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Tuesday
Aug022016

inspired in sag harbor

I've never been to the Hamptons, but I know I would be just darling at living there.  Shingle-style cottages, a great mix of modern and rustic interiors with just a little bit of blue and white thrown in for good measure?  Yes, please!  This 19th century cottage in Sag Harbor is home to Bloom antique shop owner Mona Nerenberg and is, for me, quintessential Hamptons style.  A black and white color palette is warmed by tons of texture (the handspun jute rug in the living room is to die for!), beautiful antiques and a pared-down approach to decorating where less is much, much more.  I'm obsessed with every inch of this four bedroom beauty:


Here are a few of my picks for getting a similar look:

Mirror / Basket / Pillow / Rug / Vase / Chair / Seaside print / Sofa / Pendant light / Abstract painting

Happy Tuesday!

Monday
Aug012016

5 tips for styling glass front cabinets

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed my glass front shingle-style kitchen cabinets in the background on quite a regular basis.  I know glass front cabinetry isn't for everyone, but the truth is, I LOVE mine.  They make my kitchen feel so open and airy and they've helped me keep clutter and items I don't use to a minimum.  It also makes me very happy at the end of the day, when the hurricane is alseep and the kitchen is actually clean, to see all the items I've collected over the years for entertaining and hosting on display, all organized and pretty.  With that being said, there's NO way I'd be able to do an entire kitchen of glass front cabinets.  The other wall of cabinets is for baking essentials, mixing bowls, cookbooks, Lydia's colorful sippy cups and melamine dinner plates - basically, everything else that I use regularly that isn't exactly "pretty" enough for display behind glass doors.  (That sounds snotty, but it's the truth!) 

I used to be very OCD when it came to organization before I had Lydia but I simply don't have the time anymore to keep everything organized to within an inch of its life and frankly, I don't want to take that precious time away from my baby girl, so having these cabinets, with everything on display, all organized and pretty, is just a little something that makes me very happy when the rest of my house is covered in books, toys and dog fur! For anyone who has ever considered glass front cabinets, whether it's a single cabinet or an entire kitchen full of them, but has wondered how in the heck you would style them, here are a few tips that have worked for me:

clear the decks

When it comes to kitchen storage, I really believe that less is more.  I wanted to start with a clean slate when we moved into this house, so I went through every single item in my cabinets and got rid of things I hadn't used in forever but was keeping around anyway.  Random martini glasses, funny coffee mugs (we don't even drink coffee!!), an extensive collection of mismatched shot glasses.  If I didn't use it regularly, it was tossed or donated.  It was hard to let some things go for sentimental reasons, but once I was done, it just felt SO GOOD to get back down to the basics that I haven't regretted it a single day since!

use what you display

The first time my  middle brother came to visit us in this house he jokingly asked how often we use anything in our cabinets.  Well, the truth is, I actually use it ALL!  Our dinner plates, serving bowls, glassware and cereal bowls get used on a daily basis, pitchers are beautiful makeshift vases for grocery store blooms and cake stands double as serveware for appetizers whenever we have friends over for cocktails and a dip in the pool.  Nothing goes in those cabinets that doesn't get used frequently, which helps me stick to only buying something if I truly love it because I know that I'll use it!

stick to white (or neutral) dishware

This is strictly personal opinion, but I have found that having an entire wall of glass front cabinets looks so much cleaner and less cluttered when mostly everything on display is the same color.  A lot of my dishes and serveware are mismatched but because everything is white you'd never know the difference.  And pops of silver are such a pretty compliment to all that white!

mix it up

I like to add interest and keep my shelves from looking too uniform, so I try to mix and pair items like drinking glasses on the same shelf as dessert plates; a set of cake stands with silver footed bowls or a group of white pitchers with a stack of serving platters. 

display your treasures

I am a super sentimental person and have attachments to family treasures that have been passed down - my collection of silver Revere bowls started with a few that my aunt gave me when I was in college, and a set of four crystal dessert bowls that my grandparents brought back from a trip to Italy have pride of place next to the cereal bowls we use every day.  It brings me so much pleasure to get a glimpse of these pretties every time I walk past my cabinets and it's even more special that such important pieces are displayed for everyone to see!

Do any of you have glass front cabinets?  How do you like to style them, if so?

Hope you're all off to a fabulous start this week!

Monday
Jul252016

transitioning from a crib to a big girl bed

When I was pregnant with Lydia, long before I even knew I was actually having a little girl, all I could think about was a nursery centered around a gold Jenny Lind-style crib.  The day we had our ultrasound which, indeed, confirmed our little bundle was a baby girl, I ordered this crib and immediately had it painted Champagne Toast by Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics.  It was - and still is - my favorite part of Lydia's nursery. 

Well, here we are two and a half years later (I still can't wrap my head around how fast the time went) and she's not only starting to run out of room in her crib, but we are also getting closer to needing it for baby bear's nursery. The thing is, even though she is 2.5 she isn't exactly ready for a big girl bed. My child has always been super curious about everything and wants to be around us 24/7 so, even though we go through our whole routine every night before bed, it still takes her at least 30 minutes most nights (and sometimes more) to settle herself once we leave the room (and that entails playing with her lovies in her crib, talking to herself and looking straight at the monitor and yelling for momma to come get her). 

I know the only way she could sleep in her big girl bed would be if I were to lay in there with her until she falls asleep, otherwise, she would be all over the room, pulling books and toys out and having herself a grand old time, but I feel like doing that would defeat all my efforts over the years to get her sleeping through the night and not having to run in there every time she kicks the covers off or semi wakes up for a minute before drifting back off to sleep.  I know she is about to undergo some serious adjustments once the baby gets here and I feel like sticking to routine as much as possible would help her tremendously, but I also know I need to start transitioning her slowly, as well. 

Luckily, she LOVES her big girl bed that Daddy made for her room before she was born!  (You can find the plans we used to make it here; it's aptly named the "Lydia" bed)  We read books there and lay together after reading stories and saying our prayers at night, talking about all the fun things we did that day, but she very rarely ever asks to stay and sleep in it....

With baby boy making his debut in the next six weeks or so, it just doesn't make sense to buy another crib, so I figure I will start out by getting her to take naps in her daybed.  Any suggestions of how to make that transition easily?  And, more importantly, how to get her to stay in it? Or, am I crazy and I should just leave her sleep in her crib for as long as she wants?

Hope you're all off to a great start this week!

Wednesday
Jun292016

a stunning east hampton family home 

I finally got a chance to sift through the three-foot high stack of design magazines that have been acting as a makeshift side table next to my sofa the other day and I have to say, the June issue of Architectural Digest is KILLING me softly, it's so good!  As soon as I landed upon the East Hampton home of Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell, my heart skipped a beat!  While I don't typically fall head over heels for super contemporary design, this one is a stunning combination of traditional bones mixed with modern furnishings and the most GORGEOUS lighting I ever did see!  Crisp white walls and trim are such a gorgeous backdrop for cerused oak and leather, antique brass details and soft jute rugs.  I'm so obsessed, I can't stop rifling back through the issue for another peek!  I've posted some contemporary homes on the blog before but this one definitely is the cream of the crop!

Cedar shingles, crisp white trim and a free-floating pool in the middle of the yard?  Be still my ever loving heart! 

White walls and molding are anything but boring when paired with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and vintage Borge Mogensen and Kaare Klint chairs.  And that little sneaky peek of a brass, branching Sputnik chandelier by Lindsey Adelman?  Oh, yes....

Another view of the breathtaking living room:

French doors and wall-to-wall windows framed by linen curtain panels bring the outside in:

The kitchen is a fresh take on all-white; the built-in, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, 12 foot work table and Thomas O'Brien sconces are beautifully complimented by the rustic overhead beams.  I've got serious heart eyes all over this entire room:

Simple but stunning details in the dining room:

An antique trestle table, stained glass windows original to the house and a David Weeks Studio chandelier in the stairway are another great example of how to mix traditional and modern:

The linen wingback bed in the master bedroom is BANANAS and those sheepskin rugs make me want to curl up on right there on the floor!

While I love every single square inch of this entire house, it's the master bathroom that makes my heart flutter - floor-to-ceiling Cararra marble subway tiles, a bananas free standing tub and French doors leading to a private porch has me wanting to sell everything I own to re-create this in my house and then never EVER leave it! 

While even just one of the chandeliers or vintage chairs in this house is worth more than a year's worth of mortgage payments for me, I put together some picks that I think help create a similar feel for those of us with champagne taste on beer budgets!  Not pictured below, but completely necessary would be about twenty gallons of white paint to coat walls, trim and molding!

Goddess chandelier / Before the Storm print / Andros Rope Chair / Handspun Jute Rug /

Lander Brass Sconce / Pacific Tripod Floor Lamp / Sheepskin rug / Parsons dining table

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun282016

a red, white and blue table for the 4th

July 4th is right around the corner (can you believe it?!) but I've had red, white and blue on the brain for a while now.  While I typically don't ever gravitate toward red in my decor or design, I love it in a muted shade to accompany classic blue and white for summer and, especially, the fourth of July!  I found a gorgeous red cotton throw at TJMaxx the other day and it got me thinking how amazing it would look as a makeshift tablecloth, paired with navy and white striped napkins, my bamboo flatware, water hyacinth chargers and my favorite French wine glasses - something so easy and inexpensive can take your everyday entertaining essentials to the next level and provide a cool pop of color and lots of interest!  Here are a few things I'm loving lately for a subdued red, white and blue table setting:

Natural basket weave placemat / Roulette blue band dinner plate / Cambridge Silversmiths Bamboo-style

flatware / Monogrammed outdoor pillow / Beverage dispenser / Hayden beverage tub /

Giant clam bowl / Buffalo check tablecloth / Myrtle topiary / Casserole dish + holder / Acrylic glasses

Happy Tuesday!