How cool is this house? While, this isn’t 100% my style, I’m completely smitten with the frame, all of the reclaimed wood and the vast openness. This house is located in the Berkshires and is on a lakefront. My guess is that is a summer home. I’d be happy as a clam to spend my summers in a house like this, wouldn’t you? Tell me, if you could have a summer home anywhere, where would it be? I’m kind of undecided on this, as I’m still trying to figure out where I would live full-time if I could pick anywhere.
You can see the rest of the home here (I’ll take the dog too).
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Well, I was supposed to be doing a la la Loving post and some how stumbled upon this website and particularly Albourne House in West Sussex. Sigh, gasp, and I said say a big prayer. You know I love the idea of living abroad. You know I adore England. And well, now I adore this house. And do you know what else? One of my best friends forever lives in West Sussex. If only, if only. Well, a girl can dream right? As for now, I won’t complain as I’m getting British fix at the Coldplay concert tonight! Cheerio loves! xo
If you could live abroad where would you like to live?
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I’m totally crushing on the Parisian home of Bianca Lee Vasquez featured on The Socialite Family (I’ve told you about this site before, le sigh!). I mean look at those rad pink and orange floors…..the pattern…the color (drool)! The thing I adore about this home is that, somehow in the midst of floors full of color and pretty patterned wallpaper (see more here) this home has a very calming, serene and even neutral feel. I’d love to be able to pull that off, somehow, someday.
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It’s true, I’m a long time fan of Euro Trash. So naturally, I was super excited to see designer Annie Brahler’s home featured in House Beautiful this month. Dreamy, right?
I can tell you that her home is even more beautiful in person….I’ve been there. In fact a few pieces from her home + Euro Trash are now happily living at my abode. A few years back, after learning about Euro Trash (and that it was only a few hours away from me), I decided to take a little trip with my mom and my friend, Jess. We drove a couple of hours south in my husbands pick up truck with trailer attached (yes, I’m totally serious). I had no idea whether the trailer was necessary or not but a girl has got to be prepared.
Annie was kind enough to show us her stunning home and I secretly was hoping that my car would break down and that we would all be stranded with no where to go. I could just imagine myself staying in one of those gorgeous rooms, sipping a cup of tea and reading Austen (sigh). Alas, no breakdown but I still enjoyed soaking in every detail of the home as well as talking with Annie about her work and style.
I did come back with a few things which are, honestly, two of my favorite pieces in my home. The thing I was most taken with in Annie’s home was all of the stunning empire chandeliers (which are glowing everywhere). I knew I had to have one. And I now do have a sparkling beauty of my own hanging in my bedroom. It gives off a gorgeous glow every night. And, I also adore the pretty old settee that sits at the foot of our bed which I brought back that day too.
After my little visit, Annie was kind enough to do an interview for la la Lovely, which you can read here. I adore her concept on design and style. I totally related. It’s def worth a read.
You can see more from the House Beautiful feature here.
(House Beautiful photographed by Bjorn Wallander)
The Socialite Family / A Sample of Smart & Cool Families
Have you heard of this site? It’s quite possible I’m last in line to know but just in case you aren’t in the know, now let me introduce you. This is a pretty cool showcase of, yes, “smart & cool families” but of course what is most fascinating is that reside in very smart & cool cities such as Paris, London, Milan + NYC. le sigh! I always adore peeking into spaces that are inspiring and kid friendly. A few of my favorite rooms from several different homes are pictured above.
I’m so inspired by the home of children’s clothing designer Ryan Roche. I’m always a fan of white on white. And the simple repeat in color [pink + green] throughout brings both calm + continuity. Definitely a design trick to try in your home.
What colors would you choose to repeat?
I’m still suffering from the Christmas clutter blues. I’m working on it and I now have a major case of the January urge to purge syndrome. So in an effort to feel a little less cluttered, knowing that not much is going to change in my space, this instant, I went looking for simple and clean online. And look what I found . . . a gem in Silverlake. I think I love everything about this home. Clean, pretty, simple, tons of white + yet still cozy. I’m feeling more relaxed already.
Winter is coming and thinking of winter always conjures up images of warm fires, snow falling, soup on the stove, a warm cup of tea and Swedish Interiors [who knows, maybe it's just the Swedish pancakes I ate yesterday that has me thinking of Sweden?]. Regardless, I think of their long winters and how it really wouldn’t be so bad if you were cozied up in rooms like these. When I need a quick fix I always head on over to Skona Hem … it never disappoints. And of course, if I have time to kill than a trip to IKEA never hurts, either.
Are you making any changes around your house for winter?
If you are looking for ways to cozy up your home for winter enter to win $75 from Novica. There are so many great handcrafted items from around the globe that would be perfect for a little seasonal change. GIVEAWAY ends tonight.
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