A Different Kind of CSA

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There is nothing that helps give life and color to a space then flowers.  Really, look at any interior spread and cover the flowers or greenery with your hand and see how the magic just drains out of the photos. So I love anything and everything floral related.  My project manager Lindsey alerted me to this awesome local company, Fivefork Farms, that offers a genius concept of a sustainable flower CSA.  What a lovely treat to yourself to receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of beautiful flowers (if you prefer doing your own arrangements), and BONUS,  you are supporting a small farm! LOVE. IT. Take a peek at this idyllic, wonderful farm and it’s flowers.  Check here for options and pick up locations and sign up for next spring!

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Fashion Friday: Wrap Up

One trend I’ve been noticing this fall that I’m loving are blanket coats and ponchos. Burberry has the most coveted one (shown below on SJP) that comes monogrammed with your initials (apparently already sold out everywhere) but there are many options in different price ranges that help you achieve this style. It’s cozy, flattering to many body types and a great way to add some pattern, texture and layering to your look. First, some inspiration…

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Trending Now: Black Kitchens

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.

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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.

Book Party RSVP!

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