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Picnic Season

May 29th, 2014

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I have this strange obsession with eating outside. I am happier eating a nondescript burrito on a patio on a warm spring night that I am eating a fancy meal inside. Which makes me a big fan of picnics! I’ve reminded Andrew over and over that nothing is more romantic that a husband who packs a picnic as a surprise after a long week. Even if it’s just to be eaten in your backyard. But men can be dense when it comes to blatant requests for romance, so I will be packing my own picnics this season most likely, which is okay because then I know they’ll be pretty :)  When it comes to packing up a basket there are a few essentials- great wine, real wine glasses (stemless for lawn-balancing), disposable plates for less messy clean up, cheese and crackers and a great blanket!

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Long Distance Design- The Two Penny Blue Showroom

May 28th, 2014

Over the past couple years we seem to be doing more and more design work for clients who don’t live anywhere near Boston. It’s opened up the possibilities of being able to work with a wide variety of people and in different parts of the country (and therefore different aesthetics than that of New England!)  And while it certainly is easier to be in a space and see it in person, that doesn’t make it impossible or even terribly difficult. Case in point, we are helping to design the new, amazing showroom for Two Penny Blue in Chicago.  While I was able to see the space in person pre-renovation, most of the work is being done remotely.  I’m over on the Two Penny Blue blog today talking about the concept for the adorable powder room within the studio…. check it out and check back in later next week for some more e-design goodies! And if you are interested in our e-design rates, please e-mail lindsey@eringatesdesign.com for more info!

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I’ll be sharing more on the store’s progress here and over on their blog too- stay tuned!

Seaside Weekend

May 27th, 2014

We spent the weekend at my parent’s beach house in the tiny Connecticut shore town of Noank.  In my opinion, there really isn’t much in this world more charming than small coastal New England towns. Walking to the village bakery for coffee and drinking it by the beach, sitting at picnic tables at salty little seafood joints eating lobster (or in my case, shrimp- I have yet to find the joy in lobster-eating), watching the little Memorial Day parade amongst neighbors…it’s all very Americana. Some quick pics from the weekend…

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Fashion Friday: My Favorite Summer Tee!

May 23rd, 2014

tshirt Last Sunday I popped into J.Crew for no particular reason at all (as many of us do).  As I was poking around I had t ee shirts on my mind. All my tees look ratty from last year (and some from many years previous) and I really wanted to replenish my stash of the staple. But it seems as of late every t-shirt that looks like it has a good fit is some kind of linen version, which feels and drapes amazing at time of purchase, but cut to me emptying the dryer and finding that I mistakenly dried mine and now it could fit my five year old niece.  I mean, they are tee shirts after all, and it’s so easy to forget that they need to be laid flat to dry (who has the time and mental capacity to recall that when hurrying to get a load of wash done?)  So when I saw J.Crew’s new scoop neck vintage cotton tees I was intrigued. And for good reason. These are the BEST!  The fit is long, lean and with the perfect deep scoop that’s not too racy but not too high either. V-necks always feel too sporty for layering, and crew necks aren’t flattering if you have any kid of bustline. The fabric feels great and the color selection is perfect. Since they were 25% off (and still are with code PACKME ) I bought five! I never do that! Ever! But when you find a good basic that fits perfect and is on sale- you kinda have to. And then you have to share the info! :)

And since my summer is full of construction, travel and spending as much time outside as possible so I’ve already developed a uniform. One of these tees, rolled boyfriend jeans, lace up funky sandals, my satchel (free monogramming and shipping right now) and a cool long necklace (this one reminds me of a vintage one I inherited from Andrew’s grandmother I LOVE) and simple studs (tiny diamonds are a forever classic and I love mine).  In the summer I love to air dry my hair as it’s naturally wavy and it’s so much better for it than heat styling. I am absolutely loving Drybar’s new Salt Spray- it’s less drying than others I’ve tried and really defines my waves, adds a little volume while also kinda keeps frizz  at bay! LOVE IT.  On my toes I’ve been doing orangey-red polish constantly as it looks so good with a light tan AND pale skin! Bring it, summer! uniform

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Breaking Ground!

May 22nd, 2014

So today is the big day- we break ground on our new addition!  This part of any renovation is stressful, but I’m trying to just focus on the good part- the end game!  This addition solves so many issues we have with our house- namely adding a master suite (and finally having more than one full bathroom), a laundry room on the main level, a coat closet (we had to take the one that existed out last time to open up the flow of the house and I have a coat addiction so…. it’s kinda messy up in here), pantry for more food/kitchen storage, a garage that works and fits a modern car and widening our driveway.

Here is our house as it is now (well, as it was in the fall).

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This is the section that’s being knocked down!

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Above the garage is a bedroom that you can only access right now through a 36″ high mini door. It’s so strange (but would have rocked my world when I was little!) Andrew’s office will become our master bathroom and off this will be our new master bedroom!

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