Beach Retreat by Aston Moody Interiors

Close up of sky blue botanical custom pillows styled on a rattan bed with a pink lumbar pillow

Summer might be over but we're still swooning over this South Carolina beach retreat designed by Aston Moody Interiors! Follow along to learn a little more about the Columbia-based designer and her design choices for this Pawleys Island home. 


First off, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am an interior decorator out of Columbia, SC. I do mainly residential design. My typical style is traditional with a twist or classic with a splash of funk. I always infuse color. The goal is that each room reflects the homeowners personality and evokes joy every time my client passes by. The bulk of my work is in Columbia; however I absolutely travel for the right projects -- this being a prime example.

Sky blue botanical curtains hanging on a rod in front of a window in a bedroom with a white bed and sky blue botanical pillows

Pictured here: Emma Sky euro shams piped in Sky; Emma Sky rod pocket curtains

This project was a Pawleys Island home owned by one of our Columbia clients whose primary residence we have decorated as well.  This beautiful home sits front beach and boasts great bones, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a fabulous location overlooking one of the piers on the island. Because this is a rental property, we did not want to overdo any of the decor; however, we did want to make sure that the decor was fittingly stylish to match the home value and rental fee.  


What was your design vision for each room?

I really wanted to step outside the box of the currently popular coastal vibe with soft blues and white. So each room was a challenge to do something different than that expected palette. 


How did you land on Emma Sky for the coastal blue bedroom?

For the Emma Sky room, we were initially inspired by a Teil print we loved and wanted to feature above each bed. This allowed us to go beyond the limits of blue and white and to bring in the some other colors as well. The Laura Park bolster was the perfect opportunity to include one more pop of color in the space. And so the Emma Sky fabric came to mind immediately as the perfect "coastal neutral" to serve as the background for these pops of color. 

Sky blue botanical custom pillows styled on a rattan bed with a pink lumbar pillow

We used it for the euro pillows on both queen beds and tied it in to coordinate the entire look of the adjoining rooms by trimming out all the windows in Emma Sky curtain panels as well. We LOVED the end result, sophisticated and fun, unexpected and soothing (all the elements a vacation home should have).

Before photo of a blue bedroom next to an updated room with white walls and a white bed with sky blue botanical custom pillows


We love the blue and green scheme of the second bedroom. What drew you to Thatcher Midnight?

I was drawn to this fabric and many of the Pepper Home options because they can fit a coastal vibe without being overtly nautical in any way. When I think coastal light blue, light green and navy do all come to mind - all of which this fabric boasts; however this fabric has the bonus of pops of coral which again allowed us to go outside of the box and to stay true to our "colorful" brand without taking away from an overall coastal feel. We paired it with some light blue pinstripe sheets and a cobalt blue lamp to allow for a variety of shades and prints.

Before photo of a an empty room with green walls next to a photo of black bed with green art deco custom pillows and custom curtains

Pictured here: Thatcher Midnight curtains; Thatcher Midnight fabric


For those that might not know, how many yards of fabric is required to make a bolster pillow? 

I love a bolster pillow, and I use them on most every bed I design because it finishes the look and elevates the style. We usually aim for a 36" bolster on a queen bed, requiring 1.5 yards of fabric. And we aim for a 48" bolster on a king bed, requiring 1.5 yards of fabric. **Noting that you would possibly need more if there were a large repeat in the fabric pattern.

Close up of blue and green art deco palm custom pillow on a bed styled with white pillows


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