My Addition: Week Three (Or Is It Four?)

We are in week three (or four, I have lost count) of our addition/renovation. Our team from VW Builders has been totally awesome! Our master bedroom has taken shape and we can now walk around in it (and in my case, get to firm up my design plans!) Here’s a little panoramic of the master bedroom with all it’s glorious light! Our house is a little on the dark side so this room is a breath of fresh air!

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The overall scheme is “PEACEFUL!!!!!” (said in a stressed out, shrill voice). I want this room to be super soothing, crisp and traditional but with modern touches.  The color scheme is beige, white and hints of grey.  Two of my favorite pale shades are in the running here: Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak and Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone.

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This is the wall our bed will go on- between the windows.

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And speaking of the bed, I am so excited to be getting the opportunity to be designing my own bed (which will be for sale too) with the fabulous Kristin Drohan, who has a truly awesome furniture line!  I wasn’t finding the exact bed I wanted so we teamed up to make exactly what I was looking for: a canopy bed with square oak posts and a tufted upholstered headboard.  Very “California modern”…

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The bed is going to be in a Cerrused/limed oak with an off-white faux leather headboard.

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Next to the bed- these awesome large nightstands from Worlds Away- modern white lacquer with brass accents. Lamps are still TBD…

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A Visit To Skinner Auction House

Thinking of something to blog about every day is really hard.  And on top of a full time job it’s even harder. So I made a little goal weeks ago to do more posts about interesting places, venues and companies in Boston over the summer. I have a little more free time and really want to add some more unique content to the blog via behind the scenes tours, site visits and the like. So last week I made a date to go find out more about Boston’s famed Skinner Auction House in Back Bay. I’ve long known about it, but like you may be, assumed it was only for the fabulously wealthy in search of their next “little Monet”. But I had heard from a couple “regular folks”, that they too get some great stuff there- from furniture to art and even wine! Well, color me surprised, because I had no clue there were items in all price ranges! In an effort to become more informed I went in and learned more about the auction world… and got to try on some seriously awesome jewelry in the process.
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First of all, the Skinner catalogs that come before an auction are like coffee table books- amazing quality, fetching covers and a total guilty pleasure to peruse. I’ve been getting them for months and LOVE when they arrive!

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The team at Skinner travels the country (and world) looking at the estates and property of people all over (and also sometimes hold open call days in various cities where you can bring your things to be evaluated).  You can also reach out to them if you have an object of note you want appraised for auction. It sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever, especially when it comes to the jewelry department.  Here’s a tray of goodies that were up for auction last week:

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There is an auction preview where you can see the items in person (you can go even if you don’t plan on bidding!)  And then the day of the auction you arrive, register and get a paddle and it all happens like it does in the movies.  You raise it when you want to bid and then check out at the end with your credit card.  There IS a 23% bidders fee added on to final price of each item, so be sure to remember that and calculate it in when making your bids!

I fell HARD for these two lots- this gorgeous tassel necklace and pair of pendant charms. Love love love.

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Fashion Friday: New England Seaside Chic

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:
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FOR HER: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. (just bought this- LOVE) // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. (a boat and tote to keep wine chilled-also makes a great gift) // 11. (this beach towel looks like a hide rug! DIE!)

FOR HIM: 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17.

Want to dress it up a little bit? Swap in these shorts, clutch and wedges (from Sole Society, where all sandals are 60% off today!!! For real!)

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Need to get even dressier for a nice dinner out by the shore?  I am OBSESSED with this Sail to Sable Summer Stunner dress. MUST. HAVE. IT.

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Doesn’t looking at this just make you instantly relaxed?

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Mirror, Mirror…

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. :)

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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.

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Vintage gilt wood could be cool too…

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Brass framed options- maybe too much brass.

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Love these simple mirror framed Venetian styles too!

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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.

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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! :(

 

Sponsor Welcome: Buckley K.

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):

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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…)

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1. The dress.

2. I wore it with my “wear them everyday” little diamond studs Andrew gave me when I finished my book, but these are a funkier, modern version of that!

3. My J.Crew denim jacket has been in my closet for almost a decade- they still make the same one. It’s such a classic.

4. Studded sandals (mine are Tory Burch that have since sold out, but these are killer and similar!)

5. This tote that bears my initials in gold. Roomy and great for everyday!

6. A fun scarf for when it gets chilly.

7. This necklace which I have been rocking constantly- it’s SO cool!!!