Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

Happy Sunday! Its Oscar day….love watching the Academy awards and am making a wonderful dinner for the occasion! I am in an “arugula state of mind” hence my menu of ?Spaghetti with arugula and lemon, a small flank steak marinated in arugula oil and a fresh baby arugula salad with a spritz of lemon and olive oil. I have made them all before and they are each AMAZING in a simple, fresh kind of way.?

?Normally we go out on Sunday night but there is no way I am missing a minute of the fun pre shows, watching all the glamorous and sometimes not so glamorous fashions make their grand entrance onto the famed red carpet. I am personally rooting for The Kings speech, such a wonderful film and I am always thrilled when I see a movie “of real substance” ?honored and recognized by being given an esteemed award like an Oscar, which I personally think its very deserving of. Just in case you too, are in for the day or just having a lazy morning…you might enjoy this quick run through of open house Sunday. Three entirely different locales…and three very different homes. All so beautiful, each with its own distinct personality. Do you have a favorite? Enjoy your day!

First stop is in Palm Beach,Florida and to this gorgeous Mediterranean..I am normally not a big fan of Mediterranean homes but when done right, they are truly magnificent. Case in point is this fabulous newly constructed home with?vistas and views out of this world! I appreciate the attention to detail shown throughout the house from the main hallways and their softly glazed gray walls to the stunning covered porch. The house also has so much natural sunlight…..everything just glows. I think this house does Addison Mizner proud!

Then we are off to Houston, Texas….. an area certainly no stranger to beautiful grand homes. This French inspired home is beautifully done in soft neutrals throughout and though formal it is still very much a family home. Love the lush green foliage and old world feeling that the home, though newer has maintained. It is so important when building a new home to pay close attention to the landscape, the setting and to do ones best to preserve the integrity of the land on which the home is built. I think they did an outstanding job here.

Last we go back to East Coast, to the famous quintessential New England vacation island, none other than wonderful Nantucket …here is a beautiful understated wood shingle home decorated by Victoria Hagan. Love the crisp, fresh decor…very cohesive, elegant without feeling stuffy and breathtaking at every turn. Definitely the ultimate beach house in my book!

Wow! Those are some beautiful homes indeed. Do you have a favorite? I would have to pick a few spaces from each home to make the ultimate home……each of them are so well done. Enjoy your Sunday, hope its relaxing!

Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

Happy Sunday! Its Oscar day….love watching the Academy awards and am making a wonderful dinner for the occasion! I am in an “arugula state of mind” hence my menu of  Spaghetti with arugula and lemon, a small flank steak marinated in arugula oil and a fresh baby arugula salad with a spritz of lemon and olive oil. I have made them all before and they are each AMAZING in a simple, fresh kind of way. 
 Normally we go out on Sunday night but there is no way I am missing a minute of the fun pre shows, watching all the glamorous and sometimes not so glamorous fashions make their grand entrance onto the famed red carpet. I am personally rooting for The Kings speech, such a wonderful film and I am always thrilled when I see a movie “of real substance”  honored and recognized by being given an esteemed award like an Oscar, which I personally think its very deserving of. Just in case you too, are in for the day or just having a lazy morning…you might enjoy this quick run through of open house Sunday. Three entirely different locales…and three very different homes. All so beautiful, each with its own distinct personality. Do you have a favorite? Enjoy your day!

First stop is in Palm Beach,Florida and to this gorgeous Mediterranean..I am normally not a big fan of Mediterranean homes but when done right, they are truly magnificent. Case in point is this fabulous newly constructed home with vistas and views out of this world! I appreciate the attention to detail shown throughout the house from the main hallways and their softly glazed gray walls to the stunning covered porch. The house also has so much natural sunlight…..everything just glows. I think this house does Addison Mizner proud!

Then we are off to Houston, Texas….. an area certainly no stranger to beautiful grand homes. This French inspired home is beautifully done in soft neutrals throughout and though formal it is still very much a family home. Love the lush green foliage and old world feeling that the home, though newer has maintained. It is so important when building a new home to pay close attention to the landscape, the setting and to do ones best to preserve the integrity of the land on which the home is built. I think they did an outstanding job here.

Last we go back to East Coast, to the famous quintessential New England vacation island, none other than wonderful Nantucket …here is a beautiful understated wood shingle home decorated by Victoria Hagan. Love the crisp, fresh decor…very cohesive, elegant without feeling stuffy and breathtaking at every turn. Definitely the ultimate beach house in my book!

Wow! Those are some beautiful homes indeed. Do you have a favorite? I would have to pick a few spaces from each home to make the ultimate home……each of them are so well done. Enjoy your Sunday, hope its relaxing!

Out with the old and in with the new…….houses that is!





So this morning I will go to the new home which still sits amongst mounds and mounds of snow…but thankfully our work crew is diligently working despite the frigid temps. Mostly inside work at this point, right now its too cold to finish the limestone work. I enclose mostly pictures of the breakfast room elevation mostly because its the only one that is totally done and you get to see the finished product. Our goal is that the house will look old and as though its been there a long time.?
We will achieve this through carefully thought out landscaping which will will compliment and not compete with the already beautiful and mature landscape. Also we will grow ivy over select parts of the home. So in showing you the new….thought it would be fun to show you pictures of the old. We had so many wonderful and cherished memories in the 7 years that we lived in our previous house, it will always be remembered fondly. Our other home was a classic Georgian and we furnished it accordingly whereas our new house is French all the way, though I plan to use a lot of french influences there will be a bit of English too as I am a huge fan of English interiors. So hope you enjoy going down memory lane with he, first the old house and then in with the new……..













Our old home, a classic Georgian on a lovely spring day, ?while the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom




The basement which we finished and had my sons graduation dinner in!
My master bathroom vanity

Back foyer which led to a huge beautiful stone patio

Rear foyer sitting area

Our beautiful back yard

The patio looking out onto the pool…we spent many an afternoon perched here

The rear of the house

Teddy and his cousin cooling off….

The hearth and my favorite Delft tiles from Holland purchased at Country Floors

My beautiful pale yellow kitchen with teak topped island (carerra countertops)

Breakfast room

The foyer at Christmas

Master sitting room

My wonderful ?bedroom done in the palest celadon and pale taupe (Fabrics are from Beacon Hill and Scalamandre)
And in with the new…………...
The side view which is the only elevation that is complete
The porte cochere still in progress…
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Another angle with the sun setting

The garage area with the newly added cuppola

You can catch a glimpse of the covered porch on the opposite side of the house, it will be completed in limestone

Part of the grounds, lots of trees everywhere….
Breakfast room bay completed

The rear of the house…I love the backs of homes!

Side patio entrance to breakfast room

A beautiful old oak tree

Out with the old and in with the new…….houses that is!





So this morning I will go to the new home which still sits amongst mounds and mounds of snow…but thankfully our work crew is diligently working despite the frigid temps. Mostly inside work at this point, right now its too cold to finish the limestone work. I enclose mostly pictures of the breakfast room elevation mostly because its the only one that is totally done and you get to see the finished product. Our goal is that the house will look old and as though its been there a long time. 
We will achieve this through carefully thought out landscaping which will will compliment and not compete with the already beautiful and mature landscape. Also we will grow ivy over select parts of the home. So in showing you the new….thought it would be fun to show you pictures of the old. We had so many wonderful and cherished memories in the 7 years that we lived in our previous house, it will always be remembered fondly. Our other home was a classic Georgian and we furnished it accordingly whereas our new house is French all the way, though I plan to use a lot of french influences there will be a bit of English too as I am a huge fan of English interiors. So hope you enjoy going down memory lane with he, first the old house and then in with the new……..













Our old home, a classic Georgian on a lovely spring day,  while the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom




The basement which we finished and had my sons graduation dinner in!
My master bathroom vanity

Back foyer which led to a huge beautiful stone patio

Rear foyer sitting area

Our beautiful back yard

The patio looking out onto the pool…we spent many an afternoon perched here

The rear of the house

Teddy and his cousin cooling off….

The hearth and my favorite Delft tiles from Holland purchased at Country Floors

My beautiful pale yellow kitchen with teak topped island (carerra countertops)

Breakfast room

The foyer at Christmas

Master sitting room

My wonderful  bedroom done in the palest celadon and pale taupe (Fabrics are from Beacon Hill and Scalamandre)
And in with the new…………...
The side view which is the only elevation that is complete
The porte cochere still in progress…
 

Another angle with the sun setting

The garage area with the newly added cuppola

You can catch a glimpse of the covered porch on the opposite side of the house, it will be completed in limestone

Part of the grounds, lots of trees everywhere….
Breakfast room bay completed

The rear of the house…I love the backs of homes!

Side patio entrance to breakfast room

A beautiful old oak tree