Which would you choose? And a guest post!

Happy Monday to you! Notice a new banner? Told you this would be my new obsession, so don’t be surprised to see it change from time to time. These are all my own house so it has special meaning:)

I am sooo honored to be featured on one of my absolute most favorite blogs in all of blogland, I am being featured today at Splendid Sass. Lovely Teresa chose to feature me, my home and shop and I am so touched and thrilled. And let me tell you, its like a book…she did an unbelievable job posting pictures of the house that even I forgot about and was so happy to see! I mean we are talking about Teresa, who posts THE most beautiful images to be found in the entire blogosphere….always something totally jaw droppingly gorgeous to see over there! I am naturally tickled pink to “make the cut” and be featured! So do head over…promise you will be glad you did. Click here to visit!

?A new week, and summer is here….woo hoo! I feel like its going to go by so fast already, I am ready to christen the new season with a much anticipated lobster dinner, a beach day and a nice cool tropical mixed drink! Whenever summer rolls around, I cannot help but think about how much I want a beachhouse. It happens every year….sure enough.
But then again when I visit NYC, it makes me long for our old apt. and yet again when I go to a lake, naturally I am craving a charming laid back lake house. And lets not forget about my dreams of becoming a modern day farmgal complete with my own charming farmhouse, a big thriving garden and only the sound of crickets. So all this desire brings me to my post today. Lets just imagine you and your significant other, your family or just you! has decided to buy a second home….a vacation reprise. Where oh where would you go? The beach, a lake, a bustling city pied a terre, so many possibilities but you can only choose one! So think hard, and let me hear which would be your choice!! I cannot wait to hear!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?CHOICE 1 This charming and cozy beach house

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 2 This picturesque tranquil lake house right on the water

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 3 This fabulous and chic ?apartment high in the sky in your favorite city

? ? ? ? ? ?CHOICE 4 This idyllic farmhouse on a large plot of land with not a neighbor in site

CHOICE 5. Or who needs the maintenance? Give me a lifetime of airline tickets and my passport to be free to discover new places on a whim……..

I am so torn between each of them…..truly there is something to love and lust after with each lifestyle including the luxury and freedom of traveling whenever and to wherever you want but then again, those airport lines, the chaos, removing your shoes, no water bottles, on second thought an actual physical vacation house that’s all mine sounds really good afterall. But which to choose? I cannot wait to hear what you have to say! Wishing you a fabulous day.

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Which would you choose? And a guest post!

Happy Monday to you! Notice a new banner? Told you this would be my new obsession, so don’t be surprised to see it change from time to time. These are all my own house so it has special meaning:)

I am sooo honored to be featured on one of my absolute most favorite blogs in all of blogland, I am being featured today at Splendid Sass. Lovely Teresa chose to feature me, my home and shop and I am so touched and thrilled. And let me tell you, its like a book…she did an unbelievable job posting pictures of the house that even I forgot about and was so happy to see! I mean we are talking about Teresa, who posts THE most beautiful images to be found in the entire blogosphere….always something totally jaw droppingly gorgeous to see over there! I am naturally tickled pink to “make the cut” and be featured! So do head over…promise you will be glad you did. Click here to visit!

 A new week, and summer is here….woo hoo! I feel like its going to go by so fast already, I am ready to christen the new season with a much anticipated lobster dinner, a beach day and a nice cool tropical mixed drink! Whenever summer rolls around, I cannot help but think about how much I want a beachhouse. It happens every year….sure enough.
But then again when I visit NYC, it makes me long for our old apt. and yet again when I go to a lake, naturally I am craving a charming laid back lake house. And lets not forget about my dreams of becoming a modern day farmgal complete with my own charming farmhouse, a big thriving garden and only the sound of crickets. So all this desire brings me to my post today. Lets just imagine you and your significant other, your family or just you! has decided to buy a second home….a vacation reprise. Where oh where would you go? The beach, a lake, a bustling city pied a terre, so many possibilities but you can only choose one! So think hard, and let me hear which would be your choice!! I cannot wait to hear!

                                               CHOICE 1 This charming and cozy beach house

                            CHOICE 2 This picturesque tranquil lake house right on the water

                  CHOICE 3 This fabulous and chic  apartment high in the sky in your favorite city

           CHOICE 4 This idyllic farmhouse on a large plot of land with not a neighbor in site

CHOICE 5. Or who needs the maintenance? Give me a lifetime of airline tickets and my passport to be free to discover new places on a whim……..

I am so torn between each of them…..truly there is something to love and lust after with each lifestyle including the luxury and freedom of traveling whenever and to wherever you want but then again, those airport lines, the chaos, removing your shoes, no water bottles, on second thought an actual physical vacation house that’s all mine sounds really good afterall. But which to choose? I cannot wait to hear what you have to say! Wishing you a fabulous day.

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Beach house chic

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

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



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

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Beach house chic

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

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

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!


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



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



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



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



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

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

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





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



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

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

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

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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