Coastal Living’s Idea House: A Master Class in Decorating

I had grand plans to attend the Coastal Living Idea House in Newport recently but we had a Henry meltdown/ nap protest and I didn’t get to go. But I am going to try to get there because HOLY HELL it is spectacular. One of my junior designers Kristen went and took a zillion pics and I’m psyched to show you because Mark Sikes, the designer of the house and one of my personal favorites of all time, did such an incredible job that I wanted to walk through what makes this house an incredible example of impeccable decorating. I want to LIVE in this room….

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Fashion Friday: The Nordstrom Sale Women, Kids & Home Picks!

The big Nordstrom sale is now live for everyone and I have been surprised by how many good items are available- many new arrivals for fall (which I personally can’t wait for- humid summer weather is not my jam).  So I pulled together awesome picks for women, kids and home (ran out of time and steam for men- sorry dudes.)


WOMEN- I know it’s hard, but consider snapping up a great coat for fall because there are a bunch of great ones. :) And they even included tons of designer denim, my favorite J. Crew REgent blazer (whaaaaaaat?) and those Hunter boots I’m dying for.

KIDS- A smaller sale, but some good stuff to stock up on like jeans and shoes! You knwo how fast they grow out of both of those things!

HOME- Nordstrom isn’t known for home goods, but they have some great stuff from rugs (Dash & Albert even!), bedding and tabletop

Creating A Perfect Bed with Crane & Canopy

After a long day, there is nothing more relaxing than getting into a bed with nice, crisp bedding on it. I have come to really appreciate nice bedding, but don’t have the budget for the super fancy stuff (also, I have two dirty dogs who sleep in bed with me). I’ve become a big fan of Crane & Canopy bedding, who is now a sponsor of EOS, for their amazing quality and unique features. As you may recall we redid my guest room with their bedding (see post here) and now I sometimes sleep in the guest room just because the sheets and duvet feel so nice (and also as a mini break from said dirty dogs and big husband hogging the bed).

pattered reversible duvet

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Our Renovation- Phase 3: The Sunroom

I am SO excited that starting mid-August we are breaking ground on our sunroom renovation (shown above in the book)! This will be the FINAL bit we do to this house before selling it (probably in the next 2-4 years) but we all agree its going to be a great investment in the property and one that really changes how we live in the house now that we have a tiny toddler running around messing up all our stuff. :)

Right now the sunroom is not heated or air conditioned and clad in leaky old sliders with peeling laminate flooring. Really, not much of it can be salvaged so we are just knocking it down and re-building it, but 5 feet deeper and with a vaulted ceiling so it can serve as our family room.  We’re toying with making the fireplace double sided so you can see it from the living room or family room too, which would be pretty cool.  And since these drawings were done (by my dad’s architectural firm), we actually decided to eliminate the sliding glass door and instead copy the windows on the opposite wall to give us more wall space for toy storage.

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Fashion Friday: Bastille Day- French Girl Picks!

image from @adenorah (I personally am dying over her feed)

Today is Bastille Day, and as someone who loves all things French (especially their style) I wanted to round up some great items (many of which I have recently purchased and can vouch for) that remind me of simple, cool French girl style.


Of Note:

**That striped tee is $22.50 and THE BEST OUT THERE. I should know, I have 837 striped t-shirts.

** Sezane is a fab brand from France I love and the embroidered black tee and cute white dress are part of their summer sale. Check it out.

** The leather sandals are from my fave shoe peeps M. Gemi who is also having a very rare sale. I have these on my feet right now and luuuuuurve them. Hurry, sizes sell out so fast!

** I am also wearing that lace front J.Crew Factory sweater now (with white jeans and sandals above).  At $44.50 it’s better than the regular J. Crew version.

** The makeup is part of the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg (essential French style icon) collection.  Both classic, perfect products for that flushed/dewy cheek and smokey eye.

** The white button down is actually a bodysuit. I have it and its great (even for tall girls) to pair with high waisted skirts or wide leg pants.

** I also have the green bathing suit– LOVE. Flattering, good coverage and yet sexy and fashion forward!!!

** The swing dress is also something I bought– it HAS POCKETS and is comfy, affordable and looks great paired with a denim jacket.