Summer always makes me fall back in love with New England. Our long, brutal winters leave most of us cursing the day we chose to live in a place where the air hurts our faces and grey skies hang heavy day in and out- but then summer comes and our charming seasides wipe those depressing winter memories from the slate and infuses us with love for our little corner of the world once again!
We have our own brand of preppy here in the Northeast- one based in khakis and pearls, boat shoes and stripes. One only needs to spend a few hours in Newport or Nantucket to grasp the style, but I felt inspired to pull together outfits for her and him that reflect the classic laid back New England shoreline look. As a special treat for our nine year anniversary (how the hell did nine years pass??) I booked Andrew and I a few nights at the impeccable and perfectly preppy White Elephant Resort on Nantucket in September (my favorite time to go there) so this is pretty much what we’ll look like on that trip:
In renovating, as in life, sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Especially when your house is on a small, sloped lot in an urban-suburban area with neighbors close by and setbacks to abide by. In order to get a functional garage AND a nice size bedroom above it (that could be accessed through a full height doorway) we had to make the tough call to build the addition more towards the front of the house and thus eliminate a window in our dining room. Which only has two windows as is. Here it is now- no, we did not just have a raging party- we had to take all our glassware and china out of the wall cabinets while they are framing. :)
I am going to mourn the loss of one set of drapes. Truly. Also, I really need to find a rug.
On the plans the loss of this window didn’t bother me, but now that the framing is up I see just how much light we are going to lose (until we open up the entryway with more windows which will help a TON- but as I mentioned, phase three is not happening until I win the lottery or sell an organ- a vital one). What we are gaining is well worth it, so I have to find a way to make this work for us. And where my brain is at right now is a large mirror. As much as a statement piece of art would rock my socks off, I need something that can bounce around the light I DO have. So I’ve gone and found a bunch of contenders (click images for links):
This french panel mirror is my favorite I think, but I wish it were slightly antiqued. I did find this tutorial on how to antique a mirror. I’d try it on a cheap plate glass small mirror first to see how it comes out before attempting it on this beauty.
Vintage gilt wood could be cool too…
Brass framed options- maybe too much brass.
Love these simple mirror framed Venetian styles too!
I also have these two amazing vintage candle sconces that I could flank the mirror with. They are AMAZING. I have them flanking the window on the opposite wall now and they look incredible on the grasscloth.
I’ll keep you posted on what we end up with- and wish me luck when they do finally close that window up next week! :(
I am a huge proponent of simple dressing. When you fill your closet with trendy items the expiration date on your look looms. I always err on the side of spending most of my clothing budget on staples and then a little on the trendier items that I know I’ll never want to wear again in 3 months. So when Buckley K. came to my attention and asked to become a sponsor I, of course, said yes. I may not always re-iterate this but I only accept sponsors that I truly believe in and am happy to attach my name to. I turn down far more than I accept. But this brand falls in line with what I believe in: well made (in the U.S.A.!!!), cleanly tailored pieces in wardrobe staple colors and silhouettes. Oh, and the company is named after the sibling owners dog Buckley. Hello- totally me.
Some of my favorite pieces (click images for links):
In fact, I wore the Bistro Dress this weekend while walking around Beacon Hill and was stopped and asked where it was from twice! Completely comfy and flattering (and quite perfect for a jaunt to the ocean, if you ask me…)
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.)
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.)
Where my mudroom used to be! This is when I started drinking more wine.
The foundation was poured and waterproofed (and I found myself digging the whole black and white stripe look-ha!)
What better way to kick off Monday than FREE STUFF?!?! I love it when nice people have great success and one of those very people happens to be my friend and former studio-mate Jill Rosenwald. Her first bedding collection is our now at Bed, Bath & Beyond and just for you I get to give away a full set plus a decorative pillow of your choice! All the designs are bold and fun and a reflection of patterns Jill’s been painting on her pottery for years. Great for any space- even a teen or kids room!
Check out the whole collection HERE and then leave a comment with which set you want (and what size) AND which decorative pillow. A winner will be picked on Friday and e-mailed directly to set up delivery!
The fun decorative pillows also would be great on a sofa, chair…anywhere!