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?

Neutrals Done Right

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Do you prefer more neutrals in your home or color? It’s such a personal decision!

Design Crush • Couture Design for Barefoot Living

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I’m not a huge fan of reality TV, but Million Dollar Decorators is one of the few shows I actually watch. This Nantucket beach cottage designed by Jeffery Alan Marks was featured on Season 2, and I was so excited to be reminded of its sublime existence in this month’s Coastal Living. I absolutely adore the modern twist on relaxed coastal style! Marks unofficially coined his slogan as “couture design for barefoot living” – gotta love that! Here’s my take…

What a corporate office SHOULD look like!

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As a very visual person, I completely understand this response, as I’m very affected by my environment. If my work space isn’t tidy and nicely decorated, my productivity definitely takes a hit. Free People’s corporate office is a wonderful example of providing employees with an inspirational space that reflects the company’s brand to a T. And while all companies may not be able to afford to set up shop in an old Philadelphia naval yard, doing away with those awful upholstered cubicles and berber carpets is a good start!

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Decorating With Greens

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Happy Friday! I must say this week has been a long one! I’m so ready to relax, have a little romantic dinner date with Billy, go for a good run or two, some possible thrifting and brunch with my girlfriends! What are your plans?

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Ashley Putman Strikes Again!

Ashley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAshley-Putman-Houston-Home-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI’m sure many of you remember Asheley Putnam’s gorgeous Houston home published in Lonny back in 2010 – that English roll arm sofa and the cobalt blue dining room makes me weak in the knees!

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Office Envy

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Do you work from home or in an office environment? What would your ideal work environment be?

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“The Man Room”, Done Right

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The key to creating a masculine space that’s not too cold or sterile is to layer textures. Note the mix of leather, velvet, lucite, natural wood, linen, wool, stone and metals.

My Expectations Were Met

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Have you checked out the new Domino? If so, what’s your take away?

The Queen of Shelter Magazines Returns

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I was browsing through my bloglovin’ feed yesterday, and nearly fell off the sofa when I saw this post regarding Condé Nast relaunching Domino Magazine with Michelle Adams as editor-in-chief!!! I’d heard rumors of similar news here and there, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. I was really bummed when Ms. Adams left Lonny, feeling the content just wasn’t the same. So to hear the rumors are actually true – albeit through a Facebook update – has me giddy with delight! In celebration, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Domino images for your viewing pleasure!

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