Entries in New England (3)


a stunning, nautical-inspired wedding in new england


After one of the longest, coldest winters in history, we are finally basking in the heat and humidity again, so to celebrate, I thought I'd share one of the most stunning nautical-inspired weddings I've ever seen in person, since warm weather makes me want to break out ALLLLLLL the nautical everything!  You guys might remember that three weeks after having Luca, the hubby and I packed up the littles and drove north - way north - to Newport, Rhode Island, for my cousin's wedding.  Lydia was the flower girl, Daddy walked her down the aisle and I squeezed my post-partum body into a gown as matron of honor (thank the Lord it was navy blue and forgiving!)  My aunt and uncle have a beautiful home in Newport, which served as a gorgeous spot for pictures before heading to the always enchanting Castle Hill Inn for the wedding ceremony and reception, where the sea provided the most amazing backdrop.  My cousin wanted a nautical-inspired reception that reflected her and her now-husband's love of the sea as well as the town they now call home and they got it in spades with a navy and white color palette, gold accents and pale pink, white and peach flowers.  I kid my aunt all the time that she should go into even design because she didn't miss a single detail when planning this wedding; it was seriously magazine-worthy.  From my cousin's incredible, vintage-inspired gown and the crystal chandeliers and twinkle lights that lit the tent for the reception to the hand-engraved dessert forks and antique cake topper, it was truly one of the most magical evenings that we are all still talking about, a year and a half later!  I couldn't be more proud - of my beautiful cousin for finding such an amazing guy and for my aunt for an unforgettable, truly magical night!

The flower girl and the bride-to-be:

The detailing on her dress was breathtaking:

The flowers were absolutely INCREDIBLE!  These pictures just don't do them justice; cabbage roses, hydrangea, dahlia, anemones as far as the eye could see:

A peek at the bridesmaid's bouquets (and the cutest little flower girl I ever did see!):

The beautiful couple and another shot of the gorgeous lace and beading on the back of her gown:

Crystal chandeliers, twinkle lights and candlelight in the tent:

Baby's breath garland and simple navy and white striped grosgrain ribbon on the bride and groom's chairs:

Hand engraved dessert forks for the bride and groom:


a summer saltbox by lisa tharp

Coming off of a fabulous long weekend bright and early this morning and heading back into reality makes me wish I drank coffee.  Since my head is still in weekend mode, I thought I'd share some fabulous eye candy by Lisa Tharp Design to celebrate a short week!  I've been a fan of Lisa's work for a while now (you can read my original post from years ago here), so I was thrilled to see she's updated her portfolio with an incredible renovated saltbox in New England. Seriously, it's BANANAS!  From the neutral color palette, tons of texture and stunning lighting to the pops of navy blue and built-in window seats and beds, every nook and cranny is absolute perfection:

All the built-in seating and alcoves are perfect for curling up with a summer read, not to mention sleeping all the extra guests:

Fresh greens are a great way to add a pop of color to a neutral space, but that rope wrapped console is what's got my eye in this sitting area:

A few hits of black anchor an otherwise neutral vignette:

Cedar shakes still make me weak in the knees:

Teak countertops, a La Cornue range and those fabulous bar stools take center stage in the all-white kitchen:

 I love the mix in the dining room - all that natural light is such a beautiful backdrop for the antique dining table, an insane chandelier and linen wingback chairs.  The white sconces from Dunes and Duchess are so, so chic, too!

Brass fixtures and boardwalk planks salvaged from Coney Island in the connected indoor/outdoor baths:

Just a peek of gorgeous, caramel toned grass cloth:

Lockers and nautical-inspired sconces in the mudroom and a breathtaking all-white screened-in porch, perfect for entertaining and relaxing after days spent at the beach!

Texture reigns supreme in the kid's lounge area.  I love, love, LOVE the wicker settee:

I'm swooning over the navy grass cloth and burlap covered end tables in the master bedroom; I'd never leave this room:

To see more of Lisa's work, check out her portfolio here.



hgtv dream house - martha's vineyard

Have you guys seen the HGTV dream home on Martha's Vineyard yet?  Let me tell you, it's good.  Really good.  When it comes to beach houses, I'll take small and cozy over sprawling McMansions any day of the week, but surprisingly, this home, despite its size, really does have a cottage feel.  It's classic New England with cedar shakes, floor-to-ceiling beadboard, a blue and white color palette and built-ins as far as the eye can see.  Soaring ceilings, reclaimed wood beams, comfy furnishings and nautical accessories are charming, elegant details that create a light, bright and airy feel that is also luxurious and undoubtedly East Coast chic and I love every single square inch!  I thought a (not so) little beach house tour would be a welcome break from all the Christmas posts, so feast your eyes:

The all white living area reminds me a lot of the one in the movie Something's Gotta Give.  Those vaulted ceilings are amazing, and I love how the reclaimed wood beams add just the right amount of warmth to the space:

I love the navy blue painted bead board on the backs of the built-ins:

Side view.  This whole room is so dreamy!

The detailed moldings are an elegant touch and are absolutely stunning:

Love the layout and all the seating:

Love all the sets of French doors:

A mahogany topped island warms up the all white kitchen:

The kitchen opens up to the living area, which is ideal for entertaining:

A wrought iron hanging lantern is my favorite part of the dining room (and has me back to wanting the same type of lighting for my breakfast area!)

A mix of seating at the dining table gives the space a much more casual feel, despite its elegant surroundings:

Another shot of the stunning paneling in the living room.  STUNNER!

Watery blue painted beadboard in the bathroom is a welcome change from all the white:

The outdoor spaces aren't too shabby, either.  I love all the secluded patio areas off the bedrooms and, of course, I'm dying over the cedar shakes and love how they are paired with hunter green trim and shutters and brass lantern lighting:

To see more of this gorgouse home (and there are a TON more photos that I didn't post here), hurry and head on over to HGTV