Summer Lodge

New England Homes Magazine has been killing me with fabulous lately!  Not that they don't always have an amazing line up of inspiration from the East Coast, but it's just been extra delightful.  This breezy summer home has a great history that the homeowners wanted to preserve. A wonderful little story that dates back to 1907, and includes some time providing lodging for single working women. So with the help of her best friend, who happens to be the brilliant Interior Designer Amy Meier, the homeowner set out to do their retreat some justice.  Plenty of New England gray, complimented by a mix of traditional and modern, and of course iconic classics.  For a dose of personality;  hand painted chevrons on the hardwood flooring, a dramatic look I just adore. 

Interior Design by Amy Meier
More images and full story at New England Homes Mag

Party Out

I am so looking forward to outdoor entertaining!  I long for warm summer evenings, cool drinks, barbecue dinners, and a garden full of veggies.  This amazing set up was actually for a baby shower.  I love that they brought the indoor furniture outside, for an extra relaxing evening under the stars.  And that fireplace is perfection, I love the weathered brick.

Images via Mom to Be

An Earthy Delight

Traditional Home announced their top 10 New Traditionalists this spring via their online publication TradHome, and this fabulous home was on the front cover.  Its designed by Atlanta based Melanie Turner, and I do believe, from a quick glance at her portfolio she does indeed define the new traditionalist.  I don't know about you, but I find this interior to be absolutely lovely.  Yes it's mostly monochromatic in white and stone gray, but  mixed with earthy elements of wood and grass, and pops of green and it's instantly fabulous.   I am not totally opposed to keeping a consistent colour scheme throughout either, the tranquility just carries itself from room to room.  

Images via TradHome

White and ...

I can't resist a clean white back drop and good smack of colour.

YOU never go out of style...

A wonderful friend and talented designer Jennifer Brouwer, was on Cityline yesterday with an amazing segment on finding inspiration on what you love, in this case travel and fashion.  Jen, has a great quote, "YOU, never go out of style!"  It's true.  The things that you love just go together, and how could that not be great style.  The most exciting part is that Jennifer designed some pieces from my company Anvil and used them for the show.  Those metal shelves and end tables are part of a fun collection Jen has in the works! I'll see if I can get you some other pictures.

I owe Jen a huge Thank You for inviting Anvil to be part of this beautiful design segment.
You can catch the full segment below, by clicking the image!

Simple by the Sea!

Did someone say weekend getaway? Lets go! This Nantucket retreat is a modern take on coastal style. Come to think of it, this inspiring little spot is tailored enough for year round living. I am enamored with the pale Scandinavian furnishings, and the contrast of blues and grays that come with life by the sea. The contrast of that dark gray built in the living room adds a hint of sophistication. The home's layout is quite functional too, with plenty of nooks and crannies to keep you comfortable throughout the day. 

Little Green Dress

Every girl should have one! 

In Spring

Little Golden One



Summer's Burst

Little Star  

Who can resist the beautiful collaboration of colours in each of these works of art?    Artist Wendy Martin creates wonderful abstracts inspired by nature and spirituality.   I, for one, am easily taken by compositions that evoke the peace, tranquility and beauty of nature. Colours so rich and captivating, and images that portray hints of wild life.  Sit back and soak them in.

Composed of acrylic and graphite on panel

Images via Pryor Art

Farmhouse Eclectic

Modern? Industrial? Transitional? Coastal? Vintage?  
Pick your poison!  This eclectic farmhouse is a refreshing mix of classic design styles.  Full time or part time residence, you can't deny the tranquility that comes from this home, both inside and out.

Images via A Life's Design

Modern in the Hills

You know what I love about mid century modern design? It's artisanal and organic. You just know the designers used some restraint to scale down the traditional and bring something much cleaner and smoother to life highlighting the subtlest details.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate those little details.  A hook, or a latch, or a rivet.  I just adore the feel of this home.  I love the lines, and the colours and all the interesting objects, and of course the picturesque setting in the California Hills.

Images via Lonny


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