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Fall Events

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Updated designs for the summer to fall transition  Photography by Elaina Marie Photography

Updated designs for the summer to fall transition

Photography by Elaina Marie Photography

The Found for Fall line is complete, and we’re hitting the road this week to be a part of the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head, North Carolina. I will have a full set-up and extensive inventory for the event.

 

On November 2, I will be doing a pop-up at Stencil & Knot, a new home goods boutique and diy workshop space in the Ocean View community of Norfolk. Come by and say hi, and be prepared for a jaw- dropping experience. The shop is gorgeous!

 

The final stop of my “coastal tour” is Virginia Beach. CBN Christmas Village occurs the first two weekends in December, and I will have a market booth in the December 5 - 7 event. The market and activities run from 6 -9 pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 12 - 9 on Saturday! This is a special outdoor activity for the entire family, and I hope to see you there!


Lastly, I have something under wraps that will be shared soon. Be the first-to-know by signing up for my newsletter email! Hint: It’s beautiful!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Tour

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When we built our home, I was hopeful that having a downstairs master bedroom would not mean an uncomfortably small space. And while I did have to eliminate one piece of furniture, I was pleasantly surprised to love the room’s size. It’s compact, but it’s perfect for us.

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Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

I tend to take credit for the first floor plan because I remember drawing it out on graph paper. But I don’t think I created the small hallway separating the bedroom from the main living space. I’m going to give our draftswoman all the props here!

There’s something calming about walking this passageway when entering the bedroom. Even though a mere ten feet separates us from the rest of the home, we know a retreat awaits.

 
Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

 
The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

A small corner offers just enough space for my slipcovered chair. I’m thinking I need to spend more time in this cozy spot! I got an exciting revelation for my small business when I sat awhile and did some reading. I wrote about my booth design in the last post- that all came to me here!

 
Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

I purposefully chose a minimalistic style for our Master Bedroom. The colors are neutral with the exception of a blue striped accent pillow and a coastal blue oyster painting above the headboard. There are few accent pieces, so unless it has a special meaning to us, it’s not going to be a part of the space that serves as an oasis.

 
A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

Another hallway that houses two closets (guess whose is bigger!) separates the bedroom from the bath. Again, I do not mind at all that the space is a dramatic decrease from our last house.

We included a double-headed shower done in white subway tile. Having a window for natural light is an absolute must in my book. And the view is of our little pool in the backyard. And the setting sun, which puts on a dramatic display over the river nearby.

 
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Thank you for touring the Farmhouse Master Bedroom! On your way out, give Woodrow a pat on the head and maybe toss his toy for him!

Finding Style in Virginia Beach

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Finding Style in Virginia Beach

Off the Beaten Path

 

Happy 4th of July! Do you have on your red, white and blue? I hope the day offers some relaxation and fun celebration of our nation’s freedom!

If you’re planning on extending the holiday into the weekend, I have some ideas should you head to the oceanfront. I suggest going off the beaten path because Virginia Beach has more to offer than crowded beaches and tacky souvenir shops. And by beaten path, I mean the boardwalk.


To make sure you’re energized for all the activity I’m about to direct you to do, I first would journey to Pungo, a rural community in the very southern part of Virginia Beach. There’s public access to Sandbridge Beach, an area conspicuously lacking hotels standing like soldiers along the shore. The quietness of the long stretch of beach draws you in with a promise of leisurely lounging. But, my goal in sending you south is to have you visit The Bee and the Biscuit, an adorable, family-owned brunch spot with a farm-to-table menu that will fill you and leave you wanting more at the same time. Is it worth the loooonnnng wait for a table? Yes! Absolutely yes! Grab a spot in the yard, play some games, and order a drink from the bar on the lawn. Another option is to grab a stool at the inside bar and avoid waiting for a table to open up. Either way, you’ll be glad you stayed. Trust me. On the backside of your oceanfront experience, you’ll know why I placed this at the top!

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

About five blocks away from the boardwalk area, you’ll find the ViBe District. You get all the artistic vibes here starting with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on 23rd Street and throughout the galleries, artisan shops, and plethora of wall murals over the next several blocks. Most of the businesses in the area have a map to guide visitors on a thorough exploration. My top three? North End Bag Company (a combination studio and shop!) and neighbor, Jars of Dust. And even if you’re not hungry, just enjoy the aesthetic of Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry while having a coffee and pastry. Should you land here at lunch time, the artisan pizzas do not disappoint!

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Let’s keep going! I truly hope you’re here for the Saturday morning Old Beach Markets located in the Croc’s 19th Street Bistro parking lot and in ViBe Park at 18th Street and Cypress Avenue. If you’re in a hurry to get on with the day of discovery, I encourage you to still come by and anticipate seeing all the vendors. It’s doable with an hour of time, which is perfect because both markets run from 9 - 12 every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

My top three recommendations of vendors to visit at the Old Beach Farmers Market come with some bias because I’m supporting a friend, my family, and a coffee addiction! Seafield Farm brings all their beautiful goodness from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to local markets weekly. You’re going to need to eat a clean veggie diet if you sample from these next tents! My son, Jacob, represents My Vegan Sweet Tooth, a family-owned bakery that has mastered delectable vegan and gluten free recipes. Lastly, Three Ships Coffee sets up shop in the market, but the coffeehouse is literally across the street if you’re wanting something more fanciful than a cold brew. Did I say three tents? I meant four! Lamia’s Crepes is an absolute must! Good luck choosing between the savory or the sweet options! You could always live daringly and order both types!

 

Now that I think about it, It’s best to visit the Old Beach Art Market in ViBe Park before walking across the street to the Farmers Market. You’ll find a great selection of reusable market bags at the Eco Market vendor tents. And, you’ll find my booth- Renee Beamer Harbor & Home! I love setting up for your enjoyment while you browse, so save a few minutes for looking at my candles, wreaths, textiles, and other décor for the home! Click here to read about one of my most favored pieces by shoppers at this market.

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Assuming you’ll be all shopped out and ready for a change of scenery at this point, I suggest either a hike or bike ride at First Landing State Park. You’ll have no trouble finding a bike rental shop in this vicinity, or you can bring your own with you for the day. Head down Atlantic Boulevard to the 64th Street trail entrance, and get ready to be amazed by how beautiful it is there! In fact, you may just want to bring some camping gear and plan to make an overnight stay. Tent camping to the sound of waves crashing on the shore? Yes please!

 

Now, I know I lost some of y’all with my rugged talk about camping! Not your thing- no worries! For a more luxurious time of exploration, check out The Cavalier, a historic hotel property in the North Beach area. My husband and I love bike riding through the resort residences and seeing the contemporary coastal and farmhouse home designs.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Seeing that Virginia Beach covers approximately five hundred square miles, it’s unthinkable that my dozen or so links to attractions represent the city thoroughly. Obviously, I’m barely scratching the surface! But before we wrap up a suggested day trip adventure, I have to recommend one more spot- in case you’re the coffee lover type! Pour Favor is “Home of the Coffee Flight,” and has all the needed juice to send you back home fully awake and revived! I’m not going to go on and on about the specialty coffees here except to say they over-deliver. It’s just that good!

Sampling the coffee flight

Sampling the coffee flight

I’m curious: did you learn about something new in relation to Virginia Beach? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have some happy days of exploring ahead!

Renee

My Top 5 Home Revivals

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The season leading us into renewal has arrived! Some of us are so happy that we want to sing and twirl and skip!

The following are the top five things I recommend to bring a spring refresh to your home.

 
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1. Spring Clean. It’s time to shake the winter dullness out of the house. When the inspiration hits, take on a project that requires more attention.

 
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2. Refresh Decor. The simple act of adding oyster shells and driftwood speaks hope of summer days to come.

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3. Declutter. Fold up the wintertime throw blankets and allow woven seagrass baskets to house them.

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4. Check out new recipes to add fresh excitement to mealtime.

 
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5. Enjoy the beauty this season offers with others. Open windows (on days with low pollen count!) and open the door to friends to linger around the table and enjoy one of those new recipes!