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get the look: ina's glass hurricanes

It's no secret that I love all things Ina Garten and that also happens to include the glass hurricanes that are regularly featured sitting on the counter top in her East Hampton kitchen on her show.  They're so simple, but super chic, just like everything else in her beautiful home; a grouping of them would make a beautiful alternative to flowers for a table centerpiece! I read somewhere once that she found them at Bloom in Sag Harbor but was never been able to find a link for them and since I've already got enough vases, candle holders and hurricanes to start my own rental company, I never pursued it again. 

And then a couple weeks ago while catching up on a few episodes of Cook Like a Pro after the littles had gone to bed, there they were again, sitting pretty on her counter and I was smitten all over again.  A simple online search led me to these beauties.  I'm all about mixing high end finds with budget-friendly pieces, and I absolutely loved these, but at almost $100 for the smallest one, I knew I could rig something similar for much less.

I popped into TJMaxx for some gift wrap the next day and ended up finding two simple cylindrical glass hurricanes that I knew would work just as well!  The larger one is ten inches high and eight inches across in diameter and the smaller one three inches high and three inches in diameter (and were also a whopping $7 and $3, respectively!) I popped a simple, unscented candle inside and LOVED how it turned out!


It's not exactly like Ina's, I know, but I love how it turned out and, even better, I love that I paid a tenth of the price of the real deal!  Happy Hump Day, everyone!


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!


get the look: navy lacquered butler's pantry

I'm officially adding "navy lacquered butler's pantry" to the list of must-haves for our forever home, thanks to this breathtaking little jewel box off the kitchen in blogger Sue DeChiara's Connecticut home.  I've followed Sue's blog for years and have obsessed over every inch of her butler's pantry since they moved in a few years back and since I always get the itch to paint something in my home a deep, dark, inky blue this time of year, I thought it only fitting to share her little slice of navy heaven on the blog today! 

When Sue first moved in the cabinetry was brown but a few coats of navy lacquer paint and some new hardware completely breathed new life into the space and gave it a chic, modern feel.  It never ceases to amaze me how a coat or two of paint can completely transform a space or a piece of furniture and if you check out the before shot of this space here, you'll see exactly what I mean.  The coral is such a pretty contrast to the inky paint and brings such an organic texture and the barware and lowballs coraled on a tray are as beautiful as they are practical:

If I could relocate my laundry room to the garage and turn the space into a butler's pantry, I would do it in a skinny minute, but for now I'll settle for a makeshift bar setup on my kitchen counter or in the dining room, lol.  Here are a few of my picks for creating a feel similar to Sue's beautiful butler's pantry below.  Be sure to check out her blog for pictures of the space before its new transformation, too! 

Coral / Shaker / Rattan tray / Lowball cocktail glasses / Ice bucket / Ginger jars


decorating around a white dining table

I was catching up on my Pinterest feed late the other night (thank you, insomnia!) when I stumbled upon an image of foodie extraordinaire Katie Lee's dining room in her former Manhattan abode.  I know we've all seen this image (as well as the rest of her home) a million times, but what really caught my eye this time was the white lacquered dining table. It was as if I were noticing it for the first time and holy hell, I've not been able to stop thinking about it since! 

Nothing makes me happier than having something that you can't pinpoint where it came from and a white dining table is definitely not something you see every day.  To be honest, the words "white" and "dining table" in the same sentence tends to conjure images of shabby chic interiors, which, while very pretty, is just not my style.  But there's just something about a white lacquered table that makes my heart skip a beat.  Not only does it look incredibly amazing, but it adds a much-needed modern touch to an otherwise traditional space and it's actually refreshing to see something other than reclaimed wood Restoration Hardware-lookalike tables everywhere:

Glorious, glossy perfection.  And how amazing does it look with the pale walls, antique brass chandeliers and the super dark floors?  I LOVE....

After a little sleuthing, I found a shot of the same table in her Hamptons home here.  I think it looks just as amazing in a much more casual setting, paired with a jute rug, high gloss painted trim and molding and a rustic wood console:

A lacquered paint treatment would be a great and inexpensive way to transform an existing dining table that isn't exactly working in your space.  I've never actually tried a lacquer finish, but here is an amazing, step-by-step tutorial by the fabulously talented Stephanie Jones, if you feel so inclined to try. 

I thought it would be fun to create a room around a white dining table - one that wouldn't look too soft or feminine.  I think textured walls covered in a beautiful, golden grass cloth would be the perfect backdrop, along with simple brass lighting, blue and white accessories, chic seating covered in the most perfect, pale blue linen and a stunning cluster of topiary as a centerpiece (and to bring in a live element).  Here are my picks:


Topiary / Dining chair /White dining table / Devon chandelier

Blue linen / Blue and white ginger jars / Basket

What do you think?  Would you ever spring for a white dining table?


inspired design: matthew caughy

It doesn't matter the time of year or how cold it may be outside, I am always influenced by the sea and I love bringing small bits of it into my home year round, so it's no surprise I was instantly smitten with the sea-inspired portfolio of New York-based interior designer Matthew Caughy.  His style is traditional and  elegant but so laid back and inviting with just the right amount of prep and a few perfectly placed nautical elements.  Lots of crisp white, the perfect shade of pale blue and gorgeous grass cloth are the backdrops for layers of decorative accessories, a great mix of modern and traditional furnishings, blue and white ginger jars, beautiful lighting and lots and lots of yummy texture.  And let's not forget a healthy heaping of lovely hydrangeas for a little drama!  Here are some of my favorites from his portfolio:

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Vendome Double Sconce / Christopher Farr Carnival Lumbar Pillow / Blue and white ginger jars

Wide striped dhurrie rug / South Seas Bar Cart / Antique blue book collection

Antique tortoise night stand / Faux coral / Candle / Demijohn

 Happy Monday!