Dreaming in Blue

I saw this Manhattan bedroom by designer Kelly Behun in the new Elle Decor and gasped.   The color of this Gracie wallpaper is insanely good (and looks way better in the magazine than in my crappy iPhone snaps!)  I don’t think I will ever tire of this look- ever (except for those crazypants bird/feather lamps- NO NO NO)
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Wouldn’t it be so cheery to wake up to this scene???

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Now, the thing about Gracie paper is MONEY. Lots of it. I quoted some once and one wall alone was going to be over $5,000. So, here’s a way to get this look for much less.  I foudn this paper on Mural Sources and you could either do the whole wall behind your bed or frame two panels in gold frames and hang above each nightstand like I did in my old master bedroom.  I think this came pretty darn close to capturing the look above! Untitled-1

bed // sketch // wallpaper // bedding // mirror // lamps // pillow // faux fur throw // chandelier // dresser // nightstands // rug // side table // chair

Couple Crush: Gen & Ben Sohr

Did you guys see the tour of Ben and Gen Sohr’s home on One Kings’s Lane???  It’s awesome.  This couple is too cool for school.  I love their bold yet not TOO crazy look and thought I’d share it along with some picks on getting the look.

This kitchen- yes please.
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Love the brass open shelves flanking that oh-la-la range.

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A great graphic wallpaper in the entry hall adds some drama, but paired with simple, classic sconces to keep it from getting too bold.

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A Quick Nantucket Trip

Instead of anything material this year, I told Andrew all I wanted for my birthday was to go back to Nantucket for a night. So on Thursday we hopped on the ferry and went over on what had to be the most beautiful day of the summer!

Of course I had to pay a visit to my favorite house on the island, Hunky Dory, which is just amazing.
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The little guest house on the property (I mean, how cute is that?)

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“No Regrets” Purchases

When decorating a space you are bound to make mistakes. We all do. We buy things just to fill a space instead of waiting for something we really love or maybe it’s something super trendy that falls out of favor quickly.  Perhaps it’s even a paint color you no longer like seeing everyday that you once were just MAD for.  It’s so common, and designers arenot immune to making purchasing mistakes either!

But then there are things that we say “thank GOODNESS I bought that” about because you still love them years later.  I have a few purchases like that and thought I’d round them up and tell you a little about why I love them so much.  Listening to your gut seems to be a resounding tip when looking at all these decisions together! When I don’t follow my instincts, I tend to waste money on things I don’t love.

So here are my “no regrets” purchases and design decisions:

1.) My leopard stair runner.  This was a bold move and I was nervous that I would tire of it, but I haven’t! At all! Not only do I still love the look of it, the functionality is beyond awesome- it hides absolutely everything and still looks new two years later!

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A Boathouse of One’s Own.

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You really should go out and pick up the new House Beautiful if you don’t have one already.  It’s the small spaces issue, which in my opinion, is always one of their best every year! And in this issue one particular space made me just freak out.  It’s a tiny boat house on Nantucket designed by the Boston-based designer Gary McBournie. Let me say that this is simply the owner’s boathouse- used for entertaining after boating and sometimes to house some of the crew. They have a large house in town that they actually live in. I mean….I would be over the moon to just have this tiny house as my vacation house! This is a prime example of #lifeaintfair. :)