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Monday
Feb112019

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!

Monday
Jan282019

shower curtain trick 

I finally got around to hanging some art in the upstairs guest room bathroom over the weekend (for those asking, it's a nautical chart that my hubby used to navigate the Intracoastal years ago that I framed!)  I've always loved this bathroom but it never ceases to amaze me how even a single piece of art can instantly make a space feel so much more cozy.  Another element that helps also happens to be one of my favorite tricks for making a bathroom - even a tiny one - feel instanly more grand is to hang a second shower curtain rod as high as possible and hang a pair of window treatments!  It makes things feel so much softer and instantly gives the room a luxurious touch (even though these curtains are as inexpensive as they come!)

Here I hung a pair of Merete grommet curtain panels from Ikea all the way at the top where the ceiling starts to slope.  I love how they puddle right at the floor and the fact that they hide the shower curtain liner is an added bonus. Now the room feels so much more polished and finished to me (I always feel the same way about adding curtains to a window!)  Just be sure to leave a few inches gap between the curtain liner rod and the curtain panel rod so that your curtains don't bunch at the top; you won't be able to slide them open, either!

I've been using this trick for years; I did the very same thing in my first apartment so that I could close the panels and hide a rather hideous pink and green tiled shower/tub combo, lol!  I love the Merete panels because you really get a lot of bang for your buck and if you don't like the grommets, it would be a super easy and rather inexpensive fix to remove them and sew rings that are large enough to fit over your rod!

As for the rest of the items in here, the cast iron tub, subway tile are from Lowe's; the Montauk slate tile floor is from Home Depot; the basket is one of my favorite HomeGoods finds and the towels are from TJMaxx years ago that I had monogrammed when we got married! 

Happy Monday, everyone!

Friday
Jan252019

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

Wednesday
Jan232019

design finds: blue + white + lots of texture

I can't think of a fresher color combination than blue and white to brighten up the gloomiest month of the  year and, thanks to the bevy of great home decor sales going on right now, so many things on my radar are super budget-friendly, too!  Now, you know I couldn't do a roundup of some blue and white pretties without also including some texture and a little brass to warm things up a bit, so here are a few picks I'm loving lately; everything here, with the exception of the chair and sconce, is less than $100 and some items are well below! 

 Chair / Garden stool / Throw blanket / Basket / Pillow / Ridge vase / Hand towels /

Marble planter / Marble lamps /Wall sconce / Kooboo tray /

How gorgeous is this chair?  I'm not sure if I love it more for its lines or for its pricepoint!

Obsessed with these ridge vases; they're equally as breathtaking with blooms or on their own on a side table of bookshelf.  So much texture and interest!

LOVE this ribbon trim pillow, but would definitely have to remove the tassels before my little hurricanes (accidentally) did!

I just gave a set of these hand towels to a friend as a housewarming present and they were a huge hit! 

This blue and white chinoiserie garden stool is gorgeous in person and, at $64, almost unbelievably priced!

I never met a rattan tray that I didn't like; this is pretty similar to the one I use to corale my oils and salt and pepper in my kitchen!

Really into marble everything right now, including this pair of blue and white lamps for $140 (FOR TWO!!!) and this planter.

My love for stripes runs deep; seriously considering two of these blue and white striped throws to wrap around chair cushions in my living room.  At $27 a pop, they're a steal!

This basket is small - 13 by 14 inches - but would work for holding crayons, as a makeshift utensil holder, or even a planter! 

I'm in love with these sconces and am considering two for above the daybed in Luca's room.  LOVE.

What's on your radar lately?

Friday
Nov022018

my 10 favorite decorative accessories + where i find them

A few weeks back I asked followers on Instagram what kind of posts they would like to see on the blog and quite a few wanted to know my favorite decorative accessories and where I find them, so here we go!  I'm nothing if not consistent when it comes to my decor; I tend to steer clear of trends and, instead, gravitate to the same kinds of decorative pieces over and over again.  For this reason, I'm actually surprised that anyone would ask me to post my picks because I feel like I'm constantly featuring the same thing, but here we go, guys!!

Pillows - Throw pillows are a great way to add color, pattern and texture to your space and it's a relatively inexpensive way to completely change the feel of a room without having to do much else!  My favorite pillow shops are all on Etsy; Spark Modern and Motif Pillows have incredible varities of beautiful, designer fabrics to choose from and the customer service can't be beat!!

Round Mirrors - I didn't even realize I had a round mirror obsession until a friend was over one day and counted five, between my living areas and Lydia's bedroom!  Round mirrors are perfect for bouncing light around a small space and adding a little softness to square rooms, mantles, etc.  I always keep an eye out for them when I'm in HomeGoods; I've found most of mine there for a fraction of the price of retailers!

Baskets - My love affair with round and rectangular water hyacinth and seagrass baskets knows no bounds.  I use them for plants and have a ton of them around the house for easy toy pickup at the end of the day.  HomeGoods, TJMAxx and World Market are my go-to places for finding big beauties!

Trays - Essential for coraling kitchen and bath essentials, creating a beautiful display on a coffee, side or dining table, even a makeshift bar setup when you have company.  Target, HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Pottery Barn (when on sale) all have beautiful options!

Fresh Greenery - You just can't beat the pop of color and LIFE that house plants bring to any space.  My favorites are palms, maiden hair ferns, umbrella plants, philodendron and, of course, my unicorn - myrtle topiary.  While I've always been an advocate of fresh over faux, I just haven't been able to keep topiary alive, so, in this case, I made my own out of some faux branches from Hobby Lobby (you can read about it here). 

Coffee table books - thank the lord for Amazon Prime!!!  There isn't a lot I splurge on, but my beloved design books definitely are!!  I occassionally will purchase "used" for a fraction of the price and, most times, you can't even tell they've been previously owned! You can tell a lot about a person, based on their books!

Oversize clam shell - this things moves around the house as much as I do lately.  It looks just as great on its own as it does filled with clementines or simple silver ornaments for the holidays, stacked on top of a few coffee table books or as a simple centerpiece on a table setting.  Mine is from Z Gallerie more than ten years ago and I love it as much now as when I first bought it!

Woven and glass hurricanes - I love versatile decor and my woven covered glass hurricanes from HomeGoods last year are my favorite vessels to use for fresh blooms, but they also look just as amazing with simple white pillar candles on the table. 

Simple, silver picture frames - thin, modern silver picture frames are my favorite.  I always find a few whenever I stop into HomeGoods (again, I know!)  I don't have a lot of surface space in my living areas so I like to group a bunch together on a console or side table; when you keep the frames simple, I think it makes such a dramatic impact!

Resin coral - maybe it's because I love the beach so much, maybe it's because my hubby is a career Marine....maybe it's just because coral adds texture and interest to bookshelves, a stack of books, a mantle, you name it, but I just can't resist a little piece of the fake stuff whenever I pass one!  I have a few pieces I've found on sale at Pottery Barn a few years back but most comes from HomeGoods!  A tip:  the stores near the water always have the best selection!

What are some of your favorite decorative accessories and where do you typically find them?

Have a wonderful weekend!