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cedar shake chic in the hamptons

After an entire week of 75 degrees and sunny skies last week, I've got spring fever so bad!  I can't think of a better way to kick off a new (much colder) week than by sharing a beautiful Hamptons summer haven and this one has one of the most stunning exteriors, entry way and grounds I've seen in a long time!  The home of fashion executive Mario Grauso graced the pages of House and Home a few months back and I fell in love with it the moment it landed in my mailbox!  Cedar shakes, crisp white trim, a pea gravel walkway and patio area and huge ferns flanking the front door are so welcoming and gives a sneaky little peek into the chic interiors that await beyond.  With the pool just feet away from the outdoor dining area, it's also an incredible entertaining spot and bonus points for the mature landscaping that blocks views to surrounding homes (and also probably stifles a little bit of noise, too, which is always helpful when hosting a get together!)

You can tour the entire home here, but I thought today I would just share the exterior photos since I'm longing for last week's warm weather, as well as a few of my picks for how I would decorate the inside myself! Of course, I went with a blue and white color palette with a bunch of texture and a few pops of green to warm things up, as well as some stripes and bamboo for a festive spring/summer touch.  Normally, I'm all about mixing a few high end pieces in with my budget-friendly finds but this time around, most of the items are a little on the pricier side (with the exception of the basket - on sale! - and the lantern light, which is a MUCH more affordable version of a pricier classic), soooooo.....let's just say it's more of a "wish list" since I'm over here daydreaming of dream houses in the Hamptons, shall we???

Costa sofa / Ribbon trim pillow / Wicker hurricanes / Garden stool / Oversize clam shell / Bamboo dinner plate / Geometric lantern / Stripe pillow / Basket / Candle / Wicker sconce / Topiary

Here are a few more shots of the gorgeous grounds; Im obsessed with pea gravel patios lately and love the simple row of boxwoods separating the dining area from the pool (which is very similar to what we used as inspiration for our own when we built our house!):

Hope you are all off to a great start this week!


gregory shano's relaxed retreat by the sea

Take one look at Gregory Shano's relaxed Long Island retreat by the sea and you'll be completely smitten before you even hit the front door! Classic cedar shakes with crisp white trim and navy blue accents on the outside and the prettiest shades of the palest blues and warm, woven grass cloth on the inside are exactly what you hope to see in a Hamptons hideaway by the sea (at least I do!) Shano did a complete overhaul of the house and land, which is only one third of an acre but with a pool, poolhouse and an outdoor dining spot, lives incredibly larger.  Every last detail is beautiful and so well thought out:

An old garage that was converted into a pool house with cedar shakes and sliding barn doors is a beautiful backdrop for a slate outdoor eating area.  The navy and white accents and the hydrangeas and oversize ferns are beautiful compliments:

Oh, that pool.  Those hedges.  And another shot of that pool house. 

The living room is my favorite room in the entire house.  Planked walls, a capiz chandelier, striped chairs, a jute rug and blue-painted bookshelf backs are my idea of perfection:

I've always been a huge fan of grass cloth wall covering but, I think I may love the pale blue painted trim paired with it in the formal living room even more.  And those gorgeous glass lamps are divine.

A close up of that gorgeous grass cloth in the stairwell:

Pale blue reigns supreme in the master bedroom and the effect is so cozy and elegant.  Blue grass cloth walls and crisp white bedding had me at hello:

Read more about the complete overhaul of this house here.

Happy Hump Day!


a little outdoor slice of heaven

If there's anything I love more than a beautifully weathered, shingle-style chic cottage, it's an equally beautiful porch or patio in which to enjoy said cottage.  I'm sure by now you've all seen Chris Burch's Southampton home tour that was featured in Architectural Digest a while back, but Mackenzie Horan's personal photos of the exterior of his house on a recent trip to the Hamptons had me drooling all over my laptop!  The shot below is deceiving - the house is actually huge, but this side view makes it look quaint and so, so charming - cedar shakes, crisp white trim, that second floor balcony overlooking the pool, climbing roses and boxwoods, boxwoods and more boxwoods.  Just perfection:

Following Friday's post, I think a Lutyens bench would look fabulous in this outdoor space so I went with it and added some navy blue, stripes, string lights, a metal garden orb and, of course, topiary for table tops!  Here is how I would bring an outdoor space together if this were my home:

bench / chippendale planter / monogram pillow / garden orb / stripe pillow

knot mat / topiary / string lights

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you're having a great week!


coastal modern in montauk

I'm not usually one to fawn over super sparse, uber modern spaces (I like to fill up each and every crevice of my home with my "stuff") but I am OBSESSED with this Montauk lake house!  A main house, a three-bedroom guest house, a BARN, and a 50-foot lap pool, situated amongst some of the most beautifully manicured acreage....I could happily spend the entire summer here and NEVER leave.  Architect Robert Young combined modern design with local favorites like cedar shake shingles and crisp white wood trim outside, and whitewashed pine board walls, exposed structural trusses, planked ceilings and gray-painted floors inside. Blurring the lines between indoors and out with walls of glass that make you feel like you're living outside, the all-white interiors are a crisp complement to the amazing water views from everywhere you look in the house!

A barn for surf boards...genius!

How charming is this side entrance?

Those ceilings!  Kill me now....

Indoor dining can easily be moved outdoors with that amazing wall of glass doors:

Perfect spot to watch the sunset:

Hard to say which is more breathtaking - those gorgeous ceilings or that view!

Black slate floors, subway tile and planked walls and ceilings... I love you:

I love the outdoors as much as the indoors:

To see more of architect Robert Young's work, check out his portfolio here


scott currie's chic southampton retreat

Being married to a Marine, I can appreciate incorporating nautical elements into your decor...heck, I've got quite a bit in my own home that just happens to also have personal meaning (hello, nautical charts!)  I think there's a fine line between tasteful and kitschy when it comes to piling on beach-themed accessories, though, and fashion exec Scott Currie nails it with subtle nautical flavor in his chic Southampton weekend home!

Talk about a great first impression!  Cedar shakes, a board and batten pool house, a pretty impressive privacy hedge (I notice them all the time now that I need one!) and that amazing pool...funny how I tend to unknowingly gravitate to and fall in love with homes that have the same pool design as me!

A round table, slipcovered in linen, grounds the entryway, but I can't take my eyes off the light blue walls and darker gray trim:

Love the blue walls and that fabulous sea captain's chest.  And those lemon yellow Chippendale chairs are a breath of fresh air in the living room:

Another great example of how classic, all-white kitchens will always be timeless:

Nautical wedgewood china, an antique lantern and decorative glass bottles add charm to the butler's pantry:

High gloss, white planked walls are a fresh backdrop to more contemporary seating and ocean-themed details like a driftwood lamp, fishing buoy and rope handrail in this light, bright sitting area:

LOVE the wall of French doors and slate floors in the pool house!  Those seagrass chairs aren't too shabby, either:

A crisp white pergola and hanging lanterns make for a cozy outdoor eating area....makes me so excited for summer!