Pretty posts to ponder, part II AND Irene is coming!

Hi there and happy Friday! First want to say to anyone who is in the path of that meanie, Irene…be safe and hope you will take the precautions that the our local authorities and the government are advising. I am not one to ever get too worked up over things like this, however this time I am taking it a bit more seriously and erring on the side of caution. Just to be sure, I am stocked up on my candles, batteries, flashlights, dry food and water. I made the very brave move of going to the local market this morning where some were acting like the Apocalypse was arriving at our doorstep any minute.
Then in the 2 minutes it took me to unload my groceries to my car, I kid you not, I witnessed TWO fender benders in the mayhem that ensued in the crazy loony toon zone parking lot. Seriously, it is scary but this is when people need to remain calm. All I kept thinking was get me home in one piece! There was not a water bottle to be had, forget a case, but I have 3 at home so think I am fine. How about you? Is this affecting you where you are?  Hoping this will have a lesser impact than what they are predicting and come Monday morning we will all go back to normal! But if for some reason you don’t hear from me on Monday or Tuesday it will be because of lost power ….. and you know just who to blame!

Quick side note..did anyone recieve their 10 lb arm weights Restoration Hardware new catalog entitled “Fall 2011 source book”, it is GINORMOUS, my poor mailbox could barely hold it!

I am back with another fabulous round of posts to ponder. Figured its a perfect weekend to spend inside and catch up on some fantastic posts you may have missed! Think of this as a mini awards show handing out blog awards to different bloggers for exceptionally beautiful and well done posts that touched, awed or wowed me in some way. Of course there are many many more, that I have saved in my little treasure trove of keepers but those will come out in the next round. These are all winners and I think you will be very happy to take a little break and go through each and every one.

Truth is, on any given day there are so many fabulous posts to bookmark that are worth saving so this is a drop in the bucket of all the goodness. If there is a particular post you have seen that you felt this way about and want to share, let me know about it in the comments section! Always fun to discover something, new, beautiful, informative and inspirational. I am headed to the house (where else) for a few appts. and then coming back to “batten down the hatches”. Wishing you a wonderful day and now those posts I am talking about…….stay safe to anyone in Irene’s path!


CASTLES CROWNS AND COTTAGES  Such a beautiful and inspiring, moving post (turn speakers on for full effect)

http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/2011/08/breakfast-at-tiffanys.html
__________________________________________________
MEADOWBROOK FARM A truly beautiful wedding on the farm that you must see!

http://themeadowbrookblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/big-day.html?
________________________________________________________
STONE GABLE A setting fit for a queen

________________________________________________________
THE LETTERED COTTAGE A story I promise you won’t regret checking out
PLEASE visit this and PLEASE watch the video. I PROMISE you that you will be glad you did (get a tissue)
_______________________________________________________
HOME BUNCH Gorgeous beach house!
http://www.homebunch.com/page/9/ (you must click on pg.9 at bottom of page)
_______________________________________________________
THE FRENCH TANGERINE How does your garden grow?
______________________________________________________
BELCLAIRE HOUSE A peek inside the ultimate beach house from “Its Complicated”
__________________________________________________________
ECLECTIC REVISITED Elegant spaces to stay cool in!
__________________________________________________
PARTY RESOURCES This is to me one of the most amazing wedding videos I have ever seen, think you will agree!
________________________________________________________
SPLENDID SASS Dream house in Ponte Vedre….love this house!
___________________________________________________
UNDER SPANISH MOSS Beautiful inspiration
_____________________________________________
HOME STORIES A 2 Z Find out how to make an office out of a closet!
__________________________________________________
THE RICH LIFE (ON A BUDGET) over 20? Then you will love this……
____________________________________________________
VELVET AND LINEN...explore the Paris flea  market with Brooke
____________________________________
KATIE DID What a fun way to spend time with your girlfriends!
______________________________________________________
SPLENDEROSA pure beauty for your eyes to behold
_________________________________________________________
VIGNETTE DESIGNS Gorgeous tablescapes….
_________________________________________________________
CLASSIC CASUAL HOME Talk about a brilliant do it yourselfer!
______________________________________________________
COTE DE TEXAS Love Joni’s new living room redo!
_________________________________________________________
RENEE FINBERG If this won’t melt your heart, don’t know what will!
________________________________________________________
LA POUYETTE  Like monograms and linen? You have to see this!
____________________________________________________
THE ENCHANTED HOME Because I wish I was in the Hamptons right now! (had to include this)
Would love for you to let me know which you loved after you have visited some or all! Wishing you well, enjoy your weekend and most important stay safe to all those in Irene’s path!
Photobucket

Pretty posts to ponder, part II AND Irene is coming!

Hi there and happy Friday! First want to say to anyone who is in the path of that meanie, Irene…be safe and hope you will take the precautions that the our local authorities and the government are advising. I am not one to ever get too worked up over things like this, however this time I am taking it a bit more seriously and erring on the side of caution. Just to be sure, I am stocked up on my candles, batteries, flashlights, dry food and water. I made the very brave move of going to the local market this morning where some were acting like the Apocalypse was arriving at our doorstep any minute.
Then in the 2 minutes it took me to unload my groceries to my car, I kid you not, I witnessed TWO fender benders in the mayhem that ensued in the crazy loony toon zone parking lot. Seriously, it is scary but this is when people need to remain calm. All I kept thinking was get me home in one piece! There was not a water bottle to be had, forget a case, but I have 3 at home so think I am fine. How about you? Is this affecting you where you are? ?Hoping this will have a lesser impact than what they are predicting and come Monday morning we will all go back to normal! But if for some reason you don’t hear from me on Monday or Tuesday it will be because of lost power ….. and you know just who to blame!

Quick side note..did anyone recieve their 10 lb arm weights?Restoration Hardware new catalog entitled “Fall 2011 source book”, it is GINORMOUS, my poor mailbox could barely hold it!

I am back with another fabulous round of posts to ponder. Figured its a perfect weekend to spend inside and catch up on some fantastic posts you may have missed! Think of this as a mini awards show handing out blog awards to different bloggers for exceptionally beautiful and well done posts that touched, awed or wowed me in some way. Of course there are many many more, that I have saved in my little treasure trove of keepers but those will come out in the next round. These are all winners and I think you will be very happy to take a little break and go through each and every one.

Truth is, on any given day there are so many fabulous posts to bookmark that are worth saving so this is a drop in the bucket of all the goodness. If there is a particular post you have seen that you felt this way about and want to share, let me know about it in the comments section! Always fun to discover something, new, beautiful, informative and inspirational. I am headed to the house (where else) for a few appts. and then coming back to “batten down the hatches”. Wishing you a wonderful day and now those posts I am talking about…….stay safe to anyone in Irene’s path!






CASTLES CROWNS AND COTTAGES ?Such a beautiful and inspiring, moving post (turn speakers on for full effect)

http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/2011/08/breakfast-at-tiffanys.html

__________________________________________________


MEADOWBROOK FARM A truly beautiful wedding on the farm that you must see!

http://themeadowbrookblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/big-day.html?

________________________________________________________


STONE GABLE A setting fit for a queen

________________________________________________________
THE LETTERED COTTAGE A story I promise you won’t regret checking out
PLEASE visit this and PLEASE watch the video. I PROMISE you that you will be glad you did (get a tissue)
_______________________________________________________
HOME BUNCH Gorgeous beach house!
http://www.homebunch.com/page/9/?(you must click on pg.9 at bottom of page)
_______________________________________________________
THE FRENCH TANGERINE How does your garden grow?
______________________________________________________
BELCLAIRE HOUSE A peek inside the ultimate beach house from “Its Complicated”
__________________________________________________________
ECLECTIC REVISITED Elegant spaces to stay cool in!
__________________________________________________
PARTY RESOURCES This is to me one of the most amazing wedding videos I have ever seen, think you will agree!
________________________________________________________
SPLENDID SASS Dream house in Ponte Vedre….love this house!
___________________________________________________
UNDER SPANISH MOSS Beautiful inspiration
_____________________________________________
HOME STORIES A 2 Z Find out how to make an office out of a closet!
__________________________________________________
THE RICH LIFE (ON A BUDGET) over 20? Then you will love this……
____________________________________________________
VELVET AND LINEN...explore the Paris flea ?market with?Brooke
____________________________________
KATIE DID What a fun way to spend time with your girlfriends!
______________________________________________________
SPLENDEROSA pure beauty for your eyes to behold
_________________________________________________________
VIGNETTE DESIGNS Gorgeous tablescapes….
_________________________________________________________
CLASSIC CASUAL HOME Talk about a brilliant do it yourselfer!
______________________________________________________
COTE DE TEXAS Love Joni’s new living room redo!
_________________________________________________________
RENEE FINBERG If this won’t melt your heart, don’t know what will!
________________________________________________________
LA POUYETTE ?Like monograms and linen? You have to see this!
____________________________________________________
THE ENCHANTED HOME Because I wish I was in the Hamptons right now! (had to include this)
Would love for you to let me know which you loved after you have visited some or all! Wishing you well, enjoy your weekend and most important stay safe to all those in Irene’s path!
Photobucket

Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

OMG I prepared a wonderful post for you that I spent a lot of time on last night and the entire thing erased!!!!!!! I cannot believe it! Here we go again, blogger please do not be acting up again. Has that ever happened to you? SO frustrating!! Better publish this before it happens again!
Busy busy week for me. A few little mishaps at the house but I am not going to dwell and I am glad they all worked out, but there were a few hair raising moments, to be expected when building I suppose! This week the post is house heavy as nearly all my time these days is consumed with finishing it up. It is the first week that I have visited that I felt like it was “home” and not just a construction site with no end in site. When I am there, it feels like home and like I don’t want to leave and its really exciting to see it all finally come together.
I also attended a baby shower given by one of my best friends for her daughter who is so adorable and expecting her first baby. It was so lovely and the colors were bright pink and green aka Lilly Pulitzer. The setting was their beautiful boat club right on the water so the setting was so picture perfect despite the high humidity and overcast day. I start off with a few highlights then move on to the house and a few things I am loving this week.

How beautiful is this arrangement that greeted you and was used on the place card table!
The beautiful views…
Pretty centerpieces for tables….

The sweet cake, notice the sleeping baby!
You know I love gift wrapping! I couldnt’ resist getting this pair of adorable bears to add on top

HOUSE UPDATES OK lots going on this week, the buzz word is definitely the kitchen. Its really starting to look like a kitchen and the long awaited limestone hood got put in yesterday!! Very exciting to see the vision come alive. I am loving it and cannot stop staring….just love the kitchen. I am awaiting the rest of appliances (pay no attention to the funny looking temporary stove that we had to place there to get the CO)! Upstairs last coat of paint getting done, and all we are waiting for is the carpeting for some of the bedrooms and the shower doors, other than that we are nearly done upstairs..woo hoo! Finally the stone is coming in for the front door and surround and our main stair railing is coming in next week. So over the next few weeks BIG changes are on the horizon!! Enough talking, let me show you……
I would not do this color but this idea I think is a little more along the lines of what the house is calling for, thinking a dark bronze
Other 4 possibilities……

This one is a little ornate but this company does incredible work!
Marble decisions continue but think I am just about there!
The long awaited hood getting put in!
The brackets just got installed…..yippee!
Wall going to family room features a pair of cabinet hutches, there will a wire grill going on the doors

Loving my island, will like it more with the white marble instead of the plyboard……
Husbands top went in and sink and faucet, now we need to get his vanity stained and glazed
Love polished nickel…so elegant

Loving my black island…still a lot to do but you get the idea!
Refrigerator and freezer got installed and panels applied, now awaiting hardware samples

Breakfast room bay getting last coat of paint/glaze
Breakfast room looking into kitchen

Final “limed oak” finish in breakfast room
Peeking into kitchen from breakfast room
Choosing a fabric for powder room in kitchen powder room…..here are the choices!
Choice 1 is more greens, pale yellow, white and gray
Choice 2 is soft blues, grays and whites
Closer up…..
Marble top installed on guest room counter top
 
Sons #1 bathroom done except for cabinet hardware and shower door!
Love the clean fresh appeal
Don’t know why this came out so yellow, but tried two pretty colors, for my closet and sm. office

Ben Moores, silver mist…(a little more gray)
Farrow and Ball borrowed light (hard to tell but more blue than gray)
Stark sent over these loaner panels, one is pretty but totally wrong and the other while beautiful is way too gold

Close up of guest powder room floor, perhaps that Schumacher is best after all?
Here it is as a reminder…thoughts?
TOMATOES. Many in blogland have been talking about natures best, the seasons picks and all the goodness coming from the farm and fruit stands. Tomatoes reign supreme for me! Nothing in the world like a still warm, ripe, juicy tomato right off the vine! I have been using them a lot in all their variations. Have been using them in omelets, making tons of brushetta ( could live on the stuff), tried Emerils stuffed tomatoes (which were very good) and made a fresh tomato pizza, my kids love homemade pizza which I make every few weeks, so needless to say we have been eating lots of tomatoes! Definitely something I am really loving this week……

WILLIAMS SONOMA Had to send a gift to someone and after seeing a post my buddy, Desiree from Chic Coastal Living did on a few of their goodies, went to check them out. Not only did I find a great gift, but I also found so many other beautiful items. William Sonoma is looking better than ever!! I am so impressed with their entire line…here are some takeaway highlights for me…..
Love the pomegranate serving bowl, comes with matching bowls (This is what I bought her with matching bowls)

Gorgeous crewel place mats, perfect for fall entertaining

Always love navy and white, part of their mix and match program

Beautiful textiles…great colors!
Love a square place mat

Pretty wicker cloche

How great are these acrylic monogrammed glasses for outside!

Love this banquette for a breakfast or dining seating

Great reclaimed table
SOME QUALITY TIME OUTDOORS. Haven’t done this in months but last night I came home utterly wiped out and emotionally spent. I made myself a cocktail to unwind, took a few of my favorite design books out on the patio, sat down and RELAXED. I took a deep breath, enjoying the picture perfect weather (0 humidity and really nice breeze..thanks Irene) and felt all the pressure and stress literally melt away. It was wonderful and I sat there thinking, about why I haven’t done this much more often! So when my husband came home,he joined me and we sat there for about an hour talking, relaxing and enjoying the peace. I must say it was wonderful! That was definitely something I was loving this week,this picture is not us but it certainly gives you the vibe!
Well everyone that’s a wrap up for me! I would love to know as always if there is anything that you are loving this week…do tell! Also don’t forget about the awesome Peter Callahan giveaway that Kate from Party Resources and I are offering. Click here to get the details (you must leave a post on each of our blogs to be eligible) Have a wonderful day!

Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

OMG I prepared a wonderful post for you that I spent a lot of time on last night and the entire thing erased!!!!!!! I cannot believe it! Here we go again, blogger please do not be acting up again. Has that ever happened to you? SO frustrating!! Better publish this before it happens again!
Busy busy week for me. A few little mishaps at the house but I am not going to dwell and I am glad they all worked out, but there were a few hair raising moments, to be expected when building I suppose! This week the post is house heavy as nearly all my time these days is consumed with finishing it up. It is the first week that I have visited that I felt like it was “home” and not just a construction site with no end in site. When I am there, it feels like home and like I don’t want to leave and its really exciting to see it all finally come together.
I also attended a baby shower given by one of my best friends for her daughter who is so adorable and expecting her first baby. It was so lovely and the colors were bright pink and green aka Lilly Pulitzer. The setting was their beautiful boat club right on the water so the setting was so picture perfect despite the high humidity and overcast day. I start off with a few highlights then move on to the house and a few things I am loving this week.

How beautiful is this arrangement that greeted you and was used on the place card table!
The beautiful views…
Pretty centerpieces for tables….

The sweet cake, notice the sleeping baby!
You know I love gift wrapping! I couldnt’ resist getting this pair of adorable bears to add on top

HOUSE UPDATES OK lots going on this week, the buzz word is definitely the kitchen. Its really starting to look like a kitchen and the long awaited limestone hood got put in yesterday!! Very exciting to see the vision come alive. I am loving it and cannot stop staring….just love the kitchen. I am awaiting the rest of appliances (pay no attention to the funny looking temporary stove that we had to place there to get the CO)! Upstairs last coat of paint getting done, and all we are waiting for is the carpeting for some of the bedrooms and the shower doors, other than that we are nearly done upstairs..woo hoo! Finally the stone is coming in for the front door and surround and our main stair railing is coming in next week. So over the next few weeks BIG changes are on the horizon!! Enough talking, let me show you……
I would not do this color but this idea I think is a little more along the lines of what the house is calling for, thinking a dark bronze
Other 4 possibilities……

This one is a little ornate but this company does incredible work!
Marble decisions continue but think I am just about there!
The long awaited hood getting put in!
The brackets just got installed…..yippee!
Wall going to family room features a pair of cabinet hutches, there will a wire grill going on the doors

Loving my island, will like it more with the white marble instead of the plyboard……
Husbands top went in and sink and faucet, now we need to get his vanity stained and glazed
Love polished nickel…so elegant

Loving my black island…still a lot to do but you get the idea!
Refrigerator and freezer got installed and panels applied, now awaiting hardware samples

Breakfast room bay getting last coat of paint/glaze
Breakfast room looking into kitchen

Final “limed oak” finish in breakfast room
Peeking into kitchen from breakfast room
Choosing a fabric for powder room in kitchen powder room…..here are the choices!
Choice 1 is more greens, pale yellow, white and gray
Choice 2 is soft blues, grays and whites
Closer up…..
Marble top installed on guest room counter top
?
Sons #1 bathroom done except for cabinet hardware and shower door!
Love the clean fresh appeal
Don’t know why this came out so yellow, but tried two pretty colors, for my closet and sm. office

Ben Moores, silver mist…(a little more gray)
Farrow and Ball borrowed light (hard to tell but more blue than gray)
Stark sent over these loaner panels, one is pretty but totally wrong and the other while beautiful is way too gold

Close up of guest powder room floor, perhaps that Schumacher is best after all?
Here it is as a reminder…thoughts?
TOMATOES. Many in blogland have been talking about natures best, the seasons picks and all the goodness coming from the farm and fruit stands. Tomatoes reign supreme for me! Nothing in the world like a still warm, ripe, juicy tomato right off the vine! I have been using them a lot in all their variations. Have been using them in omelets, making tons of brushetta ( could live on the stuff), tried Emerils stuffed tomatoes (which were very good) and made a fresh tomato pizza, my kids love homemade pizza which I make every few weeks, so needless to say we have been eating lots of tomatoes! Definitely something I am really loving this week……

WILLIAMS SONOMA Had to send a gift to someone and after seeing a post my buddy, Desiree from Chic Coastal Living did on a few of their goodies, went to check them out. Not only did I find a great gift, but I also found so many other beautiful items. William Sonoma is looking better than ever!! I am so impressed with their entire line…here are some takeaway highlights for me…..
Love the pomegranate serving bowl, comes with matching bowls (This is what I bought her with matching bowls)

Gorgeous crewel place mats, perfect for fall entertaining

Always love navy and white, part of their mix and match program

Beautiful textiles…great colors!
Love a square place mat

Pretty wicker cloche

How great are these acrylic monogrammed glasses for outside!

Love this banquette for a breakfast or dining seating

Great reclaimed table
SOME QUALITY TIME OUTDOORS. Haven’t done this in months but last night I came home utterly wiped out and emotionally spent. I made myself a cocktail to unwind, took a few of my favorite design books out on the patio, sat down and RELAXED. I took a deep breath, enjoying the picture perfect weather (0 humidity and really nice breeze..thanks Irene) and felt all the pressure and stress literally melt away. It was wonderful and I sat there thinking, about why I haven’t done this much more often! So when my husband came home,he joined me and we sat there for about an hour talking, relaxing and enjoying the peace. I must say it was wonderful! That was definitely something?I was loving this week,this picture is not us but it certainly gives you the vibe!
Well everyone that’s a wrap up for me! I would love to know as always if there is anything that you are loving this week…do tell! Also don’t forget about the awesome Peter Callahan giveaway that Kate from Party Resources and I are offering. Click here to get the details (you must leave a post on each of our blogs to be eligible) Have a wonderful day!

I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy! 
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows  and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

Photobucket

I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy!?
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows ?and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

Photobucket

Behind the blogger…meet Kristy and Beth from Design Chic!

Good morning, so happy to present Beth and Kristy of Design Chic for another Behind the Blogger. Their beautiful blog is a guaranteed treat for some serious eye candy and is a daily habit of mine. This mother daughter duo started a design blog about two years ago and their exquisite taste shines through in each and every post. I love what they post about, everything from shutters, front door entrances, magnificent gardens, luxurious libraries, they put their chic spin on things and its always worth a look. This mother daughter duos’ effortless and graceful style always brings the most beautiful images with lots of specific details on any given subject related to design. I have gotten incredible ideas and inspiration from their blog. As if that is not enough they are both incredibly kind and gracious. I truly enjoy their blog and  if you don’t know it already, recommend that you  stop by and say hello. I promise you too, will want to make it a daily habit. 
Click on the header to visit Design Chic and thank you again Beth and Kristy for participating!

So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place? 
Kristy: I was quitting my full-time job to start freelance writing and, while writing for some other people’s blogs, became interested in starting my own. I threw the idea out to Mom, and she suggested we do a design blog as a compilation of all the things we love. She finds all the pictures, which is really the hard part, as you all know, and I do the writing.
Beth: I was already spending a lot of time looking for design inspiration for projects and it seemed like a good way to justify a guilty pleasure.
How did you come up with your blog name?
It started as Design Chic Mais Pas Cher, as our original concept was to feature gorgeous design on a budget. But, lets face it, sometimes great design is all about the splurge! The Mais Pas Cher was dropped fairly early on, and Design Chic was what was left.
Do you have a favorite all time movie?
We both love the Steve Martin version of Father of the Bride and have seen it probably a dozen times. It’s such a feel-good movie, and it never gets old.

You get to spend a month in the European countryside…..is it Italy or France? 
Italy! It’s hard to see Under the Tuscan Sun and not be a little envious.
Favorite meal? We live three hours apart from each other in North Carolina, but we both agreed the majority of our favorite meals have been eaten at Chef and the Farmer, the most incredibly amazing restaurant in Kinston, which is where I (Kristy) live. It’s southern cuisine with a gourmet twist and the combinations the chef creates are simply brilliant. We are both fairly picky eaters, and she has gotten us to eat things we never could have imagined–and absolutely love them!
Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.
We are a mother and only daughter. Mom and Dad have been happily married for 30 years, and I have been married to my wonderful husband Will for three and a half years and we are expecting Will IV, our first child and Mom and Dad’s first grandchild, in September! Mom has three sisters and some of our best family memories are of the week-long beach trip Mom’s parents take the whole family–aunts, uncles, cousins, etc–on every year. 
If you could have any career what would it be? 
Kristy: Writing is my first love, and while I enjoy journalism very much and went to school for it, since I’ve been freelancing I’ve written a couple of novels and have been shocked by even how much more I have enjoyed that, so I guess, at this point, becoming an author is what I daydream about. Now to find an agent, publisher, etc…
Beth: I want to be Greg House on House. I have always been interested in medicine and puzzles and would love to help people but have a bit of a germ problem. 
Favorite design style? Traditional with a twist. Every room needs a touch of whimsy to liven it up!
If you could only live in one color what would it be? If you’ve ever seen our blog, it’s pretty clear that it’s white! Whether it’s houses or clothes neutrals are so versatile and always chic.
Favorite season and why? Beth: Spring. I love the flowers and mild weather. 
Kristy: Summer. I know it’s ridiculously hot, but I love spending weekends at the beach and the general air of vacation. Everything seems more relaxed!
Design icon?
Beth: Phoebe Howard. She could design for me any time sight unseen.
Kristy: Mary Macdonald. I love watching her on Million Dollar Decorators. She picks beautiful, timeless pieces but puts such a fun, whimsical spin on a room.
One place you haven’t been that you want to visit.
Beth: Bali.
Kristy: Egypt.
What’s your number one pet peeve? People who forget their manners! 
What are the two best things about blogging? The people we have gotten to “meet” and the constant design inspiration.
You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two? We have both been obsessed with Colin Cowie’s organizational prowess (not to mention design!) since reading Chic a few years ago. We would like to have dinner with him at his fabulous and fabulously organized home to pick up a few pointers. And we’d like to bring baby Will, mostly because there is no once else in the world we would rather meet right now, but also because it would be interesting to see a baby thrown into that orderliness! With his impeccable manners, we are sure Mr. Cowie would handle it magnificently. 
Do you have a favorite saying or quote? Roald Dahl: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” 
Most overrated trend right now? Starburst mirrors. And we both have them!!
Reading anything interesting that you want to share?
Kristy: I’m reading Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lit by Mary Kerr and The Birth Partner. They are all quite fantastic, but, if you aren’t pregnant, The Birth Partner could be a bit of a snooze! Beth: I’m reading Little Bee Chris Cleave. So far, it’s great!
You are 18 again. What do you do? Stay up all night and still look great the next day!
What are your plans for the summer? We just returned from the week-long family beach trip, so the rest of the summer is beach weekends, baby showers, 85th birthday bash for our mom/grandmother and generally getting ready for the baby.
In ten years I will be….
Kristy: Thin again!
Beth: Having camp BB (spelling TBD… We’d love to have some input: BB, BeeBee, BeaBea, BeBe…or any other suggestions.). That’s what my grandmother name is going to be.
If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go?
Beth: I’d have a gray shingled beach cottage somewhere on the sea. 
Kristy: I would want to split my time between NYC and NC. I can’t think of anything better than getting to have both the fast pace and the slow, a small living space and a large and crowded streets and wide-open spaces. 
Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this.……Making friends with bloggers with similar interests is crucial because it’s an instant support system. Other than that, it’s all about being patient. The first day we got 100 hits it was like winning the lottery. Ditto the day we first got 1,000. It’s so fun to watch your followers, email subscribers and hits grow!
Blogging to me is addicting  and  fascinating.

Thank you so much Beth and Kristy for participating! Here is a little recap on the things they love…..


I am sure you can see why I love Design Chic so much! How gracious are they? And you can just imagine all the love and adoration little Will is going to be surrounded by! Hope you enjoyed this and wishing you all a wonderful day and start to the week!

Photobucket

Behind the blogger…meet Kristy and Beth from Design Chic!

Good morning, so happy to present Beth and Kristy of Design Chic for another Behind the Blogger. Their beautiful blog is a guaranteed treat for some serious eye candy and is a daily habit of mine. This mother daughter duo started a design blog about two years ago and their exquisite taste shines through in each and every post. I love what they post about, everything from shutters, front door entrances, magnificent gardens, luxurious libraries, they put their chic spin on things and its always worth a look. This mother daughter duos’ effortless and graceful style always brings the most beautiful images with lots of specific details on any given subject related to design. I have gotten incredible ideas and inspiration from their blog. As if that is not enough they are both incredibly kind and gracious. I truly enjoy their blog and ?if you don’t know it already, recommend that you ?stop by and say hello. I promise you too, will want to make it a daily habit.?
Click on the header to visit Design Chic and thank you again Beth and Kristy for participating!


So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place??
Kristy: I was quitting my full-time job to start freelance writing and, while writing for some other people’s blogs, became interested in starting my own. I threw the idea out to Mom, and she suggested we do a design blog as a compilation of all the things we love. She finds all the pictures, which is really the hard part, as you all know, and I do the writing.
Beth: I was already spending a lot of time looking for design inspiration for projects and it seemed like a good way to justify a guilty pleasure.
How did you come up with your blog name?
It started as Design Chic Mais Pas Cher, as our original concept was to feature gorgeous design on a budget. But, lets face it, sometimes great design is all about the splurge! The Mais Pas Cher was dropped fairly early on, and Design Chic was what was left.
Do you have a favorite all time movie?
We both love the Steve Martin version of?Father of the Bride?and have seen it probably a dozen times. It’s such a feel-good movie, and it never gets old.

You get to spend a month in the European countryside…..is it Italy or France??
Italy! It’s hard to see Under the Tuscan Sun?and not be a little envious.
Favorite meal? We live three hours apart from each other in North Carolina, but we both agreed the majority of our favorite meals have been eaten at Chef and the Farmer, the most incredibly amazing restaurant in Kinston, which is where I (Kristy) live. It’s southern cuisine with a gourmet twist and the combinations the chef creates are simply brilliant. We are both fairly picky eaters, and she has gotten us to eat things we never could have imagined–and absolutely love them!
Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.
We are a mother and only daughter. Mom and Dad have been happily married for 30 years, and I have been married to my wonderful husband Will for three and a half years and we are expecting Will IV, our first child and Mom and Dad’s first grandchild, in September! Mom has three sisters and some of our best family memories are of the week-long beach trip Mom’s parents take the whole family–aunts, uncles, cousins, etc–on every year.?
If you could have any career what would it be??
Kristy: Writing is my first love, and while I enjoy journalism very much and went to school for it, since I’ve been freelancing I’ve written a couple of novels and have been shocked by even how much more I have enjoyed that, so I guess, at this point, becoming an author is what I daydream about. Now to find an agent, publisher, etc…
Beth: I want to be Greg House on House. I have always been interested in medicine and puzzles and would love to help people but have a bit of a germ problem.?
Favorite design style? Traditional with a twist. Every room needs a touch of whimsy to liven it up!
If you could only live in one color what would it be? If you’ve ever seen our blog, it’s pretty clear that it’s white! Whether it’s houses or clothes neutrals are so versatile and always chic.
Favorite season and why? Beth: Spring. I love the flowers and mild weather.?
Kristy: Summer. I know it’s ridiculously hot, but I love spending weekends at the beach and the general air of vacation. Everything seems more relaxed!
Design icon?
Beth: Phoebe Howard. She could design for me any time sight unseen.
Kristy: Mary Macdonald. I love watching her on Million Dollar Decorators. She picks beautiful, timeless pieces but puts such a fun, whimsical spin on a room.
One place you haven’t?been that you want to visit.
Beth: Bali.
Kristy: Egypt.
What’s your number one pet peeve? People who forget their manners!?
What are the two best things about blogging? The people we have gotten to “meet” and the constant design inspiration.
You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two? We have both been obsessed with Colin Cowie’s organizational prowess (not to mention design!) since reading Chic?a few years ago. We would like to have dinner with him at his fabulous and fabulously organized home to pick up a few pointers. And we’d like to bring baby Will, mostly because there is no once else in the world we would rather meet right now, but also because it would be interesting to see a baby thrown into that orderliness! With his impeccable manners, we are sure Mr. Cowie would handle it magnificently.?
Do you have a favorite saying or quote? Roald Dahl: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”?
Most overrated trend right now? Starburst mirrors. And we both have them!!
Reading anything interesting that you want to share?
Kristy: I’m reading Tender is the Night?by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lit?by Mary Kerr and The Birth Partner. They are all quite fantastic, but, if you aren’t pregnant, The Birth Partner could be a bit of a snooze! Beth: I’m reading Little Bee Chris Cleave.?So far, it’s great!
You are 18 again. What do you do? Stay up all night and still look great the next day!
What are your plans for the summer? We just returned from the week-long family beach trip, so the rest of the summer is beach weekends, baby showers, 85th birthday bash for our mom/grandmother and generally getting ready for the baby.
In ten years I will be….
Kristy: Thin again!
Beth: Having camp BB (spelling TBD… We’d love to have some input: BB, BeeBee, BeaBea, BeBe…or any other suggestions.). That’s what my grandmother name is going to be.
If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go?
Beth: I’d have a gray shingled beach cottage somewhere on the sea.?
Kristy: I would want to split my time between NYC and NC. I can’t think of anything better than getting to have both the fast pace and the slow, a small living space and a large and crowded streets and wide-open spaces.?
Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this.……Making friends with bloggers with similar interests is crucial because it’s an instant support system. Other than that, it’s all about being patient. The first day we got 100 hits it was like winning the lottery. Ditto the day we first got 1,000. It’s so fun to watch your followers, email subscribers and hits grow!
Blogging to me is?addicting??and ?fascinating.

Thank you so much Beth and Kristy for participating! Here is a little recap on the things they love…..




I am sure you can see why I love Design Chic so much! How gracious are they? And you can just imagine all the love and adoration little Will is going to be surrounded by! Hope you enjoyed this and wishing you all a wonderful day and start to the week!



Photobucket

Sunday Showhouse and you’re invited!!!

Good morning, hope everyone is doing great on this Sunday morning. Its been a fairly relaxing weekend so you won’t hear any complaints from me though I am sad that summers end is near. This is going to be the last Sunday I will be featuring Sunday showhouse, I am stopping it for a few reasons. One is time, I am finding that to put together this post in particular is taking more time than I sometimes have on the weekend (and don’t want to feature just any old house) and I also believe its important to change things up! Perhaps in the future I may start it up again but for now I am going to take a break from Sunday show house and brainstorm to come up with something new. 

With summers days winding down, which has me quite melancholy, I don’t have to tell you  its important to savor every last drop of summer. Slowly, the fruit and farm stands will start closing up shop, the summer crowds will thin out, the “beach traffic” will be no more and we will creep into falls splendor, crisp mornings, changing foliage,etc…..but for now, I want to enjoy summers last few weeks!   Being on or near the water is summer at its best. So today we visit three fabulous homes all on or near the waters edge. Starting in beautiful always sunny Punta Cana and ending up in idyllic Nantucket, I could happily call any of these three beautiful abodes home. Always love to know which is your favorite….


PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. This fabulous home decorated by Juan Montoya defines elegant island living at its finest. Consisting of 5 guest suites, almost all rooms offer a view of the magnificent ocean. The style is an updated version of an old world Spanish Colonial. The decor is tropical and refined. The views would be keep me outdoors all the time, and I could be chained to one of those chaises by the pool staring out to the ocean and not utter a peep! Step inside and see what you think…..

Look at the height and drama of this indoor/outdoor space….
So lush
That view framed against the dark wood of the window is quite dramatic!

Architecturally this home is spectacular….just look at those windows!

Hints of Moroccan themed decor are found throughout
This is my new screensaver…….fainting over how gorgeous this is!
What place for a pool party!!
This is where you would find me nearly all the time, this right here is perfection!


PALM BEACH, AUSTRALIA. This fabulous beach home was designed for a family that lives in Sydney during the week, which is approx. 1 hour away from coastal Palm Beach. Built in a protected environment conservation area, it has the double blessing of being in a protected area and being on a peninsula with lush greenness and golden sand, not typical for that region. The interiors were beautifully executed to reflect the families formal lifestyle but remain welcoming and warm as a weekend beach retreat. I love the end result, see what you think……

Beautiful and welcoming
Love the color palette, of the creams and blues
Great dining area
Family room off of the kitchen

All the outdoor spaces are so beautiful and charming
NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. Finally we arrive to this newly built fabulous Cape Cod style shingled home/compund. Elegantly appointed in coastal chic, the house is very light and airy, with lots of open space, love the seaside decor. An enterainters dream, it also boasts not one but two spearate adorable charming guest houses perfect for those big get togethers. Distant water views and a beautiful pool and tennis setting complete this incredible home, and  make this home a perfect summer getaway!
The compound with its main house, two guest houses, pool and tennis….wow!!

How adorable is this guest house?

Elegant entry…..
Love all the white and in the living room….
Cozy slipcovered chairs in the pretty dining room
A TV/family room

Breakfast room right off the kitchen

Master, love the with and seagrass with touches of blue…….
Love this sitting area/living room with coral accents
Another view of the master…….
Boasts its own movie theater!
Cozy sitting area/guest room
Elegant master bath
Another charming guest room with its own fireplace
Big open upstairs den/great hangout for the kids!
The living room of one of the guest houses……beautiful!
And yet the living room of the other guest house!
Cozy kitchen sitting area of guest house…love the chairs
Adorable charming guest room
Outside terrace, a perfect place for everyone to convene
You know I alwawys like to know what you think and which is your favorite! I could see spending a few weeks in each one, that would be perfect! Something to love in each. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Photobucket

Sunday Showhouse and you’re invited!!!

Good morning, hope everyone is doing great on this Sunday morning. Its been a fairly relaxing weekend so you won’t hear any complaints from me though I am sad that summers end is near. This is going to be the last Sunday I will be featuring Sunday showhouse, I am stopping it for a few reasons. One is time, I am finding that to put together this post in particular is taking more time than I sometimes have on the weekend (and don’t want to feature just any old house) and I also believe its important to change things up! Perhaps?in the future I may start it up again but for now I am going to take a break from Sunday show house and brainstorm to come up with something new.?



With summers days winding down, which has me quite melancholy, I don’t have to tell you ?its important to savor every last drop of summer. Slowly, the fruit and farm stands will start closing up shop, the summer crowds will thin out, the “beach traffic” will be no more and we will creep into falls splendor, crisp mornings, changing foliage,etc…..but for now, I want to enjoy summers last few weeks! ? Being on or near the water is summer at its best. So today we visit three fabulous homes all on or near the waters edge. Starting in beautiful always sunny Punta Cana and ending up in idyllic Nantucket, I could happily call any of these three beautiful abodes home. Always love to know which is your favorite….





PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. This fabulous home decorated by Juan Montoya defines elegant island living at its finest. Consisting of 5 guest suites, almost all rooms offer a view of the magnificent ocean. The style is an updated version of an old world Spanish Colonial. The decor is tropical and refined. The views would be keep me outdoors all the time, and I could be chained to one of those chaises by the pool staring out to the ocean and not utter a peep! Step inside and see what you think…..

Look at the height and drama of this indoor/outdoor space….
So lush
That view framed against the dark wood of the window is quite dramatic!

Architecturally this home is spectacular….just look at those windows!

Hints of Moroccan themed decor are found throughout
This is my new screensaver…….fainting over how gorgeous this is!
What place for a pool party!!
This is where you would find me nearly all the time, this right here is perfection!



PALM BEACH, AUSTRALIA. This fabulous beach home was designed for a family that lives in Sydney during the week, which is approx. 1 hour away from coastal Palm Beach. Built in a protected environment conservation area, it has the double blessing of being in a protected area and being on a peninsula with lush greenness and golden sand, not typical for that region. The interiors were beautifully executed to reflect the families formal lifestyle but remain welcoming and warm as a weekend beach retreat. I love the end result, see what you think……

Beautiful and welcoming
Love the color palette, of the creams and blues
Great dining area
Family room off of the kitchen

All the outdoor spaces are so beautiful and charming
NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS. Finally we arrive to this newly built fabulous Cape Cod style shingled home/compund. Elegantly appointed in coastal chic, the house is very light and airy, with lots of open space, love the seaside decor. An enterainters dream, it also boasts not one but two spearate adorable charming guest houses perfect for those big get togethers. Distant water views and a beautiful pool and tennis setting complete this incredible home, and ?make this home a perfect summer getaway!
The compound with its main house, two guest houses, pool and tennis….wow!!

How adorable is this guest house?

Elegant entry…..
Love all the white and in the living room….
Cozy slipcovered chairs in the pretty dining room
A TV/family room

Breakfast room right off the kitchen

Master, love the with and seagrass with touches of blue…….
Love this sitting area/living room with coral accents
Another view of the master…….
Boasts its own movie theater!
Cozy sitting area/guest room
Elegant master bath
Another charming guest room with its own fireplace
Big open upstairs den/great hangout for the kids!
The living room of one of the guest houses……beautiful!
And yet the living room of the other guest house!
Cozy kitchen sitting area of guest house…love the chairs
Adorable charming guest room
Outside terrace, a perfect place for everyone to convene
You know I alwawys like to know what you think and which is your favorite! I could see spending a few weeks in each one, that would be perfect! Something to love in each. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Photobucket