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Monday
Oct192015

beautifully displayed: jessie short

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  With this glorious fall weather that has finally arrived I was sad to see ours come to an end, but I can't think of a better way to kick off the start of a new week than with some gorgeous eye candy!  Jamie Meares posted a tour of Jessie Short's new Raleigh abode and I can't tell you how many times I went back to sneak a peek of her beautiful home over the weekend! I'm so drawn to how beautifully everything is displayed and layer after layer of vintage finds, an impressive blue and white ginger jar collection and old photographs.  It feels so cozy and welcoming.  While I'm usually drawn to a more masculine feel, I am enamored with all the feminine touches (the monogrammed bed linens and the gorgeous wall covering in the master bedroom have me swooning!)  The fact that she and her husband just recently moved into this house AND she has a little under one is enough to put most of us to shame with our own decorating pursuits...

These bookshelves are like a breath of fresh air; blue and white ginger jars and black and white photos look so fresh against the crisp white paint:

More blue and white beauties mingle with family photos on an antique secretary:

The wall covering in the master bedroom is divine:

A pair of leopard pillows adds a bold, feminine touch to a lovely camel back sofa in the living room:

Beautiful bedside details:

I love the dog painting:

A brass barcart looks smashing against rich green walls:

Almost everything in Jessie's home is an estate sale or Craigslist find, so big box retailers can't really compare to the charm of older pieces, but here are a few picks to help you get a similar look and feel:

Platter / Settee / Pillow / Candle / Tortoise ice bucket / Benjamin Moore Great Barrington Green

Brass bar cart / Mirror / Blue and white lamp

Happy Monday!

Tuesday
Aug042015

sag harbor stunner

Thank you all so much for entering yesterday's giveaway!  I'm so excited to pick a winner at the end of this week and for one of you lucky ducks to win one of Julia's amazing art prints, so, if you haven't already entered, be sure to head over and do so

While we are on the topic of amazing eye candy, let's take a look at a dreamy little shingle-style Sag Harbor cottage, shall we?  Designed by Steven Gambrel (whom you know, if you've been reading this blog for a while, is my all-time favorite) this beauty features heavy use of his signature pale blue, subtle nautical details, a breathtaking blue and white kitchen and lots of texture (the woven wall covering in the dining room is STUNNING).  This little dream cottage is not only close to perfection but it also bears a striking resemblance to Gambrel's own Sag Harbor hideaway (which I've blogged about before and which also happens to be my very favorite house of all time). 

Pale blue, creamy white and a little taupe is such a soothing, sophisticated color palette and a beautiful hint of what's to come in the rest of the home:

Seriously can't get enough of those grasscloth walls and I especially love the contrast against the pale blue door.  A brass chandelier and a circular limed oak table are perfection:

Love the brass nailhead detail on the leather dining chairs:

The kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house - blue and white Shaker-style cabinetry, iron window casings, simple open shelving and a fabulous stainless steel hood (not to mention the raw wood flooring) are divine:

Deep seating and wall-mounted lighting are a great way to maximize a tiny space:

I'm obsessed with the strikin compliment of the darker gray trim, light gray walls and black banister in the stairway:

Planked, vaulted walls and ceiling and a statement chandelier in the master bedroom are dramatic focal points.  The artwork over the bed is the perfect pop of color in an otherwise white space:

Charcoal trim is a pleasant surprise against cedar shakes outside.  More of Gambrel's signature style abounds via boxwoods in zinc planters, modern teak furnishings and a statement coffee table:

To see more of this house, check out the full tour here
Hope you're all off to a great start this week!

Monday
Apr132015

west village stunner

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I'm sure you have all seen and are quite familiar with the West Village townhome of Haven's Kitchen cooking school owner Ali Cayne, which was originally featured in Lonny back in their holiday issue a couple of years ago, but if you haven't seen the tour of her home on One King's Lane, you're in for a treat!  Her kitchen is the stuff that dreams are made of, with its to-the-ceiling subway tile, black Lacanche stove and floor-to-ceiling open shelving.  Oh, and that vent hood is divine.  The gallery wall in her dining room is absolute perfection, as is the white and gold dressing area off of her bedroom and the timeless black, white and gold bathroom.  There is so much to love about this quietly feminine, elegant space and you can shop for a lot of what you see in it on One King's Lane, too! I can't think of a better way to kick off the work week than with a house tour full of the most gorgeous eye candy!

Wednesday
Apr082015

studio mcgee

If you guys haven't heard of Shea McGee or her design firm, Studio McGee which she runs with her hubby, you need to head over to her website and check out her portfolio quick, fast and in a hurry!  Shea exploded on the interior design scene a few years ago and I immediately fell in love with her crisp, classic, laid back California style; she does all-white the right way - with lots of texture, beautiful pops of color and pattern and a healthy dose of navy blue.  I originally posted about her San Clemente home here and have since loved each and every space she's popped out along the way, especially the home she recently designed for her parents.  Oh, yes.....

Navy blue walls and crisp white built-ins in the office are the first thing you see when you walk into the house and what a beautiful welcome it is:

White walls and paneling look so crisp in this seating area in the entry and are such a pretty backdrop for a navy rug, woven Roman blinds and a brass coffee table:

Love the built-in seating:

This kitchen is a fabulous example of why all-white kitchens will never go out of style.  From the x detailing on the glass cabinets and the black granite countertops to the chrome pendant lights and the trio of windows over the sink, it's light, airy and elegant.  Oh, and the navy bistro bar stools are a divine pop of color and texture:

I absolutely love the idea of a round table with a pendant above in an entry.  So classic and welcoming:

White built-in shelving and brass sconces are so crisp against all navy walls:

Light and airy in the dining room:

I fell in love with those shiplap walls and slate tile floor in a herringbone pattern in the laundry/mud room from the moment Shea first posted a picture on her Instagram account....have you ever seen a more chic utility space or what??

The black wallpaper in the powder room is a soft, refreshing touch among all the white in the rest of the house:

Black, silver and pale pink accents in the entry are such a soft and elegant touch:

Such a beautiful spot to start your day:

To see more of Shea's work and the rest of this gorgeous home, check out her portfolio here.  Oh, and be sure to check out her Instagram (@studiomcgee), which is chock full of equally amazing progress shots of projects she's currently working on!  Happy Hump Day!

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!