Located in a planned suburb just outside Manhattan, surrounded by acres of forest, this historic home is a special treat! Built around 1850 by the same team of architects that designed New York’s Central Park, the house and neighborhood have been beautifully preserved despite the pass of time. Today, this picturesque blend of Gothic Revival and Second Empire architecture is the place designer Michael Maher and his two teenage sons, call home.

The architecture of the house has been well maintained by previous owners, while the plumbing, electrical and other necessities have been conveniently updated for a 21st century lifestyle. Maher owns the architect’s original drawings for the house and notes how the floor plan has adapted easily to modern day living. The interiors still display most of the original architecture, like the original pine flooring, sliding pocket doors and archways, as well as the configuration of rooms – a definition of timeless design!


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A few weeks ago I wrote about designer Patrick Printy’s Oakland home, featured in the April issue of Elle Decor, and while researching that post I came across so many other great spaces designed by Printy!  One of these spaces is a charming little  guest bedroom in Mill Valley, California. The entire project is stunning and was published in Cottages & Gardens (you can have a peek at the rest of the home here) but this little bedroom caught my attention.

Patrick Printy

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I hope your week is off to a great start! Monday mornings can be a little rough in our household. Especially after a particularly relaxing weekend, we find it hard to regroup and slip back into our comfortable school day / work day routine. This morning was no exception of course, and has me thinking about slower paced summer days and a much needed vacation. We have a Florida trip coming up this summer and I just can’t wait!

In the meantime, I’ve been pouring over some gorgeous Palm Beach homes that encompass that all too colorful, chic yet relaxed beach style that Florida, and Palm Beach in particular, are known for.

I’ve bookmarked a very special home that serves as my inspiration for today’s summery blog post. The property of Liza Pulitzer Calhoun and her husband Bob is a breezy oasis of casual elegance and color. Bold hues and interesting patterns, as well as large scale furniture pieces are all reminiscent of Liza’s late mother, legendary fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer and her timeless style.

The original home consisted of two small cottages that Liza and her husband had joined together by building an outdoor living room. Most life in Florida happens outdoors and the deep overhang of the vaulted ceiling makes it easy to stay dry during hurricane season. I am taken with this deep purple, eggplant upholstery on the sofas and chairs.

palm beach liv

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My obsession for blue and green continues!!! I had something else in mind for today’s post but I just can’t help myself! Last night I leafed through the May issue of House Beautiful and was impressed by one project in particular. Michael Maher‘s New Jersey home is simply stunning! Maher lives in a historic Victorian style house (a blend of  Gothic and Second Empire) together with his two teenager sons and has created a happy family home filled with color, pattern and history. I just wish there were more shots of the rooms but among the ones in the magazine, one stood out like no other – a small guest bedroom tucked under the eaves where Maher mixed freely patterns in soft blues and greens, with cheery yellow accents!

maher bedroom

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Let’s be honest, backyard storage is often times an eyesore! A designated dump yard for all of our gardening equipment, lawn mowers, paint brushes and potting benches, the shed can be a real pain to make pretty. But if you thought garden sheds cannot be glamorous, think again because this talented and business savvy mother-daughter duo has taken backyard storage to new heights of chic.

What started as an unfortunate event – their barn burned down a few years back and the neighboring Amish community helped rebuild it – has turned into a creative business idea. Impressed by the skilled craftsmanship of the Amish, the two soon came to realize that the market in the States is lacking in beautifully crafted, prefabricated garden sheds. With this thought, Hillsbrook Collections was born. Inspired by classical architectural styles, their garden cottages are stunning and highly customizable. You can chose your finishes and opt for charming add-ons like towerlets, finials, Dutch doors, trellis work, lanterns or armillarries. The only trouble will be in deciding between their pretty designs!

shed 3

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