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Gimme Shelter

Monday, July 1st, 2013

At the end of last week I ventured out to the Hamptons to visit a project I’m working on. It’s a bit of an adventure getting there from Boston- first te big ferry from New London then two little ferries to shuttle you across Long Island itself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL drive and if I had the time, I would have just explored for hours and hours.  Especially little Shelter Island.  It’s a bit more quaint than some of the other parts of the Hamptons and my only experience there was waitressing one summer in college at a hotel there for three whole days before quitting and going home.  It was a bit Bates Motel and I just was beyond creeped out.  But now I’d like to go back and see more of it.  Certainly there is a lot of style out there- one spread in the new House & Home particularly piqued my interest.  So here are a bunch of images from projects all over Shelter Island…..

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Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan have a big place on Shelter…. talk about cool neighbors!

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Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach is THE spot to dine, drink and stay.

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As I was driving around I was getting whiplash trying to peek at all the homes- specifically the ones that had for sale signs outside. Like this one. OHMYGOD the potential!!!!! All those white beams! An outbuilding (office??)! Gaaaahhhhh!

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Current Obsession: Steel Doors & Windows

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

I have been seriously obsessed with steel doors and windows lately.  I love the industrial meets minimalist look and the amount of undisturbed light they let in.  This Carter Kay Interiors kitchen was the image I used as my inspiration for my kitchen, but I wasn’t able to do the steel window I craved:

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I’m not how these function in the Northeast- I believe they are single pane? That wouldn’t be great in the dead of winter. But oh how I LOVE THEM!!!

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This whole situation is pure amazing.

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I also love how I’ve seen the doors used in showers! I wonder if I can make that happen in my master bathroom addition eventually??

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What do you think? Do any of you have them?

 

 

 

The Coolest Bathroom EVER

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

…and it’s not even done yet.  If you want to lose an hour or two of your life then click on over to Gianetti Design’s blog to follow the progress of their truly UNBELIEVABLE new home Patina Farm.  It both inspires immensely and makes you feel really, really poor. At least that’s what it does to me.

I’ve been lurking on their site for years but this bathroom just knocked my socks off. I mean, LOOK at this shower/tub situation!

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I can’t….even….

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WHY did I not do unlacquered brass everywhere? Now we know what my master bath fixtures will look like at least….

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The sketch so you can see the overall plan.  I might feel a BIT vulnerable in a shower like that but then I’d do an unflattering shower cartwheel because LOOK AT THAT THING.

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Not to mention the other details of the house like all the iron framed doors and windows like this one in the kitchen….oh and do you even see that stove? That stove is probably more than my car. And I have a nice car. I feel I should bow down in front of it.

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All the vintage door and beams? yeah, no biggie, right?

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This is the “chicken coop kitchen”. Yup. First time in my life I have ever wished I was a chicken.

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The guest house is just icing on this insane cake.

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And the view of Ojai, California.  Oh the view.

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*SIGH*

My Parent’s House a.k.a. The Ranch

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

My parent’s house (designed by my Dad’s firm) and more so my Mom’s gardens were featured yesterday in The Boston Globe Magazine.  So great seeing as my dad designed a gorgeous house (on a not to shabby plot of land) and my mom works her butt off on the gardens all by herself! They deserve a little attention for it! Sarah Winchester shot so many good pics I wanted to share more than was published!

The front patio and porch where we hang a lot.

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When I sit here it feels like I’m at a resort.

 

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Back of the house. What a dump.

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Back garden.  This area is amazing.

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My mom makes those birdhouses out of dried gourds her friend grows. So crafty.

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We have a thing for stars. You can see them all over in our old beach house on my dad’s site.

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More details. I did not inherit Mom’s green thumb, not even close.

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Roses. Roses. Roses.

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So lovely, no?

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Prime wine time spot.

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The back gate, complete with heart shaped stone they found and put at the entrance.

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A flower the size of a dinner plate (no joke) and my dad’s vintage “accessory tractor”.  They have real tractors for use, and this one for decoration (you wonder where I got it from…. ??)

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Front of the house and garage.

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Even the driveway is gorgeous.  I had some of my engagement shots taken under those trees and my brother (who just got married here) had some wedding pics taken too. Dramatic and lovely.

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The stone bridge, naturally.

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This is Bax and Ollie’s favorite place to come for a swim in the summer (along with my Mom’s three- soon to be FOUR- dogs.)  This is why when I say the phrase “wanna go to Nana’s house?” they FREAK. OUT.

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Can’t post without this shot.  I came home one day and saw this in the middle of the driveway.  I figured my mom had also read the HILARIOUS Blogess post (READ IT!) about a giant metal chicken named Beyonce. She had not. She just likes big metal chickens (and yes, we now call her Beyonce and she looks over the house.)

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And no, they are not looking to adopt any more children. :)

 

 

 

 

Historical Inspiration

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We spend a lot of time looking at magazines and what designer are doing right this very minute for inspiration, when sometimes it’s just as fantastic to look back in history for ideas. Case in point, the home of America’s first male decorator Henry Davis Sleeper (also called “Beauport”) in my neck of the woods- Gloucester, MA. One of my favorite decorators, Steven Gambrel, has said it’s the most inspiration house he’s ever seen. Currently it operates as a museum and it’s a total joke that I’ve never been there! As soon as it re-opens in the springtime I will be there!

You can spot some “current” trends in these rooms- like the black walls with gilt frames.

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The aqua and emerald green combination is crisp and fun (and unexpected for this time period!)

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Scenic wallpaper! I installed one in a bedroom recently that looks a lot like this!

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The guy loved wallpapering ceilings- just like I do! :)

Looking into Belfrey Tower Room from Strawberry Hill Room,Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.

(and p.s. how about that great green wall color on all the paneling?)

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Even the cook’s kitchen is on trend with grey cabinets and a black and white floor! (Love that sink)

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This round library room is AMAZING.

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This killer collection of violet glass bottles could be recreated with some quality time on eBay.

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This. window. slays. me.  I could sit there all day looking out.

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What a crappy site, right? :) Sleeper experimented with lots of different styles of architecture too which makes the exterior a bit of a mish mash.

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Any historical homes you find inspiration in?