new (antique) end tables for lydia's room

I dropped my sweet baby girl off at her first day of kindergarten this morning and am not even embarrassed to admit that I couldn't make it out of the room without bawling my eyes out.  So, given this momentous day for her, myself and Luca, I thought it only appropriate that I would post some new finds for her room while we sit here and count the minutes before picking her up!  Also, how early is too early to get in the pick up line??  I'm assuming an hour into her school day is pushing it a bit, lol!

Despite being one of the most impatient people on the planet, I now believe the old adage "good things come to those who wait" to be absolutely true!  This post is a long time coming, so if you follow me on Instagram, you know this is super old news, but I finally found end tables for Lydia's room!  I had been on the hunt for a pair for a while now; it was time to move the dresser from her room into Luca's, which meant she needed more "big girl" pieces that she could grow with and we definitely needed extra storage for her books and endless collections of girly accessories.  Only problem has been that I hadn't found anything I like even a little bit.  Then, randomly a few months ago while on an antiquing adventure when my aunt was in town, I stumbled upon the most gorgeous set of vintage tortoise shell bamboo chinoiserie end tables.  I couldn't stop thinking of them so the next week I went back to the shop and asked if I could take one on loan to see if it would work. 

Of course, I LOVED it the minute I set it down but since it didn't really add any extra storage for her books, AND it was an antique, I second guessed myself.  My mother reminded me that I grew up with my grandparents' antique bedroom set and that it would be good for Lydia to have an appreciation for nice things and to treat them well and it was all I needed to pull the trigger and buy them!  

I'm so, SO glad I bought them!  I can't even tell you how excited I still get, all these months later, when I walk into her room and see them flanking her equally lovely antique four poster bed.  I added another lamp, identical to her original one on the other side (it's from Hobby Lobby years ago and has been discontinued for a while; a friend had one and offered to trade with me!)

Now I'm in the process of finding someone to build a tall, skinny bookshelf to attach to the wall to make it look like a built-in between her door and closet doors - some place for all her books and her ever-growing collection of girly things, haha (something tells me this is never ending).  We also need a dresser in here but I'm so torn on whether or not to go with a white painted bamboo to coordinate with her bed or to just do plain white.  I'm not the biggest fan of matchy-matchy, but I'm hoping that something will jump out at me and I won't be able to stop thinking of it, much like the tortoise end tables, lol!  

 Hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!  And to all the mommas getting ready to drop their babies off on their first day of school, I'm thinking of you!


another sag harbor stunner

If any of you have been around here for the last few years you know I have quite the affinity for sea captain's cottages. Even though I'm just now getting back on the blogging band wagon, some things never change; this gorgeous Sag Harbor stunner stopped me in my scrolling tracks the other day on Instagram I had to know more about it. 

Known as the Lanford Wilson House, the 1840's Egyptian revival is located right in the center of Sag Harbor Village and, according to the listing, is considered one of the most luxurious houses in the Hamptons.  One look at the interiors (and the exterior, even!) and it's not hard to see why.  Restored 19th century wide plank flooring, original moldings, handblown double glazed windows, Dutch doors and a grey and white color palette effortlessly combine old and new for a modern take on a centuries-old sea captain's cottage. 

I especially love the painted trim throughout, and if there ever were a case for a non-white kitchen, this is it!  The floor-to-ceiling subway tiles, slate flooring, iron windows  and open shelving in the eating area off the kichen are to die for!  The backyard is an absolute dream; a gunnite pool and plenty of spaces for lounging and entertaining are about as perfect as it gets.  For a cool $9 million, it could be yours...but for those of us with smaller piggy banks, here is a look at this stunning property; click here to read more.  Happy Thursday, everyone!


so good: green + rattan

Blue and white will always be my favorite color combination but I've got to say, I'm crushing hard on green lately!  Mixed in with a little rattan, bamboo and linen, it's another perfect combination for summer!  I always love the fresh pop of color that a new house plant brings; it just makes a room feel alive and bright and I think the same feeling can be achieved in small doses with a few simple changes like a new pillow cover, white dinner plates with a thin green scalloped edge, or even a rattan vase overflowing with viburnum.  I recently added some sea glass green bottles to my wicker demijohn collection on my mantle and the effect is so subtle but so, so pretty!  Below are a few green-hued pretties that, when mixed with rattan, wicker and bamboo, pack quite the impact!  The best part is that this combo transitions so beautifully into Fall!

Basketweave flatware set / Olympia pillow cover / Topiary / Zanzibar pillow cover / Scalloped rattan picture frames / Scalloped dinner plate / Wicker hurricane / Lacquer tray / Salt and pepper shaker set / Rattan bar cart / Scalloped rattan tray


tips for hanging a gallery wall

I LOVE a good gallery wall.  Back when I was designing and decorating full-time, pre-kids, there wasn't a single house or project I worked on that didn't end up with one!  I'm all about filling your home with treasured items that have personal meaning and what could possibly have more meaning than a wall ful of photographs of the ones we love most?    

When we built our house, I knew the one wall in our living room would be just perfect for a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall.  Over the years, it's changed quite a few times; I just haven't been able to get a layout that I love and that doesn't irk me the second I hammer in the last nail, so, here we go on, I think, our third layout change and I'm loving it so much more!  I took the pictures all the way down to the baseboards this time to maximize as much of the wall as possible and it really changes the whole look of that side of the room.

I ordered new pictures from MPix to update the simple black frames and white mats I already had and then stocked up on extras from Michael's and A.C. Moore whenever they were on sale. I don't think I paid more than $10 for a single frame, but you'd never guess it - in fact, when I posted a picture on Instagram once I finished, many thought the frames were from Pottery Barn! Here are a few more tips I try to follow whenever hanging a gallery wall:

Use craft paper + painter's tape to map out your layout.  Trace your frames and then cut them out.  It will save you time and frustration as you try to find a layout you like while also saving your walls from a million holes when you change your mind! 

Layout your frames on the floor.  This helps me to see which pictures I want where in the configuration and give a little glimpse of what the final product will look like up on the wall.

Stick with the same kind of frame in different sizes for a cohesive look.  I do love to mix frames and finishes for artwork but, for me, I feel like using the same kind and color frame really attracts the eye to the photos themselves more and also, it doesn't look so cluttered when you're hanging them from the floor to the ceiling!

Use picture wire and eye hooks on the back of your frames.  It's so much easier to hang them and it also ensures pictures won't fall off the wall and take a chunk out of your baseboards (which happened to me at our last house).  First, I place the frame against the wall where I want to hang it and mark with a pencil at the very top center of the frame.  Next, I hold the frame by the picture wire and measure from the point when it's taut to the top of the frame.  From that pencil mark on the wall, I use the measurement, from the wire to the top of the frame, and mark however many inches down from the top pencil mark.  That's where I nail in my hook. 

Take advantage of all the wall space.  The first time I hung this gallery wall years ago, the pictures were too close together and it made the wall look even bigger and my photo grouping look smaller.  This time I went almost to the ceiling and all the way down to the baseboard, keeping no more than two inches between the pictures.  It made a huge difference!!

 Happy Hanging!


summer entertaining favorites

Hello, HELLLLLOOOOOOOO!!!  Long time, no blog, eh?  All I can say is that time flies when you're running around after/with littles and I wouldn't change a minute of it, but oh, how I have missed blogging!  I've got a ton of ideas to write about here and I thought I'd start with some of my current entertaining favorites for summer!  (Because, even though it's August, it's still SUMMER!!!)  It's without a doubt my favorite time of the year to entertain - it's so easy to have friends over for a dip in the pool and then fire up the grill and throw some veggies or a salad together and voila!  Fresh food, yummy cocktails and happy kids who tire themselves out swimming; it just doesn't get any better than that!

I like to keep it just as simple with my table settings, but I still like to take it up a notch from every day...I use the same entertaining basics/staples all year long (my water hyacinth placemats and bamboo flatware are a must) and then for summer months, add a little blue and white and, of course, some texture.  I made this rope-wrapped vase a few years back and have used it so many times since; it adds a nautical touch, perfect for summer months (see how I made it here). 

I posted some pics of a table setting last week to Instagram and got a ton of questions about where everything was from, which, I might add, I think is hilarious because I'm nothing if not predictable when it comes to my table settings lately, ha!  I put together some of my current favorites below as well as a few that are super chic for summer (that rattan ice bucket is still on my radar!) ...

French wine glasses / Hampton stripe napkins / Bamboo flatware / Navy linen table runner / Seagrass drinking glasses / Cane pitcher / Rattan ice bucket / Ridge ceramic vase / Oversize clam shell / Bamboo servers / Melamine bamboo plates

Happy Tuesday!