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natural wonders

It's 95 degrees outside with humidity hovering right around 90% and yet, every retailer I see is jamming their shop full of Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas decor - what. the. heck.  Every year, it seems to start earlier and earlier (and yet I don't recall anyone selling summer goodies in February when we could really use the cheering up!) We've still got a ways to go down here in the south until we get a reprieve from the heat and some of my favorite things - wicker, rattan, bamboo, seagrass and brass - are what I'm feeling as we hold on to the last few weeks/months of summer.  From a giant clam bowl and my favorite bamboo flatware (both of which are on sale!!)  to the most amazing smelling candle and a jute rug that has had me all heart eyes, everything on my list is not only beautiful but adds great texture and interest! 

Giant clam bowl / Beach candle by Nest / Bamboo picture frames / Jute circles rug /

Brass anchor door knocker / South Seas Side Cart / Star fruit vases / Seagrass basket

Bamboo flatware / Bamboo vase / Straw tote / Avalon daybed / Sea sponge fingers / Rattan chair

Have a wonderful weekend!


a stunning east hampton family home 

I finally got a chance to sift through the three-foot high stack of design magazines that have been acting as a makeshift side table next to my sofa the other day and I have to say, the June issue of Architectural Digest is KILLING me softly, it's so good!  As soon as I landed upon the East Hampton home of Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell, my heart skipped a beat!  While I don't typically fall head over heels for super contemporary design, this one is a stunning combination of traditional bones mixed with modern furnishings and the most GORGEOUS lighting I ever did see!  Crisp white walls and trim are such a gorgeous backdrop for cerused oak and leather, antique brass details and soft jute rugs.  I'm so obsessed, I can't stop rifling back through the issue for another peek!  I've posted some contemporary homes on the blog before but this one definitely is the cream of the crop!

Cedar shingles, crisp white trim and a free-floating pool in the middle of the yard?  Be still my ever loving heart! 

White walls and molding are anything but boring when paired with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and vintage Borge Mogensen and Kaare Klint chairs.  And that little sneaky peek of a brass, branching Sputnik chandelier by Lindsey Adelman?  Oh, yes....

Another view of the breathtaking living room:

French doors and wall-to-wall windows framed by linen curtain panels bring the outside in:

The kitchen is a fresh take on all-white; the built-in, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, 12 foot work table and Thomas O'Brien sconces are beautifully complimented by the rustic overhead beams.  I've got serious heart eyes all over this entire room:

Simple but stunning details in the dining room:

An antique trestle table, stained glass windows original to the house and a David Weeks Studio chandelier in the stairway are another great example of how to mix traditional and modern:

The linen wingback bed in the master bedroom is BANANAS and those sheepskin rugs make me want to curl up on right there on the floor!

While I love every single square inch of this entire house, it's the master bathroom that makes my heart flutter - floor-to-ceiling Cararra marble subway tiles, a bananas free standing tub and French doors leading to a private porch has me wanting to sell everything I own to re-create this in my house and then never EVER leave it! 

While even just one of the chandeliers or vintage chairs in this house is worth more than a year's worth of mortgage payments for me, I put together some picks that I think help create a similar feel for those of us with champagne taste on beer budgets!  Not pictured below, but completely necessary would be about twenty gallons of white paint to coat walls, trim and molding!

Goddess chandelier / Before the Storm print / Andros Rope Chair / Handspun Jute Rug /

Lander Brass Sconce / Pacific Tripod Floor Lamp / Sheepskin rug / Parsons dining table

Happy Hump Day!






attic inspiration: tamara kaye honey

We've been dragging our heels about finishing our upstairs bonus room for a while now, but after seeing LA-based interior designer Tamara Kaye Honey's STUNNING attic-turned-master bath remodel in the latest issue of Lonny, I've got stars in my eyes and major motivation to get my butt in gear!

Beautiful brass accents and warm wood pieces look absolutely amazing against crisp white floors and paneled walls, and the oversize Sputnik-style chandelier and campaign-style vanity are sheer perfection.  I love how most of the space is dedicated to the bath, rather than the bedroom itself, and, with all that natural light and cleverly planned use of all the nooks and dormers, there is a major cozy factor here that usually is hard to come by with a bathroom of this size. 

How AMAZING are those brass fixtures??

Placing the shower in the dormer is such a dramatic touch, not to mention a great use of the space.  And those unlacquered brass fixtures are simply divine.  I would NEVER EVER come out of this room, if this were mine:

Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

A fabulous, oversize Sputnik-style chandelier (this one is super affordable!):

A wood and rope chair like this one would add a ton of texture and warmth to an all-white space:

Bamboo pulls in brass, of course:

A big, fluffy sheepskin rug is a must:

A campaign-style dresser like this one would certainly fit in a space this big and be perfect for storing fluffy towels and displaying perfume and jewelry:

And speaking of fluffly white towels, this set from Target is chic, affordable and the texture adds so much interest:

Happy Thursday!



inspired: navy blue, camel + gold

Thank you all so much for the sweet (and helpful!) comments on yesterday's post!  I'm always so appreciative of feedback, especially in the case of getting little miss on a regular napping routine! 

And speaking of routine, it seems like I write a lot about my love of all-things-navy blue, but if you've been reading my blog for a while now, you know it's my all-time favorite hue.  While navy and white is my go-to color combination for spring and summer, a slightly moodier version paired with camel and gold accents is my absolute favorite for a fall wardrobe.  And even though my home is decorated head to toe in light gray/blue and neutrals, every year when the temperatures start to dip I dream of swathing a room in a deep, dark, almost black navy blue and accenting it with natural materials, soft linen fabrics and antique brass accents for a crisp, tailored feel.  With the change in seasons, I thought a little reading nook would be the perfect spot for this color combo to curl up on a buttery leather chair with a good book, a glass of wine, a soft blanket with the windows wide open and the crisp air flowing in!  Here are my picks for getting the look:

Bruno leather chair / Benjamin Moore Hale Navy / Nixon throw

Vince accent stool / Blue and white ginger jars

Sisal rug / 90 degrees of stripe pillow / Audrey lamp in navy


summer goodies at c wonder!

Navy and white is the quintessential color combination for summer (clearly, since it's been the topic of many a blog post of mine lately!)  Dress it up with a little bling and some gold or create a more casual vibe with stripes and natural textures like seagrass and wicker.  C Wonder is one of my favorite go-to places for accessories that make a statement and they happen to have a great selection of summer goodies in navy, white, gold and seagrass this summer.  Here are a few favorites I'm loving right now:

These pave arrow hoops are edgy and elegant.  A perfect compliment to a simple tank and white skinnies.

Navy and white ikat dinnerware and matching salad bowl with gorgeous gold rim detailing would have guests drooling before dinner is even served!

Dress up your next summer soiree with this simple yet gorgeous wicker salad serving set and matching cheese knives.  Either would make a great hostess gift, too!

This brass fish bottle opener adds just the right nautical touch.

Every table setting needs a little bit of texture.  This woven seagrass placemat dresses up simple white dinnerware and adds a rustic touch.

My motto is to monogram anything that doesn't move; this gold monogrammed wine stopper is right up my alley!

I'm a sucker for a great tote that can do double duty for running errands, the beach or, lately, doubling as a diaper bag and this rugby striped tote is not only super chic, but it's on mega sale right now!

 What are some of your C Wonder favorites?