Things I am loving- Buffalo checks

Hello….in getting back to the subject of design, one thing I have always loved is buffalo checks. They to me, are the perfect blend of casual chic with a healthy dose of elegance. They make a room more causal but always still look sophisticated. I had it in my old home and have it in my present home, in my guest room.

As I am still considering the reupholstery of my breakfast room chairs I am thinking of going with a French-y feeling floral on one side and a buffalo check on the other. I find myself continuously drawn to them. So today is all about buffalo checks, if you have not been a fan, this may change your mind and if you are fan, this will remind you why:)

My own guest room where I mixed a traditional toile with buffalo check, love the effect

This is so very pretty, love the idea of using it for a tablecloth mixed in with solid white, Maureen Stevens

What a dreamy bunk bed, love the mix of prints with the buffalo o check ,Homebunch

Makes a great simple cleaner feeling window treatment, Monica Hibbs

Isn’t this a beautiful combination, the check adds so much to this beautiful ensemble


Buffalo check works really well with almost any mix of fabrics, Royal Designs

Charming, this looks like a Charles Faudree space who loved buffalo check, Cottage Journal

Love the mix of the patterned drapes and charming buffalo check chairs

Proof that they look fabulous in any color….love the green!

This is one beautiful space, love the tonal elegant

Of course you know i just love this, House of Harper

A small touch of buffalo check can have a lot of impact, must look at this stylish laundry room from Style At Home

Very handsome for a boys room, great idea on where to use it, Etsy

Definitely proof that buffalo check looks great when mixed in with other textures and elements

Adore it in a bedroom, so very French:) Instagram

Gorgeous mix of green and white prints, the buffalo check is a beautiful addition

Buffalo check on the floor? I love a painted floor so why not! House of Hargrove

A vision in blue…so pretty The Foo Dog Ate My Homework

Classic Charles Faudree, the master of mixing fabrics

Sometimes just adding a touch of it such as on this landing bench is a pretty subtle play of pattern, Brooks and Falotico

Gorgeous on these beautiful breakfast room chairs, Pinterest

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This is so very gorgeous, Southern Hospitality

Love the pop of red check in this cheery kitchen, Tobi Fairley

A clients recently installed stair landing bench, missing one pillow…just love this and would love to duplicate it for me:)

Isn’t this the dreamiest girls room! Love!! Alyssa Rosenheck

Beautiful idea for barstools in a kitchen

Some recent buffalo checks I have found and some great coordinating fabrics=

Don’t know about you but this post has given me a sudden urge to go fabric shopping and do a little decorating:) I will likely use buffalo check in some way in the PB house, think the casual but sophisticated vibe would work well. And you? What do you think of buffalo checks? Do tell, wishing everyone a wonderful day. Until next time….

PS A new warehouse blowout part 1 is just starting at the same time this post is appearing, be sure to check it out, lots of bargains to be had These things go fast, this will be on for 2-3 days ! Click here










Color Crush- white and beige

Hello! Haven’t done one of these in a while and as I get settled in with my new blog, I look forward to posting on some of my favorite topics, design, interiors, blue and white, etc….I started a new series, Color Crush a while ago and use it as an opportunity to feature a favorite color combination. Today’s is a long time favorite.

I love the look of white and beige, it just screams “clean, crisp and inviting”. So today looking at this winning combination in everything from interiors to fashion, in a variety of shades of beige’s and is very much a classic and timeless combination. And here we go…..

Sure makes a beautiful “first impression” Marshall Boya

Adore this room from Dering Hall……I could move right in!

This beautiful bedroom is soothing and peaceful, Suzanne Lovell

Cookies in beige and white….YES! Bee’s Knees Creative

It sure makes a gorgeous combination for dinnerware, Horchow


Beautiful space by Verandah House (love that paper)!


Elegant tonal bedroom by Phoebe Howard


Love this palette!

Fabulous kitchen is classic and timeless in this combination, Decor Pad

A very elegant combination for a party or wedding, Colin Cowie


Love everything about this wonderful powder room, Ella Scott

Gorgeous combination of colors year round…..

Pretty white tile against the white cabinetry..this never “goes out of fashion”- it is timeless!


Smitten with this elegant beige umbrella piped in white, very pretty! Safavieh


Pretty tonal bedroom by Munger Interiors, love the upholstered headboard


Gorgeous and unmistakable  Chanel


Beautiful space in beige and white Verandah House

Beautiful bathroom accessories for a powder room


Can’t imagine white and beige looking any prettier than this fabulous home!


Love this laundry room by Robyn Hogan


It is beautiful for a home exterior, very classic, Better Homes and Gardens


Could this cake be any prettier? The Pastry Studio


This room just feels like a gust of fresh spring air, so light and airy, Rosemary Beach


Love these colors for an easy breezy beach house


This might be the prettiest example of how beautiful these colors are together, Hermes!


Sure works beautifully for a baby nursery Home Stratosphere

What a wonderful idea for a wedding….the groomsmen to all wear variations of beige and white ties and bowties BNT


It always feels so fresh and clean, Verandah House


It certainly makes a most elegant invitation, Isabella Invitations


Elegant tonal bedroom by Cantley and Company


Huge fan of wearing beige and white, it’s one of my favorite combinations


A stunning room in this soft palette is so inviting and livable, Traditional Home

A dining room in soft tonal colors is always a beautiful approach, then if and when you desire at any point you can add a little color, Asmara


Fabulous bar in white and beige, Verandah House


Tones of whites and beige’s at a wedding are simply sublime, Mod Weddings

Great beige-y tile from New Ravenna really stands out against the white cabinets


Love the way Yvonne at Stone Gable accessorized this beautiful fall hutch in beige and white…beautiful!

This sweet corner of a nursery is a vision in this soft palette, Pinterest

No matter what shade, suffice to say any room works beautifully with this combo, Better Homes and Garden

So……your turn to weigh in. What do you think about this combo? Do you need color or are you a neutral kind of person? I like both, I love color but really love walking into a softly done tonal room…feels so soothing and inviting.

Look forward to hearing what you have to say on the matter. Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day. Until next time…..

PS The first flash sale in a long long time just started this morning, on monogrammed napkins! Click here to see





Color crush- Gray and white

Hi friends….hope your week is going well. Mine is a busy busy one, and these next ten days I need to be on my “A game”…..cannot afford to be sick or rundown, have way too  many balls in the air and doing my best to keep them all in check. Heading out of town for my nieces graduation this weekend then will return with a day in between before I head down south….

Besides working on two large design jobs and going full steam ahead on the new website (which is going to be AMAZING and very much worth all the work) , I am  getting ready to head down south to Nashville next week for the preview party  on May 11th, at the O’More showhouse where yours truly has been chosen as the honorary chair:)  If you live in the area (or even if you don’t but want to take a little trip because you really like me) please come and join the fun…its going to be a wonderful night! Click here for the link/info

Moving along….I have fun with these posts, Color Crush because it gives me a chance to share and be inspired by color combinations that I like or that happen to be on my radar.

A few pictures recently sparked the idea of the gray and white….I like it more than I even realized. I think the key with gray is balancing it with a warm tone, a warm white, beige, a pale blush as an all gray room can appear cold and barren.

When paired correctly, it can be showstopping! I searched high and low through all my sources to bring you the prettiest pictures I could unearth in gray and white. So let’s talk a look at this current color crush at it’s very best. Then your turn to weigh in……



If this doesn’t set the tone for just how pretty gray and white can be, don’t know what will! Splendid Willow


Gorgeous pale gray kitchen with white perimeter cabinets…love that lantern! HGTV


It’s all in the details…..gray and white never looked so beautiful, Chanel


A gray kitchen with white marble…works every time! Style Me Pretty


Aren’t these gray/white tiles fabulous, Builders Depot


This exemplifies the look beautifully, so crisp and clean


This is so well done think the heavy accent of white really balances out the gray beautifully, Hooked on Houses


Gray and white is as beautiful in a more traditional interior as it is in any other, Cottage Market


This is so gorgeous, this color gray is really has a slight touch of green, feels warmer than a lot of grays Heidi Piron


This is so pretty…love that Imperial Trellis paper in gray and white, just beautiful Tidbits and Twine


A lovely picture of pale gray and white done right, Laura Tunin


A beautiful gray front door…yes! Better Homes and Gardens


Love this white room with the gray painted beams, Brooke Gianetti


Give me a pale gray framed French chair any day…..Pinterest


It is just darling in a nursery…Rosenberry rooms


A beautiful example in tile by Walker Zanger of just how beautiful white and gray is!


Here is a gray and white room with warm golden accents, love this color combination, City Farmhouse


And dont’ forget how pretty it is for clothing too…classic


This is surely one of the prettiest examples of this color combination, love this! Style Estate


Modern done well by Anne Hepfer


There are so many great looking gray and white wallpapers it’s a nice look for a powder room,HGTV


The key to using gray as a primary color is to balance it out with crisp white…great example shown in this bedroom, Brooke Wagner Design


Is this gray and white chinoiserie not to die for! Laura Tunin


Thinking of using gray paint? I like this chart a lot for the warm grays…thanks Laurel Bern Interiors!


And gray and white is timeless in a bathroom, loving it here with the brass hardware. Really adds a touch of glamour


Lusting after these high gloss gray doors…so stunning


Lest you forget how beautiful it can be on the outside this is case in point..fabulous! Better Homes and Gardens


Such a pretty vision in white with pale gay chinoiserie as the backdrop, gorgeous! This has given me an idea for my own bedroom in PB, Laura Tunin


So much to love here, has me in the  mood to start on a gray and white space……hum, possibly at Palmetto Bluff:) Thank you for stopping in, would love to hear your take on the matter. If you want to see other Color Crush posts, just go to the search bar (top right) of my blog  and type in “Color Crush’, it will take you to all the previous posts, enjoy!

A few reminders-

A few spots remain for my Enchanted Home Love 3 contest where you can win A YEARS WORTH of goodies from my shop as the grand prize!!! Click here for all details

Gorgeous beaded bag promo started yesterday, ends tonight, some of these super well priced beauties remain. Click here

The AMAZING chinoiserie tole presale will start tomorrow night, you must check it out,  this collection is by far the prettiest yet!

If you missed my Seven on Sunday, click here

Hope you enjoy your day- it’s rainy,  wet and cool over, but great for the garden! Until next time…..


Designer Spotlight- Scott Snyder part 2

Hi there, am back from my little getaway to picture perfect Palmetto Bluff/Savannah and feel so well rested and ready to roll, more on that later.  First off I want to announce the lucky winner of the La Prairie Luxe Sleep Mask, congratulations goes to….


Please contact me at to claim your prize and provide shipping details


Back to work with lots going on. Haven’t done a Designer Spotlight in a while and today I am profiling a designer whose work I have featured before, New York and Palm Beach based Scott Synder. When it’s good it deserves an encore! Scott’s work is so timeless and elegant, and he is obviously as comfortable in a super formal setting as he is in an elegant ocean retreat,  I admire his attention to delay and how richly each and every room is done….sublime!

And of course   his love of blue and white, chinoiserie and treillage earns him extra brownie points in my book:) So here we go…..


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Pretty gorgeous, don’t you think? One of my favorite things to do is study the pictures of a favorite designer or room. I can find something in each and every one that I love and  often discover a particular detail or two that I add to my own design repertoire.  How about you? Have a favorite?

Click here to see more of Scott Snyder’s work…he is really a talent and I truly love and appreciate his authentic aesthetic to beautiful interiors that will stand the test of time. Thank you as always for stopping in,  wishing you a fabulous spring day and hope the sun is shining and the birds are chirping! Until next time……


PS New promo alert- perfect timing for the most exquisite fiberglass (that will have everyone fooled) planters and statuary promo. Click here (ends tomorrow)


Pinterest Pretties- My style

Hi everyone and happy Saturday to you. The sun is shining, it’s cool but spring is not that far away and I have been on a flower buying binge to add some “early spring” to my home. It’s Oscar weekend…love all the pomp and circumstance of this iconic event. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend so far.

Periodically I highlight favorites form some of my Pinterest boards, a constant evolving gallery of favorite images and pictures.? Today’s post is on the board “My style” which best defines what I love in decor , now and then and it’s fun to see how our taste evolves, mine has not changed much but I do appreciate a light, airy look more than I ever have and find those kinds of spaces so soothing and calming. If you want to see more or follow along with me, click here. And here we go…..






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It’s funny looking over this board, it made me realize that while my taste has not wavered much over the years, I have been drawn increasingly to slightly more casual (but still very sophisticated) spaces. Maybe its my subconscious preparing for a part time more casual lifestyle in Palmetto Bluff:).

I also realized I am drawn to a variety of styles, that are beyond true purist traditional, I don’t mind a bit of a mix as long as it’s really well done. It’s interesting how our taste evolves and grows with us as we enter new chapters of our life. Anything here speak to you? What is your style? Thank you for stopping in, a few reminders-

Last day to throw your name in the hat for the luggage giveaway from Horchow, click here (winner will be chosen tomorrow)

New tabletop promo started last night (ends Sunday) click here


Until next time…..


Seven on Sunday

Hello and happy Sunday! Rainy, dark and stormy over here today…perfect movie day. And as I am so out of the movie loop and haven’t seen anything that is new, looks like I have lots to choose from with The Big Short and Joy at the top of my list……but I must be home in time to see all the fun Golden Globes pre show fashions! Love awards season:) You can see my past recap on the last Golden Globes by clicking here…will be sure to post on this years as well!

Been a busy week with the long awaited arrival of my gorgeous chinoiserie tole…it was so exciting to get what to me, are the prettiest pieces from my chinoiseris tole yet. An exciting 2 day sale has started which will end tonight and trust me it is something you will not want to miss.

Hope whatever you are up to this weekend is fun and relaxing. I was thinking this is the first winter that I can remember that we have not had a single snowflake…kind of makes me sad, so old man winter please come back (just for a little while)!

I desperately want one good snow storm then we can happily stroll into spring:) Anyway here is my Seven on Sunday…..



1 RHAPSODY IN BLUE AND WHITE. This gorgeous Palm Beach Villa is a stunner, and of course you know I love it….with all the blue and white!? Such a peaceful and elegant home. Click here to see and read more….

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2 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Another beautiful round of gorgeous inspiration. Sorry there are still some holiday inspired Instagrams here, just cannot seem to quite get over the beauty of the holidays, but i promise this will be it (until next Christmas)! So here is the round up from this week……

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And my absolute fave this week….I mean really are these not the cutest!!!!



3. PRETTIEST WINE I EVER DID SEE! Isn’t this the most gorgeous bottle? It happens to be a mighty tasty rose as well and I love the name, Summer in a bottle. I am in love with it and what a beautiful hostess gift to give! Click here to visit Wolffer Estates.

I normally drink rose in the summer but now that I make the most delicious rose sangria,? it is now a year round option in this house. Very simple, here is my recipe below (to server approx. 6-8) or 1 if I have had a very tough day lol:)


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2 bottles of rose, fresh berries ( I like blackberries and raspberries), a bag of frozen peaches, 2 oranges cut in cubes (skin off), about 12 strawberries cut up, a sprig of mint, fresh OJ (can use ready made if you don’t have fresh but fresh is much better), 3 TBSP sugar, and a bottle of peach sparkling water.

Add the fruit with rose and using a potato master or pestle, gently mash the fruit into the liquid. I normally pour it in a big bowl or into two pitchers.

Put in fridge for ideally at least 8 hours (overnight works well too) or you can put in freezer for an hour or so

When you are ready to serve, add 2 cups orange juice and a bottle of peach sparkling water. Pour into glass making sure some of the fruit is included add a sprig of mint….voila!


4 MY CHINOISERIE TOLE HAS ARRIVED!! This is super exciting for me, some truly exquisite pieces….by far my favorite container of the tole yet. All of these beauties are currently up for grabs on a presale that ends tonight. Click here for all details.

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These are happily living on my bedroom nightstands:)


Definitely using one or two of these lanterns in my home!

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5. DECISIONS DECISIONS! Need your help……trying to figure out which lamps I like better for a living room chest (pay no attention to the lampshades, just threw some I had on hand to get an idea)…thoughts? Think I am leaning towards one but keep going back and forth!

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And how about here, do you like the idea of an orchid or the peonies (a low arrangement)?

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6. ONE DELICIOUS SALAD. This was sooooo good, a new staple for me. Not so different from the one I have made for years but this one with a few extra ingredients is incredibly tasty and quite pretty too. Actually makes me look forward to eating a salad…..a first. Click here for the recipe, you will be happy you did!



7. BOOKS. One of my many “resolutions” this year is to start reading again. I used to be an avid reader then somehow life took over where I don’t feel there are nearly enough hours in the day, sound familiar?

However I miss the feeling that only a good book can deliver about being transported to another place….nothing quite like it.? So here are a few that I recently ordered that I am excited to begin, and hopefully reignite my love for reading……

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So there you have it…anything excite or entice you? Hope whatever you are up to is wonderful and mostly, relaxing. I look forward like you cannot imagine to my lazy Sundays:) Thank you for stopping by, until next time…….

PS All of the gorgeous new blue and white porcelain pieces are now online on the shop, click here to see




Designer spotlight- Anne Hepfer

Hi there and happy Friday!? Thank you so much for weighing in on my bathroom decisions, your input really helped! If you missed that post click here. In continuing on with a series I started a few years ago and periodically feature, Designer Spotlight, today I introduce you to Anne Hepfer, quite a talent who is based in Ontario, Canada. I have seen so many of her beautiful rooms over time without necessarily realizing it was her work. Then when I noticed a pattern (loving every thing she does) I felt a post was warranted!

She has a beautiful, versatile style and seems to stay true to classic traditional without it feeling fussy or off putting. Her rooms feel current, cheerful and elegant.? Every one of her rooms looks welcoming, like I can envision plopping down with a book and a beverage of choice. That to me, is the hallmark of not only good design but well thought out design……a truly successful room is not only beautiful but functional and inviting. So take a look at the work of Anne Hepfer and tell me what you think. Click here to visit her website and learn more…..





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See!? I told you she is? talented, so many beautiful spaces….what do you think? Are you familiar with her work? Have a favorite room? Love to know as always what you think. Wishing you a wonderful day and to your week. Until next time…..

PS Just a reminder that today is the last day for current promo, click here to visit-


And the most amazing sale over at Horchow ends today (insiders secret…use the code “welcome” and you will get an extra 20% off on top of the sale)!!!! Click here to visit



Seven on Sunday

Hi there, hope you get this on Sunday morning as I schedueled it ahead of time. By the time you get this,?I will be on a little vacation for a few days and promised my family no or very minimal “tech device usage” 🙂

I?will be back on?Thursday? so this is it until Tuesday (scheduled another post to appear and pray it will)!? I have included?a few?favorite posts of 2015 at the bottom just in case you miss me and need even more reading material:) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here is what is on my radar…..



1. FABULOUS NEW COFFEE TABLE BOOK ! I have carved out time to read a few books this summer, not nearly as much as I would like but I will take what I can get. I am finishing up two of them so will likely share my list with you next week sometime but did just get in this which I HIGHLY recommend.

For your coffee table you? must get Sharon Santoni’s new book which is an absolute “home run”I got it right before I left so didn’t get to go through the whole thing but simply cannot wait to return home?to? finish, it is truly beautiful…….it can be ordered here.



2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always enjoy sharing what has caught my eye on Instagram, never at a loss of beauty and inspiration to share with you. Here are this weeks faves…..

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3. FAVORITE ROSE? WINES. I consider myself practically an expert on this subject:) I love Ros? in the summer and have a few favorites (and trust me I have tried many:) These are my top three this season-


Notorious Pink is light and wonderful, not to mention comes in this great frosted bottle with a glass top so you can reuse ( I use it for olive oil)


Whispering Angel is super light and crisp, great with everything, always have a bottle or two on hand


And Aix is another fave, a little more body than the two above


4. A CUTE PET PILLOW. How adorable is this? You input your dogs name, breed and 3 or 4 characteristics that?describe?him and for $21.00 you get this darling custom pillow. Great gift idea fo anyone who loves their dog:) Click here to order




5. A FABULOUS HOME. This home is so well done, I could move right in, what do you think? I love the light and “easy on the eyes” palette, it has? a clean uncluttered easy to live in appeal. Featured in Traditional Home, in case you missed it, I?thought it warranted sharing. What beautiful?curb appeal both from the front and back…it had me at the long pale gray shutters!



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6. FALL FROCKS. Yes I cannot believe I am saying it, makes me feel like such a traitor to summer but these were so could?I resist! Love these looks to get me looking stylish through the looong season of fall and winter-

This is so chic from Rebecca Taylor, click here for details


And I could getting a lot of use from this smart looking 3/4 vest with the curly lambswool panel, click here for the 411

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And this looks so expensive but at $395? I could not resist, love the styling and quilted leather! Click here if you want to see more



7. A WONDERFUL AND SO EASY APPETIZER! Whipped these up for friends who were stopping by unexpectedly and I must say they were so good. I was in a rush so didn’t get to take pictures of my own but trust me these are easy and delish. Also involves ingredients that most have on hand so makes a great impromtu appetizer.

(I used extra sharp cheddar instead of Pepper Jack) and with it being officially tomato season, there’s no better time than now to make these…..Click here for full recipe



So there are my seven things that got my attention this week, and how about you? Anything new and exciting on your end? In case you miss me already here are a few favorite posts from 2015 that you might have missed-

My lower level reveal

An ode to Provence

A breaking weather announcement (if you want a good laugh)

Color Crush- Camel and Gray

An homage to Carolyne Roehm

Be back on Thursday but hopefully a post I scheduled in advance will post on Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day and fabulous rest of the weekend!


Designer spotlight- Furlow Gatewood

Hi there,? so happy it is Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are headed back out to the Hamptons, for my friends annual “Jaws” party, always fun (but it also means summer is moving along quickly and that is bittersweet:(

Moving on…’s funny how things happen sometimes. I had heard about the book, One Man’s Folly and decided to order it as design books are an indulgence that I never deny myself:) As it happens the day it arrived, I was also? meeting a friend for lunch whose birthday I had missed and I needed a last minute gift. Knowing her love of design books, I without even opening it wrapped the book up as it seemed perfect.


She was thrilled with it and to this day tells me it’s one of her all time favorites. I in turn, got busy, as often happens and never reordered the book. So in doing some online searching a few weeks ago, by some strange and unknown tinkering with my fingers, I came across the most fabulous photo albums from the maestro himself, Furlow Gatewood. I felt like I stumbled across the most marvelous treasure trove of beauty and inspiration, it was almost overwhelming!

Then I remembered “the book”…ahh yes this is the same man who wrote the book that was almost mine:) Naturally I promptly ordered it and got it in a few weeks ago:) Click here to order your own. As his pictures promised it was a? treat of epic proportions so I just had to share the exquisiteness of Furlow’s immense talent.

In the book you will follow the careful restoration of his family’s carriage house as well as many other “demolition bound”? outbuildings and? homes? that he saved and resurrected with his relentless vision and gift, alongside the work of local talented craftsmen.? His”follies” make for one fabulous book!

And let’s be honest, anyone who clearly loves and appreciates the “powers” of blue and white has a lifelong fan (and friend)? in me. Take it away Mr.Gatewood…..



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Pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say? So if you love what you see, you might want to also consider adding his book to your personal collection. It has quickly become one of my treasured favorites…I have no doubt it will be for you too if you love classic and timeless interiors with a splash of blue and white! Click here if you wish to order it. You will not be sorry you did:)


In the meantime, thank you for stopping in, wishing you a happy Friday and great end to your week.? Until next time….and thank you Furlow Gatewood for inspiring the masses and keeping classical, traditional interiors alive and well!!


PS Very excited that the newest container of chinoiserie tole has arrived and is it ever STUNNING! Hope to get a presale up for tomorrow, stay tuned:)


Seven on Sunday

Hi and Happy Sunday to you. How is your weekend going? Hope well, I pulled my back so part of my weekend was spent doing absolutely nothing, am hoping with continued bedrest I will be back on my feet literally and figuratively very soon, I so? miss not being able to be at the beach this weekend.

But am watching documentaries galore and saw The Horse Whisperer for maybe the 40th time as well as the documentary based on the real “horse whisperer” which was really fascinating, it is called Buck and is available on Netflix FYI. As I always do…here are seven things on my mind this past week!



1. TORY BURCH IN PARIS. You might have seen this on the internet somewhere but boy I could stare at this? all day long, just love her newest store in Paris. Such a beautiful shop that feels so glamorous and sophisticated for an equally glamorous and sophisticated city. Yet one more reason to visit Paris:)

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2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST, once again so much to love this week. I cannot get over the inspiration I find on a daily basis, it has me wanting to plan a party al fresco, whip up something yummy and do a little blue and white rearranging all at once:)


3. SNAPSHOTS FROM THE FARMERS MARKET. For me getting to spend time in the Hamptons/Montauk is all about bringing me back to nature. Lazy bike rides, long walks to the lighthouse or beach, relaxed afternoons reading on the porch, and of course hitting as many farm stands as I can find! Montauk has a farmers market once a week and it is such an old fashioned treat, had fun capturing it with my iPhone. I love taking pictures of farmstands and get so excited over beautiful fruits and vegetables…..go figure:)



4.MY TALENTED READERS/CUSTOMERS. I so love getting in your pictures…always fun for me to see what you are up to and how you use/display things you have gotten from me and my online shop…keep me coming. Here are a few recent pictures I got that were worth sharing……

5. GREAT DEAL ON MONOGRAMMED TOWELS!? I wait for this sale from Horchow all year…and then stock up! I just placed my order and thought this was a deal worth sharing! Where else would you? find a monogrammed bath towel in an array of colors for $12.99! Click here for more info…..

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And aren’t these just gorgeous!! So in love with them, click here to view


6.ONE AMAZING BEACH HOUSE. I have the beach on my mind a lot lately, since we have been there so much and there are few more beautiful places than the Hamptons but an ultra posh beach location. How incredible is this amazing Hamptons beach house beautifully located between the ocean and bay? If you have 50 million to spare,


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7. ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS HOME IN BRIDGEHAMPTON. Far more formal than what most think of when they conjure up a beach house but no less incredible, I love his book The Age of Elegance and refer to it often, it is to me a must have. Here are a pictures of his “beach house” in Bridgehampton…

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And his wonderful book that is a must have for any design book enthusiast,? you can buy it here



So much beauty in the world…..I love seeking it out and am so inspired by it. Anything here excite you? What’s new in your world? Hope the sun is shining and the birds are chirping on this fine summer day. Until next time…..