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john derian's makeunder

There's nothing I like more than a good design before and after, especially when it's underdone as opposed to over decorated and John Derian's Manhattan abode in the East Village is a beautiful example.  I absolutely loved his rustic summer retreat in Connecticut, so I was not surprised to have fallen in love with his 150 year-old apartment in the city and how well he preserved its integrity while adding modern touches like that fabulous tufted backless sofa and gorgeous, gleaming brass hardware.  The space is undoubtedly sparse and rustic and yet warm, welcoming and cozy at the same time, thanks to well chosen antiques and furniture and beautiful art and lighting.  Makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea on a gray Fall day like today!


for a little princess

Hello!  I apologize for the blogging break-the last week has been a whirlwind, between my brother's wedding up in Philadelphia last weekend and speeding to complete a kitchen and bath renovation before my clients deploy, I've been burning the candle at both ends!  I'm so excited to get back into blogging mode and especially to share this little girl's bedroom today.  Bijou and Boheme is one of my favorite blogs to read, but unfortunately, I haven't had time to check out her posts lately so, late last night as I scrolled through and saw the big girl bedroom recently designed for her little girl, my jaw dropped!  Navy blue, pink and gold with just the right amount of glam for a pint-sized princess, it is truly breathtaking! Every detail is delicious, from the gold wallpaper to the hot pink settee and that amazing chandelier - I can think of plenty of adults who would covet this room for themselves...what a lucky little girl!

To see more of this space and to check out all the graciously-provided sources, check out Christine's blog here.  Have a wonderful weekend!


thom filicia does it again

Of all the magazine subscriptions I get, I have to say, House Beautiful is one that has been consistently knocking it out of the park!  Just in time for the November release of his new book, American Beauty, Thom Filicia's renovated 1917 lake house in upstate New York takes center stage in this month's issue and the details are divine! Fabric-covered walls, exposed reclaimed beams, oversize furniture, rustic accents and subtle nautical details create a young, fresh, modern vibe, perfect for relaxing or entertaining.  I love the unexpected touches-the darker color palette, charcoal-painted doors and mix of pattern and furniture pieces are both sophisticated and casual at the same time.  And that fire pit!  Be still my heart!

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

seagrass cube

rope handrail

iron and rope mirror

backless sofa

Benjamin Moore witching hour

Throw pillows

Stripe throw

mason lanterns


zara home

In college, I had the enormous pleasure of living in Salamanca, Spain, and while there, Zara was, hands down, my absolute favorite place to shop.  It was the only place that had the most fabulous selection of extra long length pants for my 5'10" frame and I actually still have a few pairs in my closet today!  So,  I was thrilled to discover the debut of Zara Home online yesterday!  Just like their clothing, their home line is sophisticated and chic and very affordable!  I've got my eye on a couple mirrors and ornate picture frames and their accessories are to die for!  Here are a few of my favorite images from their online catalogue...I especially love how their products-whether it's bedding, accessories or for the table top-have an antique, vintage vibe:

And, as if that wasn't enough to drool over, they even have a line for children!

Here are a few of my favorites from their collection:

Walton mirror

Julio doorstop

Harvey vase

Zanzibar throw

Begonia pillow

To see more of their home line, click here.


sea captain's quarters

Architect/interior designer Steven Gambrel is, hands down, one of the most talented in the business.  Of all the projects in his stunning portfolio, though, his home in Sag Harbor is my favorite - the charming details and character of this former sea captain's cottage is eclipsed only by the architectural heritage and historic legacy that Gambrel honored while renovating.  There is so much to love about this house - wide plank pine floors, beautiful detailed moldings, beamed ceilings, planked walls, lots of natural textures and subtle nautical details, to name a few.  What I love most, though, is the color palette throughout the entire home-the painted moldings, doors and shutters in different shades of pale blue, it is such a stunning twist on the traditional "beach" house!  See for yourself:

The gorgeous view of Sag Harbor Cove:

Oversize furniture, bamboo Roman blinds and an impressive collection of Stag Horn Ferns create an extension of the indoor living areas on the back porch:

A stone barn at the back of the property is such a cozy spot for entertaining:

Love those wide plank pine floors and the contrast between the black railing and the pale blue planked walls:

In one hallway, wooden block walls are meant to simulate stonework, inspired by Mount Vernon - what an interesting way to add character and texture!

The kitchen is one of my favorites-marble floors; blue and white painted cabinetry; vaulted, planked ceiling and walls of subway tile -be still my heart!

Love the blue moldings and nautical lighting in the eating area:

Such an artful array of cozy furniture in the living  area, with a fabulous view of the cove beyond!

The living room in the guesthouse is one of my all-time favorites....the planked, vaulted ceiling, gray/blue moldings, comfy furniture, glass lamps and loads of natural light make this one room I would never want to leave!

Back stairwell off the eating area, leading to the master bedroom:

Closeup detail of the rope handrail:

Walls, molding and trim in a guest bedroom is painted Gambrel's favorite shade of pale blue:

 What did I tell you?  One of the most amazing sea captain's cottages!  To see more of this house, and to see other work in his portfolio, click here.

All images courtesy of Steven Gambrel, his book Time & Place and Rooms to Inspire in the Country.

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