A few things I’m loving right now

October 10, 2011

This weekend was all about spending time outside, enjoying the beautiful 70-degree temps and catching up on much-needed beauty sleep.  (I hadn’t realized how tired I was until I lost my cell phone, only to find it in the fridge!)  What better way to kick off the week than to highlight some of my current…

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hamptons haven

October 5, 2011

When I think of Hamptons living, I think of the perfect balance between old and new, modern and rustic, with plenty of texture, softly distressed furnishings and muted colors.  This Hamptons hideaway is the perfect mix-from the wood beams and soothing color palette to those amazing whitewashed floors and that stunning plate rack.  (I wonder…

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ticking stripe obsession

September 26, 2011

I’m reupholstering a bench for a client in a vintage gray and white ticking stripe fabric and the more I work on it, the more I want to keep it for myself!  Ticking may just be the perfect fabric…it can be paired with everything, works in modern, traditional and beachy interiors and is generally inexpensive. …

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island lights

September 19, 2011

We have vaulted ceilings in our kitchen…I love how open and airy the space is, but my one regret is that I let the electrician talk me out of hanging pendant lights over my farmhouse sink when we were building.  His reasoning was that it would look disproportionate, since the ceilings are so high, that…

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driftwood inspiration

September 16, 2011

Last year, the hubs and I took a trip to the mountains and while I should have been enjoying the scenery, I got sidetracked hiking along a riverbed, when I found TONS of driftwood scattered all over the place.  I picked up as much as my go-go Gadget arms could carry and hauled every last…

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oversized artwork

September 15, 2011

Vaulted ceilings are a great way to make a room feel bigger, but they can be a real pain in the neck when trying to figure out what kind of art to hang. Right now I’m dedorating a living room with a twenty-foot vaulted ceiling and it’s been a challenge deciding on artwork. The right…

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tyler florence kitchen of the year

September 12, 2011

The latest issue of House Beautiful found its way to my mailbox this weekend and my jaw dropped the second I saw Tyler Florence’s kitchen of the year feature!  Charcoal cabinets, white subway tile, chrome lighting, four-inch thick countertops, black farmhouse sink, a gleaming pot rack above a 17-foot island….just another gorgeous example of an…

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black and white kitchens

August 30, 2011

There’s something about black and white kitchens that make me weak in the knees.  Whether it’s white cabinets with black countertops, or black cabinets with white Carrera marble, the look is clean and classic.  Dark walnut hardwood or Brazilian Black slate floors add a beautiful contrast and beadboard, tile and fabulous drawer pulls complete the…

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bookshelf inspiration

August 29, 2011

As my living room built-in bookshelves get closer to being completed, I’m chomping at the bit to style them!  I love built-in shelving; it’s are a great way to add character to a room, use up negative space (like the corner in my living room) and show off your favorite photos and collections.  There’s no…

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designer love: john jacob interiors

August 16, 2011

Thanks to a very close friend of mine who grew up in Johannesburg, I have a newfound appreciation for many things South African (especially their wine!).  At the top of my list is interior designer John Jacob, based in Cape Town.  While his work runs the gamut from glamorous to earthy and rustic, it’s his…

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