Megan McGraw Interior Design

Current Project: Hollywood Regency Sideboard

I found it! After weeks of searching and even briefly considering dropping nearly a grand on freight (I know, insane, but I was desperate), I FOUND IT! I found the perfect vintage sideboard! And I found it in ‘landlocked Oz’ according to a client. For weeks, I kept finding pieces with great potential, but sadly they were all on the coasts and the freight estimates were staggering. Then the universe smiled on me and Sunday afternoon I found the listing for this beautiful Thomasville piece on Craigslist. Less than twenty-four hours after first contacting the seller, my new sideboard was already at the refinisher’s shop getting a makeover – a vibrant new coat of minty emerald green.

Here is how the sideboard looked on Monday morning when Hubby and I picked it up.


Sideboard Before

This is the piece that originally inspired me.

Emerald Green Sideboard

The color I decided on is Cabana Green by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Cabana Green

If you want to incorporate this look in your home, take a look at these beautiful inspiration photos!

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Current Project: My Sunroom

You may have seen my posts in January about sunrooms; My Current Obsession and My Sunroom Design. I don’t remember if I officially announced it here, but Hubby and I got the house with the sunroom I was obsessing over! We decided it would be the first room that we focus our energy, time and money on. Now that the room is nearly complete (I still need to accessorize), I wanted to share some photos with you!

Here is how the sunroom looked when we first saw the house.


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Changes we have made so far:
• Painted the walls Sherwin Williams 6763 Retiring Blue
• Painted the ceiling Sherwin Williams 7008 Alabaster
• Ripped out the old indoor/outdoor carpet and replaced it with Emser’s Napa Avorio 12×24 porcelain tile
• Pulled down the old “shades”

Here is how our sunroom looks currently. I still need to accessorize but couldn’t wait any longer to show you and finding the right accessories can be a long, drawn-out process.

These super-cute chairs were my had-to-have splurge (sort of) from Pottery Barn. The tables were neglected and cheap at a local antique store. A couple coats of gold spray paint and they’re pretty again! I had wanted a wheat sheaf table BADLY ever since seeing this picture a couple years ago, so finding these made my year! I actually found them last summer and they sat in a corner of our duplex waiting for just the right spot. I love how the look in our sunroom!


Aqua & Yellow Sunroom

I found this vintage bench on eBay and had it reupholstered (the chair cushions were created custom to match). It was originally done in pink and blue plaid faux silk – BARF! The absurd truth about this bench is that I bought it so my Chihuahua Chanel would have a comfortable place to sunbathe. ;o)

Aqua & Yellow Sunroom

This yellow flatweave is from Surya. I originally planned to pull the old carpet, paint the concrete a bright color and put down a neutral flatweave, but we decided to go ahead and have the floor tiled for a more finished look. I know the rug may look undersized but there’s a reason – muddy dog feet! I wanted to make sure our Siberian Husky Calix wouldn’t be walking (ok, running) across the rug in and out of the house so I chose to go with a 5×8 instead of an 8×10.

Aqua & Yellow Sunroom

Hubby and I decided that our turtle Sheldon needs to have a quiet space with views of the backyard so I bought this console to hold his tank. Yes I know, we’re crazy pet people! But when your pets are your kids, why not spoil them a little. The console was unfinished (who knew you could buy unfinished furniture on Wayfair?!) so I painted it Sherwin Williams 6674 Jonquil to add another pop of yellow. The other thing that made my year was finding this fiddle leaf fig tree! SO obsessed!

Aqua & Yellow Sunroom

This is the ginger jar that I mentioned I bought on Etsy to create a Feng Shui wealth vase. I think it’s a cute addition and attracting wealth can’t hurt either! This pillow fabric is where the entire sunroom design started. The pattern is called Fog Island (in Billiard Green – terribly inconsistent name for this color) by Robert Allen. I am so in love with this fabric!

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Changes we still need to make:
• Switch out the door hardware with the new chrome Baldwin set we purchased
• Replace the ceiling fan for something more attractive
• Paint the trim to match the ceiling

I plan to post final pictures once all the accessorizing is done so be sure to check back!

Trend Alert: Asian Accents

One of the hottest trends right now comes from thousands of miles away and oftentimes many decades past. Accessorizing with Asian accents, particularly vintage pieces, has been increasing in popularity lately. I have fallen in love with this trend! I recently purchased a vintage Japanese ginger jar on Etsy to use as a Feng Shui wealth vase. It has been properly placed in the southeast most point in our home, which just so happened to be on an accent table in our sunroom – perfect!

Accenting with Asian pieces isn’t just limited to accessories though. A great vintage piece of Asian furniture really adds a pop of interest. If you are interested in incorporating some Eastern accents into your home, there are plenty of places to find them. Etsy is always a great resource and One Kings Lane has been hosting sales lately with so many great finds, both vintage and new. Another good idea is to frequently check your local antique and thrift stores. Thrift stores are the best, I always find valuable vintage pieces for next to nothing!

Here are some ideas for accents to consider:
• Foo Dogs
• Ginger Jars
• Chippendale Chairs
• Asian Dolphin Motif
• Koi Fish
• Buddhas
• Asian Stools
• Dragons
• Bamboo Motif
• Lotus Motif
• Cherry Blossom Motif
• Silk Screens
• Cloisonne Vases
• Lacquer


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Here are some inspiring spaces that have incorporated Asian accents. To see more, check out my Pinterest board Eastern Influences.


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ABOUT

My name is Megan McGraw. I'm the founder of Megan McGraw Interior Design. This is my blog where I will share thoughts, design tips and how-to's as well as other things I love! Do you need help with your space? Contact me at 316.554.6321 or info@mcgrawdesign.com