Entries in shingle style (6)


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!


a winner + a simple but stunning shaker style east hampton cottage

Thank you all for entering the giveaway this week for one of Julia Contacessi's abstract art prints! I'm so excited to announce that Heather Olson of Two Doors Down Design Blog is the lucky winner this week!!  Keep an eye out for the next giveaway, friends, and thank you again for everyone who took the time to enter!

Switching gears to some simple, yet seriously stunning design eye candy to wrap up the week!  This shingle style East Hamptons cottage designed by Robert Stilin has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it in House Beautiful a few years ago.  There's something so refreshing about a light and airy color palette, especially when mixed with lots of natural texture, warm wood furnishings, a great mix of vintage and antique accessories and a healthy dose of stripes.  This home is a testament to how stunning simple design really can be, not to mention comfortable, welcoming and incredibly chic!  Great design really is in the details and this house is teeming with them:

Have a wonderful weekend!


garden variety design

I have a serious obsession with charming Cape Cod-style homes covered in silvery, weathered shingles, but a charming Cape Cod covered in silvery, weathered shingles set in South Carolina's Lowcountry?  Be still my heart!  Add a fresh helping of crisp white paint, soft linens and a ton of texture and the Kiawah Island home of Garden Variety Design's Jeannette Whitson had me at hello!  This is a stunning example of how an all-white interior can be warm and inviting when layered with warm woods, soft linen and rough texture (loving the modern seagrass bar stools in the kitchen and that fabulous tufted sofa in the living room!).  Subtle nautical touches like coral, sea glass, pertrified wood side tables and a fabulous antique chain link are an elegant nod to the sea beyond the windows.  The result is so sophisticated yet relaxed and family-friendly - the perfect combination, in my opinion! 

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

barrel chandelier / sofa / coral / baskets / lantern / coasters / coffee table / tree side table


classic american style: howie guja

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and got to spend the long weekend with those you love!  I absolutely loved seeing all the flags out on our walk and drive yesterday; I only wish more people would fly them year-round-such a great way to show pride in being an American!  And speaking of American style, if you're looking for some inspiring, classic American style in the Hamptons, it doesn't get better than Long Island-based photographer Howie Guja's feed!  A peek through the hedgerows show shingle style cottages, white picket fences, historic homes and nautical details, not to mention glimpses at life in the Hamptons all year long. I always get excited when one of his pictures pops up into my Instagram feed, mainly because the man never met a shingle style cottage he didn't love or photograph and that makes him one of my favorites to follow!  Here are just a few inspiring shots.  Follow him @howieguja to see more.  Hope you're all off to a great week!


newport digs

Sorry for the silence last week - if you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue), you know the hubby and I got to take a much-needed vacation and I relished in the opportunity to unplug and unwind!  We kicked off our vacation by flying to Rhode Island for one of my closest friend's weddings and stayed with my aunt and uncle at their fabulous, ocean front digs in Newport, one of my all-time favorite seaside towns ever!  Their house was absolutely amazing - they own three properties inside one of the oldest homes on Ocean Avenue and I thought I'd post some pics from the one we stayed in. 

This one was a bit of a gut job, removing ugly carpet to reveal original hardwood floors, tearing down walls to create an open, airy feel and then decorating with a classic red, white and blue color palette and antique finds (like that Newport sign in the entry way....believe me, if there was a way to smuggle that bad boy onto the plane ride home, I would have!):

The kitchen was originally a galley kitchen, completely blocked off from the rest of the living space.  All the cabinetry was removed and custom, glass-front beauties went in.  Love the nautical touch the pendant lights add:

The bookcase built-ins match the kitchen cabinets and add interest and extra storage:

The real star of the show, though, are the AMAZING views!!!!  I would live on their rooftop porch year round, rain or snow:

Loved the view of this shingle-style beauty right across the way:

My aunt and uncle are in the process of gutting and renovating the original dining room for the entire house, which will be another living area...can't wait to share pics of the amazing transformation that's underway right now!  Stay tuned for photos!