A Fresh West Coast Interpretation of East Coast Tradition

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I was flipping through the new House Beautiful last night, and fell pretty hard for this gorgeous Los Angelos cottage designed by Schuyler Samperton. I adore the fresh West Coast interpretation on the traditional East Coast Shingle Style cottage; complete with vibrant pops of colors, wallpaper galore and a relaxed sense of elegance.

What also really appealed to me was how heirloom antiques were used throughout the home. Our trip to Bordeaux afforded us the opportunity to not only stay at the Ren’s gorgeous Chateau (opposed to a hotel), but also live their day-to-day lives to a degree, including being surrounded by their gorgeous antiques. What pleasantly surprised me was that the antique furniture was actually being used (my clothes hung in a gorgeous 18th c. armoire), opposed to being shoved into a parlor room never to be touched (or seen for that matter). I’ve always been a fan of using antique furniture in a room, as it adds a level of history that typically can’t be achieved in new furniture. In addition, antiques are typically much more affordable than their brand new counterparts of similar quality – and quite often, the craftsmanship far surpasses most of what is made today.

Are you a fan of having antiques in your home?

Currently Inspired By • Ice Cream Parlor hues

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Isn’t it funny how one particular hue can inspire you? Right now ice cream parlor tones by way of dusty pinks and mint greens are really intriguing me! So much so, I spent 2+ hours last night in search of more inspiration, down the rabbit hole and along a windy road – otherwise known as Pinterest. Funny thing is, pastels aren’t typically my thing, as I usually gravitate towards more jewel-tone shades. Maybe it’s that the weather has finally warmed up and everyone seems to have a slight glow from a little dose of much needed Vitamin D, making the shades so complimentary?! I think that caftan may need to make way into my closet!

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Color for the Color-phobic

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Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty previously listed herself in the above mentioned category, until she called upon Lauren and Susan McGrath to design this gorgeous, quintessential New England home. What I love most about the abode is that the “investment pieces” were done in neutral shades, while color was added in small pops with accessories. In turn the heftier price-tag items will be around for the long-run – whereas pillows, the trim on the window treatments, books, the tablecloth in the entry and even the upholstery on the dining chairs can be easily swapped out for a different color palette!

Are you a fan of including color in your home?

A Rustic Romantic Bachelorette Pad

One of my friends lives in a gorgeous, light-filled apartment in Hoboken. I’m helping her design the space and we’re starting off with the main living area – including the entry, living room and oversized alcove that we’ve termed “the den”.  Although the design is not complete, I couldn’t resist sharing the initial design board!

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I find defining the style of the space from the get go helps set the stage for the design and keeps everyone on track once purchasing begins. This way when you come across that amazing find in Homegoods, you can reference your “definition” to ensure it will vibe with the rest of the space.

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Extra space is a rarity in apartment living, so we really wanted to capitalize on it! The daybed can be used for overnight guests, or the table and chairs can be pulled up for small dinner parties.

I’m really loving the mixture of textures and styles! What are your thoughts?

Design Crush • Sasha Bikoff’s Tribecca Maisonette

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Check out the full story here.

Style Profile • Allyson Reynolds’ Moths

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While I would love to add one of Ms. Reynolds’ paintings to my collection one day, the cards are not in the near future (with prices starting in the $7,000 range). However , I was pleased to learn that more attainable limited edition prints are available for purchase – check them out here.

Design Crush • Steven Gambrel

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The Magic of White Walls

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When I design a room, paint is almost always one of the last pieces of the puzzle, as it’s all of these other items that dictate the color scheme.What’s your preference when it comes to paint? Do you prefer bright-colored walls, or more muted tones?

Design Crush • Julia Reed

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There’s something about Greek Revival’s that I’m really drawn to – the classic timeless style that could be found anywhere at any time in history and not look dated. What style home would you consider your favorite?

The Holiday Cocktail Supper

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So when I came across Julia Reed’s (one of my entertaining idols) Cocktail Supper menu in this months Southern Living, I knew what direction to take. All of her dishes can be served at room temperature (aside from the Lump Crab Mornay, which is kept warm in a silver chafing dish), allowing the host to enjoy their guests – in lieu of constantly heating up food and keeping an eye on sternos. Genius!

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1. Montgomery Punch

2. Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

3. Lump Crab Mornay 

4. Perfect Beef Tenderloin served with homemade hot mustard sauce, horseradish sauce and Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls (which Ms. Reed swears are just as good as homemade!).

5. Buttery Toasted Pecans – I also really like this recipe!

6. Asparagus with Curry Dip

7. Pecan Bourbon Balls

In addition to be so much less stressful, the added benefit about the “Cocktail Super” menu is it’s more than enough to constitute as dinner, and informal enough for your guests to arrive and leave as they please!

Are you doing any holiday entertaining this season? Any tips for a stress-free party?