Things I am loving Thursdays and House update!

Happy Thursday, my day to share what I am loving this week! It runs the gamut from a highly enjoyable book and a sublime bath product line all the way to exquisite garden statuary. I am also sharing some updated house pictures…things are moving along though there are days that I go and feel like its going at a snails pace, when in reality things really are moving fast and furiously ahead. So first, I share some updated pictures of the house, we are 99% sheet rocked so trim started yesterday and then that’s when we really turn a corner and things start to rev up! You will notice today I am a little heavier on more personal things than “house things”….its important for us to take time out to take care of ourselves, and there is nothing like beautiful products, a toasty throw and great bedding to ease our daily stresses.  Now then, onto some things I am loving this week…..let me know if there is something you have discovered or something you are loving that you want to share!

HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely my absolute favorite item of the week:) I cannot overstate this enough, as much stress fun as the building process brings….its been a  long, sometimes, stressful, arduous process. We cannot move soon enough. So here we go with the updates…….

Back of the family room wall, limestone complete
Future kitchen!

Breakfast room!

Mantle from original house…we are determined to use it somewhere!

Family room

Downstairs hall/gallery

Limestone in the back..mission accomplished!

They did an exquisite job!

The reason the brick is darker is that they just finished those spots today
One bathroom in progress….
Even Teddy is getting tired of waiting….he has had it with the building process

Sons #1 bathroom almost done

Dining room

Living room

Guest room bath almost done, still wet so thats why it appears gray but its actually white Thassos

Upstairs hallway

Hubby’s bathroom tile sample
Our future sitting room staring into master
Upstairs looking down… a little scary but with the 2nd floor stair soon to be in…it will be fine





OLD WORLD LOOKING STATUARY. I have always been drawn to old world, old fashioned, lush not overly landscaped gardens. I prefer a more natural and older look, and nothing tops off a beautiful garden or landscape quite like a beautiful piece of statuary. There is something so romantic and nostalgic, almost other worldly about it, makes you feel like you have gone back to another era. So here are a few inspirational pictures I have had in my little dream file and some gorgeous reproduction pieces from a company that I have bought from before, Orlandi Statuary…do their things not look like they were just plucked from the garden of a English countryside manor?  They do this finish which you see in most of their pieces called “White Moss” and they look so old,  LOVE the cherubs. Visit Orlandi here.

A GREAT BOOK. I love to read, have been “binge reading” if such a thing exists…where I will read non stop, sometimes even 2 or 3 books at a time (strange I agree), then nothing at all  and then go right back to a frantic pace once again. Go figure, no explanation! Have read some good books, one of which I just finished and one I really enjoyed enough to tell you about. “Dead end gene pool”, I highly recommend it. Very entertaining and an easy read unlike Edgar Sawtelle which I forced myself to finish, after buying it over a year ago only to put it down after 50 pages. It was staring at me on my nightstand willing me to finish it, challenging me to understand it so I did and overall cannot say I would totally recommend it though there were parts that were captivated and had my attention. Dead End gene pool, on the other hand was one I can fully recommend however. It is a memoir written by the great great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt and suffice to say it is interesting, funny, heartbreaking and entertaining.
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY ABOUT INTERESTING SUBJECTS. Speaking of the famed Gold Coast and era…a subject, that is fascinating beyond words and a time our country will never repeat. Maybe its after seeing The Great Gatsby, that I became fascinated by it, anyway the house that inspired the films house,  Lands End is the subject at hand. Sadly many of the fabled “summer cottages” of the rich and famous during that era have fallen under dire disrepair, many to the point of no return and many have been taken down only to be rebuilt with new subdivisions or mcmansions. Lands End, which is in an ongoing battle between the town in which it sits and the owner who wants to take it down,  is now schedule to be razed. Jen Ross, a renowned and talented photographer captured this house in its current state in a chilling, hauntingly beautiful photography session. You can see how even now how the decrepit interiors were once very grand and beautiful. Click below to see it…its really powerful. Click on the first thumbnail to your right and it will start the slide show.
ANTIQUE PILLOWS AND TEXTILES. Love pillows and gorgeous textiles/fabrics, they add instant warmth, texture, color,elegance and comfort to a room. I like to use them well…just about everywhere. There are a few lines whose pillows I am already a big fan of and then its always fun to discover new ones too. These antique beauties are exquisite! Check out these gorgeous treasures from Debra, yes that lovely blogger from Acquired Objects blog, and the owner of Oreillers, her company that specializes in 16th-19th century European textiles and pillows…aren’t they just fabulous? Click here to go to her site.  (And her blogs great too- all about her incredible 18th century carriage barn being restored in New Hampshire- its worth a look!) She has exquisite taste.

This 17th century Flemish tapestry is amazing….love the colors.
LUXURIOUS ALPACA BY ALICIA ADAMS.  I came across this company a few years ago and bought the most delicious shawl/cape that I have ever owned plus a sweater which I loved so much that I went back and ordered not one but two of the throws for the home, one for me and one for my very deserving mother who loves these kinds of things as much as I do! What makes them even sweeter is that this small boutique company, is run by Alicia Adams and her family on their upstate NY farm. They hail from Germany and bought the working farm where they grow and raise Suri aplacas, one of the rarest breeds. The product is nothing less than pure luxury, think cashmere but thicker and as soft and luruxious! You should visit her wonderful site and discover some of her gorgeous offerings…here is a little sampling. Visit them here

MONOGRAMMED BEDDING WELL MONOGRAMMED ANYTHING. Its no secret that amongst the many beautiful things I love, monograms is one of them. I think the Southern in me has revealed itself in many ways, beautiful traditional old world interiors, lover of good food and lots of it, monograms, etc……..in any case one company that does beautiful work is Leontine linens. Here are some samples of what they do. Gorgeous, huh? If you want to visit them, click here.

INDULGENT BATH PRODUCTS. You know I love my products and consider myself a product connoisseur! Another line I discovered a few years ago is Shelly Kyle. I was first drawn to their uber elegant packaging that is very European/French inspired…then I smelled them and was doubly excited. Beautiful soft romantic fragrances….if you are a product junkie like me you should check them out, click here. My favorite products (of what I have tried so far) are the body lotion, candle, parfum, which I used as room spray for my powder room and the foaming bath gel. I love the Tiramani and Annabelle scents. Beautiful line of products.

Well, that’s about it for now….tomorrow is a whole new day. Did anything excite you? Love to know and of course if there anything you are loving this week that you want to share….. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and House update!

Happy Thursday, my day to share what I am loving this week! It runs the gamut from a highly enjoyable book and a sublime bath product line all the way to exquisite garden statuary. I am also sharing some updated house pictures…things are moving along though there are days that I go and feel like its going at a snails pace, when in reality things really are moving fast and furiously ahead. So first, I share some updated pictures of the house, we are 99% sheet rocked so trim started yesterday and then that’s when we really turn a corner and things start to rev up! You will notice today I am a little heavier on more personal things than “house things”….its important for us to take time out to take care of ourselves, and there is nothing like beautiful products, a toasty throw and great bedding to ease our daily stresses. ?Now then, onto some things I am loving this week…..let me know if there is something you have discovered or something you are loving that you want to share!



HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely my absolute favorite item of the week:) I cannot overstate this enough, as much?stress?fun?as the building process brings….its been a ?long, sometimes, stressful, arduous process. We cannot move soon enough. So here we go with the updates…….



Back of the family room wall, limestone complete
Future kitchen!

Breakfast room!

Mantle from original house…we are determined to use it somewhere!

Family room

Downstairs hall/gallery

Limestone in the back..mission accomplished!

They did an exquisite job!

The reason the brick is darker is that they just finished those spots today
One bathroom in progress….
Even Teddy is getting tired of waiting….he has had it with the building process

Sons #1 bathroom almost done

Dining room

Living room

Guest room bath almost done, still wet so thats why it appears gray but its actually white Thassos

Upstairs hallway

Hubby’s bathroom tile sample
Our future sitting room staring into master
Upstairs looking down… a little scary but with the 2nd floor stair soon to be in…it will be fine









OLD?WORLD LOOKING STATUARY. I have always been drawn to old world, old fashioned, lush not overly landscaped gardens. I prefer a more natural and older look, and nothing tops off a beautiful garden or landscape quite like a beautiful piece of statuary. There is something so romantic and nostalgic, almost other worldly about it, makes you feel like you have gone back to another era. So here are a few inspirational pictures I have had in my little dream file and some gorgeous reproduction pieces from a company that I have bought from before, Orlandi Statuary…do their things not look like they were just plucked from the garden of a English countryside manor? ?They do this finish which you see in most of their pieces called “White Moss” and they look so old, ?LOVE the cherubs. Visit Orlandi here.



A GREAT BOOK. I love to read, have been “binge reading” if such a thing exists…where I will read non stop, sometimes even 2 or 3 books at a time (strange I agree), then nothing at all ?and then go right back to a frantic pace once again. Go figure, no explanation! Have read some good books, one of which I just finished and one I really enjoyed enough to tell you about. “Dead end gene pool”, I highly recommend it. Very entertaining and an easy read unlike Edgar Sawtelle which I forced myself to finish, after buying it over a year ago only to put it down after 50 pages. It was staring at me on my nightstand willing me to finish it, challenging me to understand it so I did and overall cannot say I would totally recommend it though there were parts that were captivated and had my attention. Dead End gene pool, on the other hand was one I can fully recommend however.?It is a memoir written by the great great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt and suffice to say it is interesting, funny, heartbreaking and entertaining.
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY ABOUT INTERESTING SUBJECTS. Speaking of the famed Gold Coast and era…a subject, that is fascinating beyond words and a time our country will never repeat. Maybe its after seeing The Great Gatsby, that I became fascinated by it, anyway the house that inspired the films house, ?Lands End is the subject at hand. Sadly many of the fabled “summer cottages” of the rich and famous during that era have fallen under dire disrepair, many to the point of no return and many have been taken down only to be rebuilt with new subdivisions or mcmansions. Lands End, which is in an ongoing battle between the town in which it sits and the owner who wants to take it down, ?is now schedule to be razed. Jen Ross, a renowned and talented photographer captured this house in its current state in a chilling, hauntingly beautiful photography session. You can see how even now how the decrepit interiors were once very grand and beautiful. Click below to see it…its really powerful. Click on the first thumbnail to your right and it will start the slide show.
ANTIQUE PILLOWS AND TEXTILES. Love pillows and gorgeous textiles/fabrics, they add instant warmth, texture, color,elegance and comfort to a room. I like to use them well…just about everywhere. There are a few lines whose pillows I am already a big fan of and then its always fun to discover new ones too. These antique beauties are exquisite! Check out these gorgeous treasures from Debra, yes that lovely blogger from Acquired Objects blog, and the owner of Oreillers, her company that specializes in 16th-19th century European textiles and pillows…aren’t they just fabulous? Click here to go to her site. ?(And her blogs great too- all about her incredible 18th century carriage barn being restored in New Hampshire- its worth a look!) She has exquisite taste.

This 17th century Flemish tapestry is amazing….love the colors.
LUXURIOUS ALPACA BY ALICIA ADAMS. ?I came across this company a few years ago and bought the most delicious shawl/cape that I have ever owned plus a sweater which I loved so much that I went back and ordered not one but two of the throws for the home, one for me and one for my very deserving mother who loves these kinds of things as much as I do! What makes them even sweeter is that this small boutique company, is run by Alicia Adams and her family on their upstate NY farm. They hail from Germany and bought the working farm where they grow and raise Suri aplacas, one of the rarest breeds. The product is nothing less than pure luxury, think cashmere but thicker and as soft and luruxious! You should visit her wonderful site and discover some of her gorgeous offerings…here is a little sampling. Visit them here

MONOGRAMMED BEDDING?WELL MONOGRAMMED ANYTHING. Its no secret that amongst the many beautiful things I love, monograms is one of them. I think the Southern in me has revealed itself in many ways, beautiful traditional old world interiors, lover of good food and lots of it, monograms, etc……..in any case one company that does beautiful work is Leontine linens. Here are some samples of what they do. Gorgeous, huh? If you want to visit them, click here.

INDULGENT BATH PRODUCTS. You know I love my products and consider myself a product?connoisseur! Another line I discovered a few years ago is Shelly Kyle. I was first drawn to their uber elegant packaging that is very European/French inspired…then I smelled them and was doubly excited. Beautiful soft romantic fragrances….if you are a product junkie like me you should check them out, click here. My favorite products (of what I have tried so far) are the body lotion, candle, parfum, which I used as room spray for my powder room and the foaming bath gel. I love the Tiramani and Annabelle scents. Beautiful line of products.

Well, that’s about it for now….tomorrow is a whole new day. Did anything excite you? Love to know and of course if there anything you are loving this week that you want to share….. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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A penchant for pendants

Good morning….about the house update. We are nearly completely sheet rocked so the fun has just begun. Trimwork started yesterday and the bathrooms are underway…finally getting to the stage where we get to look at the pretty things! I have had enough of raw wood,sawdust, and unfinished spaces to last me a lifetime, its time to button this baby up! I took pictures yesterday and will post them on my post tomorrow.
Show me a room that has a pendant lighting that isn’t beautiful. I love them…… they add elegance, soft lighting and a certain sense of proportion to a room. Used everywhere from foyers, to bathrooms and kitchens, you see them in outdoor spaces too. I love pendant lighting for their versatility. In my old house, I had them in my hallway, my foyer, above the staircase and in my breakfast room. I plan to use them once again in abundance in the new house. So today I showcase all the many wonderful ways to use this wonderful lighting. I am contemplating what kind of lighting to use over my center island in the kitchen since logically speaking, this will be and has to be one of the first rooms to complete. I like the idea of a belljar pendant or a large lantern type pendant. The best part? So many manufacturers make them, that they are very affordable and can be had inexpensively…..you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the look, that’s always a big perk! What do you think?
(I am also announcing an amazing giveaway on Friday…stay tuned)

Pendants can be used anywhere…as shown in this beautiful porch, Joan Behnke
Interesting hexagon shaped pendants add interest to this gorgeous kitchen
Round globe like pendants add a funky modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen, Bacco
Four industrial inspired looking pendants complement the stainless center island
Suzanne Kasler used pendant lighting in this beautiful gray painted butlers pantry
Pretty lampshades over these pendants gives a warm and inviting, country feel to this kitchen, Mark Maresca
Pendant lighting was used in this grand living room on the timbered beams
Gorgeous over sized square pendants used here for this pretty dining area, Kohler
 
A more industrial type pendant light was used for this classic white kitchen
Skinny pendants are used strictly for effect, obviously not much light from these babies,Craig Lovell photographer
Four black pendants is used to carry the black theme and offer a bold geometric shape to the room, Mark Maresca
Pendants always look great in a hallway/public space especially in pairs, Bacco
Pendants work in this shabby chic bathroom, Decorpad
A pair of large scaled lanterns was used in this beautiful kitchen, Dillon Kyle
Oversized bamboo pendant lighting works well with this dining room, Decorpad
If its good enough for Ralph (yes Ralph Lauren) then they are good enough for me!
A pendant on a rod is another attractive option, though I personally prefer separate fixtures
A grouping of pendant fixtures  were used in this beautiful dining room to add to the Tuscan feel
Steven Gambrell used beautiful pale blue pendant lanterns for this pretty hallway
Amy Morris used these oversized pendant lanterns for overhead lighting above this beautiful center island, love the finish
Hanging pendants were used in place of sconces in this elegant bath
Black pendants were used to add balance to the black countertops, stools and hardware
The pendants work well in this industrial inspired elegant kitchen, Coastal Living
Beautiful outdoor covered porch used stunning pendants in iron, William Waldron
Love these romantic, charming shades used on the pendants, gives the room such character
A pair of pendant lights graces the sides of this Japanese inspired master bedroom, Aluminaire
A large grouping of brass pendants were used in this kitchen
Gorgeous dramatic black closet/dressing area gets a pair of pendants, Celerie Kemble
The brass pendants dress up the space and give it a little sparkle!
Gorgeous kitchen looks perfect with this pair of nickel pendants over the island
A pair of pendant lights was used as an accent,in this bedroom for drama
A pretty pair of belljar pendants were used for low voltage lighting in this pretty kitchen
Jessica Helgerson used simple modern pendants for this attractive more transitional styled kitchen
This beautiful space gets a grouping of pendant lighting which creates warmth and adds some intimacy to the high ceilings, Custom furniture
Gorgeous outdoor porch gets a pair or iron pendants…stunning!
So what do you think? Do you like pendants or do you already have them in your home? Whats your favorite room to use pendants in? Do you have a favorite kind of lighting? I am not a high hats fan though appreciate their function and lighting capabilities. I love low lights…sconces, lamps, lanterns,etc…..makes a room glow.  Love to know what you think! Have a great day.

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A penchant for pendants

Good morning….about the house update. We are nearly completely sheet rocked so the fun has just begun. Trimwork started yesterday and the bathrooms are underway…finally getting to the stage where we get to look at the pretty things! I have had enough of raw wood,sawdust, and unfinished spaces to last me a lifetime, its time to button this baby up! I took pictures yesterday and will post them on my post tomorrow.

Show me a room that has a pendant lighting that isn’t beautiful. I love them…… they add elegance, soft lighting and a certain sense of proportion to a room. Used everywhere from foyers, to bathrooms and kitchens, you see them in outdoor spaces too. I love pendant lighting for their versatility. In my old house, I had them in my hallway, my foyer, above the staircase and in my breakfast room. I plan to use them once again in abundance in the new house. So today I showcase all the many wonderful ways to use this wonderful lighting. I am contemplating what kind of lighting to use over my center island in the kitchen since logically speaking, this will be and has to be one of the first rooms to complete. I like the idea of a belljar pendant or a large lantern type pendant. The best part? So many manufacturers make them, that they are very affordable and can be had inexpensively…..you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the look, that’s always a big perk! What do you think?

(I am also announcing an amazing giveaway on Friday…stay tuned)



Pendants can be used anywhere…as shown in this beautiful porch, Joan Behnke
Interesting hexagon shaped pendants add interest to this gorgeous kitchen
Round globe like pendants add a funky modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen, Bacco
Four industrial inspired looking pendants complement the stainless center island
Suzanne Kasler used pendant lighting in this beautiful gray painted butlers pantry
Pretty lampshades over these pendants gives a warm and inviting, country feel to this kitchen, Mark Maresca
Pendant lighting was used in this grand living room on the timbered beams
Gorgeous over sized square pendants used here for this pretty dining area, Kohler
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A more industrial type pendant light was used for this classic white kitchen
Skinny pendants are used strictly for effect, obviously not much light from these babies,Craig Lovell photographer
Four black pendants is used to carry the black theme and offer a bold geometric shape to the room, Mark Maresca
Pendants always look great in a hallway/public space especially in pairs, Bacco
Pendants work in this shabby chic bathroom, Decorpad
A pair of large scaled lanterns was used in this beautiful kitchen, Dillon Kyle
Oversized bamboo pendant lighting works well with this dining room, Decorpad
If its good enough for Ralph (yes Ralph Lauren) then they are good enough for me!
A pendant on a rod is another attractive option, though I personally prefer separate fixtures
A grouping of pendant fixtures??were used in this beautiful dining room to add to the Tuscan feel
Steven Gambrell used beautiful pale blue pendant lanterns for this pretty hallway
Amy Morris used these oversized pendant lanterns for overhead lighting above this beautiful center island, love the finish
Hanging pendants were used in place of sconces in this elegant bath
Black pendants were used to add balance to the black countertops, stools and hardware
The pendants work well in this industrial inspired elegant kitchen, Coastal Living
Beautiful outdoor covered porch used stunning pendants in iron, William Waldron
Love these romantic, charming shades used on the pendants, gives the room such character
A pair of pendant lights graces the sides of this Japanese inspired master bedroom, Aluminaire
A large grouping of brass pendants were used in this kitchen
Gorgeous dramatic black closet/dressing area gets a pair of pendants, Celerie Kemble
The brass pendants dress up the space and give it a little sparkle!
Gorgeous kitchen looks perfect with this pair of nickel pendants over the island
A pair of pendant lights was used as an accent,in this bedroom for drama
A pretty pair of belljar pendants were used for low voltage lighting in this pretty kitchen
Jessica Helgerson used simple modern pendants for this attractive more transitional styled kitchen
This beautiful space gets a grouping of pendant lighting which creates warmth and adds some intimacy to the high ceilings, Custom furniture
Gorgeous outdoor porch gets a pair or iron pendants…stunning!
So what do you think? Do you like pendants or do you already have them in your home? Whats your favorite room to use pendants in? Do you have a favorite kind of lighting? I am not a high hats fan though appreciate their function and lighting capabilities. I love low lights…sconces, lamps, lanterns,etc…..makes a room glow. ?Love to know what you think! Have a great day.

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Nirvana in Napa

Good morning! A lot of you have asked about the house….going today to take some update pictures and will update and share tomorrow. Ever since I saw the remake of The Parent Trap, shot in Napa Valley and featuring the then innocent and adorable, Lindsay Lohan, I have been in love with Napa Valley and all things having to do with wine country.  Looking back that is probably where my desire to live there one day started. I admit I fantasize about living there one day, buying a small farm/vineyard, having my own “farm to table” movement restaurant right in the middle of the vineyard and leading “the life” that I envision is all about Napa laid back living. The crisp mornings with the dew still on the grapes gives way to perfect blue skies, low humidity bright sunny days, and chilly, cricket chirping nights…..whats not to love? 

Being surrounded by vineyards, both small boutique ones and larger commercial ones, the topography of the land is breathtaking. I was lucky enough to be there last year and absolutely cannot wait to get back.  Surrounded by a cultured community that is not driven by money, the make and model of your car, how prestigious yours kids school is or what club you belong to, things there are less complicated.  At least in my mind, life there is simpler, a throwback to how things used to be. Then you throw in oodles of amazing restaurants run by renowned celebrity chefs, chic roadside gourmet grocers and you have what I  would venture to say is a near perfect setup. In my own sometimes overactive imagination I will never lose sight of this “picture” of how it must be to live in Napa and Sonoma valley.

 Even if Napa and Sonoma have fallen prey to all the vanities and trappings of their more suburban counterparts, I don’t want to hear about it. I have always, as a result of this fascination been drawn to the homes, interiors and lifestyles of those that are lucky enough to reside there. So today I pay tribute to the Napa lifestyle. Here are some exquisite homes and interiors from homes in wine country. Let me set the tone…its a perfectly crisp, zero humidity day, and its later afternoon with the sun just starting to set and give way to a starry filled night….. I can almost feel the breeze, hear the jazz band playing at the local vineyard, and smell the aromatic scent of fresh grapes getting crushed for the next seasons harvest.

Howard Backen designed this beautiful understated Napa residence
Just love how the outdoors is brought in
With a setting like that I would be eating all day
Just love the walls of glass to take full advantage of the vistas
Rich warm colors work so well with the Napa Valleys natural beauty
Another gorgeous Napa bedroom…the views are amazing
Poolside in Napa…sounds mighty good right about now!
Jacques Saint Dizier designed this beautiful and warm living room in Napa
Gorgeous sumptuous bedroom takes full advantage of the weather and views
I would like to be invited to this incredible setting for just one dinner…..
Stunning master bedroom with a completely open wall to take advantage of cool evening breezes
Picture perfect setting for candlelit wine tasting dinners
Almost looks too perfect to be real!
If this isn’t the essence of Napa Valley at its finest..don’t know what is….
J E Caldwell designed this fabulous rustic stone home
One of my all time favorite backyards….perfection!
Of course this residence is lucky enough to have a separate “art studio” in its own cozy cottage!
Elegant and understated living room in all its earthy neutral glory
Cozy dinners by the wood burning fireplace
Stunning mountainside retreat by Howard Backen
Beautiful backyard pool set high up to take advantage of the spectacular views
Even this bathroom is what I would envision my Napa bathroom to look like, in all its earthiness both in color and feeling……beautiful
This beautiful Napa compound is reminiscent of something you would see in Tuscany
Gorgeous entrance with breathtaking vistas..love the rich, warm colors
And this is where my wine tasting dinners for 20 would all come together!
Howard Backen designed this stunning Napa residence
High up in the mountain, this spectacular neutral toned living room relies heavily on the great outdoors for maximum impact
Light colored dining area….love those floor to ceiling glass walls…this is perfect!
This is the ultimate dream dining room for me in my future Napa home, my Bossa Nova soundtrack is ready to get cranking….
Breakfast is served in this sunny breakfast room
Beautiful soft toned master bedroom takes full advantage of the great outdoors
Beautiful creamy colored living room…so cozy and inviting, Suzanne Tucker
Love the stone floors and how the bath opens onto a private patio…only in Napa!
Grand stone fireplace adds so much character to this room, Suzanne Tucker
I could get used to eating breakfast outside everyday on this patio overlooking the vineyards
Perfect entertaining space for those cool valley nights, Howard Backen
Fabulous home, love the blue gray accented trim
Grand, glorious but so cozy living room….colors are gorgeous!
A picture perfect setting, a foutain just beyond the foyer doors…..glorious!
Distressed cabinets adds to the rustic elegance of this Napa home, Tucker and Marks
Beautiful and elegant bedroom, love the stone fireplace, Suzanne Tucker
Breathtaking views at every turn
The large open, airy spaces are just amazing
After a hard day of working in the vineyard, you get to relax with a glass of Cab right here…..
My guess is either: 
A. you are in awe of my incredibly overactive imagination and give me credit for dreaming or 
B. that you are reaching for a glass of wine as we speak as this has gotten you in a Napa Valley frame of mind!
 Hope you enjoyed it…..I so enjoyed putting it together and cannot wait to go back to this incredible place. Its bad enough I have already told  asked my three boys that one of them has to  should consider getting married there one day! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Nirvana in Napa

Good morning! A lot of you have asked about the house….going today to take some update pictures and will update and share tomorrow. Ever since I saw the remake of The Parent Trap, shot in Napa Valley and featuring the then innocent and adorable, Lindsay Lohan, I have been in love with Napa Valley and all things having to do with wine country. ?Looking back that is probably where my desire to live there one day started. I admit I fantasize about living there one day, buying a small farm/vineyard, having my own “farm to table” movement restaurant right in the middle of the vineyard and leading “the life” that I envision is all about Napa laid back living. The crisp mornings with the dew still on the grapes gives way to perfect blue skies, low humidity bright sunny days, and chilly, cricket chirping nights…..whats not to love??



Being surrounded by vineyards, both small boutique ones and larger commercial ones, the topography of the land is breathtaking. I was lucky enough to be there last year and absolutely cannot wait to get back. ?Surrounded by a cultured community that is not driven by money, the make and model of your car, how prestigious yours kids school is or what club you belong to, things there are less complicated. ?At least in my mind, life there is simpler, a throwback to how things used to be. Then you throw in oodles of amazing restaurants run by renowned celebrity chefs, chic roadside gourmet grocers and you have what I ?would venture to say is a near perfect setup. In my own sometimes overactive imagination I will never lose sight of this “picture” of how it must be to live in Napa and Sonoma valley.



?Even if Napa and Sonoma?have fallen prey to all the vanities and trappings of their more suburban counterparts, I don’t want to hear about it. I have always, as a result of this fascination been drawn to the homes, interiors and lifestyles of those that are lucky enough to reside there. So today I pay tribute to the Napa lifestyle. Here are some exquisite homes and interiors from homes in wine country. Let me set the tone…its a perfectly crisp, zero humidity day, and its later afternoon with the sun just starting to set and give way to a starry filled night….. I can almost feel the breeze, hear the jazz band playing at the local vineyard, and smell the aromatic scent of fresh grapes getting crushed for the next seasons harvest.



Howard Backen designed this beautiful understated Napa residence
Just love how the outdoors is brought in
With a setting like that I would be eating all day
Just love the walls of glass to take full advantage of the vistas
Rich warm colors work so well with the Napa Valleys natural beauty
Another gorgeous Napa bedroom…the views are amazing
Poolside in Napa…sounds mighty good right about now!
Jacques Saint Dizier designed this beautiful and warm living room in Napa
Gorgeous sumptuous bedroom takes full advantage of the weather and views
I would like to be invited to this incredible setting for just one dinner…..
Stunning master bedroom with a completely open wall to take advantage of cool evening breezes
Picture perfect setting for candlelit wine tasting dinners
Almost looks too perfect to be real!
If this isn’t the essence of Napa Valley at its finest..don’t know what is….
J E Caldwell designed this fabulous rustic stone home
One of my all time favorite backyards….perfection!
Of course this residence is lucky enough to have a separate “art studio” in its own cozy cottage!
Elegant and understated living room in all its earthy neutral glory
Cozy dinners by the wood burning fireplace
Stunning mountainside retreat by Howard Backen
Beautiful backyard pool set high up to take advantage of the spectacular views
Even this bathroom is what I would envision my Napa bathroom to look like, in all its earthiness both in color and feeling……beautiful
This beautiful Napa compound is reminiscent of something you would see in Tuscany
Gorgeous entrance with breathtaking vistas..love the rich, warm colors
And this is where my wine tasting dinners for 20 would all come together!
Howard Backen designed this stunning Napa residence
High up in the mountain, this spectacular neutral toned living room relies heavily on the great outdoors for maximum impact
Light colored dining area….love those floor to ceiling glass walls…this is perfect!
This is the ultimate dream dining room for me in my future Napa home, my Bossa Nova soundtrack is ready to get cranking….
Breakfast is served in this sunny breakfast room
Beautiful soft toned master bedroom takes full advantage of the great outdoors
Beautiful creamy colored living room…so cozy and inviting, Suzanne Tucker
Love the stone floors and how the bath opens onto a private patio…only in Napa!
Grand stone fireplace adds so much character to this room, Suzanne Tucker
I could get used to eating breakfast outside everyday on this patio overlooking the vineyards
Perfect entertaining space for those cool valley nights, Howard Backen
Fabulous home, love the blue gray accented trim
Grand, glorious but so cozy living room….colors are gorgeous!
A picture perfect setting, a foutain just beyond the foyer doors…..glorious!
Distressed cabinets adds to the rustic elegance of this Napa home, Tucker and Marks
Beautiful and elegant bedroom, love the stone fireplace, Suzanne Tucker
Breathtaking views at every turn
The large open, airy spaces are just amazing
After a hard day of working in the vineyard, you get to relax with a glass of Cab right here…..
My guess is either:?
A. you are in awe of my incredibly overactive imagination and give me credit for dreaming or?
B. that you are reaching for a glass of wine as we speak as this has gotten you in a Napa Valley frame of mind!
?Hope you enjoyed it…..I so enjoyed putting it together and cannot wait to go back to this incredible place. Its bad enough I have already told??asked my three boys that one of them has to ?should consider getting married there one day! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Beach house chic

Who wouldn’t love a cozy beach house right by the sea or a charming lake house with views to rival the setting from “On Golden Pond”. I know I fantasize about one day buying a small place by the ocean and know exactly how I want it to be decorated. It would first have to be welcoming, inviting and calming…after all its a getaway and the whole idea is about entering a new space, a true oasis away from the rat race. It would have a soft and light palette, with pops of color in some rooms but overall a soothing and light neutral feeling is what I envision.
 It would have to have a killer kitchen, not a huge one but one big enough for clambakes and preparing dozens of bbqs and hosting smores parties,etc…..you get the picture. And then the views…ah, the views, very important. It just has to have that “welcome home” feel that I think is the hallmark of a successful interior/home. So what about you? If you had or if you have a beach/lake house…..what makes it so wonderful? What would you do to it? Here are some inspirational beach/lake house interiors…that made me wish for one sooner than later. Do you have a favorite?

This is where I would host my elegant beach house dinner parties, R.Stern
Gorgeous coastal bathroom…neutrals always work, M Elle
This would fast become my reading nook!
Does a  beach house entrance get better than this? I don’t think so…..
This is the perfect vibe for a beach house master bedroom…..stunning! Taylor Hannah
My  this bedroom would be my oasis…..love the window bench! Robert Stern
This could easily become a favorite spot to relax, Kendall Wilkinson
Afternoon cocktails would be served oceanside….love this spot! Robert Stern 
Perfect seaside bathroom….love those mirrors…M Elle
The soft blues against the whites are always a winning combination by the shore, Coastal Living
Love this beachside kitchen by Victoria Hagan
Beautiful Seaside, Fla home, Robert Stern….superb architecture
Pretty white slipcovered furniture always looks great in a coastal home, Coastal Living
Kendall Wilkinson went with stronger colors for this elegant high in the sky lakefront home
This would be the ultimate living room for my beach house, Tracery Interiors
Another view…the colors are so soothing
Elegant beach house dining room as interpreted by Victoria Hagan, love it!
Love the kitchen, casual without sacrificing elegance
Beautiful oversized white hutch to house all my extra dishes for my clambakes!
This is fun….love big open room to take full advantage of the views, Elle Decor
The soft neutral colors here are just perfect for a beachside home, Tracery Interiors
The bathroom does not disappoint either….so classic, Tracery
Even in smaller homes, done right..they are just as inviting. Coastal Living
Sweet coastal guest room, waiting for your visit, Victoria Hagan
Gorgeous master bedroom in soft muted colors with breathtaking view, Victoria Hagan
Perfect guest room…..awaiting your visit! Tracery Interiors
Soft colors are perfect for a coastal bedroom, 
Love the soft linens here, so bright and airy..you can almost feel the ocean breeze
Love weathered shingles and white trim for a coastal home
The nautical look always works
Cozy reading nooks are a must!
Love blue and white with the wicker and warm tones of wood…..
Neutrals work well because they allow the focus to remain on the views, Arch Digest
This would be my magazine reading, wine sipping nook
More neutrals…love the little starfish pillows, Arch Digest
Yep the living room from Somethings Gotta give, the quintessential beach house living room!
I like blues for a coastal home, so soothing
Love this room, neutral, calm and elegant
Such a great color/vibe for a seaside bathroom….this is KathySue’s bathroom from Good life of design
Love banquette seating for a coastal home..to house all those informal get togethers but looks so chic and put together at the same time….
What is it about bunk bedding like this that is so inviting? Love it and its so practical for a coastal/vacation house since you know you will always have guests! Coastal Living
A perfect place to infuse some fun coral color…. a coastal bedroom! Coastal Living
So are you ready? Does this excite you as much as it does me? Would love to know and of course if you have a favorite! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Beach house chic

Who wouldn’t love a cozy beach house right by the sea or a charming lake house with views to rival the setting from “On Golden Pond”. I know I fantasize about one day buying a small place by the ocean and know exactly how I want it to be decorated. It would first have to be welcoming, inviting and calming…after all its a getaway and the whole idea is about entering a new space, a true oasis away from the rat race. It would have a soft and light palette, with pops of color in some rooms but overall a soothing and light neutral feeling is what I envision.

?It would have to have a killer kitchen, not a huge one but one big enough for clambakes and preparing dozens of bbqs and hosting smores parties,etc…..you get the picture. And then the views…ah, the views, very important. It just has to have that “welcome home” feel that I think is the hallmark of a successful interior/home. So what about you? If you had or if you have a beach/lake house…..what makes it so wonderful? What would you do to it? Here are some inspirational beach/lake house interiors…that made me wish for one sooner than later. Do you have a favorite?



This is where I would host my elegant beach house dinner parties, R.Stern
Gorgeous coastal bathroom…neutrals always work, M Elle
This would fast become my reading nook!
Does a ?beach house entrance get better than this? I don’t think so…..
This is the perfect vibe for a beach house master bedroom…..stunning! Taylor Hannah
My ?this bedroom would be my oasis…..love the window bench! Robert Stern
This could easily become a favorite spot to relax, Kendall Wilkinson
Afternoon cocktails would be served oceanside….love this spot! Robert Stern?
Perfect seaside bathroom….love those mirrors…M Elle
The soft blues against the whites are always a winning combination by the shore, Coastal Living
Love this beachside kitchen by Victoria Hagan
Beautiful Seaside, Fla home, Robert Stern….superb architecture
Pretty white slipcovered furniture always looks great in a coastal home, Coastal Living
Kendall Wilkinson went with stronger colors for this elegant high in the sky lakefront home
This would be the ultimate living room for my beach house, Tracery Interiors
Another view…the colors are so soothing
Elegant beach house dining room as interpreted by Victoria Hagan, love it!
Love the kitchen, casual without sacrificing elegance
Beautiful oversized white hutch to house all my extra dishes for my clambakes!
This is fun….love big open room to take full advantage of the views, Elle Decor
The soft neutral colors here are just perfect for a beachside home, Tracery Interiors
The bathroom does not disappoint either….so classic, Tracery
Even in smaller homes, done right..they are just as inviting. Coastal Living
Sweet coastal guest room, waiting for your visit, Victoria Hagan
Gorgeous master bedroom in soft muted colors with breathtaking view, Victoria Hagan
Perfect guest room…..awaiting your visit! Tracery Interiors
Soft colors are perfect for a coastal bedroom,?
Love the soft linens here, so bright and airy..you can almost feel the ocean breeze
Love weathered shingles and white trim for a coastal home
The nautical look always works
Cozy reading nooks are a must!
Love blue and white with the wicker and warm tones of wood…..
Neutrals work well because they allow the focus to remain on the views, Arch Digest
This would be my magazine reading, wine sipping nook
More neutrals…love the little starfish pillows, Arch Digest
Yep the living room from Somethings Gotta give, the quintessential beach house living room!
I like blues for a coastal home, so soothing
Love this room, neutral, calm and elegant
Such a great color/vibe for a seaside bathroom….this is KathySue’s bathroom from Good life of design
Love banquette seating for a coastal home..to house all those informal get togethers but looks so chic and put together at the same time….
What is it about bunk bedding like this that is so inviting? Love it and its so practical for a coastal/vacation house since you know you will always have guests! Coastal Living
A perfect place to infuse some fun coral color…. a coastal bedroom! Coastal Living
So are you ready? Does this excite you as much as it does me? Would love to know and of course if you have a favorite! Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

Just a short and very important note, then my post follows……

I know in  the tristate area, many of you have heard the tragic story about the beautiful couple with an 18 month old who have within 2 weeks of each other, unbelievably been diagnosed with late stages of cancer. I had a hard time hearing it, feeling powerless and heart broken for what seems like the unimaginable.  Then yesterday, I got a phone call from a good friend whose family is best friends with this couple and their family! She asked if she could send me their blog (started well before either got sick) and initially a blog to talk about their blissful life and the joys of raising a young baby. There is also a website created by family and friends, to raise money for them, since they are both knee deep in treatment and both far too ill to work. Elisa has been diagnosed with late stage 4 breast cancer and Nathan with stage 3 rectal cancer. Talk about putting my little problems and complaints in perspective. So below is the link to their blog as well as the link to the website that’s been set up. I hope you will take a few minutes (I got so absorbed in it, I spent nearly 45 minutes reading through it) and say a prayer for them both and their beautiful little family. 

Elisa and Nathan’s blog-http://familybondingtime.blogspot.com/

Link to support the Bond family- http://www.friendsofnathanandelisa.blogspot.com/

Thank you. I normally would not use a frivolous blog that discusses paint color and interior design musings for something this serious unless it really touched me and suffice to say, it has.
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Happy Sunday….. Its a day to relax, sit back and enjoy……and a day for my Sunday “house tour”. Today we are staying along the Atlantic seaboard and traveling up and down the Northeast coast….. fabled location to many a quaint, charming and did I mention expensive coastal resort towns!
We are going to visit three ultimate dreamy beach houses….one on Nantucket, one in Bar Harbour, Maine and then finally down to Southampoton, NY. Each one, so beautifully done and built in the most picturesque settings with jaw droppingly beautiful views, decorated with being on the coast in mind. Though each is graceful and elegant, there is a laid back, very inviting appeal to each. So take a look, have fun and do let me know if you have a favorite and why!


NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. You arrive via ferry on a perfect summer day and are whisked off to your new oceanfront vacation house for the summer. Hope this fabulous home is up to your standards and hope you  will be able to adjust having to stare out at those views that go on for miles..not easy, but someones gotta do it! Definitely a great entertaining home, filled with lots of elegant but inviting furnishings. Love the bright sunlit rooms that take advantage of the incredible views from every window, and the pools not too bad either:)

 BAR HARBOR, MAINE. Then we are off to another fabulous home, this one located in tony Bar Harbor, Maine the famous bastion of old money and understated elegance. None other than our beloved Bunny Williams decorated this stately and fabulously elegant home. I could live in that dining room alone…..the views and setting are almost hypnotizing. Think I might enjoy spending the summer holed up in this “beach cottage”…what do you think?

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK. Last, If you need to travel to yet one more fabulous beach playground, then why not try Southampton? No stranger to fabulously grand homes, this one does not disappoint. Built and inspired by the grand coastal homes of yesteryear, quality was not spared in this large incredible family home, built for generations to enjoy. Large scaled comfortable and inviting rooms are decorated in a sophisticated but coastal style….with the views from that bedroom, I might never leave!

Are you ready to go?  I am! I could be happy spending a summer  lifetime in any one of these! You know I love to know if you have a favorite and why….do tell!  Hope you enjoy a wonderful and enchanting Sunday.

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!


Just a short and very important note, then my post follows……



I know in ?the tristate area, many of you have heard the tragic story about the beautiful couple with an 18 month old who have within 2 weeks of each other, unbelievably been diagnosed with late stages of cancer. I had a hard time hearing it, feeling powerless and heart broken for what seems like the unimaginable. ?Then yesterday, I got a phone call from a good friend whose family is best friends with this couple and their family! She asked if she could send me their blog (started well before either got sick) and initially a blog to talk about their blissful life and the joys of raising a young baby. There is also a website created by family and friends, to raise money for them, since they are both knee deep in treatment and both far too ill to work. Elisa has been diagnosed with late stage 4 breast cancer and Nathan with stage 3 rectal cancer. Talk about putting my little problems and complaints in perspective. So below is the link to their blog as well as the link to the website that’s been set up. I hope you will take a few minutes (I got so absorbed in it, I spent nearly 45 minutes reading through it) and say a prayer for them both and their beautiful little family.?



Elisa and Nathan’s blog-http://familybondingtime.blogspot.com/



Link to support the Bond family-?http://www.friendsofnathanandelisa.blogspot.com/



Thank you. I normally would not use a frivolous blog that discusses paint color and interior design musings for something this serious unless it really touched me and suffice to say, it has.

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Happy Sunday….. Its a day to relax, sit back and enjoy……and a day for my Sunday “house tour”. Today we are staying along the Atlantic seaboard and traveling up and down the Northeast coast….. fabled location to many a quaint, charming and did I mention expensive coastal resort towns!

We are going to visit three ultimate dreamy beach houses….one on Nantucket, one in Bar Harbour, Maine and then finally down to Southampoton, NY. Each one, so beautifully done and built in the most picturesque settings with?jaw droppingly beautiful views, decorated with being on the coast in mind. Though each is graceful and elegant, there is a laid back, very inviting appeal to each. So take a look, have fun and do let me know if you have a favorite and why!





NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. You arrive via ferry on a perfect summer day and are whisked off to your new oceanfront vacation house for the summer. Hope this fabulous home is up to your standards and hope you ?will be able to adjust having to stare out at those views that go on for miles..not easy, but someones gotta do it! Definitely a great entertaining home, filled with lots of elegant but inviting furnishings. Love the bright sunlit rooms that take advantage of the incredible views from every window, and the pools not too bad either:)



?BAR HARBOR, MAINE. Then we are off to another fabulous home, this one located in tony Bar Harbor, Maine the famous bastion of old money and understated elegance. None other than our beloved Bunny Williams decorated this stately and fabulously elegant home. I could live in that dining room alone…..the views and setting are almost hypnotizing. Think I might enjoy spending the summer holed up in this “beach cottage”…what do you think?

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK. Last, If you need to travel to yet one more fabulous beach playground, then why not try Southampton? No stranger to fabulously grand homes, this one does not disappoint. Built and inspired by the grand coastal homes of yesteryear, quality was not spared in this large incredible family home, built for generations to enjoy. Large scaled comfortable and inviting rooms are decorated in a sophisticated but coastal style….with the views from that bedroom, I might never leave!

Are you ready to go? ?I am! I could be happy spending a summer??lifetime in any one of these!?You know I love to know if you have a favorite and why….do tell! ?Hope you enjoy a wonderful and enchanting Sunday.

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