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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Fabulous Fleurs

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.  ~ W.B. Yeats

P.S.  Who knew some paper, paint and wire could create such beauties?  So realistic, they fool the eye!

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Lovely Landscape

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.  ~ Marcel Proust

We’re off to Atlanta to discover new stems and will make sure we view them with new eyes!  Follow our stories on Instagram to see what we’re up to and we’ll see you next week.

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mood

Chelsea in Bloom

You want love?  Be love.  You want light?  Be light.  ~ Cleo Wade

P.S.  Cleo’s new book, Heart Talk, is a true gem and should be on everyone’s summer reading list!

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home on Nantucket

Blue and White Entry

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!

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Kitchen Oasis

Kitchen Oasis

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.

Floral Fun

Floral Fun

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

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.

Marsh Bound

Marsh Bound

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!

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Friday Fun

Friday Fun: Castle Hill Inn

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.

The Retreat

Waterviews

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.

Beach House

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?

P.S. Read more about the Inn in Boston Design Center’s ID Boston Magazine!

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Roses Galore

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.  ~ Kahlil Gibran

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Book Report

Book Report: Barefoot Luxury

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.

Swing Time

Sunset Scene

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?

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Sunny Setting

When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.  ~ Unknown

Happy Memorial Day and we hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

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Inspirations

The Neo-Trad Gets a Makeover

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 Travels

Katie Entertains

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.

Katie Decorates

Katie Lives

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!

Katie Packs

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!

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

spring ranunculus in pinks and orange

Ravishing Ranunculus

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!

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