Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Showhouses Part 2 | Coastal Living's Idea House



As promised yesterday, we are on the second leg of our summer showhouse tour, and today we are taking a look into Coastal Living's Idea House located in historic Newport, Rhode Island. The entire home is a masterful study in blue & white, layering textures, pattern & style mixing all by the one and only Mark D. Sikes. Coastal Living magazine's team also included A. Tesa Architecture and Horan Building company to design and build this gorgeous bay-front home. If this doesn't say seaside luxury, I don't know what does. This home is open until September 4th, so do plan a visit if you are near by!


It seems to me, Lee Radziwill's latest book is on everyone's coffee table! I need to grab a copy ...



And then there is the cutest butler pantry with a to-die-for detail of medallion wallpaper on the ceiling.



The master bedroom is so pretty and calming, I love the mismatched bedside tables and artwork vignettes.




A tiny detail of a painted border around the window and crown molding to match the tile border makes this principle bath extra special.


Every bedroom in this house is layered with pattern and has a special moment with a statement headboard, mirror, or wallcovering:





It's all buffalo check in the perfectly handsome boys room - and that's FABRIC edged in trim, not wallpaper by the way!




I love the nod to 60's ultra-mod here:



And that view!!



I mean, the basement entertainment space is nicer than my entire home!! I love everything in here including the diamond sisal rug, the art wall, and the wallpaper in the adjoining room:



And of course, it wouldn't be coastal living without the perfect pool! 

(To see these images and more of this lovely home you can search the hashtag #clideahouse or #clideahouse2017 on instagram)

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Showhouses Part 1 | Hampton Designer Showhouse



Summer showhome season is upon us, and two lovely homes have recently opened to the public - The Hampton Designer Showhouse and the Coastal Living Idea House. Over the next two days, I'll take you on a little tour of some of my favorite spaces, starting with The Hampton Designer Showhouse which opened yesterday. Presented by Traditional Home magazine, and located in Southampton NY, this show house will benefit the Southampton Hospital. The roster of designers who were involved is impressive, and each space is unique and filled with creative ideas, like the stunning double width brass-lined teal secretary desk above! Let's have a little look:


I loved the mod simplicity of the JFK and Jackie prints above! And nothing makes a statement quite like the perfect stand-alone side chair. And just look at the brass detailing within the open glass shelves in the kitchen cabinetry:


Those Chippendale chairs in the kitchen are just lovely:



Those are hand-painted agate-inspired walls!! So impressive, I could totally see those with the blue lacquered casing been so sweet in a boys room:






And of course you cannot have a Hampton's retreat without the perfect outdoor spaces!


You can view these images and even more peeks inside this lovely home by searching the hashtag #hdshowhouse2017 on instagram. Or better yet, if you are anywhere nearby please go visit it in person for me! And don't forget to hop back here tomorrow to take a look at yet another stunning show house. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Secretary Desks & A Fun Craigslist Find



There are a handful of inspiration photos I have tucked away for several years that I always come back to - and this stunning living room by Christina Murphy is one of them. I have always been in love with the whole room, and in particular, that black & gold bamboo desk. Utterly chic, non? I have been thinking about how wonderfully a desk would fit into our own family room, a perfect spot for the telephone and the mail to land. Then I started to think, maybe I actually would want a secretary desk, so I could cover up the mess if I wanted to ...  these have long been a 'furniture crush' of mine as well ...




And while I love the look of the full-height cabinet, the spot that I'm thinking of for my own space wouldn't accommodate this. For one thing, there is a light switch that's used daily that would end up behind the cabinet, and I also don't think it would suit the scale of everything else going on in the room. So I started searching for low-height secretary desks, of which there are many handsome options:


1st Dibs has some rather stunning high-end antique options, but they truthfully were way out of my budget range:

1st Dibs - for a pretty price tag of nearly $70,000 CAD

1st Dibs - Just over $10,000 CAD

So I spent months searching some of my regular favorite websites - including my local Craigslist of course. And if you are patient, you can often find a gem! I combined my love of the bamboo look with the low secretary desk (at $200!):


This piece needs work, & new hardware all around, but it's a solid wood antique and I'm in love. Hmmm, maybe I can still achieve the look I lusted after in Christina Murphy's space? 


And I'm realizing more and more from the photos I am saving on my computer that I adore the all-black look:

Ralph Lauren Home via Habitually Chic


So elegant! So what are your thoughts, should I go black and gold? Leave as is? Or something entirely different? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

A 100-Year-Old Texas Home Makeover by Amy Berry



This stunning historic Dallas home was made-over top to bottom by one of my favorite Neo-traditional designers, Amy Berry. The home is featured in the June issue of Southern Living magazine, and so many images caught my attention on social media, including the divine entry with this skirted hexagonal table:



I love that velvet fringed ottoman in the living room!







The master bedroom was done in calming blues, while another bedroom is subtle in soft pinks.





Truthfully, this super chic laundry room was one of the first images I noticed and fell for that led me to the rest of this project. Amy does a wonderful job of selecting wallpaper for her laundry room designs!


Even the outdoor space is perfection:


To see even more from this gorgeous home, hop to Southern Living, and Amy's own portfolio here. You can also see past posts of her own Dallas home for sale here, and my overview of her portfolio here.

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