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Monday
Feb022015

weathered oak stain

A LONG while back, I made a farmhouse table for our kitchen and then spent an equally ridiculous amount of time mixing stains trying to find the perfect weathered gray for it.  I finally got the perfect mix and the table has been a beautiful addition to our kitchen ever since; it looks especially fabulous next to our white built-in hutch, but it's been without chairs this entire time because I couldn't make a decision on chairs to save my life! Well, right before Christmas, I ended up ordering four Madeleine chairs from Restoration Hardware in their "weathered" finish and when they arrived, I about had a heart attack from excitement when I realized they are pretty much an EXACT MATCH!!!  I posted a picture on Instagram a couple weeks back and got a TON of emails asking me for the combination, so I thought I'd post it here and kill two birds with one stone.

There are surprisingly quite a few stains on the market that claim to yield the same look I was going for, but I found that they were either way too gray (some almost paint-like) or way too light. Right about the time I built my table, Minwax came out with a new color, Weathered Oak.  It's beautiful, but it's pretty light, so I added a little Minwax Natural and Minwax Golden Oak to give it a little depth and some warmth.  The result was perfect! 

I absolutely LOVE how the table turned out and I love how the chairs look with it even more!

Friday
Jan302015

collected 

If I had a dollar for every time a client or friend showed me a picture of an all-white space and said, "This is what I want!", I could move to a little villa in Spain!  Well, maybe not exactly, but you know what I mean.  The thing about all-white spaces is that, when you have white walls, white floors, white cabinets, white furniture, it reads FLAT and BORING, instead of light and airy.  You need texture - and lots of it - along with art and accessories to add interest and warmth, but also to create a layered, cohesive look.  This home is a great example of how I think all-white can look amazing - leather chairs, warm wood furniture, stacks of books, sheepskin throws, vintage art in gilt frames, all mixed with white walls and trim and white linen furnishings.  PERFECTION.  It definitely helps to have a lot of natural light because it bounces off those white walls and really highlights this designer and antique shop owner's treasures:

Everything about this space is so warm and cozy; I love the layered art and vintage clock leaning on the fireplace:

Love the shape of this coffee table.  I would have gone with a handspun jute rug here, but it's still a pretty little spot to perch:

The dining and living rooms are open to one another and I absolutely love how the owner made it all seem much more cohesive by having the dining room double as a library, with big stacks of her favorite tomes:

Vintage art adds color and interest above a bookshelf, but the light bouncing off that gilt mirror makes it a beautiful focal point:

Another light and bright shot of the living/dining room:

A beautiful, all-white bath is calm and serene:

This California abode is currently on the market for just under a cool $3 million.  See the listing and additional photos here.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday
Jan282015

wednesday wish list: updated classics

Happy Wednesday!  There are so many things for the home, wardrobe and jewelry box that come across my radar that I had a hard time narrowing down this week's wish list.  I kept coming back to classic staples with a bit of a modern update and since that's the aesthetic I strive for for my own home and closet, I figured you'd love it, too!  This week is all about classics with a modern twist - think fabulous copper flatware, marble and brass serving pieces and French wine glasses that can double as water goblets for dinner parties! I've got a bunch of pretties to help get you over the hump today and so, since I'm already late in posting, let's get to it! 

The curves of this sconce have a more modern feel, but the antique brass finish ensures it will be a classic piece for a long time!

This moody, black and white Moment at Sea print would be a beautiful compliment to many different decor styles!

The hubby gave me the sparkliest pair of diamond studs for Christmas, which I wear all the time now, but I'm coveting these gorgeous drop earrings for date nights or just to dress up a tee and jeans!

Shiny copper flatware is a beautiful way to dress up simple white dinnerware (I've seen this set in person and it's STUNNING!!)

A black python clutch (monogrammed, of course) is a timeless piece every girl should have in their closet!

I'm dying over the curves of this tufted linen chaise and the price can't be beat, either!

A marble and brass serving tray doubles as decoration on your kitchen countertops when not in use!

I was one of the last to jump on the ikat train, but I love how the larger dots lend a modern feel to this black and white throw pillow.

I'm obsessed with these French wine glasses; I ordered a dozen to use as water goblets at my next dinner party in an attempt to channel the fabulous Ina Garten herself.  At $5 a pop, you can't go wrong!

I never thought I'd tire of my gold chronograph....until I saw this Daniel Wellington!  I love the rose gold detailing and leather strap!

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