Archive for the ‘trips’ Category

The Greenbrier

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I just got back last night from a little vacation to the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.  I’ve been once before, but even so, when I arrived I couldn’t help but declare “Instagram GOLD!” The amazing Dorothy Draper designed spaces are just so amazing and awesome you can’t help but pull out your phone for a few- or obscene amount- of snaps.  If you missed it over on Instagram here are a few pics from my trip:

The perfect coral walls (for a similar color try Benjamin Moore’s Bird of Paradise or All A Blaze- the same color in my office) and the herringbone floor just about did me in in this room.  The old paintings look so incredible against this bold color!

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THOSE UMBRELLAS!!!

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Drama everywhere in the form of bold florals, bright colors and black and white!

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This chandelier (and ceiling) slay me- the detail work and the coral paint is just perfect with gold.

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I love this room in the lobby bar area.  Only Dorothy can do hunter green and red without it looking like a Christmas nightmare.

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Sponsor Offer: Maine Getaway Discount!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Last weekend Andrew took me up to Marblehead for the day to just get away for a bit.  There is nothing more relaxing than the ocean to me, and nothing more charming than New England’s seaside towns.  A little R&R, even in little doses, helps rejuvenate and inspire me so much. So I am psyched to be able to offer you guys a special discounted rate from one of our favorite inns in the beautiful town on Kennebunkport, Maine for the month of June!  All EOS readers can get 25% off their stay this month at The Inn at English Meadows- a quick trip from Boston and the perfect spot to spend a couple nights away from the kids/dogs/job/renovation/stress/traffic/noise of life.

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(They make the best breakfasts too!)

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My favorite things to do when in Kennebunkport: a trip to Goose Rocks Beach, a little wandering about town and lunch by the water, a visit to Snug Harbor Farm (mini-ponies AND beautiful home and garden stuff?!) a drink at Old Vines Wine Bar and dinner out somewhere fab like The White Barn, Earth  or Ocean (haven’t been there yet but hear great things).  It’s also an awesome place to do some serious real-estalking. So many gorgeous old homes!

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Also, ample snuggle time with the Inn’s adorable beyond words Goldendoodle Bailey.

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Pick your room HERE and call the inn at 1 (800) 272-0698 to book by mentioning EOS!

 

 

Inspired By: The Joule Hotel

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I spent my weekend in Dallas, Texas at the RewardStyle Conference held at The Joule Hotel. I don’t think I’ve been an enamored with a hotel’s lobby design in a long time.  Giant, breathtaking Lindsey Adleman chandeliers anyone??? Yeeeeaaaahhh, pretty much a designer’s mid-century influenced dream, if you ask me.  Since this was mainly a style blogger gathering, I found myself drawn to hanging with the few lifestyle bloggers like Caitlin from Sacramento Street, Jaime from Furbish Studio and Erin from  Apartment 34.  After years of interacting on the internet only, it’s so fun to get to hang out with these ladies in the flesh!  But back to the lobby, here are some quick Instagrams (follw me here!) I took to file away for inspiration.

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Amazing barstools by Garza Marfa

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And speaking of inspiration, here’s a little living room concept based on the seating area by the coffee shop (best latte I have EVER had, by the way!) A mix of leather, pink, light blue, gold and marble- and a Adelman looking chandelier I found on Etsy for a fraction of the cost of the real deal.

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sofa // chandelier // art // pink pillow // patterned pillow // coffee table (and a cheaper option) // chair // rug // pouf // side table

And one other REALLY excited bit about this weekend? I got to see the prototype for the handbag I designed for Gigi New York which will come out in the next few weeks in 5 colorways!!! Trust me, as soon as it’s out and you can buy it, I will sing it from the mountaintops. It’s AWESOME, you guys!

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Getting Some Sun

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Those of us born and bred in New England are typically a hardy breed of people who treat bitching about the weather as our national pastime. I typically hate winter, but deal with it in exchange for our gorgeous falls and summers.  I always end up uttering the “why do I live here” phrase in February/ March but after this brutal, brutal winter I am really pondering that.  We spent five days out in Scottsdale, AZ last week and while sitting at the pool in the dry 80 degree sun I looked at Andrew and said “Maybe we SHOULD move…”  He got all excited because he would move somewhere south or west in a heartbeat as he is FROM the south- but I am a stubborn New Englander and likely would never relocate no matter how much I talk about it.

But man, was it nice to be in the sun.  We stayed at Sanctuary on Camelback and had such a wonderful stay. The grounds are gorgeous, the spa amazing and the food truly fabulous. The rooms need refreshing for sure (I’m available), but what made up for that one little “miss” was the absolutely best staff and service- truly it was Four Seasons level service (maybe even better). We were amazed. Here’s a little peek into our trip via my Instagram.

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The beautiful landscaping.

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The smell of orange blossoms is what heaven must smell like.

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Need A Getaway?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Me too. Which is why I am finally heading away for a long weekend in Arizona.  But if you live in New England and can’t swing a flight right now how about a weekend away in Maine?  I know, it’s cold in Maine in March, but the cold is SO much better when you embrace it with fires, hot chocolate, wine, long dinners and snuggles!  The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport has been a long-time EOS sponsor and a place I personally love to visit. Eric and Liz, the NYC transplant innkeepers are the NICEST people and really go out of their way to make your stay special and comfy.

So, for the month of March if you mention EOS when you book you’ll get 20% off your stay!

Need more of a reason for a romantic little getaway? Here are two offers coming up:

March 8th- A relaxing day spa day at The White Barn. - Start this deliciously decadent day with a glass of bubbly Champagne and canapés and then change into your spa robe and slippers as you unwind before your luxurious day ahead. Throughout the day we will be offering massages and reflexology hand treatments, as well as high tea in our living room. Featured partners include B. Kamins, Molton Brown, Airelle and La Bella Donna. Be sure not to miss out on this exclusive event. Must be booked thru English Meadows. 11am to 4pm.
$45pp. Includes two 20 minute treatments,  complimentary samples to take home and a chance to win a Moroccan Oil basket worth $350

March 22nd-  Jacque Torres chocolate tasting and wine pairing – complimentary to guests staying at the inn.

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