My Dream Trip

Seeing Jamie Beck’s incredible pictures of her trip to the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa is only confirming my desire to MAKE THIS HAPPEN for myself in my lifetime.  How dreamy, inspiring and magical does this look? Go to her site to see much more from this once in a lifetime trip.

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I mean, really, how impossibly chic is Jamie?

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What has been YOUR best trip?  I’d love to hear!

 



Gimme Shelter

At the end of last week I ventured out to the Hamptons to visit a project I’m working on. It’s a bit of an adventure getting there from Boston- first te big ferry from New London then two little ferries to shuttle you across Long Island itself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL drive and if I had the time, I would have just explored for hours and hours.  Especially little Shelter Island.  It’s a bit more quaint than some of the other parts of the Hamptons and my only experience there was waitressing one summer in college at a hotel there for three whole days before quitting and going home.  It was a bit Bates Motel and I just was beyond creeped out.  But now I’d like to go back and see more of it.  Certainly there is a lot of style out there- one spread in the new House & Home particularly piqued my interest.  So here are a bunch of images from projects all over Shelter Island…..

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Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan have a big place on Shelter…. talk about cool neighbors!

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Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach is THE spot to dine, drink and stay.

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As I was driving around I was getting whiplash trying to peek at all the homes- specifically the ones that had for sale signs outside. Like this one. OHMYGOD the potential!!!!! All those white beams! An outbuilding (office??)! Gaaaahhhhh!

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Nantucket Escape

I am just DYING to spend a couple days by the ocean this summer.  It’s going to be an incredibly busy time for us, but a few days rest by the water is a great way to recharge.  And ever since seeing the images of the newly opened 76 Main on the island, designed by the awesome Rachel Reider of Boston, I want to go even more! She used so many of my favorite wallpapers, fabrics and accents all in one place!  I would LOVE to someday design a small inn like this_ I can’t even imagine how much fun creatively it would be!

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I Want To Go To There: Topping Rose House

I am currently working on a project in the Hamptons, relatively close to this new, awesome looking inn, Topping Rose House.  I love that this house was restored to it’s natural beauty while the interior was clearly modernized.  The restaurant (and entire property) is run by Top Chef judge and acclaimed chef Tom Colecchio.  The rooms were designed by the hospitality geniuses at Champalimaud. Who wouldn’t love a weekend here!?

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LOVING this guest room’s style!!!

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What a wonderful space for a wedding!

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Love me a good barn!

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Shop the look of the inn:

Eloise Goes To Brooklyn

I love this little drawing by illustrator Joana Avillez which imagines the child lit darling Eloise ditching her Upper East Side lifestyle for hipster Brooklyn- specifically the Wythe Hotel. It’s hilarious.

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I know The Wythe has been blogged ad nauseum, but I actually am hoping to stay there soon as Andrew and I will be making a pilgrimage to the area to see some family and friends who have recently relocated there.  I am obsessed with these rooms. Marble, brick, wallpaper… what’s not to like?

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Reynard is the hotel’s restaurant, I love the graphics.

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Not to mention the decor…

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How about the outdoor patio??? AMAZING!  what a space for an event!

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And the interior private dining room… also charming.

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Get the look of the Wythe with these pieces:

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