Sunday showhouse…..and you’re invited!! Plus house updates

Happy Sunday! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in Japan, still surreal what is going on there while things are so normal and routine here. May God light the way of the very dark road they have ahead of them……

?A few house ?picture/updates….got the latest batch of limestone and am thrilled with how its coming along….still in the rough stages but thought I would share anyway as it is quite exciting to see the house inch forward to completion! Also got part I of III of the main staircase…so far they have installed the basement to 1st floor part and it came out amazing…pictures first then onto my Sunday post.

1st batch of marble to arrive for son #1’s bathroom
Stairs from basement to first floor
Part of “stair tower”
Limestone work beginning on the rear of the house
Another shot
I love Indiana Limestone…..
This is one of my favorite parts so far!?
Love the cartouche…..
The limestone arches are hard to see with the plastic but they came out even better than we could have imagined!
Another view
Other side of the house (walk out basement side)
Living room sheetrock starts tomorrow
1st floor hallway/gallery
Future library
Dining room ready for sheetrock
***Also I have been asked to guest post on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Party Resources?tomorrow…please be sure to visit me there and check out Kate’s amazing blog, always full of entertaining eye candy! (www.partyresources.blogspot.com)***
Well we all know what Sunday is around here…a much coveted (at least for me) day of pure relaxation, a lazy day if I so choose and alas a day to do exactly as I please. Today’s showhouse Sunday features three incredible homes, any of which I would be delighted to call home! First we start off in Quogue, the low key charming village just outside of the fabled Hamptons, then jet over to Washington DC and last visit the lush countryside of the Santa Ynez valley in California….I would be happy as a clam to spend a getaway weekend in any of these lovely abodes! How about you…do you have a favorite?

?First stop is the glorious Hamptons, Quogue to be specific and to this stunning shingled 12,000 sq foot “cottage” designed by Penny Drue Baird. The gorgeous roof lines and subdued exterior are just the beginning, once inside, the spectacular interiors perfect the vision of the ultimate beach house. The main goal in decorating this house was to keep the large space warm, inviting and comfortable for entertaining…looks like they succeeded!

Then we are off to Washington DC where this fabulous Venice inspired villa got the European touches the owners desired, both in and out. Stephen Shadley did not disappoint in his flawless execution of blending the old with the new. The result is nothing less than fabulous…..
Then we hop on over to the lush valley of The Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, California….no you are not in Tuscany though this magnificent European influenced estate had Tuscany in mind when it was being designed. This spectacular oasis is on 56 acres and is an organic vineyard estate. This home was painstakingly executed down to the most minute detail to recreate a home/vineyard reminiscent of the Provencal countryside. As pretty as a painting…..
Well, that’s it for the Sunday showhouse…would love to know if you have a fave! I don’t know about you but those sweeping vistas of the vineyard above have me yearning to spend a month there, though each of these homes is spectacular. ?Hope whatever you do today, is exactly what you want to do! Happy Sunday….

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Sunday showhouse…..and you’re invited!! Plus house updates

Happy Sunday! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in Japan, still surreal what is going on there while things are so normal and routine here. May God light the way of the very dark road they have ahead of them……
 A few house  picture/updates….got the latest batch of limestone and am thrilled with how its coming along….still in the rough stages but thought I would share anyway as it is quite exciting to see the house inch forward to completion! Also got part I of III of the main staircase…so far they have installed the basement to 1st floor part and it came out amazing…pictures first then onto my Sunday post.

1st batch of marble to arrive for son #1’s bathroom
Stairs from basement to first floor
Part of “stair tower”
Limestone work beginning on the rear of the house
Another shot
I love Indiana Limestone…..
This is one of my favorite parts so far! 
Love the cartouche…..
The limestone arches are hard to see with the plastic but they came out even better than we could have imagined!
Another view
Other side of the house (walk out basement side)
Living room sheetrock starts tomorrow
1st floor hallway/gallery
Future library
Dining room ready for sheetrock
***Also I have been asked to guest post on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Party Resources tomorrow…please be sure to visit me there and check out Kate’s amazing blog, always full of entertaining eye candy! (www.partyresources.blogspot.com)***
Well we all know what Sunday is around here…a much coveted (at least for me) day of pure relaxation, a lazy day if I so choose and alas a day to do exactly as I please. Today’s showhouse Sunday features three incredible homes, any of which I would be delighted to call home! First we start off in Quogue, the low key charming village just outside of the fabled Hamptons, then jet over to Washington DC and last visit the lush countryside of the Santa Ynez valley in California….I would be happy as a clam to spend a getaway weekend in any of these lovely abodes! How about you…do you have a favorite?

 First stop is the glorious Hamptons, Quogue to be specific and to this stunning shingled 12,000 sq foot “cottage” designed by Penny Drue Baird. The gorgeous roof lines and subdued exterior are just the beginning, once inside, the spectacular interiors perfect the vision of the ultimate beach house. The main goal in decorating this house was to keep the large space warm, inviting and comfortable for entertaining…looks like they succeeded!

Then we are off to Washington DC where this fabulous Venice inspired villa got the European touches the owners desired, both in and out. Stephen Shadley did not disappoint in his flawless execution of blending the old with the new. The result is nothing less than fabulous…..
Then we hop on over to the lush valley of The Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, California….no you are not in Tuscany though this magnificent European influenced estate had Tuscany in mind when it was being designed. This spectacular oasis is on 56 acres and is an organic vineyard estate. This home was painstakingly executed down to the most minute detail to recreate a home/vineyard reminiscent of the Provencal countryside. As pretty as a painting…..
Well, that’s it for the Sunday showhouse…would love to know if you have a fave! I don’t know about you but those sweeping vistas of the vineyard above have me yearning to spend a month there, though each of these homes is spectacular.  Hope whatever you do today, is exactly what you want to do! Happy Sunday….

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Green with envy

Good morning! I first want to answer a question which many of you have asked about my house and if there was a previous home on the property. Yes, there was….a charming one at that, and one we had originally intended to keep, work around and renovate. However after six long long months at the drawing board it was not proving to be cost or design effective so down it went. The good news is that the property, was already very mature with a beautiful understated mature landscape so fingers crossed that when our home is finally done, it will look like its been there a while!

Green……..I absolutely love green, enjoy occasionally wearing green, have touches of green in my home, love cooking with green vegetables and basically try to “go green” when I can but must honestly admit there is room for improvement on that front:) That said, one area I love seeing green in, is the home…..I love green rooms, green furniture, greenery, green wallpaper, green paint…you get the picture! I personally lean towards a paler, grayer green but very much appreciate different shades of green when done well. ?So today I pay ?special tribute to all the glorious greens, of which there are so many shades, from the palest celadon to the darkest jade green almost black, each with its own character and style…… green can be used successfully in just about any decor from the most opulent traditional homes to modern and transitional to fabulous outdoor space. Green is here to stay and is a gorgeous accent color…..let me know what you think, if you too like green and you know I always love to know if you have a personal favorite!

A gorgeous room by Ken Tate. features soft pale green walls…notice the darker green paneling on top of the tall ceilings..it works beautifully!
A fabulous green dining room in a soft sage color makes for a beautiful and serene feel by Ken Tate
Molly Frey used this antiqued green piece to add a subtle punch of color to this sun washed dining?room and pick up the color from lamp shade and art work
Thornton Designs chose this stunning bright green chinoiserie to give a bright light to this dining room….I happen to love it
Alexa Hampton designed this cozy and intimate study/den in a pea green color and carried it all the way to the built in wood color and upholstery
Pretty green and gold wallpaper in a bathroom by Thornton Designs
Rinfret designs chose to glaze this tub surround and cabinetry in a silvery green, quite pretty!
Alexa Hampton went with green paint and green window treatments to make a strong green statement in this dining room
Opulent chinoiserie in a rich dark green creates a lot of drama in this very decadent room
Meg Braff chose a pretty green slipcover for this chaise lounge
Stunning painted green French chest, taken at the Maison and Objet show in Paris
Love velvet…these chairs and loveseat get upholstered in rich moss green velvet, Arch Digest
Diamond Baratta designs painted the paneling in this room a cheery mint green to add a punch to the red and green room….lively!
Stunning patio decked out in green, Veranda Magazine
A dark loden green is used in this very traditional room beautifully
Beautiful Mint green chinoisiere by Paul Montgomery
Tobi Fairley successfully chose kelly green accents to give this beautiful room some life
Diamond Baratta used a bright green for this cheery dining room

This pretty mint green painted bedroom wall gives a fresh welcoming feel by Thornton Designs

Alexandra Ray chose a pretty pale green paper to add subtle color to this pretty sunlit bathroom
This pretty room in all its green glory, by House and Home, chooses the sofa wall to display a collection of botanical prints…love how it warms up the space
Beautiful old world paneling gets painted green in this elegant French dining room
Pretty green and white grid print paper gets accented with a pretty shade of pink
Samantha Pynn chose this pretty geometric in crisp kelly green and white to give a traditionally feeling chair a fresh take
This beautiful green and white vanity done in treillage is gorgeous by Diamond Baratta
Kathyrn Boyd went bold with these bright green walls and tiger print rug..but it works!
This seafoam green dining room gets a punch of color with the coral red chairs, by Ashley Whitlaker
Suzanne Tucker designed this elegant soft hued green room with?touches of soft gold
This traditional room gets accented with lime green accents by Eileen Kathryn Boyle
Pretty gray green painted paneled walls gives this elegant space a warm glow
A darker green kitchen gets lightened up with a stripped oak table used as an island
Gray green dining room by Amelia Handegan
Gorgeous glazed and painted pale painted green kitchen
Plain and Fancy kitchen went with a pale milky mint green in this formal feeling kitchen, I like the contrast of the black range
Pretty soft and tranquil feel in this living room of pale greens and cream by Decor pad
Kim Coleman designed this elegant space using a pale pea green against taupe and cream
Sherill Canet went bold in this dramatic living room….its quirky but it works!
Very pale green kitchen cabinets with a hint of gray by Style De View
Thornton Designs blends beautiful soft shades of aqua greens with neutrals…
Soft silvery greens are used in this pretty setting
Beautiful front hall gets touches of green and blue in just the right places…love the ikat pillows and the pretty objects placed on the center table

Beautiful crisp greens add pops of color to this sunfilled sunroom with white couches

Phoebe Howard went all green in the upholstered furniture in this causal sitting area
The Wiseman group painted this beautiful dining room a pale milky pistachio green…..
Soft hued green and white toile bedroom
Always loved this bed with the elegant green and white fabric crown..so inviting but rich and elegant at the same time
Beautiful wood paneling gets painted green in this traditional dining room
This opulent and formal dining room lets the focus be the fabulous bright green chinoiserie and keep everything else in the room quite understated
A dramatic large scaled room done primarily in green is sunny, cheerful and elegant
Beautiful green glazed cabinets are traditional and old world looking…the limestone floors and pine wood piece are beautiful accents here by Rinfret
So that sums up the green collection for today, lots of “eye candy”. What do you think? Do you like green rooms or just green accents? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know!

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Green with envy

Good morning! I first want to answer a question which many of you have asked about my house and if there was a previous home on the property. Yes, there was….a charming one at that, and one we had originally intended to keep, work around and renovate. However after six long long months at the drawing board it was not proving to be cost or design effective so down it went. The good news is that the property, was already very mature with a beautiful understated mature landscape so fingers crossed that when our home is finally done, it will look like its been there a while!
Green……..I absolutely love green, enjoy occasionally wearing green, have touches of green in my home, love cooking with green vegetables and basically try to “go green” when I can but must honestly admit there is room for improvement on that front:) That said, one area I love seeing green in, is the home…..I love green rooms, green furniture, greenery, green wallpaper, green paint…you get the picture! I personally lean towards a paler, grayer green but very much appreciate different shades of green when done well.  So today I pay  special tribute to all the glorious greens, of which there are so many shades, from the palest celadon to the darkest jade green almost black, each with its own character and style…… green can be used successfully in just about any decor from the most opulent traditional homes to modern and transitional to fabulous outdoor space. Green is here to stay and is a gorgeous accent color…..let me know what you think, if you too like green and you know I always love to know if you have a personal favorite!

A gorgeous room by Ken Tate. features soft pale green walls…notice the darker green paneling on top of the tall ceilings..it works beautifully!
A fabulous green dining room in a soft sage color makes for a beautiful and serene feel by Ken Tate
Molly Frey used this antiqued green piece to add a subtle punch of color to this sun washed dining room and pick up the color from lamp shade and art work
Thornton Designs chose this stunning bright green chinoiserie to give a bright light to this dining room….I happen to love it
Alexa Hampton designed this cozy and intimate study/den in a pea green color and carried it all the way to the built in wood color and upholstery
Pretty green and gold wallpaper in a bathroom by Thornton Designs
Rinfret designs chose to glaze this tub surround and cabinetry in a silvery green, quite pretty!
Alexa Hampton went with green paint and green window treatments to make a strong green statement in this dining room
Opulent chinoiserie in a rich dark green creates a lot of drama in this very decadent room
Meg Braff chose a pretty green slipcover for this chaise lounge
Stunning painted green French chest, taken at the Maison and Objet show in Paris
Love velvet…these chairs and loveseat get upholstered in rich moss green velvet, Arch Digest
Diamond Baratta designs painted the paneling in this room a cheery mint green to add a punch to the red and green room….lively!
Stunning patio decked out in green, Veranda Magazine
A dark loden green is used in this very traditional room beautifully
Beautiful Mint green chinoisiere by Paul Montgomery
Tobi Fairley successfully chose kelly green accents to give this beautiful room some life
Diamond Baratta used a bright green for this cheery dining room

This pretty mint green painted bedroom wall gives a fresh welcoming feel by Thornton Designs

Alexandra Ray chose a pretty pale green paper to add subtle color to this pretty sunlit bathroom
This pretty room in all its green glory, by House and Home, chooses the sofa wall to display a collection of botanical prints…love how it warms up the space
Beautiful old world paneling gets painted green in this elegant French dining room
Pretty green and white grid print paper gets accented with a pretty shade of pink
Samantha Pynn chose this pretty geometric in crisp kelly green and white to give a traditionally feeling chair a fresh take
This beautiful green and white vanity done in treillage is gorgeous by Diamond Baratta
Kathyrn Boyd went bold with these bright green walls and tiger print rug..but it works!
This seafoam green dining room gets a punch of color with the coral red chairs, by Ashley Whitlaker
Suzanne Tucker designed this elegant soft hued green room with touches of soft gold
This traditional room gets accented with lime green accents by Eileen Kathryn Boyle
Pretty gray green painted paneled walls gives this elegant space a warm glow
A darker green kitchen gets lightened up with a stripped oak table used as an island
Gray green dining room by Amelia Handegan
Gorgeous glazed and painted pale painted green kitchen
Plain and Fancy kitchen went with a pale milky mint green in this formal feeling kitchen, I like the contrast of the black range
Pretty soft and tranquil feel in this living room of pale greens and cream by Decor pad
Kim Coleman designed this elegant space using a pale pea green against taupe and cream
Sherill Canet went bold in this dramatic living room….its quirky but it works!
Very pale green kitchen cabinets with a hint of gray by Style De View
Thornton Designs blends beautiful soft shades of aqua greens with neutrals…
Soft silvery greens are used in this pretty setting
Beautiful front hall gets touches of green and blue in just the right places…love the ikat pillows and the pretty objects placed on the center table

Beautiful crisp greens add pops of color to this sunfilled sunroom with white couches

Phoebe Howard went all green in the upholstered furniture in this causal sitting area
The Wiseman group painted this beautiful dining room a pale milky pistachio green…..
Soft hued green and white toile bedroom
Always loved this bed with the elegant green and white fabric crown..so inviting but rich and elegant at the same time
Beautiful wood paneling gets painted green in this traditional dining room
This opulent and formal dining room lets the focus be the fabulous bright green chinoiserie and keep everything else in the room quite understated
A dramatic large scaled room done primarily in green is sunny, cheerful and elegant
Beautiful green glazed cabinets are traditional and old world looking…the limestone floors and pine wood piece are beautiful accents here by Rinfret
So that sums up the green collection for today, lots of “eye candy”. What do you think? Do you like green rooms or just green accents? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know!

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