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Tuesday
Jan272015

ladies of the sea: clare elsaesser

Since all my family and friends up north are buried in snow, why not post some sea-inspired art to get them thinking of warmer weather?  I'm such a fan of San Francisco-based artist Clare Elsaesser's moody, hauntingly beautiful paintings, as much for the quality as for the incredibly affordable pricepoint.  She paints the female form so beautifully and always adds a touch of whimsy (I love the striped bikinis!) and they almost always are centered around or in water.  I'm always sure to check in to her etsy shop for new pieces and lately, I'm absolutely loving her series of women in the sea.  The moody color palettes and unassuming poses are so beautiful, but what I love the most is the fact that you don't see their faces.  Giclees are available up to 16x20 (for only $65, might I add!!), or you can order one custom made on canvas.  I really want an oversize one for my bedroom, but narrowing the choices down to one is proving more difficult than I thought!  Here are a few I'm loving lately:

Monday
Jan262015

get the look: easy, breezy in the hamptons

I've been all over with this blog lately; one day I'm posting summer stripes and the next, I'm pining for a weekend getaway in Aspen.  Well, I'm about to flip it up again because over the weekend, as I was making my way through a ginormous pile of magazines to get rid of, I stumbled across this little gem of a beach house in the Hamptons by designer Jenny Wolf.  Maybe it's all the cold, rainy weather that's got me thinking of the beach or maybe it's just my obsession with the Hamptons, but I wanted to find more pics of this dreamy little cottage.  It's right up there on my dream house files - small and cozy, with a simple color palette, lots of texture and charm oozing right out of those lovely white painted planked walls! A mix of metals and pops of aqua and gray are so soft and welcoming!

Cedar shakes, crisp white trim, Nikko blue hydrangeas, boxwoods and a front door painted the most perfect shade of pale aqua are quintessential Hamptons style.  Making a good first impression to your home starts outside and everything about this exterior is sheer perfection:

Love this simple little vignette in the entryway:

How charming is this kitchen?  The pale aqua bistro chairs are the perfect pop of subtle color:

A Saarinen table, paired with metal Tolix chairs, a jute rug and an exposed brick wall are such a great mix of texture in the breakfast nook:

Neutral, oversize furnishings in the living room are simple and cozy and a nice contrast to the lovely reclaimed wood ceiling"

Painted number stairs are so perfect for a beach house:

That bed!

I am so smitten with this all-white girl's room; love the pops of fuschia and red and the pom detail on the teepee is just perfection:

A to-die-for backyard:

Here are my picks for getting the look:

Aqua bistro chairs / Coral / Lamp / Mirror / Candle / Table / Driftwood ball

Basket / Benjamin Moore Heavenly / Ikat lumbar pillow

Friday
Jan232015

obsessed: jill rosenwald collection

The last couple wish lists I've put together recently have each included handmade vases by Boston-based ceramicist Jill Rosenwald and I'm so obsessed with her Spring collection (as well as every other vase, bowl, serving platter and cup) that I figured I'd round up some of my favorites for you all today!  I'm big on buying American-made whenever possible and even more passionate about supporting local/small business, so it's only fitting to include Jill's beautiful pieces today!  Each bowl, vase, serving platter, candy dish, tray and even dog bowl is a one-of-a-kind piece that is thrown on a kiln, handpainted and then topped off with delicated gilded edging. Perfection.  A great gift idea for a special occasion (Valentine's Day is right around the corner!). It's no surprise I'm partial to the stripes and anything navy, but everything is so beautiful!  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Breakers Vase Collection / Caviar dip tray / Capri Striped Vase

Cocktail tray / Striped cocktail tray

Contessa von Dotty vase / Canopy stripe candy dish / Fenwick trellis vase / Striped berry bowl

Capri stripe tray / Canopy stripe tray / Exeter dip bowls / Hamptons link orchid vase

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Jan222015

get the look: aspen extreme

There are times when I really do miss winters in the Northeast.  And then I quickly remember how it snowed in April the last year I lived in Philadelphia and how much fun it was digging my car out of my parking space on Easter weekend and I resume my love for living in the South!  I prefer to get my snow fix trolling Sotheby's and Pinterest for ridiculously fabulous mountain houses and weekend escapes, always finding myself coming back to Aerin Lauder's luxuriously simple ski chalet in Aspen.  It's been all over Pinterest and the blog world since it was originally featured in Vogue years ago, and it's just too dreamy not to share again - a black and cream color palette, reclaimed wood ceilings and all that natural light are a simple, elegant backdrop to that STUNNING view.  Lots of texture, courtesy of simple sisal rugs, wood furnishings, bamboo Roman blinds and lots of fur throws and pillows keep it warm and inviting.  It's the perfect combination of elegance and comfort....

Here are my picks for getting a similar look at home:

Hennie Chair / Taraval Sofa / Horn cup / Faux snow leopard throw / Neils chair

Paper mache animal sculpture / Agate coasters / Bowl / Lamp / Seagrass rug

Wednesday
Jan212015

wednesday wish list: stripes, stripes, stripes

Good morning and happy hump day!  My apologies for the silence on the blog the last few days; I've been working diligently on some exciting projects that I can't wait to share with you all!  It got up to a whopping 64 degrees yesterday, so we spent most of the day outside, taking walks and running around the yard, it was heavenly!  What better way to bring a little summer to your home and wardrobe in the middle of winter than with some nautical-inspired stripes?  Here are a few lovelies on my radar lately:

I have two of these exact chairs in flax linen in my living room and I'm thinking they would look fabulous in a ticking stripe like this Miramar chair!

Spring flowers would look amazing in this charcoal striped vase with gold edging by Jill Rosenwald.  LOVE.

This striped tote is a chic way to store shoes, games, toys.

The new fouta stripe bedding collection from Serena and Lily is heavenly!  And it's on sale now, too!

This striped ballet tee is the softest thing I own.  On major sale now, too!

A striped cotton throw is a subtle nautical touch and perfect for picnics, the beach or playing in the yard!

Love this little makeup bag - also on sale!

These French stripe napkins are a beautiful way to bring a little summer to your dinner table in the middle of winter!