Friday, May 20, 2016

All the Shingle Ladies {Vol. 2: Long Island Mansion "Strongheart"}

All the Shingle Ladies, Vol. 2 is a little exterior tour of the quintessential Coastal North East Shingle Style. Surrounded by walls of Hydrangeas, this home with it's weathered cedar shake shingles, crisp white trim and oodles of charm makes you think you can even smell and see the ocean breeze, right?

So, here is our inspiration exterior of the week.
Richard Gere is selling his Long Island Mansion "Strongheart". 
Don't even bother to look at the asking price. 
But if I had a house that was "me", a house that was my 
spirit doppelganger, it would be Strongheart.

To see Strongheart's equally stunning interiors, take the full tour here.

*images Douglas Elliman via Variety

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gone Bananas {All the heart eyes for Banana Leaf, Palm & Martinique Prints}

Whether you call it Banana Leaf, Palm Print, Martinique, Brazilliance, Beverly Hills Hotel.... Tropical Leaf prints are timeless and here to stay. I've been seeing them pop up for a few seasons and there's just no way to go wrong with them. 
I've had a lot of people ask me where I found my Palm Print skirt that I wore on my April Studio 5 segment and it is currently out of stock at Koo de Ker (a Salt Lake 9th and 9th Boutique). 
BUT, I've rounded up my favorites from the wild to the wonderful  (skirts, accessories, decorating inspiration pictures, party ideas and FREE PRINTABLES) for you!!!

Scroll down for the link to my
Pinterest Board to see this curated goodness!
This Way Home | Get the Look: Tropical Leaves |
The Jungle Book cover by Anastasia Stefurak #editorial #design #book:
Blair Eadie wears a button-down blouse, palm print midi skirt, blush pink tote, and matching mirrored sunglasses:

Star Light:
Rose Beltran Design
Lulu & Georgia Banana Palm Pillow:
LuLu & Georgia
∆ ∆ ∆ I love making cakes for my friends birthdays. This is incredible!:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday Inspiration {Essex Green, Benjamin Moore}

Benjamin Moore Essex Green. walls in entry stairs. Semi-Gloss:
Growing up near Essex, CT I can say that Benjamin Moore MUST have named "ESSEX GREEN" after the many green shutters in this quaint, coastal town.
It's a classic.
Griswold Inn Date Opened: 1776 Location: Essex, CT The brass-bell and maritime-painting-bedecked Griswold Inn resides in a quaint colonial harbor town located about 40 miles from Hartford. The "Gris," as it's known by locals, has served George Washington, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Katharine Hepburn, in addition to countless whalers, fishermen, steamboat captains, and townspeople.:

new-england-aesthetic: Essex, CT....seriously, I want to live here:

Courtside, Fenwick, CT:

Friday, May 13, 2016

All the Shingle Ladies {Volume 1}

We're gearing up for our Summer trip home to visit my family in CT! The kids are looking forward to spending a few weeks along the CT Shoreline and being at the BEACH! My New England roots run deep...and that means that I get all giddy about long sunny days, evening walks down Main Street with ice cream cones, Long Island Sound breezes, blue hydrangea and SHINGLE STYLE HOUSES.
All Summer long, I'll be sharing posts about Shingle Style Architecture and Design, and the way to achieve this look even if you can't go through an exterior renovation.
AND I'll be sharing Posts, Tours and Videos of CT Shingle Style Homes
during our time in CT in July.

Cedar Shake.

gingerbread house - round cedar shingles . galvanised steel window surrounds:


House Beautiful - Classic Nantucket Fisherman's Cottage. Photograph by Christopher Baker.:


a home in the hamptons:


⚓Main Street, East Hampton - This is the cottage I would expect to see in Maine:


14 classic Shingle Style homes that look like summer:


5th Avenue Residential Remodel by Jeff King & Co., home architecture, home design, house,:


White Trim.

Watch Hill / David Fuller Photo:

Black Trim.

Gorgeous Transitional Home #2 -Designed by Polsky Perlstein Architects-:

Green Trim.

Arthur Chabon:

No matter what Trim.

Ellen Denisevich-Grickis renovated her Rhode Island summer home to include a vast wildflower meadow preceding the 3,000-square-foot residence’s entrance. A log arbor spans nearly the width of the shingled rear fa├žade, providing shelter for an outdoor dining room.:


Donald Lococo Architects:



In Between

by Mockler Taylor ArchitectsGreenwich, CT, US 06830 · 16 photosadded by mocker_taylor Shingle Style Exterior 2 Exterior Detail of a shingle style house in Greenwich, CT. Photo credit: Robert Benson:

It doesn't matter to me.
Shingles have me every time.
So, here's to all the Shingle Ladies!
Check back weekly throughout the Summer for my Shingle Ladies Series.
Hop over to my dedicated Pinterest Board for more inspiration and eye candy!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday Inspiration {Magnolia Home Paint Colors COLORMATCHED!}

Joanna Gaines is just about everywhere these days, and it's well deserved in my opinion. She is launching her own Magnolia Home line of Paint and I'm ECSTATIC!!! However, I'm not going to stop using the colors that Jo and Chip have claimed they've previously used on their projects. This being said, I have stumbled on a few "COLOR MATCH" posts in the blogosphere that are worth sharing! 

Fixer Upper Paint Colors
Rainy Days Color Match
Blackboard Color Match
Ella Rose color match
Americana Egg Color Match

Sir Drake Color Match
Head over to THE WEATHERED FOX's original post for her full list of color matches!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Splurge or Steal: French Cafe Chairs

Even though it feels like I just got back from my summer sojourn in Paris, I’m already planning for my next trip. Michelle Adams and I will be in the City of Light for Paris Fashion Week in March with lots of big adventures on the docket. I can’t wait to attend chic fashion shows, […]:


This iconic Serena & Lily French bamboo and weatherproof plastic basket weave seating is at the height of kitchen and eating nook design these days. Pricey yet durable, Serena & Lily sells one chair for $225. This knocks it out of the park for French Bistro Style seating.

Serena & Lily
Riviera Side Chair $225 each


World Market, never one to miss out on jumping on the bandwagon with hot trends, has come up with an Outdoor version (the original inspiration is the legit outdoor French Bistro Chair). These comfortable copy-cats are basically 2 for the price of one Serena & Lily chair. If you don't mind the not quite as nice styling, wider profile and the more prominent color weaving, then this is an excellent bargain. If you want the look of the Riviera without the hefty price tag for say, 8 chairs...The World Market version is pretty great quality for the price.

World Market
Kaliko French Bistro Chair $239 SET OF TWO

While I have found several other copy-cats on sites like Overstock and Amazon, I won't recommend them due to poor reviews.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday Inspiration {Sherwin Williams "Kilkenny"}

SW 6740 - Kilkenny: