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Trending Now: Black Kitchens

September 25th, 2014

While white kitchens will always be the most classic choice for cabinetry, black cabinetry is having a BIG moment right now. A little bolder than the popular gray, black is still traditional but with an edge.  This choice works especially well in bright, open kitchens, but can also make small kitchens feel more special and interesting.  One thing I wish I had done with my own kitchen renovation is be braver with the lower cabinet color- I went with a light/medium grey when I REALLY wanted to go charcoal.  But I was scared and went the safer route, since my kitchen is small and on the dark side.  Perhaps in a couple years I’ll repaint the lowers if I still like the idea.  In the meantime, take a peek at these inspiration images utilizing black cabinetry in big and small ways and let me know what you think about black cabinetry in kitchens!

These windows are so fantastic and made the focal point by the black cabinetry.
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Another shot of the kitchen above, I adore this space! The high ceilings keep the black from being overwhelming.

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Nantucket Magic.

September 24th, 2014

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Oh Nantucket.

Even though we live a mere 3 hour drive/ ferry ride from this little beauty, Andrew and I had not been in TEN YEARS. I don’t know what we’ve been doing all these weekends the past decade, but it was more likely Netflix binges and yard work than jaunts to Nantucket.  I am SO GLAD we decided to go last week for three nights to celebrate our nine year anniversary.  It is one of the most magical places I have been since Paris. I am not even kidding you. Granted, we had the most perfect weather ever (sunny, dry, breezy and 67 degree days and slightly chillier nights) and we went during the best month (the crazy, busy summers are not so much my thing).  But truly Nantucket has a glow about it. A salty, warm glow that just makes you smile and breathe a little easier.  As my mom said, it’s like a really expensive Disney World for adults. Everything is SO beautiful it almost feels like it can’t be real! Especially the houses. Oh, the houses!!!  Walking along the streets I found myself yelling things at Andrew like “How can all these houses be so cute? How do all these people have so much money? I want to live here forever! Let’s sell everything and open an inn!”  It was heaven. And here are some pictures to prove it.

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Book Party RSVP!

September 23rd, 2014

My own stack of books arrived this afternoon and party invites are OUT, so now I can officially invite you, dear readers, to join me in celebrating the launch of the book- FINALLY! These pretty invitation designed by Jessica Sutton Graphic Design are just the icing on the cake, don’t ya think?

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Please RSVP HERE to get on the list for this fun night! I can’t wait to meet many of you and finally be able to get this baby out to the public!

The invitation is based on elements from the cover, which was such an important part of this book designing process. I wanted the cover of my book to be a combination of all my favorite things for interiors- black & white, gold, stripes, Schumacher’s Hollyhock Pyne print, leopard… the list goes on and on. I still am madly in love with the cover (front, side and back) and found some items for the home that coordinate perfectly with the book!

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For those in other cities I have some updated RSVP information for you too! Some of the other dates (full schedule HERE don’t require RSVP’s or have not released the RSVP info yet so I’ll keep you posted!)

NYC- Canvas Home, October 9th 6-8 p.m.- RSVP to mbates@susanbecherpr.com

DC- Jonathan Adler, October 10th, 6-8 p.m.- RSVP to STYLERSVP@jonathanadler.com

Dallas- Wisteria, October 14th, 11 a.m.- 2p.m.- RSVP to events@wisteria.com

Houston- Tootsie’s, October 15th, 6-8 p.m.-RSVP to rsvp@tootsies.com

San Francisco- Pottery Barn, October 16th, 6-8 p.m.- RSVP to http://pb-event.eventbrite.com

 Boston (victory lap)- Hudson, October 30th, 6-8 p.m.- RSVP to info@hudsonboston.com

 

 

 

Win A Bit of the Island Life at Baha Mar Hotel & Casino.

September 22nd, 2014

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We are not even five minutes into fall—my favorite time of year—and yet I am already thinking about winter getaways.  When you reside in the tundra that is Boston, you have to think ahead about how to break up the colder months’ long, dreary stay. I’m not a huge fan of long flights; I’m always looking for spots with direct routes and sunny beaches. So I’m delighted that a magnificent, new resort, Baha Mar, is about to open in the very convenient Nassau, Bahamas. Debuting in late spring 2015, Baha Mar offers an amazing location that brings together three established luxury-hotel brands—the SLS LUX, Rosewood, and Grand Hyatt—with the new Baha Mar Hotel & Casino. The focus of this amazing,destination is the true soul of The Bahamas: its authentic people and culture and the unique and meaningful experiences that can be had, all the while surrounded by  stunning, blue waters. So while I could be lounging on the expansive beaches of the Bahamian Riviera and indulging in a massage, my husband, Andrew, might be hitting the links on the insanely beautiful Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course or trying his luck at the Las Vegas–style casino, which happens to be the largest in the Caribbean (100,000 square feet).

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Fashion Friday: Perfectly Prepped

September 19th, 2014

Ok, so I obviously have all things preppy on my mind since I am currently in the preppiest place on Planet Earth.  There is something about fall weather that just brings out my inner preppy girl.  Here are some of the prep essentials for fall (half of which I’ve already bought, like the Barbour coat and cable sweater- as seen on my Instagram).  It helps that J.Crew, harbinger of all things preppy, is having a big fall sale (25% off with code SHOPFALL)!

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