Kelly Christakos Stivers


take me away: baker house 1650

The thing about planning vacations, at least for me, is that after so much time on Pinterest and Instagram, the digs you actually end up staying in usually fall a wee bit short of the luxurious, dream destinations you've been pinning and pining over!  The Baker House 1650 is a great example.  I stumbled upon the luxurious bed and breakfast in East Hampton over the weekend and was instantly smitten with the rustic-meets-refined interiors, but, truth be told, the immaculately curated and lush landscape design is what caught my attention first. Wisteria-covered pergolas, ginormous rhododendron-lined paths and grand old oak trees shading swimming pools, situated amongst some of the most gorgeous greenery are so charming -  the perfect spot for a little rest, relaxation and recharging your batteries:


apples + oats photography

There are a million different interior design and decor trends that come and go but one thing I will never tire of is oversize equestrian photographic prints.  I have long been obsessed with the strength, spirit and haunting grace of these creatures and the beauty and freedom they represent (even if it wasn't until the last few years that I'd even SAT on one!)  The oversize scale of these images make such a dramatic impact in any style decor, but, unfortunately, most come with a hefty price tag that is beyond most of our budgets.  Until now.  Jennifer Meyer of Apples and Oats Photography is a favorite of mine for horse photography - her use of contrast of light and dark in her images of these magical creatures is both emotional and serene.  Not only is her work absolutely amazing, but she prints each of her images up to 30x45 inches and is SUPER affordable!  I just purchased this image for my foyer and am giddy with anticipation of its arrival! 

Each one of her images are so stunning, it was hard to pick just a few for my post, but here are some of my favorites from her gallery:

To see more of Jennifer's work, check out her gallery and to purchase her prints, visit her Etsy site!

Happy Monday!


get the look: nautical-inspired dream nursery

Last night, Bravo aired a bunch of episodes of Giuliana and Bill from last season and I just happened to tune into last season's finale as they revealed  the interiors of their new home in Brentwood, California. I loved everything about the house, but ESPECIALLY the absolutely gorgeous nautical-inspired nursery of their baby boy, Duke.  I am not particularly a fan of "themed" nurseries, so to speak, but I adore nautical details and this space is the perfect mix of sophisticated, glamorous and whimsical and I love how it blends seamlessly with the feel of the rest of the house. From all the beautiful shades of blue - navy to aqua to powder blue - to that divine turquoise grasscloth, octopus triptych and that fabulous monogrammed crib, this is one of my all-time favorite nurseries:

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Sofa / Telescope floor lamp / Octopus triptych / Rope table lamp / Chevron throw

Crib / Dresser / Grasscloth / Sailor's knot tutorial / Cast iron octopus / Grosgrain Roman Shade

Have a wonderful weekend!


sweet little peanut

I recently stumbled upon the baby and mama "blogazine", Sweet Little Peanut, co-founded by Megan Bailey and Ginger Parrish and was instantly smitten!  Chock full of DIY projects, maternity fashion ideas, nursery decor, baby shower and birthday part inspiration and much more, Sweet Little Peanut is a chic, style-savvy blog to bringing up your baby, and I am beyond thrilled to announce that today they are featuring one of my favorite client projects, this longhorn nursery, on their blog today!  Click here to read all about it and see pics of beautiful baby Max!

Here is some of the goodness that is Sweet Little Peanut:


neutral territory

As much as I love pops of color and fun pattern (in small doses, of course!), nothing can compare to the calmness of a beautifully layered, neutral space (and it's even better when the outside happens to be just as fabulous as the inside!)  This oceanfront home by architectural and interior design firm Sawyer Berson, is the epitome of neutral, sophisticated gets my heart racing! Despite its size, the house is incredibly comfy and chock full of charming details like planked ceilings, Dutch doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, linen slipcovered furniture, beautifully detailed built-ins and espresso, wide planked floors.  Can you tell how much I love this house?  See for yourself:

Cedar shake shingles, crisp white trim and gorgeous greenery is the only way to do a beach house, in my opinion!

Does it get any more perfect than a double porch, privacy hedge, pool deck and those oversize loungers?

When we put our pool in, we wanted the water to look darker, so we had the plaster tinted a dark cerulean looks like this pool has a similar finish and it blends so beautifully into the ocean blue beyond:

A brick fireplace and dark octagonal table in the entryway is so welcoming:

When you have a view like that, you don't need to go overboard on the details inside.  Floor-to-ceiling windows, white slipcovered furniture, amazing millwork and a touch of animal print is both elegant and casual, the perfect blend (and one of my favorite rooms in the whole house!):


How charming is this kitchen?  White glassfront cabinets, planked walls and ceiling and a Dutch door are sheer perfection!

Banquet seating and linen slipcovered furniture are must-haves for a beach house:

A butler's pantry off the back stairs?  Yes, please!

Another light, bright and cozy living space:

A Dutch door in the master bath:

Slate floors, rustic benches and plantation doors abound in the mudroom:

To see more of Sawyer Berson's amazing portfolio, check out their website.

Happy Hump Day!