Blue and White Entry
It goes without saying that we looooove the beach and we’d pretty much live anywhere (a shack or hut will do!) as long as there was a water view and sand to sink our toes in. And we’d be even more delighted if this house happened to be on Nantucket and designed by Markham Roberts!
While the rough shores of this Massachusetts island are known more for their dunes and grasses, a garden of flowering blooms is brought indoors with the prevalent use of botanical fabrics and artwork.
Don’t let the wood walls and chalky painted finishes fool you – this house was newly built by the owner after she realized that the older home she purchased was not perfect. To get that lived-in look, she delivered a lifetime of belongings complemented by fabulous auction finds into Roberts’ eager hands and together they created a warm and welcoming home.
Needless to say, our inspiration board is now covered with images from this project in hopes that some day we’ll have a home on the beach to call our own!
Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI
Now that Memorial Day is behind us, summer has unofficially begun and so have our Friday Fun days. That means we’ll be leaving the office early (or not even showing up at all!) to explore local, and not so local, finds. On our list this year is the newly-renovated Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island which is once again open to the public. DiLeonardo, an award-winning design firm based in Providence, took on the massive remodeling project which included not only the oceanfront beach cottages and the Turret Suite, but also the addition of beautiful outdoor relaxation areas near The Retreat by Farmaesthetics, the Inn’s luxurious wellness sanctuary.
From Grace Kelly to Thorton Wilder and many more, the Castle Hill Inn has captured the imagination of guests from near and far with its authentic Newport vibe, enchanting setting and panoramic views. Commissioned in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University, this beautiful mansion has stood the test of time and carries on its storied legacy while ever elevating its guest experience.
We can’t wait to see the beach cottages with their charming, light-filled rooms (not to mention the whirlpool tub and heated floor in the bathrooms!) and the mansion’s bi-level Turret Suite with its gorgeous wood paneling, spiral staircase and 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
The Turret Suite
Turret Suite Bath
And we think there’s no better place to truly connect with Mother Nature and all of the beauty and serenity she has to offer. Don’t you agree?
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Barefoot Luxury by Sandra Espinet
Summer’s just around the corner and we’re looking forward to some downtime at the beach with our toes in the sand… While our trips will be more local in nature, we can’t help but dream of more luxurious places like the ones photographed for Sandra Espinet’s beautiful new coffee table book, Barefoot Luxury: Mexican Resort Living.
Sleek and Modern
Open Floor Living
Travel with Sandra to this Latin American country know for it’s grand resorts perfect for warm-weather relaxation as she delves into the history of how Mexico became the playground for the rich and famous. Rumor has it, the filming of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana and the scandalous Burton/Taylor affair had something to do with it…
Bright and Beautiful
As a designer, Sandra developed a signature style that combines the laid back vibe of a Mexican vacation with the luxurious touches expected from her clients. From calm and collected in Cabo to a reinvented retreat, her rooms with exotic touches and local vintage finds and will transport you to another world.
Filled with anecdotes and design tips, Barefoot Luxury urges the reader to leave the workaday world behind and escape to the warm weather, glorious sunsets, and grandeur of Mexican luxury living. What’s not to love about that?
When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine. ~ Unknown
Happy Memorial Day and we hope the sun is shining wherever you are!
Katie’s New Look
Back in 2009 when we were blogging newbies, we came across an enchanting blog called The Neo-Trad and knew that Katie Armour Taylor had something special. Her fresh sense of style and classic American vibe captured the essence of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to a tee. Then along came her online magazine, Matchbook, which we loved (who wouldn’t want to be a Matchbook Girl?) and was so sad to see close in 2015.
Katie has been blogging all along and we still read every one of her posts when they show up in our inbox. We’re also not ashamed to say that we stalk her on Instagram and her move to Copenhagen with her eccentric English husband and their plump pug, Alfred, has added a decidedly international flair to her feed.
We don’t know how Katie found time to makeover her site between trips to India, Turkey and the like, but she did and she just launched Katie Considers last week. From travel (city guides are being finalized!) and fashion (you can’t miss her Daily Hunt) to interior design and art, you’ll love what Katie has to offer. And she has even expanded her shop to include a library so you can explore all of her favorite books by category!
Even her newsletter has been given a major upgrade and if you subscribe to it, you’ll receive “25 Classics Every Woman Needs in her Closet” style guide. What better way to get your wardrobe summer ready!
Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
P.S. We’ve been patient enough with this rainy weather and would love the sun to shine this week!
James Bond Redux
When the set designer for Netflix’s Mindhunter came calling for a number of plants and trees with a certain vintage vibe, we knew exactly where to find design inspiration that fit the style… As it happens, we’d just read a blog post about designer Jeff Lincoln channeling the 1980’s for a client’s multi-million dollar yacht. Armed with images of the interiors, we went looking for all things 80’s that would fit the aesthetic (think Golden Girls meets Terence Conran).
Hammered Brass Planter
Vintage Rattan and Wood Basket
Since Mindhunter is a series based on the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit, we found vintage brass and rattan planters for our aloe plants and traveler palms. These will pair well with all types of designer furniture, but especially the desks and chairs with chrome accents that we know will be used on set.
1970’s Chromed Steel Armchairs
Peter Portzman Chrome and Zebrawood Desk
The harder challenge was sourcing faux house plants that were popular in this era as many of these haven’t made a come back. The good news is they still make a very good fiddle leaf fig tree and split leaf philo bush! Wouldn’t it be amazing if they put all of our designs in one room?
Terence Conran – Decorating With Plants
Stay tuned… Season 2 of Mindhunter is dropping sometime this fall and if it’s as binge-worthy as Season 1, we’re in for a treat.
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sponsored post written in collaboration with Nakturnal
Flower Buttercream Cake
All the world is birthday cake so take a piece, but not too much. ~ George Harrison
P.S. We’re heading off to Charleston to celebrate our birthdays so we’ll see you next week!
Pearls of Wisdom
Believe in something larger than yourself… get involved in the big ideas of your time. ~ Barbara Bush