele says:

    Loved your sale in Georgia – actually brought that blue chair and ottoman to Texas with Morgan & I for our apartmnt or as I like to call it, our “vacation home” :)…Not sure if I told you but Morgan tried out @ WOGA in Dallas where Nastia Liukin trained & made the team – she loves it & is doing well so we are most likely staying & leaving Georgia to :( Congrats on the new house – the view is stunning (the inside of the house sounds like a lot of houses here in Plano if we decide to buy – lots of fun renovations to do to bring a home back into the 2013’s :)

  4. tricia says:

    I love the view! Cannot wait to see how you incorporate my fav movie looks into your home!

  5. Nicole says:

    Father of the Bride + Something’s Gotta Give? Pretty much perfect. :)

  6. Jodi says:

    I love your blog and the home ideas, especially the homage to “Something’s Got To Give”. When we built our home almost 5 years ago, I gave my architect that movie and asked her to incorporate many features in the master suite, kitchen and family room. A home should make you “feel” a certain way and be your respite and easy place to fall into. I would love to design rooms for people.

  7. pve says:

    I cannot wait to see what you do! I do think the sporty vibe of your sailors and your equestrians will somehow be choreographed beautifully~ Moving keeps things fresh and one on their toes.

  8. sarah says:

    ooh…will you sell clothes too>

    Also, before you totally rule out the whites you wanted….have you looked into covering the oil based trim with zinsser as your primer? It is made to cover oil-based paint and then any kind of paint can be applied to it. No sanding or prepping the oil paint either except for making sure it’s wiped clean of dust and dirt. I have used it, and I love the outcome.

  9. Erin says:

    How exciting! Best of luck with your move, can’t wait to learn more about your gorgeous new home!

  10. Allison A. says:

    Gorgeous view Seleta and you will have fun decorating your new home. I know it will be stunning. Remember Seleta….I am ready to buy your clothes! Don’t forget! I love your style and wear your size. Let me know and I’ll do Paypal, send a check, etc.

  11. Zaby says:

    I thought you were looking for a rental – but I’m guessing you purchased the home – congrats! You’ll make it fabulous – can’t wait to see what you do. Good luck with your move!

  12. pam says:

    i’ll come help box if i can play with lucky.

  13. Lori says:

    Hi Seleta,
    Could you tell us more about the process of finding, redecorating and living in a house for a short period of time? How much freedom do you have to redecorate these short term rentals and are you required to return them to their original state when you move back to your own home? Also, how do your organize your painters and workmen? And how long do they take to get your rental into shape for you? I love to hear about the details.

  14. Lori says:

    Oops sorry. Are you buying this house? Didn’t you rent a place last year?

  15. So exciting! I can’t wait to see the progress here. Congrats!

  16. Carla Toney says:

    I have the same trim problem! BUT I talked to a painter who told me to use EXTERIOR latex because it will cover and stick to oil. I was u sure but tried it and…success! I’ve even painted cabinets and it works! No chipping.
    Hope that helps!

  17. tina says:

    We had a challenging rental home like that back on the bay in Fort Walton. We had a peptobismol pink bath room – complete w/ pink tub, sink and toilet; and a blue bathroom outfitted just the same way; an avacodo green pool bath; and luckily a white master bath! But oh the views – and being able to just drop the boat into the water with the flick or two of the switch!!! Then we got crazy and decided to buy landlocked house on a golf course in Destin. Sure miss that funky FWB bay house. Can’t wait to see the pictures of what you decide to do. Love, love, love FOTB house!!!

  18. Kathryn C says:

    I am currently painting all my oil-based trim – not that hard! Like a comment above, just get zinsser primer then you can paint with the water-based on top of that. Strange they would say it was so expensive? Best of luck with all the packing. Looks like the view is worth all the hard work ahead :)

  19. Aunt Pat says:

    OK, i have to stream that movie–never seen it.

    I wish I could come for champagne and goldfish. It’s much more fun to help others than do it yourself.

    I’m amazed at all the 6 of you do. Good luck!!!
    Love, AP

  20. Sheryl says:

    It is POURING rain in Vancouver so I will book a flight and help box; I’ll even bring the champagne :-)

  21. Jennifer K says:

    So glad to read other comments about painting over oil . . . I have (too) much experience with interior paint and was surprised to read that you were told it is such a process to paint over the oil-based trim! Not so!

    First, I should add that I live in PA and still use my absolute favorite trim paint, BM Satin Impervo, the oil-based formula. It some states it can still be purchased in quarts. Yes, the clean-up is a pain, and there are a few days of fumes, but the end result is so beautiful. It is still the choice of the best painters in my community.

    But more importantly – there are certainly primers that will go over oil, especially if the surface has been well-sanded. I, too, like the Zinsser products. Sand, prime, paint with your favorite latex trim paint and you are good to go!

    Can’t wait to follow along!


  22. Ingrid says:

    Oh I live this post the excitement the uncertainty the challenges and yet the most amazing view. As they say it will all work out in the end and you will forget about the stress. Enjoy every moment and many congratulations.

    In Ireland we have a product called esp that allows you paint on ant surface this may solve your exspensive pain dilemma .

  23. Shar Y says:

    Great post! Love your view and can’t wait to hear your plans. I, too, use Zinser Primer and any kind of product seems to stick to it. I prefer oil based for kitchen cabinets but latex over the primer would probably work great for the other trim. Just don’t run into it with the vacuum cleaner like I do!!

  24. Susie Richmond says:

    I always enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing. Like a lot of people I was surprised at the comments about repainting oil based trim. Whenever tradespeople don’t want to do something or it’s something they don’t like to do, it suddenly becomes…VERY EXPENSIVE. Tip….get a new painter who is willing to meet YOUR needs. This is no disrespect to the tradesmen, it’s just the way the contracting process works.

  25. TSB says:

    That view is amazing! How nice it will be to have that huge backyard and water view to wake up to each morning. I think you’ll do great at making this space your own. Just take your time and enjoy the process of decorating it along the way. Maybe it won’t be as overwhelming if you can do one room at a time. Moving is tough, but just keep reminding yourself of how nice it will be once you’re all moved in and enjoying this new space!

  26. Mari in Atlanta says:

    Hi Seleta,
    I painted over oil based trim in my house with a fairly new product by Benjamin Moore. It can’t remember what it is called and I no longer have the can. It was described by the guy at the paint store as almost a blend of latex and oil. It worked like a charm and I was able to get by with one coat. You may want to check it out.

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  28. Absolutely “Something’s Gotta Give”, that house is perfection. And watching that clip of Father of the Bride made me teary… 4 months away from my first baby, and in the process of designing his room! By the way, I thought Martin Short said, “Of course not, George, of course not” but then I listened again and he actually says, “Close enough, George, close enough”, which I thought was ALSO hilarious and so true!
    Sounds like you have a lot of fun projects to come! It is always great to start with a fresh palette, or bright Rose colored palette with oak cabinetry that you make anew! Oy vey about the oil based paint trim though…

  29. Ellie says:

    Wow that view is stunning and what a wonderful project to undertake!

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