swimming pool inspiration

May 12, 2011

When the hubby got orders to transfer to another base, the one caveat of selling our home at the beach was that we would put an in-ground, concrete pool in the backyard.  Two weeks after we finished construction on our new home, my husband left on a four-month deployment and construction on the pool began.…

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219 north cliffwood

April 18, 2011

If you aren’t familiar with Brooke Giannetti, interior designer and author of the blog, Velvet and Linen, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Brooke and her husband, Steve, an incredibly talented architect, create drop-dead gorgeous spaces, photos of which they graciously share in extensive detail on her blog. One of my personal favorites, handsdown, is a Santa Monica property, 219…

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heavenly herringbone

March 17, 2011

There’s something about herringbone that gets my heart racing.  Hardwood floors, tile backsplashes and garden walks go from basic to breathtaking when installed in this elegant, unexpected pattern that never goes out of style.  Here are a few images that I’ve saved in my inspiration folder for a while that still make my heart skip a…

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wonderful world of window boxes

March 10, 2011

Spring is in the air-well, kinda-and with the warmer temperatures, I have landscaping on the brain.  Next month, before the humidity gets too high, I’m completely re-doing the landscaping in the front of our home.  While that’s one way to increase your curb appeal, it’s certainly not the easiest or the cheapest (in my defense,…

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eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

February 25, 2011

Beautiful rooms that inspired me to hang blue grasscloth in my foyer.

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designer love: mabley handler

February 18, 2011

No one does East Coast Chic like Mabley Handler. Here are some of my favorite rooms.

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glossy black doors

February 12, 2011

There is nothing more chic, elegant or welcoming, in my opinion, than a pair of gorgeous, glossy black doors, but how about on the inside of a house?  Ever since I saw this foyer in the Michigan home of designer Stephen Knollenberg, I’ve been completely smitten with the idea: We have French doors in our…

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inspiration: skirted table

January 28, 2011

Lately, I’ve been completely obsessed with the clean, crisp look of skirted tables.  And, I have to admit, the extra storage underneath is an added bonus for me.  So, after painting the console table in my entry way four times and still not being satisfied with it, I decided to bite the bullet and make a…

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lake house effect

January 20, 2011

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It’s not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it’s been in…

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designer love: kate jackson

January 19, 2011

I first stumbled upon Kate Jackson’s work a few summers ago when her home was featured in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I immediately fell in love with how she blended old and new for a comfy, lived-in look.  Her effortlessly chic spaces are a fun, fresh update to New England style.  What…

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