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Tuesday
Apr152014

beautifully organized: the pantry

One of the perks of having a slight case of OCD and overall anal retentiveness when it comes to organization is that, for the most part, I have a pretty well organized home.  It drives my husband crazy, but I am a firm believer in that there is a place for everything and everything has a place, and yet, the one spot that could still use a little help in my home is my pantry.  It's not a big space, yet it's so hard to find what I need when I need it.  In my mind I see the perfect mix of baskets and glass bell jars, with all my extra cake stands and serving dishes in perfect little rows, not a single solitary label in sight.  The reality couldn't be farther from that picture, but I'm working on it!  Here are some beautiful pantires that are inspiring me lately:

Sarah Kaye

Tim Clarke

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Veranda Interiors

Meg Ryan via Elle Decor

Emerson Fry via Design Sponge

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Cottage Living

And here are some equally beautiful storage options for creating a well-placed, lovely pantry:

glass jars w/ lids / seagrass basket / cake stands / canning jars/

wire baskets / nesting bowls

How do you organize your pantry? I'd love to know!

Monday
Apr142014

kiele gregoire

When it comes to art, I tend to gravitate toward pieces that are subtle (and sometimes, not so subtle) reminders of the sea.  The hubby spent his first four years in the Marine Corps in Hawaii and our first house was five minutes from the beach here in the North Carolina, so I like to think that artwork with an ocean feel are a great reflection of our history.  So, naturally, when I stumbled upon artist Kiele Gregoire's contemporary sea-inspired oil and watercolor paintings, I instantly fell in love.  Her use of bold color is what draws me most to these beautiful paintings, but I also love that it's not a not so obvious nod to the sea.  I was kind of bummed to only be able to find small original paintings available here (they would look amazing on a larger scale and add such a great pop of color to an otherwise neutral space!) but Kiele also has an Etsy shop where she sells much larger prints of originals.  Win - win!  Here are a few of my favorites:

What are some of your favorite sea-inspired pieces of art?

Friday
Apr112014

spring inspiration: kdhamptons

Spring is in the air finally, and along with it a TON of pollen (seriously, all the pine trees in our backyard look like they are glowing!) but I'll take it! I can't wait to get started on all my flower pots and beds for spring and summer and have been devouring inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.  One of my favorites, and actually, one of the very first people I started following on Instagram is @KDHamptons.  Kelli Delaney Kot, founder and editor in chief of KDHamptons, the luxury lifestyle diary of the Hamptons, has got an instagram feed chock full of some of the most gorgeous images of Long Island.  From fabulous homes and cottages, landscaping and gardens to Hamptons beaches and even photos of Kelli's own home, her posts are a wealth of inspiration and just downright awe-inspiring loveliness!   (The perennial gardens and hydrangea hedges that surround her Water Mill home, are a personal favorite!).  The girl has never met a shingle-style house she didn't like (or photograph) and that puts her at the top of my list of Instagram favorites!  Here are some of my favorites:

To see more, check out the rest of her instagram @KDHamptons.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday
Apr102014

swedish dreams

A few years ago, I had an obsession with Swedish interior design blogs and fully believed that everyone in the country lived in amazing, waterfront properties with breathtaking views.  I just couldn't get enough - it seemed like everyone decorated their homes with neutral colors, soft linens, lots of texture and pops of beautiful blue (or at least the blogs I followed did!) and it was such a gorgeous compliment to the gorgeous views right beyond their windows!  I am in LOVE with the summer collection from Norwegian-based home and interiors company, Slettvoll - their indoor and outdoor line is as stunning as their staging- so light, bright and fresh.  And that view! Check out their latest goodies and get some inspiration to spruce your own home and porch or patio for spring and summer!

To see more of their collection, check out their website here.

Tuesday
Apr012014

hello, gorgeous

I had the hardest time falling asleep last night, so instead, I flipped through some of my Pinterest boards looking for some outdoor inspiration and landed on the backyard of this East Hampton beauty.  You might remember I posted some of these pics last year, including my picks on "how to get the look" but I thought it would be fun to revisit it and see the equally amazing interiors.  For me, this home is quintessential Hamptons - exactly what a house in the Hamptons should look like: classic design with modern pieces, natural elements and lots of texture (hello, gorgeous grasscloth!).  Sophisticated, but not stuffy.  Chic, but super laid back.  This house is the perfect combination of all of those things and it's no wonder I love it; it's another fabulous project by the insanely talented Steven Gambrel. (I know you are all probably sick of me posting on his work, but as long as the man keeps pumping out these gorgeous projects, I can't help but post them!)  Check out the loveliness:

This home just oozes charm...from the teak furniture, potted boxwoods, pergola, swimming pool and all that lush greenery:

Yes, please. Sheer backyard perfection.  It just doesn't get much better than this:

Grasscloth walls, a slim console table and turned wood lamp are an elegant welcome in the entryway:

The laundry room is enough to make me want to move in with its mirrored cabinetry painted in Gambrel's signature gray/blue, planked walls and ceiling, a fabulous soapstone sink and a capiz chandelier.  Seriously chic:

Neutrals reign supreme in the lovely family room:

The oversize bubble painting is not only gorgeous, but creates such a strong focal point:

The attention to detail in the kitchen is just insane.  From those gorgeous glass pendants over the island and double farmhouse sinks to the stainless vent hood, marble slab backsplash and painted beadboard-backed glass cabinets, this kitchen is truly a work of art!

Gorgeous master bath in all its marble and chrome glory:

And last, but not least, a shot of what I assume is a side or back entrance (perhaps to that gorgeous laundry/mud room?)  Love the pea gravel, zinc pots, boxwoods, topiary and lone window box.  So, SO charming!

To see more of this gorgeous home, click here