rustic elegance

On my last trip up north to visit my family, my aunt took me to a house her mother-in-law was in the process of renovating.  The home was where my uncle had lived from birth until he was ten, when his family outgrew the property and needed more space for their growing brood.  Forty years later, when the house went on the market, my uncle's mother snatched it up quicker than you could say, "SOLD!" and promptly began restoring it back to its original character. 

The bedrooms on the third floor (of which I unfortunately don't have pictures) still have the original four-poster twin beds my uncle and his brothers slept in, as well as etchings in the closet doors.  How amazing, not only to buy your home forty years after you sold it, but to still find some of the original furniture and details that made it your own, all those years ago!

The foyer boasts gorgeous wood beams, stone walls and hardwood floors, all orginal to the home.

The credenza is stunning and the gilt mirror and vintage sconces above are the perfect compliment.


The traditional kitchen's cherry cabinetry and antique chandelier get a modern update with a glass subway tile backsplash and stainless steel countertops.


Wood beams continue into the living room...

...where the antique hutch is actually built in to the wall...


The master bedroom is a calming space with soft fabrics in pale celery and cream, more vintage sconces and distressed end tables.  That tufted bench and linen upholstered bed makes me weak in the knees!


Onto the grounds...flagstone patios, wrought iron gates and plenty of lush greenery...


Can you imagine growing up here and having all this room to run around?  I can only picture weddings and grand parties taking place here, lit up with thousands of white lights.  Beautiful!



serena & lily

I was thrilled to find the latest catalogue from Serena & Lily in my mailbox this weekend!  Known for their fabulous, high-end crib and children's bedding, the dynamic duo now also offers custom upholstered sofas, chairs and ottomans, end tables, headboards, rugs, lighting and accessories that fit a more "grown up" aesthetic. 

I'm OBSESSED with anything tufted these days.  The Piccadilly chair and lucille ottoman had me at hello...

Love this lacquered accent table... well as the bird's nest hanging lamp...

...and the Parker X Bench...


Check out their latest goodies here.




vintage maps

There's something about nautical maps and charts that get my heart racing.  They are a great way to bring a little personality to your decor without going overboard with the beach theme.  As the wife of a Recon Marine, I've been fortunate enough to accumulate quite a few of these; whenever my husband would dive, he'd bring home some of the maps he used.  Some I've framed whole, and others I've cut into portions and framed each piece separately.  For me, it's so much more meaningful to hang them in our house, since they are something that my husband used.  Here are some of the creative ways others have used nautical charts in their decor:

This entryway, by Thomas O'Brien, is stunning thanks to the oversized charts and lustworthy glossy black double doors.

Steven Gambrel used them to wallpaper a boy's bedroom in this Long Island home that was featured in House Beautiful here

Steven Gambrel created a jaw-dropping accent wall in the living room of his South Beach hideaway by framing multiple charts in a grid pattern on one wall.

Interior Designer Ruthie Sommers used pale blue walls as the perfect backdrop for one lone framed map in this beach house.

Designer Kerry Joyce made a big impact in this child's room with walls papered in many nautical maps.

This hallway, featured in Garden & Gun, boasts an unexpected surprise:  it is actually covered in wrapping paper, that was cut and glued to the walls!  You can get the same look with maps from Kate's Paperie, which I wrote about here



The moment I met you, I knew an adventure was about to begin... 

Six years ago today, I married an amazing man, who happened to also be my best friend, biggest supporter and the only person who makes me laugh 'til I cry.  Thank you for being so wonderful, through the good and bad, the ups and downs.  I'm the luckiest girl in the world!


new at west elm

I always get excited to see retailer's Spring lines, and wait patiently for their catalogues to make their way to my mailbox.  (After the holidays, it's one of my favorite ways to beat the January "blahs"!)  The latest from West Elm was the first to arrive yesterday and it did not disappoint. 

These metal bath cabinets made my heart skip a beat! 


I'm a sucker for anything striped; this fabulous shower curtain would look great in my guest bath...  

This duvet has nautical flair and would look adorable in a little boy's room...

Love these hand towels...

...and these baskets    

I think I need this ribbon mirror...

This tassel throw makes me want to curl up in front of the fire... 

What do you think?  Anything tickle your fancy?