Good Things Come in Small Packages

Shelter magazines have been letting me down lately- a bevy of them just full of way too lofty, astronomically high end and even flat out disappointing features. I was delighted to find the new issue of House Beautiful to be quite interesting this month though- one I didn’t just absentmindedly flip through! A total mix of styles and sizes, I found myself looking at it a couple times and reading more of the articles, which honestly I haven;t felt compelled to do in a while!

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My favorite space was the smallest one- which is no surprise as I LOVE tiny things. Tiny houses, tiny animals– you name it, if it’s super small I am ON BOARD.  This space was a unique top floor one bedroom in Manhattan that was gutted and renovated to create the most soothing, simple space ever- and BONUS, it has one hell of a roofdeck. Please pardon my crappy iPhone snaps and pick up the issue to see them for real :)
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Farm Dreams.

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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THAT. STOVE. BEAMS. MARBLE. EVERYTHING.

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Addition Update: The Down & Dirty Part

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.

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

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!!!