and get this!
During our long weekend in the Hamptons several weeks ago, we took a break from the beach and ventured into Sag Harbor to see the 2016 Hamptons Design Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home and benefiting Southampton Hospital. This 10,000 square foot newly built three story home is on the market for a mere $5.195 million but it does come with a pool, spa, tennis court, gym, wine cellar and lots of privacy since it sits on 3+ acres of overlooking a 135 acre wooded reserve.
Directly through the foyer is the great room designed by Kate Singer Home in a soothing seaside palette of blues, whites and grays. The hand painted de Gournay mural and the Michele Chandelier by Circa Lighting sets the tone for understated elegance.
Gideon Mendelson’s dining room is wallpapered with gray Phillip Jefferies grasscloth overlayed with white latticework and made all the more stunning with a fabulous ginko leaf chandelier similar to this Tommaso Barbi design we found on 1stdibs.
Statement chandeliers were definitely a trend in this year’s showhouse and Melanie Turner‘s geometric choice was perfect for this room which exuded sophisticated warmth.
And finally, our favorite room… The girly and glamorous bunk room (which every vacation home should have!) designed by Julie Dodson had a wonderful mix of patterns. All in all, we thought this Hamptons Designer Showhouse was a big success and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Photos by yours truly
Last year we introduced you to blogging bestie, Jeanne, the creative genius behind I Dream Of, when she launched her own Instagram challenge to paint a sketch every day. Since then, this artist, illustrator and dreamer has been very busy, working with a super talented team including brand guru Fiona Humberstone (we actually introduced her to Fiona via this post!), website designer Rachelle Saevil and photographer Katie Mitchell to re-brand herself and launch her online gallery and shop, Jeanne McKay Hartmann.
Having been through the process ourselves last year, we know how much time and energy goes into creating a new brand and website and we couldn’t be more happy for Jeanne. Her new online home embodies the dreamy and whimsical quality of her paintings and captures the happy essence of her work.
Best of all, Jeanne will be adding some original work and prints that can be purchased through the site… perhaps just in time for the holidays (hint, hint!) In the meantime, you can buy Jeanne’s watercolors at her two favorite stores, Seattle’s Watson Kennedy and Nest Inspired Home in Rye, and she’ll be taking on a few new custom commissions at the beginning of 2017. Want more loveliness? Check out her Instagram page!
Congratulations, Jeanne, and thank you for making our world more beautiful!
Nothing says summer like blue and white… and it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t write a blue and white post! Over the years, we’ve blogged about Bergdorf’s blue and white hall, taking blue and white at the beach, and finding blue and white at the trade shows. So it’s no surprise that we’ve been collecting blue and white goodies for yet another post on one of our favorite color palettes. From Erin Gates’ new collection with Jill Rosenwald, to Madeleine Weinrib’s new take on ikat, blue and white works beautifully in home decor…
and it’s always in fashion.
So here’s to blue and white done right!
During our weekend in the Hamptons, we had the chance to stop by the new Jayson Home store in Sag Harbor. For those of you who are loyal readers, you know how much we love this place! Tucked away off of Main Street in an 18th century building that used to be a whaling and shipping supply store, this destination of urban sophistication occupies three distinct rooms, each with a unique style.
The front room is filled with sunlight and gifts for entertaining, both vintage and modern. Aren’t those Parma serving boards, coffered inlay boxes and vintage jars fabulous? Diane, of course, had to have the topiaries!
A second room has a more of a bohemian-surf vibe which stands in contrast to the typical white-on-white Hamptons style one would see in these parts. Here you will find soap stones, African beaded necklaces and exotic textiles.
The last room, anchored by a marble fireplace filled with selenite logs, is the most dramatic… Think Belgian manor house or Brooklyn brownstone, both of which can be effortlessly chic. We absolutely loved the vintage flower sconces which reminded us of our own childhood home in Brussels. Not to mention this Aalto amber chandelier!
If you happen to be in the Hamptons this summer, we definitely recommend a visit to Jayson Home. And if you’re not in the neighborhood, you can shop online!
Photos courtesy of Cynthia
and get this!
We’re hosting an Instagram contest all summer long so now’s your chance to show off your Diane James design! Post a picture of a Diane James Home bouquet, plant or gift item in your home on your Instagram account and enter to win a $100 Diane James Home gift certificate! Here’s what you need to do to:
One winner will be selected each month (on July 21, August 21 and September 21) so you’ve got two more chances! Click here for contest rules. Good luck to all!
Since one of us is headed to the Hamptons today, we thought we’d profile this beautiful waterfront home on Peconic Bay designed by John David Rose and Jon Bjørnen. Owned by top real estate broker Tim Davis, the house was built in the early 2000’s and has been updated over the years to make it more gracious and stately yet still family friendly. Off the front hall is a lovely living room whose neutral palette is offset by Friedel Dzubas‘ colorful abstract painting prominently displayed over the fireplace.
We love the Provençal-style kitchen and especially the French doors which we can only assume opens up to a sloping lawn and a fabulous pool.
The lovely master suite has his and her baths, and her bath is to die for. Don’t you just want to pour yourself a glass of champagne and soak in that tub!
With its panoramic views (imagine the sunsets!) and vast stone terrace, this home is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Now all we need is an invitation… hint, hint. Happy Friday all and enjoy this last weekend of July. Where is the summer going??
The joke in our family is that our thumbs are so black, we can’t even keep a cactus alive… which is pretty much true. The sad thing is we love cacti and succulents so instead of torturing live plants, we found some not-so-thorny alternatives that will do the trick. We think this watercolor wallpaper would be great in a little boy’s room with a western theme (think cowboys and Indians…)
and this delicious macaron would be great for dessert!
Outdoor entertaining is in full swing so we’d use this pillow and festive mobile on our terrace…
and this bright and cheerful organizer could hold files in our office.
Are we crazy to think that cacti are making a comeback?
Wunderkind designer, Sam Allen, knows how to live it up in style so, of course, we had to share his Summer Guide with you! For those of you who don’t know Sam, he has been honing his interior design skills since the age of 12 and once he was featured in The New York Times at
the ripe old age of 19, his career took off. These days, when he’s not helping his chic clients with their homes in CT or the Hamptons, he can be seen on NBC Open House and CBS This Morning sharing his views on design trends.
Summer is underway so it’s not too late to incorporate some of Sam’s tips into your indoor and outdoor style. We especially like his advice to be bold and select colors that make our heart sing!
Do you have any favorite ways to soak up summer?