Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New House Files: The Powder Room

I live for a good wallpaper. Especially in a powder room or bathroom. I'm planning on wallpapering the powder room on the first floor of the house. They are great places do something dramatic and fun. They are like little jewels boxes where you can play with color and pattern and lighting. Usually only guests see it so why not go for a wow moment.

Here are a few on my Pinterest Board…

Statement black and white teardrop wallpaper in this modern bathroom

Powder room with black and white Art Deco wallpaper

via BKLYN contessa :: designed by rh design :: photographs by keller + keller :: rustic modern berkshires camp

spotted walls #bathroom #home #decor

Hall bath idea: Trim on the bottom, wallpaper on top...I think it may look nice to have some architectural details in your house especially since you can see it right when you walk in.

Powder Room Makeover~ Flower wallpaper to spruce up a powder room | Cupcakes & Cashmere

Obviously there is a theme here. Dark, moody, with lots of brass.

Here are some of the papers I have narrowed down from the millions of beautiful options. Seriously, wallpaper is bringing it these days.

Monday, January 12, 2015


It's freakin' freezing here. Let's all pretend we are laying by the pool here, at Round Hill in Jamaica. This is definitely on the short list of places I want to visit next.

Now showing photo 1, Location

Now showing photo 9, Oceanfront Room With Double Beds A

Now showing photo 12, Round Hill Beach
Now showing photo 1, Infinity Pool

I want to go to there.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New House Files: The Dining Room

So now that things are in gear with the new house, I have to get my game face on and start figuring out what this place is going to look like. How I want it to feel. It makes me excited and super anxious at the same time. We have a fast completion time, we hope to be in by end of August/early September. I'll obviously post actual photos of the house as it comes along, but now it's just a dirt pile and no one really wants to see that.

BUT I have pretty much nailed down the dining room. Again, it makes me excited and super anxious at the same time. This baby is going dark green. With a wall of built-in bookcases. And black cane chairs with velvet leopard seats. And a crystal chandelier. It's bringing the drama with a capital D.

Here are my inspiration images….

I have been obsessed with Tory Burch's living room since I saw it in House Beautiful a few years ago. I love how her blue and white porcelain sings against those green walls. I think my little collection of blue and white (obviously not Ming, because, well, I'm not Tory Burch) will be right at home in a green dining room.

Tory Burch's sitting room with the tortoiseshell cocktail table now replaced by a stunning Yves Klein plexiglass one filled with gold leaf.

THIS!!! but slightly more blue in the green... and maybe a bit more space b/w the top of bookshelves and crown molding!

The dining room at Mount Vernon. Martha had great taste.

And here is the design board I put together.

The marble floor is a maybe. It would be a continuation from the entry. The pattern is pretty straightforward, it's just 12x12 white tiles and 6x6 black tiles laid out in a semi checkerboard. I don't know…too much marble? Should I just go wood like the rest of the downstairs and throw in a badass rug? Is there such a thing as too much marble? Do I even have enough in the budget to do it? Is this too many questions?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

France and Other Things

Happy 2015 everyone! I'll just cover all the bases...I hope all of you had a fantastic Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years. Last time I left off we were on our way to Europe. Well, that happened. Unfortunately London didn't happen (stuff about tube threats and general terrorism things kept us away. Remember all that?)... but Paris did. And it delivered. The weather was amazing 90% of the time, we ate A LOT, we walked A LOT, we drank A LOT of wine, we rode bikes through the streets which was surprisingly not deadly. I won't bore you with a huge blog post about the ins and outs of the whole thing, so here are some photos. Because that's all people care about anyway.

The last few photos are from Chateau Fontainebleau which was flat out amazing. Unlike Versailles, this whole place is furnished and all the fabrics and rugs are either exact reproductions or the original thing. Napolean's pattern mixing was on point. The photos can't do it justice. Just go see it.

Oh, and we have broken ground on the house! Plans are being finished and retaining walls are being built…you know, the fun stuff.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random Bits

Sometimes I just have a bunch of things that don't necessarily deserve an blog post alone, but put it all together and it's a hot mess of random.

Booked this tour for Paris. It came highly recommended and 
I'm shocked we actually got a spot so close to our trip. 

Bought some art.
One Kings Lane is having a killer photography sale.
Find it here.

Stepped up my earring game.
Shop it here.

Remember this postIt's more fantastic in person. 

Binge watching this show. What did we do before Netflix?

That's all. Told you it was random.

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Back Ya'll: The Poncho

They are everywhere. And pretty much the one thing you need to buy this fall. I am really close to scooping up the Zara number below. I hate stuffing sweaters into the sleeves of a coat, which is why I love this style. The hottest ticket this year is the Burberry version that SJP is modeling below. I came up with a few that are a little more wallet friendly. Get it on, ladies.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

New House Files: Lighting

I'm already obsessing about the lighting in the new house. Truth be told, I've been looking at lighting options since the beginning of the summer. Because there are millions of things and I have to see every last one. Because I'm thorough insane. And lighting is very, very important. In the last house we built, the lighting budget was teeny tiny. Because, well, we had to make room for more important things like walls and toilets. But this time I get to make a few rather awesome lighting decisions. Here are a few that are on my short list…

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