Which would you choose?

Good morning! This is a really fun  post. An award winning developer who is based in my neck of the woods, Kean Development is considered to be one of the finest builders around. His work takes him all over the United States, though most of his work is concentrated in NY and CT. He is considered to be a perfectionist and has a penchant for fine details as these pictures will show loud and clear.

A Kean home speaks for itself and are each truly a masterpiece. So today’s Which Would You Choose is imagine this…..you are moving tomorrow, to any locale you want.  Next step is of course, you have to choose one of these homes (included some interior shots). You know what comes next, you choose! Not easy as there is no wrong in this post, and I will be sure to go first……..happy looking!

CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6

Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? Not an easy decision. So many beautiful homes, such gorgeous details………curious to see which you will choose. If you want to see more of Keans work (its fun scroll through his exquisite gallery) click here. Thank you as always for stopping in, hope you are having a great week and speak to you tomorrow!

Which would you choose?

Good morning! This is a really fun? post. An award winning developer who is based in my neck of the woods, Kean Development is considered to be one of the finest builders around. His work takes him all over the United States, though most of his work is concentrated in NY and CT. He is considered to be a perfectionist and has a penchant for fine details as these pictures will show loud and clear.

A Kean home speaks for itself and are each truly a masterpiece. So today’s Which Would You Choose is imagine this…..you are moving tomorrow, to any locale you want.? Next step is of course, you have to choose one of these homes (included some interior shots). You know what comes next, you choose! Not easy as there is no wrong in this post, and I will be sure to go first……..happy looking!

CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6

Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? Not an easy decision. So many beautiful homes, such gorgeous details………curious to see which you will choose. If you want to see more of Keans work (its fun scroll through his exquisite gallery) click here. Thank you as always for stopping in, hope you are having a great week and speak to you tomorrow!

Hamptons Panache!

Hello! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was fun, relaxing, dinner with friends, stopped by to a party friends  (wish I had my camera again) had a BBQ last night and plenty of time for downtime around the house which I have to say I really enjoyed. Ahhhh….the beautiful Hamptons, have you been? I am incredibly lucky to live just a few hours away from the gorgeous and infamous Hamptons. Yes, the traffic is a nightmare, housing prices are hard to wrap your brain around,  there really is such a thing as $25.00 lobster rolls and $18.00 drinks but there are also many other incredible even dare I say wonderfully old fashioned things about the Hamptons that makes it well….the one and only.  
The pristine beaches, miles of white sand, charming family owned farms, beautiful parks and preservation areas, world class restaurants, an art scene to rival any other, unparallelled shopping, serious people watching (if that’s your thing) and of course houses that would take the gold if there were an Olympic event for beautiful homes! Each town has its own distinct flavor and there truly is something to love about each and every one of them. 
For homes, I think Southampton and East Hampton are pretty hard to beat in my humble non expert opinion. From your gorgeous grand gabled weathered shingle homes to the majestic tall imposing brick Georgians…there are countless homes worth drooling over that dot both the tony estate sections and the glistening Atlantic coastline. And let me tell  you  they come with equally impressive prices tags:) But let’s put that little detail aside and talk about the beauty of these Hamptons homes. Today’s post is dedicated to the panache of the quintessential Hampton homes. Ready for some serious eye candy? I think you will enjoy, this was a lot of fun to put together as it is such a unique world class enclave that brings together the biggest names in business, entertainment, music, art, culture…..in a coastal residential setting. Here we go…..
Granted this post represents the tippy top of Hamptons real estate but if we are going to look, then let’s go all the way right……
This is what  I call one dreamy patio!! AD
Seriously perfect, do you not agree? Not a blade of grass out of place..love it!
Wow!! Love every single thing about this grand beauty!
Ready to move in?
Not a bad pool house, what do you think?

 Gorgeous master bedroom suite overlooking the sparkling water

 I think I would plant myself on a chaise all day long if this were my view!

 Gorgeous!

 Mighty impressive!  The “girl” on the tube is an actual sculpture,
here’s a closer view….only in the Hamptons!

Love the blue and white but of course:)
Gorgeous and sooo regal!
The beautiful covered porch belonging to Tory Burch stunningly farmed by climbing roses…love this!

Now this is a sunroom…love those chairs!!
 So tranquil, I bet you can hear the roar of the ocean from this perch…Robert Stern
 Such a beautiful and elegant home, East Hampton (Robert Stern)
I love the classic Hamptons shingled home with white trim…so timeless!
 Wow…talk about first impressions! Robert Stern

 Guess who rented this humble abode for the summer? Jay Z and Beyonce

Gorgeous Gin Lane beauty, Southampton
I swear there is something about the air and sky in the Hamptons, its magical!
 Classic ivy covered estate home in Southampton…lovely!
 Every time you watched Seinfeld you helped Jerry save up his pennies for this humble Hamptons abode 🙂
Isn’t this a beauty?  Surrounded by all the farm land that still exists (very expensive farm land)

 Where the pool houses are equally beautiful in the most idyllic settings…..

How gorgeous is this Southampton pool house! 
 You can be sure that all of these coastal beauties are complete with a beautiful pool, tennis court and in some cases other amazing amenities!
 This is  classic  beauty, love the crisp white against the weathered natural shingles….so classically Hampton’s!
A Hampton classic, love this!

 Farrell Builders is one of the top builders out east…and builds classics like this one that will stand the test of time

With equally beautiful interiors that are open and airy, perfect for the Hamptons lifestyle
 Even the more modern homes are incredibly well done..this one is a striking beauty! AD
Love this…..what a wonderful spot to take in the Atlantic!
 Jenny from the block has come a long way..here is her mega millions Hamptons home! (Jennifer Lopez)

 This impressive Southampton beauty is a picture of elegance

 With a heavenly backyard to boot!

 And one heck of a stunning living room…….now this is what I call a beach house!

 Think you could manage to live in this cozy abode? Wow….looks more like a school!
 Another classic found in the estate section of Southampton
 My kids have dubbed this the “perfect house” in East Hampton, where every flower and blade of grass is standing straight with military precision!
Christy Brinkley’s beautiful shingle home
See anything you think you could rough it in? I would take any of the above!! Inside and out, these homes are amazingly beautiful and combined with the weather, the ocean air, the proximity to the beaches and the most charming towns makes these almost priceless. Hope you enjoyed little tour of the ultra uber swanky Hamptons homes……its fun to dream and best part is, it’s free!! Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful Monday and great start to your week……

Hamptons Panache!

Hello! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was fun, relaxing, dinner with friends, stopped by to a party friends? (wish I had my camera again) had a BBQ last night and plenty of time for downtime around the house which I have to say I really enjoyed. Ahhhh….the beautiful Hamptons, have you been? I am incredibly lucky to live just a few hours away from the gorgeous and infamous Hamptons. Yes, the traffic is a nightmare, housing prices are hard to wrap your brain around,? there really is such a thing as $25.00 lobster rolls and $18.00 drinks but there are also many other incredible even dare I say wonderfully old fashioned things about the Hamptons that makes it well….the one and only.??
The pristine beaches, miles of white sand, charming family owned farms, beautiful parks and preservation areas, world class restaurants, an art scene to rival any other, unparallelled shopping, serious people watching (if that’s your thing) and of course houses that would take the gold if there were an Olympic event for beautiful homes! Each town has its own distinct flavor and there truly is something to love about each and every one of them.?
For homes, I think Southampton and East Hampton are pretty hard to beat in my humble non expert opinion. From your gorgeous grand gabled weathered shingle homes to the majestic tall imposing brick Georgians…there are countless homes worth drooling over that dot both the tony estate sections and the glistening Atlantic coastline. And let me tell? you? they come with equally impressive prices tags:) But let’s put that little detail aside and talk about the beauty of these Hamptons homes. Today’s post is dedicated to the panache of the quintessential Hampton homes. Ready for some serious eye candy? I think you will enjoy, this was a lot of fun to put together as it is such a unique world class enclave that brings together the biggest names in business, entertainment, music, art, culture…..in a coastal residential setting. Here we go…..
Granted this post represents the tippy top of Hamptons real estate but if we are going to look, then let’s go all the way right……
This is what? I call one dreamy patio!! AD
Seriously perfect, do you not agree? Not a blade of grass out of place..love it!
Wow!! Love every single thing about this grand beauty!
Ready to move in?
Not a bad pool house, what do you think?

?Gorgeous master bedroom suite overlooking the sparkling water

?I think I would plant myself on a chaise all day long if this were my view!

?Gorgeous!

?Mighty impressive!? The “girl” on the tube is an actual sculpture,
here’s a closer view….only in the Hamptons!

Love the blue and white but of course:)
Gorgeous and sooo regal!
The beautiful covered porch belonging to Tory Burch stunningly farmed by climbing roses…love this!

Now this is a sunroom…love those chairs!!
?So tranquil, I bet you can hear the roar of the ocean from this perch…Robert Stern
?Such a beautiful and elegant home, East Hampton (Robert Stern)
I love the classic Hamptons shingled home with white trim…so timeless!
?Wow…talk about first impressions! Robert Stern

?Guess who rented this humble abode for the summer? Jay Z and Beyonce

Gorgeous Gin Lane beauty, Southampton
I swear there is something about the air and sky in the Hamptons, its magical!
?Classic ivy covered estate home in Southampton…lovely!
?Every time you watched Seinfeld you helped Jerry save up his pennies for this humble Hamptons abode 🙂
Isn’t this a beauty?? Surrounded by all the farm land that still exists (very expensive farm land)

?Where the pool houses are equally beautiful in the most idyllic settings…..

How gorgeous is this Southampton pool house!?
?You can be sure that all of these coastal beauties are complete with a beautiful pool, tennis court and in some cases other amazing amenities!
?This is? classic? beauty, love the crisp white against the weathered natural shingles….so classically Hampton’s!
A Hampton classic, love this!

?Farrell Builders is one of the top builders out east…and builds classics like this one that will stand the test of time

With equally beautiful interiors that are open and airy, perfect for the Hamptons lifestyle
?Even the more modern homes are incredibly well done..this one is a striking beauty! AD
Love this…..what a wonderful spot to take in the Atlantic!
?Jenny from the block has come a long way..here is her mega millions Hamptons home! (Jennifer Lopez)

?This impressive Southampton beauty is a picture of elegance

?With a heavenly backyard to boot!

?And one heck of a stunning living room…….now this is what I call a beach house!

?Think you could manage to live in this cozy abode? Wow….looks more like a school!
?Another classic found in the estate section of Southampton
?My kids have dubbed this the “perfect house” in East Hampton, where every flower and blade of grass is standing straight with military precision!
Christy Brinkley’s beautiful shingle home
See anything you think you could rough it in? I would take any of the above!! Inside and out, these homes are amazingly beautiful and combined with the weather, the ocean air, the proximity to the beaches and the most charming towns makes these almost priceless. Hope you enjoyed little tour of the ultra uber swanky Hamptons homes……its fun to dream and best part is, it’s free!! Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful Monday and great start to your week……

Which would you choose?

Hi there. Hope you are well. We have gotten so much rain around here…its getting old! Makes me just want to stay in and do nothing but we all know that is pure fantasy, busy day, in fact week ahead of me. Hope the sun comes out soon though, it definitely puts a little pep in my step. OK, you need to really put your thinking caps on for this one. This is a fun one, a really fun one. It is pure fantasy because honestly each of these homes is just a dream home on steroids. I know this is going to be a tough choice but just put on your imagination hats and go with me here……you have been told you have to relocate tomorrow. Imagine that!

 Just imagine this home is in your dream location wherever that might be, now you get to choose your new home! I have included many of the rooms and inside and outside shots so you can make an “educated decision” 🙂 I cannot wait to hear which you pick! Ready to feast your eyes on these scrumptious beauties? Here we go…….

CHOICE 1

 CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

Is your mind racing with the possibilities? So what appeals to you more, classic grandeur in a formal brick home, a home with an elegant Mediterranean/European vibe, a classic beach house, or a lakeside manor? Truly something to love in each and every one! I cannot wait to hear your pick. And if you want to throw in where your dream location would be, go ahead, it would be fun to hear! Happy picking and wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping in:)

P.S. Just in case you missed my post yesterday on the extraordinarily talented John Jacob, click here. It is truly a must see, as every room is just “drool worthy”.

P.P.S. Also I have extended the book giveaway to Thursday. So 2 days left to be  eligible for the gorgeous Betty Lou Phillips book giveaway. You must leave a comment on this post to be eligible. Good luck! A winner will be selected Thursday morning. Check back for the lucky winner:)

Which would you choose?

Hi there. Hope you are well. We have gotten so much rain around here…its getting old! Makes me just want to stay in and do nothing but we all know that is pure fantasy, busy day, in fact week ahead of me. Hope the sun comes out soon though, it definitely puts a little pep in my step. OK, you need to really put your thinking caps on for this one. This is a fun one, a really fun one. It is pure fantasy because honestly each of these homes is just a dream home on steroids. I know this is going to be a tough choice but just put on your imagination hats and go with me here……you have been told you have to relocate tomorrow. Imagine that!

?Just imagine this home is in your dream location wherever that might be, now you get to choose your new home! I have included many of the rooms and inside and outside shots so you can make an “educated decision” 🙂 I cannot wait to hear which you pick! Ready to feast your eyes on these scrumptious beauties? Here we go…….

CHOICE 1

?CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

Is your mind racing with the possibilities? So what appeals to you more, classic grandeur in a formal brick home, a home with an elegant Mediterranean/European vibe, a classic beach house, or a lakeside manor? Truly something to love in each and every one! I cannot wait to hear your pick. And if you want to throw in where your dream location would be, go ahead, it would be fun to hear! Happy picking and wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping in:)

P.S. Just in case you missed my post yesterday on the extraordinarily talented John Jacob, click here. It is truly a must see, as every room is just “drool worthy”.

P.P.S. Also I have extended the book giveaway to Thursday. So 2 days left to be? eligible for the gorgeous Betty Lou Phillips book giveaway. You must leave a comment on this post to be eligible. Good luck! A winner will be selected Thursday morning. Check back for the lucky winner:)

Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very relaxing, a lot of downtime which was  a nice treat.  And finally for the first time, I can say I actually tasted a tiny bit of spring this weekend….at last I think its arrived and I am hearing we might hit 70 degrees tomorrow!! So excited to be here today, featuring a dear blogging friend who is super stylish and someone I know many of us follow and adore. Please welcome the lovely………
 
Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips
 
 
Pretty Pink Tulips is like one stop shopping for all things beautiful. Whether she is introducing us to a new artist, a fabulous new line of stationary, updating us on something gorgeous she is doing to her home, offering up a beautiful party favor idea,  or giving us an inside peek into a wonderful event she has attended……it is guaranteed that whatever Elizabeth is talking about, it’s worth the listen! I love her wonderful, effortless, elegant style and so was so happy she is joining us here today.  I really enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous pictures of her home (some new things that most have  not yet seen) and hearing her words of wisdom, so get your pen and paper ready and let Elizabeth take the stage……
 
 
 

1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

 We have lived in this house for 6 years. Even though I love our home, I only see us staying here until our 2 boys are finished with high school. After that, I think I would enjoy downsizing and living somewhere in the South. I kind of feel like I am “caretaking” this house for the next family. Our neighborhood is ideal for young children, so once mine are gone, I think it will be time to leave. Of course, most of my plans have a way of changing….so you never know!
There is a lot I like about this house, but I think the lot is a little odd. It’s a rectangle and the house is situated with yard on the sides and not much in the back. I would love a larger back yard and a larger kitchen. I have “island” envy, since I don’t have one.
 
Luckily, we recently finished a renovation which enabled me to fix many of the things I did want to change. Such as, no covered entry into the house, a teeny tiny laundry room, no mudroom, a lack of a play space for my boys and their friends, peeling siding and a leaky roof!
Our new mudroom

2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

First, I think I would choose my bedroom because it feels cozy and I can see the tree tops. I find it very calming.  Second, the kitchen/family room as it is open space where I can cook, work at my desk, the kids can do their homework, we can watch t.v. It is literally in the center of the house and where I begin and end every day.
Master bedroom
Kitchen/Family room
The kitchen, family room is currently undergoing a transition to beach colors…sky, sand and ocean. Here’s a peek at the fabrics I’m using.

3. How would you describe your decorating style?

 I think my style has loosened up since I’ve lived in this house. (Perhaps because I’m raising young boys?!) I used to like things more formal. Now, I’m more interested in comfort and usability. Although, I still like things to look elegant and chic. So….”soothing and sophisticated”, might be a good description.  My color preferences are also shifting. Less beige and leanings toward gray and greige.

Landing and powder bath outside the new upstairs playroom

4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I find that I consistently like neutral colors for major pieces and then I can add color and texture with my accessories. For example, in the living room the accents are hot pink and chocolate brown. 
Living Room
 I recently wallpapered our center hall with a neutral but busy print.  I have a tapestry that we bought for the living room of our old home…but it just seemed to be the perfect large scale work of art for our narrow hallway. And, it pulls the colors from each of the rooms that feed into it.
My antelope stair runner is one of my favorite things in the house.

5. Favorite room of your house and why?

My favorite room is the one we call “the brown room” (because it’s painted a dark brown). It’s a great room for cocktails and conversation or just curling up with a magazine or watching t.v.

6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I think one of the most important things to consider is the “flow” of a home. Not only the physical flow, but the connection rooms have to one another. Tying the rooms together with paint colors or wallpapers that relate to one another is a great way to create a cohesive feeling. 

I also think “layering” is a way to add interest and personality to your home. Stack the books, top them with a candle or object with some texture or reflection. Make sure things are not at the same level….vary things. Some high, some low…and then leaving breathing room.

What you shouldn’t do is try or expect that you can decorate a house in a day, a week, a month or even a year. Sure, you can get the basics down, but it takes time to create a home….so enjoy the journey and let it continually evolve.




7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

I’ve had every size kitchen…large, small and in-between. You can cook a great meal in any size, but there are things that are “nice” to have. In my opinion, a farmhouse sink not only looks great, but just makes doing the dishes so much easier. I also have come to love a really great gas stove. Basically, you need a space with some light and enough counter space to spread out a little.

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

I think these are great opportunities to use a tray and corral things. Start with a stack of favorite coffee table books – the subjects will give your guests a peek at your interests. Then, layer in candles, objects and either something metal or glass. 
Coffee table in my living room – more formal
A bench in my family room…more rustic and informal
Coffee table in the family room


   
 9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?

I love lighting…but I think it pays to mix it up. Recessed lighting is fine if it’s on dimmers. Chandeliers can give heft to a space. Lamps allow you to bring in color and eye level lighting. And, then candles….lots and lots of candles. Everyone looks better in candlelight!

Dining room chandelier…set early in the day for a dinner party
Dining room chandelier..and candlelight (taken just before we sat down).
Some of my favorite new light fixtures are in my boys’ playroom. It still needs some work…so this is definitely “in process”. 


10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

My new favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173). We recently used this color in my kitchen/family room/mudroom/laundry room to create a cohesive feeling. It is a beige with a tinge of gray…so one of those “greiges”. It is calming, warm and yet gives a little depth.

11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?

I think some of the things that can make your home feel “homey” and inviting are things you’ve seen above. First….the welcome mat begins at the front door. Make sure your entry is inviting. Pots of flowers, freshly painted front door, update your actual welcome mat. Next, get rid of the clutter and make sure things are straightened up. Sounds simple, but just having things in their place is calming. Finally, fresh flowers and aromatic candles enlist the senses. What I’ve learned is that all the things that make your home enjoyable to others are the very things that make it enjoyable for YOU. So, whether you’re expecting guests are not….have your house “guest ready” and you will enjoy the benefits.


12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………..

OK…since this is a fantasy, I’m going to go for the very impractical dream idea of a swimming pool. I love the calming affect of water and would love nothing more than to sit by the pool relaxing and have a place for my boys to play. I love being outside when the weather is nice and perhaps winter has gotten the best of me. Umbrella  drinks, anyone?!

Tina, this has been so much fun. I hope you and your readers have enjoyed the tour of my home!! 

 
 
 

 
 
Told you she was fabulous! I loved learning what goes on in her head behind the process, and thought her advice and pointers were excellent and worth noting/ So agree Elizabeth, about the power of dimmers, gas stoves, candelight,  farmhouse sinks and how much of an impact a welcome mat, flowers and a pretty painted door can have! Love your brown room…so cozy and looove that antelope stair runner! Every one of those wonderful details in her home is so beautifully and thoughtfully done.
 
I love to brag a little about my various blogging friends that I feature and one area where Elizabeth shines, amongst many others is flowers and entertaining! And you know I too love my flowers…..take a look at some of the wonderful creations she has done over the years in her picture perfect yard, rest assured something beautiful is always blooming over there!
 

 
And she always has the best and most chic ideas for party favors,gifts and fun party ideas…..
 

 

 
So be sure to stop over at Pretty Pink Tulips to get your “pretty fix” by signing up, if you aren’t a follower already! Click here to visit.  Thank you so much Elizabeth for sharing your beautiful home with us and to everyone else for stopping in….wishing everyone a fabulous day!
 
 
 
Don’t forget only one more day to be eligible for the fabulous Safavieh shoe ottoman! If you missed it click here for details (you must comment on that post to be in the drawing) I will announce a winner tomorrow morning!! 
 





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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very relaxing, a lot of downtime which was? a nice treat.? And finally for the first time, I can say I actually tasted a tiny bit of spring this weekend….at last I think its arrived and I am hearing we might hit 70 degrees tomorrow!! So excited to be here today, featuring a dear blogging friend who is super stylish and someone I know many of us follow and adore. Please welcome the lovely………

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Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips

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Pretty Pink Tulips is like one stop shopping for all things beautiful. Whether she is introducing us to a new artist, a fabulous new line of stationary, updating us on something gorgeous she is doing to her home, offering up a beautiful party favor idea,? or giving us an inside peek into a wonderful event she has attended……it is guaranteed that whatever Elizabeth is talking about, it’s worth the listen! I love her wonderful, effortless, elegant style and so was so happy she is joining us here today.? I really enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous pictures of her home (some new things that most have? not yet seen) and hearing her words of wisdom, so get your pen and paper ready and let Elizabeth take the stage……

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1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

?We have lived in this house for 6 years. Even though I love our home, I only see us staying here until our 2 boys are finished with high school. After that, I think I would enjoy downsizing and living somewhere in the South. I kind of feel like I am “caretaking” this house for the next family. Our neighborhood is ideal for young children, so once mine are gone, I think it will be time to leave. Of course, most of my plans have a way of changing….so you never know!
There is a lot I like about this house, but I think the lot is a little odd. It’s a rectangle and the house is situated with yard on the sides and not much in the back. I would love a larger back yard and a larger kitchen. I have “island” envy, since I don’t have one.
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Luckily, we recently finished a renovation which enabled me to fix many of the things I did want to change. Such as, no covered entry into the house, a teeny tiny laundry room, no mudroom, a lack of a play space for my boys and their friends, peeling siding and a leaky roof!

Our new mudroom

2.?If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would?they be?

First, I think I would choose my bedroom because it feels cozy and I can see the tree tops. I find it very calming. ?Second, the kitchen/family room as it is open space where I can cook, work at my desk, the kids can do their homework, we can watch t.v. It is literally in the center of the house and where I begin and end every day.
Master bedroom
Kitchen/Family room
The kitchen, family room is currently undergoing a transition to beach colors…sky, sand and ocean. Here’s a peek at the fabrics I’m using.

3. How would you describe your decorating style?

?I think my style has loosened up since I’ve lived in this house. (Perhaps because I’m raising young boys?!) I used to like things more formal. Now, I’m more interested in comfort and usability. Although, I still like things to look elegant and chic. So….”soothing and sophisticated”, might be a good description. ?My color preferences are also shifting. Less beige and leanings toward gray and greige.

Landing and powder bath outside the new upstairs playroom


4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I find that I consistently like neutral colors for major pieces and then I can add color and texture with my accessories. For example, in the living room the accents are hot pink and chocolate brown.?
Living Room
?I recently wallpapered our center hall with a neutral but busy print. ?I have a tapestry that we bought for the living room of our old home…but it just seemed to be the perfect large scale work of art for our narrow hallway. And, it pulls the colors from each of the rooms that feed into it.
My antelope stair runner is one of my favorite things in the house.


5. Favorite room of your house and why?

My favorite?room is the one we call “the brown room” (because it’s painted a dark brown). It’s a great room for cocktails and conversation or just curling up with a magazine or watching t.v.


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I think one of the most important things to consider is the “flow” of a home. Not only the physical flow, but the connection rooms have to one another. Tying the rooms together with paint colors or wallpapers that relate to one another is a great way to create a cohesive feeling.?

I also think “layering” is a way to add interest and personality to your home. Stack the books, top them with a candle or object with some texture or reflection. Make sure things are not at the same level….vary things. Some high, some low…and then leaving breathing room.

What you shouldn’t do is try or expect that you can decorate a house in a day, a week, a month or even a year. Sure, you can get the basics down, but it takes time to create a home….so enjoy the journey and let it continually evolve.




7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

I’ve had every size kitchen…large, small and in-between. You can cook a great meal in any size, but there are things that are “nice” to have. In my opinion, a farmhouse sink not only looks great, but just makes doing the dishes so much easier. I also have come to love a really great gas stove. Basically, you need a space with some light and enough counter space to spread out a little.

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

I think these are great opportunities to use a tray and corral things. Start with a stack of favorite coffee table books – the subjects will give your guests a peek at your interests. Then, layer in candles, objects and either something metal or glass.?
Coffee table in my living room – more formal
A bench in my family room…more rustic and informal
Coffee table in the family room


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?9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?

I love lighting…but I think it pays to mix it up. Recessed lighting is fine if it’s on dimmers. Chandeliers can give heft to a space. Lamps allow you to bring in color and eye level lighting. And, then candles….lots and lots of candles. Everyone looks better in candlelight!

Dining room chandelier…set early in the day for a dinner party
Dining room chandelier..and candlelight (taken just before we sat down).
Some of my favorite new light fixtures are in my boys’ playroom. It still needs some work…so this is definitely “in process”.?


10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

My new favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173). We recently used this color in my kitchen/family room/mudroom/laundry room to create a cohesive feeling. It is a beige with a tinge of gray…so one of those “greiges”. It is calming, warm and yet gives a little depth.


11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it?feel “homey” and inviting?

I think some of the things that can make your home feel “homey” and inviting are things you’ve seen above. First….the welcome mat begins at the front door. Make sure your entry is inviting. Pots of flowers, freshly painted front door, update your actual welcome mat. Next, get rid of the clutter and make sure things are straightened up. Sounds simple, but just having things in their place is calming. Finally, fresh flowers and aromatic candles enlist the senses. What I’ve learned is that all the things that make your home enjoyable to others are the very things that make it enjoyable for YOU. So, whether you’re expecting guests are not….have your house “guest ready” and you will enjoy the benefits.


12.?Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing?I would buy for my home would be………..


OK…since this is a fantasy, I’m going to go for the very impractical dream idea of a swimming pool. I love the calming affect of water and would love nothing more than to sit by the pool relaxing and have a place for my boys to play. I love being outside when the weather is nice and perhaps winter has gotten the best of me. Umbrella ?drinks, anyone?!

Tina, this has been so much fun. I hope you and your readers have enjoyed the tour of my home!!?

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Told you she was fabulous! I loved learning what goes on in her head behind the process, and thought her advice and pointers were excellent and worth noting/ So agree Elizabeth, about the power of dimmers, gas stoves, candelight,? farmhouse sinks and how much of an impact a welcome mat, flowers and a pretty painted door can have! Love your brown room…so cozy and looove that antelope stair runner! Every one of those wonderful details in her home is so beautifully and thoughtfully done.

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I love to brag a little about my various blogging friends that I feature and one area where Elizabeth shines, amongst many others is flowers and entertaining! And you know I too love my flowers…..take a look at some of the wonderful creations she has done over the years in her picture perfect yard, rest assured something beautiful is always blooming over there!

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And she always has the best and most chic ideas for party favors,gifts and fun party ideas…..

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So be sure to stop over at Pretty Pink Tulips to get your “pretty fix” by signing up, if you aren’t a follower already! Click here to visit.? Thank you so much Elizabeth for sharing your beautiful home with us and to everyone else for stopping in….wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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Don’t forget only one more day to be eligible for the fabulous Safavieh shoe ottoman! If you missed it click here for details (you must comment on that post to be in the drawing) I will announce a winner tomorrow morning!!?

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Architect spotlight: Andrew Skurman Architects

Hi everyone! You are in for a mega treat today, so grab another cup of coffee, get those Pinterest fingers ready for some a serious workout and sit back and enjoy! When I discovered this architectural firm, Andrew Skurman Architects,? a few years ago I? was admittedly,? totally smitten. Their body of work is just amaizng with a capital A. So much so that we briefly thought of hiring them for our own house but decided to go with a NY based architect whose work we also were a huge fan of and just logistically having a local architect made sense on many levels.?

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Andrew Skurman Associates however is a pretty “rock my world'” kind of a firm and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who is not totally in love with their work. They specialize in all the classical architectural traditions of French, Georgian, Neoclassical, Mediterranean, and country homes. There work is widespread and has graced countless magazine covers and pages.? Andrew Skurman opened his namesake firm in 1992 and is based in San Francisco. They are full service, meaning they start a project from the ground up all the way to the finishing of the interiors.? So today, no narrative, I will allow the pictures to do all the talking…enjoy the show!! I know Pinterest is going to be a busy place today!?

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Now pick your jaw up off the floor and tell me what you think about this uber talented architect! Pretty mind blowing wouldn’t you say. I am amazed at how well versed they are in all disciplines, from the most formal French manor house to the lakeside Italian villa to a country clapboard home…..they are all done so well. I love the fact that you can see the details are their signature, and we all know its the details that “make it”. So tell me, have a favorite? Wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

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Also if you have not entered the Judith August giveaway (will announce a winner on Sat) by all means, don’t miss out!! Here are the details….

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?One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post where I first announced it, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site and here to leave the comment.


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Want a second chance….. leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!

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Architect spotlight: Andrew Skurman Architects

Hi everyone! You are in for a mega treat today, so grab another cup of coffee, get those Pinterest fingers ready for some a serious workout and sit back and enjoy! When I discovered this architectural firm, Andrew Skurman Architects,  a few years ago I  was admittedly,  totally smitten. Their body of work is just amaizng with a capital A. So much so that we briefly thought of hiring them for our own house but decided to go with a NY based architect whose work we also were a huge fan of and just logistically having a local architect made sense on many levels. 
 
Andrew Skurman Associates however is a pretty “rock my world'” kind of a firm and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who is not totally in love with their work. They specialize in all the classical architectural traditions of French, Georgian, Neoclassical, Mediterranean, and country homes. There work is widespread and has graced countless magazine covers and pages.  Andrew Skurman opened his namesake firm in 1992 and is based in San Francisco. They are full service, meaning they start a project from the ground up all the way to the finishing of the interiors.  So today, no narrative, I will allow the pictures to do all the talking…enjoy the show!! I know Pinterest is going to be a busy place today! 
 
 

 

 

 
Now pick your jaw up off the floor and tell me what you think about this uber talented architect! Pretty mind blowing wouldn’t you say. I am amazed at how well versed they are in all disciplines, from the most formal French manor house to the lakeside Italian villa to a country clapboard home…..they are all done so well. I love the fact that you can see the details are their signature, and we all know its the details that “make it”. So tell me, have a favorite? Wishing you a fabulous Thursday!
 
 
 
 
Also if you have not entered the Judith August giveaway (will announce a winner on Sat) by all means, don’t miss out!! Here are the details….
 
 
 One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post where I first announced it, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site and here to leave the comment.
 

Want a second chance….. leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!

The Killer Cover Kit was designed as a singular solution to covering the most difficult discolorations.

Killer Cover? Total Blockout Makeup
Designed to cover your largest and darkest age spots.

  • Based on theatrical make up, this special formula succeeds where traditional concealers fail.
  • Five-Color wheel allows You to Custom Blend & Match Your Skin Tone
  • Water proof & lasts all day until you decide to remove it
August Minerals? Finishing Powder: Translucent
All-natural mineral powder sets and finishes your camouflage makeup.

  • Natural SPF
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
Killer Cleanser?
The perfect makeup remover for all types of makeup especially camouflage makeup

  • Contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean
  • For All Skin Types 

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