It is official, I have a thing for living small with great style! The March-April issue of Veranda is an ode to springtime and appropriately features some gorgeous homes set in California, the land of eternal sunshine. Among projects signed by icon designers like John Saladino and Kathryn M.Ireland, one in particular I found incredibly charming. The house is a two bedroom stucco cottage set in Montecito, with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. It is the weekend home of Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks – husband and wife duo behind one of the most prestigious design firms in the country –Tucker & Marks. The couple purchased the house three decades ago and transformed it over time into their family holiday home. Lots of sunshine, comfort and a palette of soft hues make this cottage a dream getaway.

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I can honestly say that this dining room designed by Megan Rice Yager is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. The thing I love most about it is the contrast, the unexpected juxtaposition of rustic and refined elements. The walls are covered in reclaimed wood panels yet the furnishings are fine reproductions of French antiques. It is a relaxed cabin-style space elegantly dressed up.

A large farmhouse table surrounded by dining chairs slipcovered in Pindler & Pindler’s Tyrone Irish linen create a beautiful focal point. An antique pendant lantern centered above the table and gilt framed artwork add a touch of glamour.

The blue and white color mix is always a winner and this is no exception. The floors are painted a wide stripe in Farrow & Ball’s Hardwick White alternating with a soft navy blue- Benjamin Moore’s Evening Dove.

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Okay, so I found this amazing home while looking for inspiration the other day and had to share it with you! As it often happens, I was looking for something else entirely when I saw this shingle clad exterior with the prettiest blue-gray shutters. What a distraction! With a beautiful classic Georgian exterior, weathered shingles and perfect curb appeal, this house has tremendous charm. I liked it so much that I did some sleuthing and found out it is an East Hampton property located around a hundred miles from the Big Apple. The main house is surrounded by 3 acres of land with amazing vistas and access to a private pond. If you’d like to see the interiors, there’s a detailed tour here. I’m not sure that it’s on the market but if it is, I’ll take it! 🙂

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A few months ago I discovered the work of Bahamian designer Amanda Lindroth and have been fascinated ever since. This barn turned guest house is one of Lindroth’s older projects and a great example of her talent. The rooms she created are casual yet sophisticated, filled with color and breezy island style.

The house belongs to Pippa Vlasov and it is unusual on many levels. First of all, it is a stable with two living quarters at each end. Second, it houses the sweetest Gypsy Vanners alongside Vlasov’s family. Horses and people living under the same roof is not something you see everyday!

Although it is not the family’s main residence, Vlasov often spends time here working or entertaining guests – the lucky ones get to spend more time with the family’s beloved horses. Vlasov’s love of animals is evident throughout the two apartments. Animal friendly choices for fabrics, open floor plans and an overall equestrian theme make these apartments every horse-lover’s dream. When it comes to décor, each apartment has its own color scheme. They are joined by a long corridor that houses stables on either side.

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With a degree in architectural history and a lifelong passion for gardens, landscape designer Glenn Hillman devoted 17 years caring for his family’s historical gardens in Litchfield County, Connecticut. His appreciation for color and love of traditional structures resulted in an exquisite, historically accurate property.

When his parents bought the 18th century house, two decades ago, Hillman went immediately to work in redesigning its outdoors. One of his first decisions was to remove the swimming pool – it didn’t fit with his plans for a classic New England garden – so it had to go. In the process of designing the landscape plans, Hillman drew inspiration from visits to Colonial Williamsburg and analyzing many colonial gardens.

In its current state, the garden is symmetric and traditional in feel. It includes a potager and herb garden, and is surrounded by brick paths connecting its different corners. Hillman placed focal points throughout: bee skeps, an armillary, crisp white picket fences and birdhouses. The herb garden in particular is a place of beauty and unexpected plants: parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme blend in with perfumed perennials like lilac and roses, geraniums and irises. Unlike any other herb garden, this one is filled with colors and textures. I find it extremely beautiful!

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