Cottage tour: A beautiful Hamptons cottage

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Cottage Tour

This East-Hampton’s home caught my eye right away.  The home was completely gut renovated and the result is a light-filled, airy cottage.  Join me on this cottage tour!

cottage tourA sunken living room with a large comfy sectional and Tibetan Wool area rug. I ADORE the huge window.
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Even from the outside this house looks happy and light.

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Fine furnishings are kept down to earth by fun artwork.

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Moroccan wedding blankets adorn the guest beds – and more beautiful carpets and amazing windows abound!

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I love the tiled wall and mirrored wall in the bathroom.

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The master bedroom is my favorite.  The furniture is perfectly selected to reflect the light and contribute to the airy quality of the house.

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Floating shelves and desk are perfect for the home in the home office.

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What do you think of this home?

images via Cottages & Gardens

Transitional Interiors: A fresh and colorful 1940’s home

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Transitional Interiors

I particularly like this house tour because it’s not over the top or a complete interior design fantasy, and because transitional interiors are my favorite.  I can see real people living here. The house is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and inhabited by a New York couple.  The interior design is by Lindsey Coral Harper.

This entry is like a breath of fresh air.

The kitchen floor is painted.  Harper says:  ”
The floor was stained a deep, dark brown, and it brought the whole room down. I suggested we do a large geometric design, because the kitchen is so large — it’s a 20-foot-long rectangle. The bold graphic breaks it up so it doesn’t feel so big. We kept the pattern clean and simple because the ikat on the sofa is so busy.”

 

A tip from Harper I’ve never heard before, but one that makes a lot of sense, if you are going for impact that’s not too over the top:

“You can only have one showstopper in a room. In the foyer, it’s the wallpaper; in the living room, it’s the curtains; in the dining room, it’s the chandelier; in the kitchen, it’s that acid yellow color. It’s like a dinner party — you can only have one great storyteller. If two people are vying for attention, it doesn’t work.”

Love this bedroom.

What do you think of this house… a good balance of color?

via House Beautiful

Beach Houses: Escape to the beach

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Beach Houses

Summer is finally here!  We have a week vacation planned for the beach, and it can’t come soon enough or last long enough.  I figured I’d tease myself by finding some beautiful beach houses!

via Gentside

via Gentside

I don’t even need a fancy house, just give me beach front.

via Pinterest via Photography Heat

via Photography Heat

Modern curtains: change your home’s look with curtains

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Modern Curtains

We all know the impact that window treatments can make in a room.  That being said, you want to make sure the impact is a positive one, and doesn’t take away from the design and aesthetic of your home.  Modern curtains are widely available these days, so finding a solution that beautifully sets off your interior architecture and decor shouldn’t be a problem.  The problem will likely be narrowing down your selection!  With the internet, even high end curtains can be affordable!

modern curtains

Love color?  Keep your foundations (wall color, etc.) neutral, and use curtains, pillows, artwork, and smaller accessories to add pops of your favorite color.  I love the unexpected use of a green curtain panel in this soft pink bedroom.

image via Emily A Clark

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More Ideas

Since I love white interiors and natural elements, I adore floor to ceiling white curtains like these.  They lend a sense of unpretentious elegance.  All of the architectural elements are allowed to take center stage because the curtains aren’t overshadowing them.  The black curtain rods help tie in the dark wood beams on the ceiling.

image via lizmarieblog.com
modern curtains

A child’s room or nursery is a place where you can let your hair down a little and really have fun with pattern or color.  I absolutely adore these embroidered panels with stars and a cityscape at the base.  So cute!

image via highendcurtain.com

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You can also make curtains the focal point in a neutral interior if there is a pattern or color palette that you absolutely love but maybe weren’t able to bring in via wallpaper or a rug.  These roman shades really pop and add life to this elegant but otherwise quiet kitchen. Roman shades are a clean and tailored option if you think curtain panels are too fussy for a particular room or window.

image via spaceandshape.com

modern curtains

Not only can you get creative with the actual curtains you select, how you hang them is also an opportunity to get creative.  I never would have thought to install a curtain rod over my front door in order to have added privacy from solicitors or nosy neighbors.  The effect is very grand and unique.

image via cool-homedecorationsxyz.com

modern curtains

How cool are these curtains?  I love the star cut-outs that allow light to come in!  I’m sure kids would especially love these.  I’ve also seen them in black where the cut out is a cityscape.

image via highendcurtain.com

*disclosure: this post in partnership with highendcurtain.com

Kitchen Inspiration

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I’m just gushing over these kitchens…hope you find some kitchen inspiration!

white subway tiles…classic but never boring…
via Lonny Mag

Wow…never seen a counter curve around the windows like that
via House Beautiful

This kitchen has classic good looks but the rug really makes it great for me…
via High Gloss Magazine

Great island with all that storage…

2 images above via Eric Roth Photography

amazing fireplace..

2 images above via Elle Decor

Another clean and classic beauty
via Adore Home Mag