Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Textbook Tuesday | Out East - Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons



With the summer months ahead, we collectively turn to outdoor living and dinning inspiration. What better place to turn than the iconic shingled houses and oceanfront cottages of the Hamptons? In Out East (out next month from Vendome Press), Jennifer Ash Rudick and photographer Tria Giovan take us on an insider's tour of more that 30 of the Hampton's most exquisite homes and gardens. Rudick, a long-time Southampton resident, explains that "few areas can lay claim to the fact that almost every American architect of note has worked here," (Vogue.com) Through reading this lovely hardcover collection I came to appreciate that this locale blends colonialism, contemporary design, and coastal charm. Here's a peek inside:






Of course we can admire the outdoors spaces of such a charming coastal community, but the indoor spaces are equally as spectacular. Some of my favorites:



I particularly feel drawn to the pattern-on-pattern maximalist spaces, which may seem atypical for oceanfront homes, but I love how cozy and inviting they appear:


The bedroom below, also featured on the cover of this month's Architectural Digest, is another perfect example of bringing maximalism to the Hampton's vacation homes:



I'm sure I'd never leave if I could inhabit any one of these stunning homes. Anyone who adores the summer-chic style of the Hampton's and the charm of beach-front communities will need to add Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hampton's to their personal design library!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Georgetown Gem By Sarah Bartholomew



The June 2017 issue of House Beautiful features a beautiful Washington D.C. Rowhouse in the Georgetown neighborhood that was designed by Sarah Bartholomew & really caught my eye. The stunning facade of this 1901 home features lovely white millwork and a custom grey color to match the original paint. How charming are those repeated window boxes? Let's take a look inside:



The collection of 17th century bird prints is the stand out of the living room:




I adore the wicker chairs in the kitchen!! Makes me so happy I chose to leave my own Craigslist wicker chairs raw rather than paint them:



In the guest bedroom, the uneven wall is disguised by the brackets holding a collection of sea shells:


The master bedroom's soothing blues definitely sing, and I particularly love the repeat of the floral fabric on the bed skirt, headboard, and drapes, which also helps to disguise the mismatch openings of the window and adjacent french doors.




What a lovely space! You can see more of Sarah's beautiful portfolio here.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday's Favorites To Follow



Shaun Smith, a Next Wave designer for House Beautiful magazine, is one of my favorites to follow on instagram lately. Shaun Smith Home is not only a full service design firm, but also a stunning and charming shop along historic Magazine St in New Orleans. I just love the striped awning and all-white frontage of his store:


A chic corner of the shop, stacked with antique goodies:


This bathroom below with the wallpapered ceiling and the painted out millwork is one of my favorites from Shaun's published works!



These are by far my most favorite Christopher Spitzmiller lamps (Shaun Smith Home is an exclusive dealer in Louisiana):



The mix of this antique chest and beach artwork is perfection:



Loved this recent peek at a before and after of a library makeover & install!


To see more from Shaun's portfolio, hop here. To follow him on instagram and see the behind-the-scenes of his ever evolving shop, hop here. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Children's Rooms With Storybook Charm



I love the children's room I come across lately with old-world charm, as if somewhere on an English country-side estate, they look as though you truly could have stepped right into a story book. The look is created by the use of over the top prints and wallpapers, heavy doses of chinz and toile, canopy beds and fantastic bedding. Here is a look through a few favorites:


La Maison Pierre Frey wallpaper, Victoria Maria Interior Design



I love this modern version of a fabric canopy with a larger scale floral print in Paloma's recent work she shared:


La Maison Pierre Frey and Ralph Lauren Home prove that bedding can provide the pattern needed:

La Maison Pierre Frey bedcover, Scot Meacham Wood Home

Equestrian chic Ralph Lauren Home

It's kind of obvious that I would be drawn to the nursery of a sweet baby girl named Nancy, her mother is the oh-so-chic Vogue contributing editor Alice Naylor-Leyland:


Speaking of which, I love Alice's photography and the shots she takes of her children in these sprawling perfectly opulent English bedrooms, it's all very old-world chic (Alice is a must follow on instagram)!



What are the children's rooms and nursery looks you are drawn to lately? Any favorites you see here?

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tory Burch At Home | British Vogue



Have you every daydreamed about what real estate you would purchase should money be no object? Well, my guess is a New York City apartment would be high on many of our wishlists. Let's be a little more specific, perhaps an opulent Upper East Side apartment in the 1930's Pierre Hotel facing Central Park ... maybe even joining three separate apartments to create a massive 10-room Manhattan dream. Tory Burch, a self-made billionaire designer, did just that.

I was excited to find a new look inside the style-maven's home on British Vogue this weekend. Even though we've peered into her home many times, it's always fun to see new angles and details never published before:


The rooms branch off of the stately entrance hall which is slathered in Gracie Studio wallpaper:






Here are a few more photos of previously published looks into Tory's home. That mossy-green velvet wallcovering is incredible, the matte appearance perfectly absorbs the light and creates an intimate atmosphere. Several designers have been trying to convince us for years to move away from egg-shell paint and go for a more flattering matte finish; we might not be able to afford the velvet's or silks but Benjamin Moore's new soft touch matte finish called CENTURY would be something I would be interested to try!




Love the view of the entry with the doors open and the view down the hall to the dining room! I also love that there are some interior lights & lamps on in these images, we often see pictures without any interior lighting on, but the glow is actually attractive and inviting.




Tory's home is formal but very friendly at the same time. And we can all agree she's the queen of color. You can read more from the British Vogue article here.

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