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Farm Dreams.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

When I was younger, all I wanted was an apartment in the city. Then I grew up a little and decided I wanted a yard, and all that suburban life offers. Now, I have moments when even THIS feels too congested and busy and I declare that I want a freakin’ FARM.  Granted, this desire might stem from my addiction to baby goat videos on the internet, obsession with owning a mini-horse and general dislike of people- but it also comes from a deeper place that craves solitude, quiet and peace.  You know how your blood pressure just drops when you are in the middle of beautiful countryside or by the ocean? Well, this house will slay you then- because it’s BOTH.  Welcome to Grey Barn Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, as seen in this month’s Architectural Digest.  This couple left behind the city rat race and built the most amazing modern, minimalist farmhouse on the gorgeous islands of Martha’s Vineyard I’ve ever seen.  Dreamed up by the incredible Hutker Architects, this place is just a bit of heaven to me.

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{Get ready for some rustic wood beam porn}

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THAT. STOVE. BEAMS. MARBLE. EVERYTHING.

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Addition Update: The Down & Dirty Part

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

We are in week two of our addition/ renovation and it’s been so cool (and scary) to come home everyday to crazy fast progress. One day we had a garage and narrow driveway, the next we have a wide open excavated space and framing! While this isn’t the fun, decorative stuff it is the foundation for all of that!

The excavation began and immediately doubled the width of our driveway… (and we made the decision to bury our power lines while the driveway is all torn up.)

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Of course Andrew being of the male persuasion has been excited about the “big toys” (don’t worry, there were no keys anywhere for him to find.)

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Where my mudroom used to be! This is when I started drinking more wine.

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The foundation was poured and waterproofed (and I found myself digging the whole black and white stripe look-ha!)

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Provence in Austin.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I’ve never been to Austin, TX and I’m thinking that I need to go!  My husband has been there many times on business and I think the next time he heads that way he may find his wife sneaking in his suitcase.  One of the many reasons for this would be the incredibly designed restaurants I’ve been noticing in the southern city.  I’m all about delicious food, but it’s best when served amongst a visual feast as well as a literal one. Case in point, LaV. I FREAKING DIE, Y’ALL. DIE. This place is heaven! Designed by McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier (whose portfolio makes me sweat it’s so good) the space is like a modern farmhouse in Provence. I love it.

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All in the Family: The New Beach House

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Over the weekend I took quick trip down to Connecticut to not only pick up some amazing side tables I had made for the shoot we’re doing of my house next week, but also to see the progress on my parent’s new beach house my Dad and his firm designed. To my amazement, it’s almost complete save for a few details and landscaping.  Look how adorable!

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Right down the street are a couple cute little lobster places with spectacular, quintessential New England coast views. I am pretty darn excited to have this place to escape to.

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I have the task of helping them decorate this beauty.  We already ordered these great Arteriors stools and some bold marine blue Windsor chairs from Ethan Allen as well as end chairs from Williams Sonoma.  We’re working on a much bigger table, rug and lighting.

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I’m thinking a stripey dhurrie like this one from Serena & Lily- but maybe bringing in aqua, the other color in the scheme we’ve been playing with.

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The kitchen is impossibly bright with gorgeous soapstone counters with white veining. Mom and I were joking that she might need to wear sunglasses while doing dishes.

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The view from the sink and the vaulted ceiling in the living room.

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The colors we’re working with, like this Mally Skok fabric and Sanderson’s Ooti in Indigo.

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The inside of their TV cabinet built in is painted Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic, one of my favorite colors and we’re thinking of adding in some throw pillows in Studio Bon’s Fuzz print to the seagrass Pottery Barn wingsbacks that flank it.

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View from the dining/kitchen area to the living room.

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The front door leads to the entry hall, at the end my Dad installed an old beautiful window we found at Brinfield five years ago and it looks so cool (behind it is a bar area and the pantry and laundry spaces).  To the right is the study, which Dad designed with wood trim and built ins to give it a more “old sea-captain’s house” feel.

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We’re thinking of using this vintage paper my parents have stock of in their barn somewhere in here- either under the chair rail or above.

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I’m loving these Thomas Paul pillows for the chairs in there too!

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The first floor bath has Nantucket beadboard made of PVC wrapping all the way into the shower and a sheet of glass, half milky half clear that swings over the window for privacy and to keep water out but lets the light in.

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The first floor has a guest room (aka my room).  I already did a little board showing some ideas for this space- these will be adjusted but it’s a jumping off point!

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Pottery Barn headboard // Stanley side tables // Stanley dresser // India Hicks for HSN skirt & shams // John Robshaw bedding // Jaipur rug // Teil Duncan art // West Elm lamps

Here’s the master bedroom (their bath not quite done yet) and the second floor guest bath, which I love.

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The glass subway is the prettiest shade of grey-green.  The Circa sconces are nautical and fun.

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A cool big antique anchor my mom and I found at an antique store and the pretty stone wall at the back of the lot overlooking the harbor.

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I’ll be keeping you guys abreast on decorating progress!!!

24 Hours in Newport

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Last weekend Andrew and I spent a night down in gorgeous Newport at Castle Hill Inn to celebrate our anniversary. We lucked out with some glorious weather (mostly) and a fun day of touring the mansions and eating and drinking by the ocean. Some images from our very quick vacation….

The inn’s main house.

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The Harbor Cottages.

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Taking a walk up to dinner and the bikes you can borrow to tour the area.

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The Lawn- where Adirondack chairs and blankets make for a cozy cocktail hour.

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Our beach cottage- the most splendid location right on a private beach! Adorable!

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The view from our porch was spectacular.

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Complete with a cute mini kitchen (and Nespresso machine that we fell in love with). More views.

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Waking up this close to the ocean is heaven.

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Taking a walk up to the lighthouse.

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The shale rocks are so beautiful.

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The mansions- something I haven’t done since I was little and are just amazing!!

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Andrew sizing up Rosecliff.

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I ADORE the architectural details and pink and white stripe awning.

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The Breakers- home to one of the most stunning bathtubs I’ve ever seen. One piece of marble, people.

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This brings me to the topic I am considering making a repeat feature on this blog: Things I Make Him Wear.  I bought Andrew this striped J.Crew shawl collar sweater a few weeks ago and he begrudgingly wore it this weekend because 1) we were in Newport and 2) it was our anniversary celebration and he saw the act of wearing it as “a gift”. He thinks I try to dress him as I would my gay male friends. And he already gets enough attention from his own gender, if you catch my drift. So I try to convince him that he looks very straight and very handsome. In this particular outfit, he said he looked like a sailor. I think the stripes really threw him for a loop. Kind of like the Men’s Cardigan Incident of 2010- which ended in some very nice sweaters being donated to Goodwill and me sulking in a corner.  How many of you have to fight a battle to get your guy to dress “hip”???

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I have gotten him into a slimmer cut dark denim though- these are Rag & Bone (he was HORRIFIED I paid more than $50 for jeans) and his other favorite pair I’ve gotten him are by Bononos (Slim Straight).  They aren’t “tight” but not baggy either.  A perfect slight bootcut that looks dressed up enough when paired with a blazer for dinner out but still looks casual with a sweater. Andrew’s 6’4″ and on the slim side and these fit great, FYI.

As for me, I was ALL about the seaside comfort of white denim, sweaters and Converse.

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Sweater: Vince Jeans: Citizens Bracelet: J.Crew Shoes: Converse Rings: Andrew :)