Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Renovation I’m Dying to See

I read yesterday that actress Michelle Williams has bought this HUGE historic home in Brooklyn, NY that is in dire need of a major renovations- and I for one can’t wait to see what she does with it!  This home is more grand than I personally would want for myself, but I love the insane architectural details and grand rooms.

Gotta get rid of that hideous siding and return it to white clapboard (in my opinion).

Look at that front door!


Now, the current decor is quite the eyesore- but can’t you see the potential?? Or can you not? It’s interesting that some people can visualize a room wiped of dated decor and see what it COULD be and some who cannot (and those people are always on HGTV).

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Stylish Moms Share Their Faves!

As I move through this pregnancy I’ve relied on asking my friends who have already been through it for so many recommendations.  In fact this weekend we went to look at strollers and while Andrew thought is was aweeeeeeesome to fondle all the gear, I was SO overwhelmed. So I thought why not share some of that brilliant information?  I asked four of my stylish, fabulous friends to share some specific favorites and tips!

Marie Whitney Family Session copyright Laura Winslow Photography (68)

Marie Whitney

Founder & Creative Director of Two Penny Blue (and one of my besties), mom to sons Jack and Drew.


Jeans: AG JeansTees/ Tanks: Liz Lang for Target or Monrow

Leggings: Topshop High Waisted Maternity legging and GAP Supersoft maternity legging 

Bras/ Underwear: Cosabella Never say Mommie Bralette , Never Say Maternity HotPant (don’t mind the TERRIBLE names!) 

Dresses:  Definitely a Black Ruched Maternity Tank Dress by Ingrid & Isabel  – a tank dress is so comfortable and easy to dress up with heels and some jewelry or down with some flats and a denim jacket.

And a wrap dress too!  perfect  for a growing belly.

Swimwear: Liz Lange for Target has some cute pieces that won’t break the bank, I like to keep is classic and black. Add a great coverup and big sunglasses.


Belly Product: Elasticity Belly Oil by Belli or Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil – both work great and are 100% safe for baby.

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: Clarisonic and Belli Anti-Blemish Face,  Zoya or  SCOTCH (chemical free) nail polish, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil


Workout: Pure Barre

Pre-Natal Vitamin: New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

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Fashion Friday: Steal Her Style- Chrissy Teigen

I saw this picture of Chrissy Teigen in Cannes the other day and really loved her outfit.  The silk tassel tie waist pants are by Roberto Cavalli and actually, older and sold out in the color (and crazy expensive).  But I love the combo of this flowy pant (if they were hemmed, a little TOO long for me) with the structured and cropped blazer, loose updo and gold jewelry. It’s the perfect mix of dressy, casual and fun and is sexy without shoing everything off.


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Guest Room Update Wishes.

I have design ADD. Completely. It’s why I’m good at my job, but also why I redo my own interiors (or WANT to) roughly every 12 months.  Magnifying my “quick to tire” attitude by 1,000  is the fact that all my rooms are published in my book.  After working on the book for so long and staring at the images of the spaces day in and out all last year, I am tired of my own spaces.  Thankfully, none of the big items,  I managed to make solid choices there, but more the small decorative ones.  With Baby Gates on the way, I have an excuse to make over one of my guest rooms, but I’m craving an update to my living room and main guest room (my former master bedroom) ASAP.

New baby, new year, new look.

The easiest one to update would be the guest room- this space:

Erin Gates Newton_008

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Nantucket vs. Martha’s Vineyard

It was fun to play the NY vs. Boston real estate game last week, so when I saw these two properties I had to do it again. Granted, they are not for sale, but bring up the classic Boston-dweller dilemma- Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard?  These islands are right next to each other, but people seem to be drawn to one or the other.  Architectural Digest published both these homes and I’d love to know which one you’d prefer- the crisply renovated Nantucket home of Victoria Hagan or the antique charms of the Martha’s Vineyard home of Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild?



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