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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!






inspiration for bear cub's nursery

Well, hello 29 weeks!  This pregnancy is flying by with lightening speed and I'm trying my best not to panic as there is still an entire guest room set in what is to be Bear Cub's nursery (we are in the process of finishing a guest suite upstairs and it's taking FOREVER).  We are installing crown molding this week and getting the ceiling painted just so that I don't completely freak out at the amount of stuff we have yet to do before the little guy gets here, while I still vacillate on exactly what we're going to do in there.  There is no shortage of modern and more contemporary nurseries filling my Instagram and Pinterest feeds but I really want something a little more traditional, along the same lines as what I did for Lydia's, with some subtle nautical touches and a soothing color palette.  I'm all over the place when it comes to inspiration, but here are a few spaces that make my pulse leap:

I love the idea of vinyl grass cloth (with a painted, pale blue ceiling) and every single detail in this little boy's room sings to me...from the grass cloth walls and bright white trim to the fabulous striped curtain panels and rug and the ship chandelier! 

Another great example by the great Steven Gambrel, this time with blue painted trim.  Again, love the striped rug and the underlying nautical vibe:

On the complete other end of the spectrum, I do love the all-white nursery with lots of texture and again, a striped rug, to bring interest and keep it from looking too sterile.  This kid's space in Victoria Hagan's Nantucket hideaway is so light and airy it takes my breath away:

I love the pale gray and soft blues, not to mention all the adorable nautical details, in this nursery Caitlin did for her littles over at Picket Fence Projects:

Another gorgeous little man's room by Steven Gambrel that is so stunning in its simplicity.  I love the aqua chairs and bed and the washed out colors of the nautical charts paired with bold navy stripes on the windows:

I adore this sea captain-inspired gallery wall:

I'm finding a ton of inspiration in grown up spaces, too - like the tone-on-tone gray/blue paint in Scott Currie's Hampton's living room.  The only thing tripping me up is that I'm so obsessed with Lydia's painted ceiling that I'm pretty sure I want it in little man's room, too.  But how amazing - and unique - is this?

The nursery graphic designer Ashley Putman did for her youngest son has always been a favorite and, in fact, the reason I've pined for pale blue curtain panels for the last few years, haha!  It's so light and airy and the glossy black closet doors anchor the space perfectly:

The space Monika Hibbs created for her little boy, Liam, is another favorite, as much for the light, bright airiess as all the texture and the navy and aqua accents.  The Serena and Lily wallpaper is so fun and fresh, too:

And last, but not least...even though this office by Steven Gambrel is not a kid's space, I love the bold Kelly green trim paired with the textured bamboo Roman blinds, gauzy linen curtain panels and fun striped chairs:

 Which is your favorite??? 


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!