entertaining with aerin

August 24, 2015

I never grow tired of glimpses of Aerin Lauder’s Southampton home; the grounds and outdoor living areas are among my favorites, so I was especially excited to see that she recently hosted a poolside luncheon to celebrate the launch of one of her new frangrances, photos of which were captured by Garance Dore.  Like her…

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a dreamy backyard retreat

July 20, 2015

Living in the South, the weather is decent enough to be outside for basically nine months of the year and so outdoor spaces are a big part of the way most of us live down here.  It goes without saying, then, that the best outdoor spaces are those that live like extensions of the indoors…

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a midsummer night’s dream dinner

May 7, 2015

With the temps quickly approaching 90 degrees around here, all I can think about is poolside dinners, playing cornhole under twinkly string lights and sipping light, crisp cocktails.  So you can imagine my delight when I laid eyes on this STUNNING bohemian-style dinner hosted by Athena Calderon, author of the blog Eye Swoon, at her…

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swingin’ it

May 9, 2014

I apologize for the silence on the blog the last few days….I am TIRED.  I haven’t been sleeping well the last week or so, so I took a little hiatus from cooking, cleaning and laundry to just have some chill days with my little miss and it has been wonderful.  Right now, all I can…

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not your grandmother’s wicker

April 24, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with patio furniture these days; I would LOVE to find pieces for my screened-in porch, but am too indecisive to figure out what is is that I really want.  For the longest time, I was pretty sure I wanted teak that would weather to a gorgeous, silvery gray…but then I…

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swedish dreams

April 10, 2014

A few years ago, I had an obsession with Swedish interior design blogs and fully believed that everyone in the country lived in amazing, waterfront properties with breathtaking views.  I just couldn’t get enough – it seemed like everyone decorated their homes with neutral colors, soft linens, lots of texture and pops of beautiful blue…

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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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steven gambrel does it again

April 25, 2013

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I have a slight obsession with interior designer/architect Steven Gambrel and his AMAZING portfolio of timeless, polished interiors.  His exterior spaces are just as fabulous, including this quaint porch and patio in East Hampton – classic white board and batten paired with black…

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fab outdoor finds from ballard!

March 21, 2013

The Spring catalogue from Ballard was waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday and I found myself dog-earring quite a few pages with some fabulous outdoor finds! Mother Nature seems to be enjoying herself, teasing us with 70 degree weather one day and then 40 the next, but I don’t mind, because the longer it’s…

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dramatic outdoor lighting

March 11, 2013

I’m on the hunt for some dramatically oversize lantern lights for my front porch-my current ones are beautiful, but they just aren’t cutting it for me, size-wise, and when it comes to making a fabulous first impression, bigger is almost always better!  While I go back and forth over front door colors (still don’t know…

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