Have you ever fallen for a piece of furniture? Well, I have too and the ribbon loop chair is just the latest of many crushes! Lately I’ve been seeing this loop-y chair everywhere I look so I decided to do a little background check and find out more about the pretty little thing. It turns out, the loop chair was originally designed in 1930 by Chicago decorator Frances Elkins, inspired by 18th-century ones owned by the founder of the English magazine Country Life. Its fine silhouette resembles a thick ribbon that winds around to create an infinity pattern and, despite its delicate shape, the frame is sturdy and super comfortable.

Cafe Design | Frances Elkins Loop Chair

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Summer is not the time to be serious and a light-hearted approach to decorating is a great way to outfit a summer house, any house really. The Maine island home of Quadrille Fabrics’ owner John Knott and his partner, John Fondas, is a delightful retreat with interiors that I’ve swooned over for years. The designer duo transformed a former 1905 island hotel into their chic, colorful and pattern-full destination home. Think red and blue, George Washington toile, flags and stripes – all in one room… It may sound quasi-impossible to pull-off but it wasn’t for these two!

House Beautiful did a feature on this very special home and I had a great time reading their interview with the designers. There are fun insights into the decorating process as well as some practical takeaways – here are some of my favorite excerpts.

Cafe Design | Main Cottage | Front Door

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While checking out some great homes on Coastal Living Magazine’s website the other day, I stumbled upon a cute little beach house in Orleans, Massachusetts that I just have to share. The style of the interiors is slightly more rustic than my own, but I fell in love with the coziness of this small cottage. With a fantastic location, the house needed some expanding in order to accommodate a young family of four. While the architecture conservation laws are very strict in the area, the homeowners did a great job in capitalizing on the house’s location and the sweeping ocean views without changing its footprint. Comfortable window seats overlooking Nauset Beach and an assortment of bunk beds and guest bedrooms make it possible to welcome dozens of guests at a time – the more, the merrier!

When I first saw the house, I was taken with its exterior – the eyebrow roofline, weathered shingles and crisp white trim spell perfection in my book.

Cafe Design | Cottage by the Sea | Exterior

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Happy Monday, dear friends!

I hope you had a lovely summer weekend. After skipping a few posts last week, I’m back to my regular blogging schedule since no day feels truly complete without a blog post, even if it’s a short one like today’s.

We’ve been enjoying the sunny weather with slightly cooler temperatures and less humidity, which have been a blessing! This weekend we celebrated our baby girl not being a baby girl anymore. Our daughter Isabella turns five today and has us on an emotional rollercoaster. We can’t believe our little one is soon off to kindergarten, these years are way too short! So much joy and cake and nostalgia…but it’s all good!

Cafe Design | Lynn Morgan

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… is my kind of home! Colorful and filled to the brim with worldly patterns, it is exactly what you’d expect from the designer whose vast textile empire is inspired and produced by skilled workshops around the globe.

Robshaw’s country house is set in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut and is an early 19th-century cottage surrounded by eight acres of land. With the help of decorator friend Sara Bengur, the same designer he’d collaborated with in decorating his Manhattan apartment, Robshaw filled his home with an abundance of color and textiles that are either his own designs or treasured travel finds. “ She (Sara) reminds me that you have to have some negative space’’ he says. ‘’ You can’t endlessly layer!’’

As a result, Byzantine details, Indian influences and furniture pieces made to Robshaw’s exact specifications are expertly layered to create an exotic home in the heart of one of the most traditional parts of Connecticut. Such a fun and beautiful counterpoint! Bellow are some of my favorite rooms from this tour, starting with this side entrance that makes me feel all sorts of happy! Let me know what you think!

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Entrance

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