Design Crush: Jeanette Whitson and Hague Blue!


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I kind of flipped when I saw the cover of the new House Beautiful.  And the editors clearly felt the way I do about this room since they made it a fold out cover to show the entire space! The designer is self-taught Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design. It’s a beautiful home with lots of traditional details that somehow feel fresh and new.

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This kitchen is amazing- and making me think I should have painted the frame of my window the same color as my lower cabinets!

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Where to start here? The light? The banister? The windows? The ceiling?

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Best. Butlers Pantry. EVERRRRRR. Do you even SEE that sink?  And while taxidermy is not everyone’s jam, I love that it’s the mascot for her shop Garden Variety Design (you can shop yourself on 1st Dibs!)

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I have a soapstone sink JUST LIKE THIS in my basement waiting to be used in this way…..

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Shall we venture outdoors? Yes, lets.

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OK, back to the blue room of my dreams….ridonculous. And the second I saw it I knew it was Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue because it’s my favorite paint color ever. It looks lighter in this photo than it really is, but it’s the most perfect navy with a dash of peacock blue ever created.  It’s so amazing it serves almost as a neutral backdrop to tones like orange, violet, tan leather, yellow….. you name it.


On top of the amazing paint job she used two of my all time favorite fabrics-Peter Dunham’s Ikat Stripe and  Michael Smith/ Jasper’s Indian Flower.  I seriously bow down to this room.

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Initially I thought it was so out there to do a sofa in the same navy as the walls but then I quickly found a few other images where designers had done the same thing!



And a few more images of Hague Blue (mostly high gloss) in use proving that it’s the most magical of colors!


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I used it in an small Beacon Hill home office paired with Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star on the ceiling….


I painted Andrew’s office similar shade and we love it- it’s a tiny space (as is the space above) and the dark color makes the walls recess instead of close in on you- so consider a dark shade like this in any of your small spaces!


Eloise Goes To Brooklyn

I love this little drawing by illustrator Joana Avillez which imagines the child lit darling Eloise ditching her Upper East Side lifestyle for hipster Brooklyn- specifically the Wythe Hotel. It’s hilarious.


I know The Wythe has been blogged ad nauseum, but I actually am hoping to stay there soon as Andrew and I will be making a pilgrimage to the area to see some family and friends who have recently relocated there.  I am obsessed with these rooms. Marble, brick, wallpaper… what’s not to like?







Reynard is the hotel’s restaurant, I love the graphics.

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Not to mention the decor…



How about the outdoor patio??? AMAZING!  what a space for an event!


And the interior private dining room… also charming.


Get the look of the Wythe with these pieces:


wallpaper//sconces//chandelier//mirror// chair

I Want to Go to There (REAL BAD): Greenwich Hotel

No, it’s not in some far flung foreign locale or on a sunny beach of a tropical island- but rather in gritty but grand New York City- The Greenwich Hotel, my new “must stay at” destination for 2013! The rooms are the definition of understated luxury and each looks rather unique with tons of textural details. Did I mention Robert DeNiro owns it? Bonus cool factor.


That big pillow is killing me. So good. The team behind the interiors, Grayling Design, really took their time to craft spaces that feel like home instead of a hotel.


Oh hi amazing bathroom. Look at those sinks, will you? Insanity.


Charm. Charm. Charm.


Interesting.  So not your typical hotel lobby at all.


Hold the phone- vintage rugs AND THEY TAKE DOGS?? Pack your bones, Bax and Ollie!


There’s that gorgeous green I’ve been obsessed with! So love it mixed with the natural wood!


That is some tile, y’all.


Clean. Serene. Simple. European. J’Adore!


If those are macaron bedtime treats then you can just kill me now.


I don’t think we can even talk about the penthouse. Can we? It feels like we all might freak out and get very depressed if we do.


Yeeeeaaaaahhh. I will never get to stay here.


I hear the spa is amazing.  As is the pool.


The restaurant is Locanda Verde– which I also hear is the cat’s pajamas (will never understand that saying, BTW)


This makes me think people are right. A good bolognese is my weakness.


Has anyone been? Do tell if you have!


Monochromatic Magic

I have made the executive decision that most of my house (the main living level, anyways) will be only done in black, white, tan, grey, wood tones and brass.  This is pretty much the polar opposite of how I’ve decorated my past spaces but I feel like I’m in a different place mentally and spatially.  Our house is TINY.  It doesn’t look tiny from the outside but it is. And the ceilings are pretty low.  So the light grey walls, white trim and soon to be dark floors really help make it feel bigger.  I am constantly stimulated by color during the day while working on other homes so I really want my new space to feel calm and serene.  And it’s as if the people at Lonny read my MIND with their new issue because so many of the spaces they featured were exactly the palette I’m working with!

The Copenhagen house of the couple behind the fashion label Day Birger et Mikkelsen has me writhing in delight. It’s pretty much my perfect space (if you add a dash of leopard or zebra somewhere). This living room is proof that warm and cool neutrals can live a very happy life together.

I mean seriously? Can I please live here?

OH! There is some zebra! See, it is perfect (well, I’d add a smidge of art tot he walls in this room)

I’ve just passed out from looking at this bathroom. Can you even believe that tub? However, I could never shower in the open like that. It would be a little wierd to be showering right next to Andrew brushing his teeth.

This is what heaven looks like. Except in my version there is a TV with The Notebook on repeat in there too.

This stylin’ studio apartment they also feature is like a smaller scale version of the house above.

SUCH a stylish little darling!

A desk under a desk? Genius.

I am straight up obsessed with Haven’s Kitchen, also featured. A cooking school meets coffee shop meets foodie pantry meets event space? It’s to die for gorgeous! I must go my next trip to NYC!

And this is a public service announcement for my husband: THIS CLUTCH FOR CHRISTMAS. MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DEPENDS ON IT.

On the Hunt

Proof that all things come in cycles- hunter green is back with a vengeance this season both in fashion and interiors.  Once a color I loved in the 80’s and early 90’s (I certainly had hunter green Limited Too mom jeans), the color now has a bit more of a luxe look- especially when paired with gold.  It also happens to be a VERY good color for brunettes to wear specifically- making blah brown look richer and pale skin look more alabaster.  Here’s some inspiration to prove my point:

(Dying over both this Philip Lim bag and Tory Burch one as well.)

I personally am loving hunter green and light dusty pink, which the the scheme for my guest room based on that amazing vintage fabric I found and made into a bolster pillow.  I decided to paint the walls a light pink (Benjamin Moore’s Blanched Coral- awesome) to bring out the pink in the pillow and I love it! I also have a vintage chair that will go in here in a deep, deep green velvet, which I love next to the wall color. Please pardon this completely un-styled camera phone shot:

You get the picture though.  Here are some other ideas to utilize this rich color combo in the home.  Hunter green also pairs amazing with turquoise, camel and LEOPARD!

closet: light/wallpaper/stool/fabric

living room: pillow/ velvet/ lamp/ art