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a summer saltbox by lisa tharp

Coming off of a fabulous long weekend bright and early this morning and heading back into reality makes me wish I drank coffee.  Since my head is still in weekend mode, I thought I'd share some fabulous eye candy by Lisa Tharp Design to celebrate a short week!  I've been a fan of Lisa's work for a while now (you can read my original post from years ago here), so I was thrilled to see she's updated her portfolio with an incredible renovated saltbox in New England. Seriously, it's BANANAS!  From the neutral color palette, tons of texture and stunning lighting to the pops of navy blue and built-in window seats and beds, every nook and cranny is absolute perfection:

All the built-in seating and alcoves are perfect for curling up with a summer read, not to mention sleeping all the extra guests:

Fresh greens are a great way to add a pop of color to a neutral space, but that rope wrapped console is what's got my eye in this sitting area:

A few hits of black anchor an otherwise neutral vignette:

Cedar shakes still make me weak in the knees:

Teak countertops, a La Cornue range and those fabulous bar stools take center stage in the all-white kitchen:

 I love the mix in the dining room - all that natural light is such a beautiful backdrop for the antique dining table, an insane chandelier and linen wingback chairs.  The white sconces from Dunes and Duchess are so, so chic, too!

Brass fixtures and boardwalk planks salvaged from Coney Island in the connected indoor/outdoor baths:

Just a peek of gorgeous, caramel toned grass cloth:

Lockers and nautical-inspired sconces in the mudroom and a breathtaking all-white screened-in porch, perfect for entertaining and relaxing after days spent at the beach!

Texture reigns supreme in the kid's lounge area.  I love, love, LOVE the wicker settee:

I'm swooning over the navy grass cloth and burlap covered end tables in the master bedroom; I'd never leave this room:

To see more of Lisa's work, check out her portfolio here.



8 things I can always score at HomeGoods + TJMaxx

Stops into HomeGoods and TJMaxx used to always be hit or miss for me.  While there are always some trendy gems to be found, it was usually my luck that if I went in looking for something in particular, I would come out empty-handed.  Over the last few years, though, I've found that there are actually quite a few things both TJMaxx and HomeGoods seem to always have in stock that, for me, are diamonds in the rough and will never go out of style.  Here are eight things I buy over and over again and am always on the lookout for, for myself as well as clients:

Blue and white ginger jars + white platters.  Every one of my blue and white beauties has come from HomeGoods, including a ginormous one that sits on a hutch in my dining room that I scored for less than $40! Simple white platters in all shapes and sizes are another favorite.  I keep a bunch on hand and mix them in with my mother's ironstone platters on my hutch to use whenever we have company.  That way I don't worry about breaking or chipping one of my good ones.  They're always priced so well (I don't think I've spent more than $12 for one) you can amass quite a collection!

Chunks of coral + glass hurricanes in different sizes.  I'll throw elbows for chunks of lookalike resin pieces; they add texture and interest to shelves, mantles, coffee tables and stacks of books and are a great way to bring a bit of the beach home.  Another versatile favorite are simple glass hurricanes.  They're inexpensive and they work great as vases, candle holders, corraling office supplies, you name it.  I especially love those with thicker bottoms (they give the illusion of being more expensive) and the little ones look amazing grouped down a table with unscented white votives as a centerpiece!

Woven trays.  I use them to corral my cooking oils in the kitchen, lotions and potions in the bath, seasonal displays on my breakfast table and books and decorative objects on coffee tables. 

White pitchers.  These look fabulous on their own, grouped together or filled with flowers and it's always helpful to have a few extras on hand when hosting dinner, luncheons or baby showers!

Baskets.  I've scored some oversize woven baskets that are dead ringers for those you'd find at Pottery Barn or Wisteria for a quarter of the price!  I always tell clients and friends to look at HomeGoods first before spending big bucks for them elsewhere.  Now that I have a toddler, they're even more valuable for hiding toys, books and stuffed animals from grown up spaces, too!

Silver picture frames.  Memories look even more special in silver frames.  A grouping can make as dramatic an impact as a few placed on their own.  I'm loving the modern, thin frames that are popular now, so I'm always sure to pick them up whenever I see them.

What are some things you look for?


friday five

Hooray for the weekend!  The mild temps this week have officially given me Spring fever and we've been outside as much as possible, soaking it all up.  I plan to do nothing but  more of the same all weekend, too!  Right now, we are off to watch Daddy jump out of airplanes, so I thought I'd cap off my posts this week with a little Friday Five, as I get back on the blogging bandwagon again!

Warmer weather means it's time to break out all my nautical accessories - coral, rope, nautical charts - basically anything that reminds me of the sea.  See my step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own Monkey's Fist here:

My camellias usually bloom in the fall, which is exactly what they did just a few months ago...and then a few weeks ago, I got an extra special surprise when I stepped out my front door to a profusion of pink blooms again!  Does it get any better than pale pink blooms of any kind? I don't think so...

My little miss, rocking the Princess Leia buns so well.  Girl's got a head of hair that would make Kate Middleton jealous:

When my aunt came up empty handed in her search for a vintage sign for her beach house in Newport, RI, I thought, how hard could it be to make one?  Turns out, it was super easy, thanks to a little paint, tracing paper, a steady hand A LOT of sanding.  I love it so much, I was sad to send it off to her and so I'm thinking I may just have to make another...if a tutorial is something any of you might like to see on the blog, be sure to say so in the comment section below!

When my dad comes to town, we spoil him rotten; my hubby doesn't have the sweet tooth that I do so I get excited when Popouli visits because I love to bake AND I have someone to indulge with!  This is not only the BEST key lime pie, it's also the easiest!  I double the amount of lime juice and zest for extra flavor:

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


captain overton house

Steven Gambrel's latest masterpiece is - surprise, surprise! - nothing short of absolutely spectacular.  I've been anxiously awaiting a full reveal of the competely renovated sea captain's cottage in Sag Harbor since I first caught a sneak peek on the design genius' Instagram feed (if you haven't seen it, I seriously urge you to take a look-see here).  I'm beyond THRILLED to have discovered over the weekend that not only is a full reveal of the property now online, but the dream house is now available for a cool $10 million, if you're in the market for a quaint Hamptons cottage (!?)

Every detail is breathtaking, from Gambrel's signature pale blue and gray, tone-on-tone color palette and subtle nautical details to the fabulous mix of art, modern furnishings, antique finds and stunning lighting (the oversize bell jar pendant in the dining room is divine!).  I love, love, LOVE how all the trim throughout is a few shades darker than the walls and the kitchen is enough to make this fan of all-white kitchens run out for a can of paint and go from white to gray!  There's so much to love in every inch of this home....

Here are a few of my picks for getting a similar look and feel (for those of us without 24k gold piggy banks!):

Topiary / Bell jar pendant / Clam shell / Sailboat painting / Basket / Round brass mirror /

Happy Hump Day!


my favorite, budget-friendly curtain panels are baaaaaaack!!

Thank you all SO much for your sweet comments about our big news, here and on Instagram!!  We are all so excited, especially as we get closer to finding out what we're having!  Today, though, I wanted to take it back to all-things-decor with some other exciting news, this time for your windows!

The second most asked question I get about my house (behind my wall paint color) is where my curtain panels came from.  There's always a moment of disbelief when I tell them they are from IKEA!  Who doesn't love crisp white curtain panels that are as affordable as they are dramatic? 

The bleached Merete grommet curtain panels have always been one of my favorite, budget-friendly ways to soften a room and they look fabulous paired with bamboo Roman blinds and are long enough to puddle a little on the floor. My panels are 118 inches long, which Ikea stopped selling about six years ago, much to my absolute heartbreak, but a client recently texted me from a jaunt to the superstore to tell me that they're back! (Cut to me doing cartwheels down my driveway!)

I love custom curtain panels as much as the next design fanatic, but when you're on a budget and want a big bang for your buck, you just can't beat these.  At $40 for a pack of two panels, you'd be hard pressed to find fabric by the yard for that price! And if you don't like the grommets, you can always cut them off, hem them and add pinch pleats and rings (this is an easy job for a seamstress and is relatively inexpensive) for a more custom look. (This is actually exactly what I'm going to do for our dining room!)

I am a big believer that a room really isn't finished without some window treatments; if you're on a tight budget, you really need to check these out ASAP because who knows how long they'll be back for!  The best part is that those of us who don't live right around the corner (myself included) can have them shipped to you!  Just be sure to choose the 118" option in the drop down box:

Happy shopping and Happy Monday!