House Dreaming: White Houses

The moving trucks are everywhere this time of year.  On our street we have had 3 families move.  After each move the painters and repair trucks come to get ready for the new homeowners.  With so much going on outside, I got distracted and started house dreaming.

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I’m obsessed with the railings and porches.


The details make up for its small size. Gorgeous!


 Love the black door and the sound of crushed stone.  My house dreaming continues on Pinterest.



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Inspirational Quote

Happy Monday!


via The Motivated Type

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Close to Home: Five Things For The Weekend

This weekend it’s all about the simple things: watching the sunrise,


enjoying a delicious summer salad,


a run in the woods,


Pear Martini,


and a little weekend entertaining.


Hope your weekend is fabulous!

ivyPhoto credits: Ivy de Leon

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Kitchen Island: Have a Seat

Kitchen islands allow extra space for gathering and keeping the cook in the center of the action. The height of the island and seats make all the difference for function and comfort. Getting it right is as easy as taking a few measurements.


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 Designed by Pablo Paniagua, via Nuevo Estilo

Know the difference between counter height and bar height.







What’s your preference?   Stool or Chairs, Counter Height or Bar Height.

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Out and About: Holiday House Hamptons

The 2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&C (Hamptons Cottages & Garden) is open at Watchcase, Sag Harbor from June 29 –  September 1, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Holiday House Hamptons visitors will have a first-look into Watchcase properties prior to the development completion.  Eighteen top interior and landscape designers transform a unique space including a two-bedroom penthouse loft, a six-bedroom townhouse, and a one-bedroom bungalow.  Exciting events will take place during the six weeks the showhouse is open to the public.

Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House, is a 17-year breast cancer survivor who created the event to join her passion for interior design and her determination  to raise awareness and funds to help fight the disease.

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For the first time she is both Co-Chair and a designer for Holiday House Hamptons.  Iris looks gorgeous in wing chair by Interieurs.

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Iris’ design incorporates many shades of white, textures and some whimsy, which made it fresh and comfortable. Selecting art with a positive affirmation invites good energy.  There is a beautiful kitchen also. Bravo, Iris!

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Come celebrate life and the best in interior design while supporting the fight against breast cancer.  Visit the Holiday House Hamptons in beautiful Sag Harbor, NY through  September 1 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Office: 212.472.3313

A big thank you to the vendors and suppliers who made this design possible. 

FJ Hakimian Inc
Windows and Walls, Unlimited –
Dorfman Projects - 
Lorin Marsh – 
Intérieurs –
Edward Ferrel Lewis Mittman
Allan Knight – Available at Nancy Corzine – 
Biasi Catani
McLaughlin Collection – 
Paul Ferrante -The Decoration and Design Building (212) 355-7285
White Glove – 
Willy WP Trucking – (347) – 203 – 0798
Chase Edwards Contemporary Art
Christopher Hyland Inc.
Donna Parker Habitat
Jed Antiques (631) 725-6411
Laurel Landscaping
Mark Humphrey Gallery
McLaughlin Collection
Mecox Gardens
Serena & Lily
VW Home by Vicente Wolf
Windows and Walls, Unlimited

 All images are my own.  Please credit

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Small Spaces

Happy Monday!  Sorry for the lack of posting.  I’ve been spending time with the family, catching up on task, and trying to keep things orderly around the house since we are living in the same small house through the summer.

Have you seen the House Beautiful Magazine July/August issue?  It focuses on living large in small spaces.   Peter Dunham’s Los Angeles apartment is beautifully decorated.  He moved from a 3,500 square-foot house to a 550 square-foot apartment proving that life could be wonderful when you pair down to the essentials. Which got me thinking, how much do I really need to be happy in a home.  Take a tour of his apartment here.


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Monday Quote

Happy Monday! This weekend I enjoyed the view from the lovely Westside apartment my son just moved into. I’ve been busy packing boxes, purchasing first apartment essentials and juggling everything at home.   Sometimes it feels things are not getting accomplished fast enough.  Then I take a deep breath and feel thankful for another day.

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Eric Cohler Curates Amerock Hardware Collection

This post is sponsored via Amerock.

Earlier this month I joined a small gathering of bloggers and interior designer Eric Cohler for a fun and interactive afternoon hosted by Amerock.  Cohler’s designs have appeared regularly on the pages of  Elle Décor, House Beautiful and many other publications.   The working lunch was at Eric Cohler’s office in NYC.   His office is gorgeous.  His attention to details from the grasscloth covered walls to the zebra print covered waste can was inspiring.


Eric Cohler has collaborated with Amerock and curated the AmerockNow collection.  With his artistic eye, he has categorized the hardware by region making it easy for the consumer to find the look they seek.  The collection’s new finishes and styles blends well with both contemporary décor and traditionally styled interiors.


Themed categories allows consumers to see specific design esthetics for regional styles making hardware selections for their project easier.  Cohler explains, hardware is like jewelry for the kitchen.  An economical way to give your kitchen a new look is to change the hardware.

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 The descriptive names of the eight AmerockNOW families—#BiCoastal, #NortheastHome, #Heartland, #LondonUndone, #Lodge, #PhoenixRising, #LAExperience and #CityBeat.

What’s new in hardware design?  Featured in Masion& Objet,  Cohler predicts we will see more brushed copper in US design.  The “living finish” is warm and rustic with its patina  always changing in time as you touch it.


Cohler spoke gracefully about design.  In his book, Cohler On Design,  he shares his love for art and the influence of art in his designs.  We had a little fun and complete two DIY projects.


DIY: Amerock Knob Necklace


DIY: Mason Jars with Amerock Hardware


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Thank you Amerock and Eric for a delightful afternoon on design.  Take a closer look at the curated collection here  and find your style.  Consumers will save both time and money thanks to Cohler’s curated hardware collection, AmerockNow.

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Happy Monday!

Monday morning has arrived with new possibilities and opportunities to make it a wonderful day… Summer is here! Enjoy the little things.




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Five Things For The Weekend

Happy Friday!  It has been a busy week. On the home front, my son found his first apartment in NYC.  We are getting ready for his move. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the weekend.

Looking for a weekend tote, I was immediately struck by the botanical print in this delicious handbag.  The silhouette is from Tory Burch’s runway show.  It resembles a garden basket.   A garden tote with clusters of flowers to bring the garden with me.  Love it!

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Heirloom Tomato Salad.  Sweet and flavorful from the local farmers market.

There is a garden with 3 ft. tall delphiniums near town.  They are a favorite in the garden.  Hopefully, my florist will have a few stems I could bring home to enjoy.


A little me time with champagne and bath bubbles please.installing this button right away!Bubble Baths should be an everyday occurrence.

Do something fun for yourself this weekend!


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