oceanfront perfection

August 7, 2013

Having spent the last few weeks in oceanfront homes, I’ve got beach houses on the brain – specifically, this waterfront Pacific Palisades beauty, a complete renovation by architect Tim Barber.  The New England-style home was featured in an issue of Renovation Style a few years back and I’ve been in love with it ever since…

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island girl

July 22, 2013

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the fabulous Miss India Hicks for quite some time now.  Island Life was one of the first interior design books I ever purchased and was my go-to resource for decorating my own home for the eight years we lived five minutes from the beach.  Her Bahamian…

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get the look: nautical-inspired dream nursery

July 12, 2013

Last night, Bravo aired a bunch of episodes of Giuliana and Bill from last season and I just happened to tune into last season’s finale as they revealed  the interiors of their new home in Brentwood, California. I loved everything about the house, but ESPECIALLY the absolutely gorgeous nautical-inspired nursery of their baby boy, Duke. …

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alfresco dining

July 3, 2013

I don’t know how people in the Pacific Northwest do it, never seeing the sun; we are heading into week four of constant rain and thunderstorms and while my yard has never been so green and my plants look like they’re on steroids, it’s killing my summer fun!  Tomorrow is July 4th and I’m hoping…

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folly beach design plan

June 18, 2013

When a lovely reader from Salt Lake City emailed me for help decorating an old cedar shake bungalow she just purchased on Folly Beach, South Carolina, I jumped at the chance!  Even better?  Her only request was that the entire house be black and white with lots of texture, a beautiful backdrop for her rustic,…

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orange crush

June 12, 2013

Lately, I’ve found myself gravitating toward the most beautiful shades of orange…nail polish, dresses, bedding, pillows, even the different types of fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market. From soft, muted coral all the way to bright, bold tangerine, this is such a fun, fresh and vibrant color for summer.  Like all bold, bright colors,…

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easy, breezy

June 11, 2013

I’ve seen the living room shots of this house floating around the internet for a while now, but it wasn’t until I started digging that I got to see the entire home and it’s a stunner!  Turns out, this historic home is in East Hampton, New York, and was a complete renovation, courtesy of New…

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summer-inspired table setting

June 7, 2013

I’ve had this table setting from the home of designer and blogger extraordinaire Mark D. Sikes in my inspiration folder ever since I posted his home tour months ago.  When it comes to setting a summer table, there is no color combination more classic than blue and white – mixed with a little texture, some…

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shingle style elegance

June 5, 2013

I’m working on a very exciting new project in Wrightsville Beach, so lately, I’ve had a lot of beach houses, beach cottages and beach house inspiration on the brain!  This summer cottage by architect John B. Murray stopped me dead in my tracks – if you’re an habitual reader of my blog, you know I have a…

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memorial day bash must-haves

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is finally here!  The weather is beautiful, the pool is open, the fridge and pantry are stocked…the Stivers’ are ready to burn it down over the three-day!  Whether you’re hosting a barbeque, attending a party or just relaxing over the long weekend, here are a few essentials that will come in handy…

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