Now that the colder days are (finally) here, we’re all thinking warm colors and cozy decor. I’m way behind with my pumpkins and mums this year, not to mention I can’t find our Halloween props, so instead today’s?fall design inspiration comes from an 1850s farmhouse in upstate New York, decorated by the talented duo of Tilton Fenwick. This project was recently published in House Beautiful and it has a little bit of everything- color, enveloping prints, fun fabrics that work all year-long, but are particularly fitted for the colder months. Like this living room below, with an orange velvet sofa that would keep me hostage for weeks. With a good book, a warm ?cup of tea and the roaring fire… ahh, the good life!
Blogging is a luxury for me these days. I am recovering from a cold and my little one has been home with me, sick as well…? This rarely happens with our busy schedules so we took full advantage of our time together. We baked, we planned for our Halloween costumes, read spooky stories, and had a lovely time watching (and re-watching) The Secret Life of Pets. It’s our new favorite feel-good movie! Have you seen it?
Turning on the news is painful… our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost everything during the aggressive Northern California fires, to the brave men and women that have been risking their lives trying to contain the fires. The amount of destruction in the beautiful Napa Valley is heartbreaking. Hundreds of homes, wineries and hotels are nothing but ashes… Please reach out and help in any way that you can!
The Sonoma home of textile designer Susan Snyder is in the middle of wine country and came to my mind these days…The images of how the home once stood is a countrepoint to the horror of what it is now. I can’t help but feel grateful and guilty ?at the same time for having the comforts of our home, a warm and ?familiar shelter at a time when so many have lost so much. But if anything, together we become stronger and with support all that is lost will be rebuilt. Lives are most precious, everything else can be replaced.
With his signature blue and white palette, Mark D. Sikes decorates a wonderful beach house … It seems like every other week brings a new post about the work of LA designer Mark Sikes. It may sound repetitive to some, but I just can’t help it!
One of my favorite projects featured on Sikes’ portfolio and in his first book, Beautiful, is an ample Spanish colonial style beach front home in Montecito. Despite the classic architecture, the interiors are anything but stuffy. The clients desired a beach getaway that exudes an easy, indoor-outdoor lifestyle and Sikes was, obviously, the perfect fit! Natural textures, rattan, bamboo and abaca rugs, Anglo-Indian bone-inlayed furnishings, stripes and a medley of exotic textiles were a sure way to create a dream ocean retreat.
A little over a year ago I joined Instagram and my life has never been the same… Facebook and Pinterest are great ways to keep in touch with friends and get inspired, but Instagram does both! I’ve met wonderful people, made lovely Insta pals, visited exotic far away places and had quite a few good laughs – all from the comfort of my phone. There’s really nothing like it for creatives and the good news is there’s something for everyone. Puppies, baking, art, pizza, gardens, more baking, travel – whatever floats your boat there’s at least a dozen great Instagram accounts to get you inspired daily. One of my great passions is everything home and gardens related (shocking, I know!) and discovering new accounts on Insta makes me giddy. One such account, that I came across accidentally, is @cowparsley_and_foxgloves. Nothing fancy, just a home that is beyond my wildest dreams. Set in a small beach village, somewhere in England, a thatched-roof cottage with crisp white interiors is my new definition of beautiful living. Flocks of geese, two adorable pups, plump chickens, roses and herb gardens – the whole package. I highly recommend you check it out, it will be an Instant escape…
Friday greetings, friends! How are things??If you’re feeling nostalgic about summer days past, I have the perfect home tour for you – an 1880s Federal style home that was completely rebuilt with historically accurate details in mind by Botticelli & Pohl Architects. The interiors have been beautifully outfitted with 18th and 19th -century American farmhouse style pieces that blend harmoniously with comfortable upholsteries in charming prints. The interiors were executed by?Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design Studios. There are some great rooms that inspire in both furniture layout and mix of styles. All farmhouse pieces go together, whether Swedish, French or Early American. Wicker and sisal, bamboo shades and a classic palette make this home elegant but also fun. ?The living room, family room and kitchen in particular have stolen my heart…
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