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Fashion Friday: What To Wear For Wedding Season

June 27th, 2014

Spring and summer mean wedding season for a lot of you, and that means it’s time to perform the panic-stricken “I have a wedding this weekend what do I wear?!?!” shopping trips! To help you out I pulled some dress/shoe pairings from for a variety of types of weddings from Nordstrom to give you a head start! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS!

FORMAL: Statement earrings complete this look
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CITY: Keep it simple with some gold bangles and a funky gold clutch.

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SEASHORE: Pearl studs top it off.

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FORMAL GARDEN: Keep jewelry very simple and subtle to let the bold dress do the talking.

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Frozen.

June 26th, 2014

I came across this Dutch photographer Niki Feijen thanks to Mary McDonald’s Instagram.  He tours Europe and shoots decrepit, abandoned buildings and the result is gorgeous, creepy, sad and beautiful all at the same time.  If you have time, peruse the full gallery on his site and pre-order his new book coming out in September, aptly titled Frozen (his last book sold out).  You could look at each image forever, studying all the details- the peeling wallpaper, detailed woodwork, pair of slippers waiting for their owner… it’s fascinating no?

You also can order prints on acrylic panel. I think one of these printed large scale in a perfectly decorated room would be a very interesting dichotomy…

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Farm Dreams.

June 25th, 2014

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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{Get ready for some rustic wood beam porn}

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THAT. STOVE. BEAMS. MARBLE. EVERYTHING.

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My Summer Beauty Routine

June 24th, 2014

I wish I could say in summer all I need to look presentable is a swipe of lip gloss and coat of mascara, but I turn 35 in a month and it takes A LOT more than a couple products nowadays. I try to keep it as simple as I can, but when it comes to skincare, makeup and hair I have a bit of an arsenal, as they say.
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Here’s a round-up of all the products I use right now and LOVE.  I hate it when I buy a fun new product and get home and decide it sucks and have to skulk back to Sephora to return it (why does that make me feel like a criminal every time I do it?)  This is my core arsenal that works well for me (but if you have a favorite you are obsessed with PLEASE share! I love finding out people’s favorites!

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Introducing the Gates Desk with Huston & Company!

June 23rd, 2014

When we were working on our last house renovation I got the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented furniture makers Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine to design my own dining table. Not only did I personally love the finished product, but a lot of other people did and they went on to make a bunch of Gates tables for people all over country in various shapes, sizes and finishes.  So when they approached me to design another piece for them I was delighted to!  I decided that a desk would be perfect as I struggle to find great desks for clients,  and so went about conceptualizing a design that embodied the lines of the dining table mixed with some campaign furniture details. I wanted it to be a modern classic that worked with a variety of decor styles and was of substantial size (I love a nice, big work space!) The finished product, the Gates Desk was recently delivered to my parent’s beach house (I gave the desk to my dad as a thank you for all the work he’s done designing OUR new home) and we styled it up and shot it a couple weeks ago! Check it out!
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Rug and wire waste basket from Hudson, chair from DWR, lamp from Pottery Barn, vintage map found at an antique shop in CT

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The Gates Desk with three drawers with campaign pulls.

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Back and Side Profile

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We chose a grey wash over the solid white oak grain for a modern yet classic color scheme.

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I am obsessed with these vases from Hudson, by the way.

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