Which would you choose?

Hi there! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed my “down day” yesterday to putter around the house and go on my computer blogging and “pinteresting” away to my hearts content. I think one day a week needs to be set aside for some quiet down time, I always feel so energized once I do and no one is going to take care of “us” like ourselves!

I equate chic summer dressing with the color white (and all its many shades). This week we are going to a fundraiser where none other than the talented Kelly Clarkson is performing and I was thinking it is the perfect excuse to go and get a new summer dress…and of course white is what came immediately? to mind!

So…..today’s post is all about white dresses. I love so many here, actually all of them so it is very hard for me to narrow it down to a few much less just one! I feel white in the summer against golden skin is always so elegant and crisp looking. How about you? Does white always seem right to you too?

So you know the drill…you get to pick one white dress. Many beauties to choose from, can’t wait to see which you choose! Ready, let’s go…..

CHOICE 1
?Stella McCartney
CHOICE 2
Oscar de la Renta
CHOICE 3
Temperley London
CHOICE 4

?Marni
CHOICE 5
Lanvin
CHOICE 6

Sophia Kokosalaki
CHOICE 7
Nina Ricci?
CHOICE 8
Lanvin
CHOICE 9
Roberto Cavalli
?
CHOICE 10
Catherine Malandrino
CHOICE 11
Gucci
CHOICE 12
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 13
Diane Von Fursternberg
CHOICE 14
Tibi
CHOICE 15
Alexander Wang
CHOICE 16

Dolce and Gabanna

I am so sorry…I know I made this very difficult. As I always do I will get the comments started with one of my own, and trust me this comment involved many trips back to look at all these dresses,there were so many to love but admittedly there were two that totally “wowed” me from the start. How would you accessorize the white dress you chooses? Jewelry? Shoes? Bag? Come on…you know I love details:)

Also just so you know there are some real deals to be found over at Net a Porter, love that site…if you are in the market for something chic you should by all means stop by! Thanks for stopping in and paying me a visit and now it’s your turn……

Reminder….today is the last day to enter the giveaway for the beautiful pair of blue and white plates! You must visit this post and comment there to be eligible…don’t miss out, winner to be announced tomorrow!

Which would you choose?

Hi there! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed my “down day” yesterday to putter around the house and go on my computer blogging and “pinteresting” away to my hearts content. I think one day a week needs to be set aside for some quiet down time, I always feel so energized once I do and no one is going to take care of “us” like ourselves!

I equate chic summer dressing with the color white (and all its many shades). This week we are going to a fundraiser where none other than the talented Kelly Clarkson is performing and I was thinking it is the perfect excuse to go and get a new summer dress…and of course white is what came immediately  to mind!

So…..today’s post is all about white dresses. I love so many here, actually all of them so it is very hard for me to narrow it down to a few much less just one! I feel white in the summer against golden skin is always so elegant and crisp looking. How about you? Does white always seem right to you too?

So you know the drill…you get to pick one white dress. Many beauties to choose from, can’t wait to see which you choose! Ready, let’s go…..

CHOICE 1
 Stella McCartney
CHOICE 2
Oscar de la Renta
CHOICE 3
Temperley London
CHOICE 4

 Marni
CHOICE 5
Lanvin
CHOICE 6

Sophia Kokosalaki
CHOICE 7
Nina Ricci 
CHOICE 8
Lanvin
CHOICE 9
Roberto Cavalli
 
CHOICE 10
Catherine Malandrino
CHOICE 11
Gucci
CHOICE 12
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 13
Diane Von Fursternberg
CHOICE 14
Tibi
CHOICE 15
Alexander Wang
CHOICE 16

Dolce and Gabanna

I am so sorry…I know I made this very difficult. As I always do I will get the comments started with one of my own, and trust me this comment involved many trips back to look at all these dresses,there were so many to love but admittedly there were two that totally “wowed” me from the start. How would you accessorize the white dress you chooses? Jewelry? Shoes? Bag? Come on…you know I love details:)

Also just so you know there are some real deals to be found over at Net a Porter, love that site…if you are in the market for something chic you should by all means stop by! Thanks for stopping in and paying me a visit and now it’s your turn……

Reminder….today is the last day to enter the giveaway for the beautiful pair of blue and white plates! You must visit this post and comment there to be eligible…don’t miss out, winner to be announced tomorrow!

Which would you choose?

?Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

?CHOICE 3
Each X Other
?CHOICE 4
J Crew
?CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
?
?CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
?Net a Porter ?
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
?CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what? I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Which would you choose?

 Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

 CHOICE 3
Each X Other
 CHOICE 4
J Crew
 CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
 
 CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
 Net a Porter  
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
 CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what  I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Sunday’s spectacular seven….and your questions answered!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are experiencing our first round of true fall weather, and I have to say I am loving it. Brisk, cool, beezy….now this is what I have been waiting for!! Today is a short post on seven spectacular rooms/spaces that I just love for one reason or another. ?Also I have another round of questions to answer so thought it is easier if I just answer them as I get them..





1. Are we polishing or honing the marble? Is there a difference in how it wears? Well, I am not claiming to be a marble expert by any stretch but we are honing all of our marble in the kitchen, butlers and pantry. First I love the look of honed marble, it makes it look kind of old world and the bottom line as I have been told, ?the key either way is to be sure you get a really good heavy duty sealer and use it 1-2 times a year. This applies for either finish.



2. I got several people asking my about my personal style, how do I like to dress and if it mimics my style in decor (classic, elegant traditional) and what are my favorite brands? I had to laugh a little at this because lately anyone who thinks of me as dressing well would be very disappointed, seems lately I live in sweat/yoga pants, a basic t shirt, and sneakers (sad but true). But I do have my great looking Ralph Lauren jacket over it! Seriously, yes do love classic dressing. I would say my style is classic traditional tailored elegance with a little twist. Some of my favorite brands are Tory Burch (very much my style), Tibi, Milly, J Crew (for basics), Theory to name a few. I love great cashmere sweaters and cardigans, blouses, lacy tops, tailored straight front pants, beautiful scarves, tailored fitted jackets, ballerina flats and riding boots. Am also a bit of a handbag fanatic. Those are some of the pieces that I love and wear often. Of course many of these items are ugh….lets just say “on hiatus” in my closet taking a nice long vacation while yours truly gets her priorities back and starts losing 15 -20 lbs that shes gained due to “house stress”. Yes, it IS so convenient to blame that house 🙂



3. What will I be using as ?backsplash in the kitchen/pantry? We are actually working on this now as a matter of fact. I am thinking of going classic and simple, ideally want to get beveled subway tiles that are oversized either 6×10 or 6×12. Then maybe frame out a herringbone design above the stove. Want it to be a beautiful but subtle backdrop to everything else going on in the kitchen.



4. Did I or am I working with a designer? No, its all me!! I was doing interior design work for clients for a few years before we started building our home, and despite having the good fortune of being offered several jobs turned them down to fully concentrate on this house. My opinions are strong and pretty definite on how I want things to look so I realized early on, that I wasn’t going to want to work with anyone else alongside me ( did briefly consider it and spoke to/interviewed a few designers). One of them even told me that he thinks I could do it on my own as he loved my ideas/vision and I realized he was right, at least up until this point. ?However I did hire someone who is a master at room planning/space planning to help with layouts, sizes of furniture,etc and I do bounce things off of him from time to time and am sure there will be more of this as we step up the decorating process now….it might take a little longer this way but at least I will get exactly what I want!



5. What color stain are we using in the family room and what was used in the breakfast room? They are both custom stains, we played around with several options and tweaked them until we got the formula where we wanted it to be. In the breakfast room, we did a “limed” finish on top of the stain.



6. Do I recommend putting bathtbus in all the bathrooms for new construction? No?I don’t, unless it happens to work for you and your lifestyle and you have kids who specifically really want bathtubs. We have 3 sons who all like showers, but my youngest who is an athlete likes to soak in a tub, so we put one in his bathroom and in the guest bath. I think its wise for resale to have at least one other bathroom with a tub but I certainly do not think its necessary to have one in every bathroom.



7. What are my feelings on TV’s above the fireplace? I got this several times too. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t do it but sometimes you have to bend the rules and make concessions. In our bedroom, we are doing this, but we have a beautiful frame and woodworking around it and I am confident that when the room is done, the focal point will not be the TV but many other pretty elements in the room. It happens to be dead center so it was the logical spot for the TV. Again in our family room, our architect was against it, but it was the perfect spot in terms of how the room lays out with furniture to have the TV above the mantle. So the compromise was we installed a hydraulic unit above the fireplace that will be part of the wood panelling that can conceal it when and if we want. This was my hubby’s thing, putting it on the record that I had no problem with seeing the TV, after all it is a family room, you expect it!!



Now onto 7 spectacular rooms…..Have a favorite??

I am in love with this space, the colors are so beautiful! Heirloom Philosophy
Beautiful sitting area/vestibule by Barry Dixon
Love the earthy tones in this spectacular room, the windows, the door, ahhh…..
Dan Carithers got it right in this vision of a kitchen
Love this bathroom! Old world but fresh.
Blue and white, the perfect crowning touch
A perfect sitting room, don’t you think? Traditional Home
Which is your favorite? Always love to know! Wising you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday’s spectacular seven….and your questions answered!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are experiencing our first round of true fall weather, and I have to say I am loving it. Brisk, cool, beezy….now this is what I have been waiting for!! Today is a short post on seven spectacular rooms/spaces that I just love for one reason or another.  Also I have another round of questions to answer so thought it is easier if I just answer them as I get them..


1. Are we polishing or honing the marble? Is there a difference in how it wears? Well, I am not claiming to be a marble expert by any stretch but we are honing all of our marble in the kitchen, butlers and pantry. First I love the look of honed marble, it makes it look kind of old world and the bottom line as I have been told,  the key either way is to be sure you get a really good heavy duty sealer and use it 1-2 times a year. This applies for either finish.

2. I got several people asking my about my personal style, how do I like to dress and if it mimics my style in decor (classic, elegant traditional) and what are my favorite brands? I had to laugh a little at this because lately anyone who thinks of me as dressing well would be very disappointed, seems lately I live in sweat/yoga pants, a basic t shirt, and sneakers (sad but true). But I do have my great looking Ralph Lauren jacket over it! Seriously, yes do love classic dressing. I would say my style is classic traditional tailored elegance with a little twist. Some of my favorite brands are Tory Burch (very much my style), Tibi, Milly, J Crew (for basics), Theory to name a few. I love great cashmere sweaters and cardigans, blouses, lacy tops, tailored straight front pants, beautiful scarves, tailored fitted jackets, ballerina flats and riding boots. Am also a bit of a handbag fanatic. Those are some of the pieces that I love and wear often. Of course many of these items are ugh….lets just say “on hiatus” in my closet taking a nice long vacation while yours truly gets her priorities back and starts losing 15 -20 lbs that shes gained due to “house stress”. Yes, it IS so convenient to blame that house 🙂

3. What will I be using as  backsplash in the kitchen/pantry? We are actually working on this now as a matter of fact. I am thinking of going classic and simple, ideally want to get beveled subway tiles that are oversized either 6×10 or 6×12. Then maybe frame out a herringbone design above the stove. Want it to be a beautiful but subtle backdrop to everything else going on in the kitchen.

4. Did I or am I working with a designer? No, its all me!! I was doing interior design work for clients for a few years before we started building our home, and despite having the good fortune of being offered several jobs turned them down to fully concentrate on this house. My opinions are strong and pretty definite on how I want things to look so I realized early on, that I wasn’t going to want to work with anyone else alongside me ( did briefly consider it and spoke to/interviewed a few designers). One of them even told me that he thinks I could do it on my own as he loved my ideas/vision and I realized he was right, at least up until this point.  However I did hire someone who is a master at room planning/space planning to help with layouts, sizes of furniture,etc and I do bounce things off of him from time to time and am sure there will be more of this as we step up the decorating process now….it might take a little longer this way but at least I will get exactly what I want!

5. What color stain are we using in the family room and what was used in the breakfast room? They are both custom stains, we played around with several options and tweaked them until we got the formula where we wanted it to be. In the breakfast room, we did a “limed” finish on top of the stain.

6. Do I recommend putting bathtbus in all the bathrooms for new construction? No I don’t, unless it happens to work for you and your lifestyle and you have kids who specifically really want bathtubs. We have 3 sons who all like showers, but my youngest who is an athlete likes to soak in a tub, so we put one in his bathroom and in the guest bath. I think its wise for resale to have at least one other bathroom with a tub but I certainly do not think its necessary to have one in every bathroom.

7. What are my feelings on TV’s above the fireplace? I got this several times too. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t do it but sometimes you have to bend the rules and make concessions. In our bedroom, we are doing this, but we have a beautiful frame and woodworking around it and I am confident that when the room is done, the focal point will not be the TV but many other pretty elements in the room. It happens to be dead center so it was the logical spot for the TV. Again in our family room, our architect was against it, but it was the perfect spot in terms of how the room lays out with furniture to have the TV above the mantle. So the compromise was we installed a hydraulic unit above the fireplace that will be part of the wood panelling that can conceal it when and if we want. This was my hubby’s thing, putting it on the record that I had no problem with seeing the TV, after all it is a family room, you expect it!!

Now onto 7 spectacular rooms…..Have a favorite? 

I am in love with this space, the colors are so beautiful! Heirloom Philosophy
Beautiful sitting area/vestibule by Barry Dixon
Love the earthy tones in this spectacular room, the windows, the door, ahhh…..
Dan Carithers got it right in this vision of a kitchen
Love this bathroom! Old world but fresh.
Blue and white, the perfect crowning touch
A perfect sitting room, don’t you think? Traditional Home
Which is your favorite? Always love to know! Wising you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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