Best of 2017

Happy last day of the year!!! What a wild ride it’s been! I don’t know about you but I’m ready for new beginnings… The madness of the season has left us tired, frozen, snowed-in but happy. Despite all the craziness, I’ve had some time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year gone by. Design-wise it’s been rich and colorful – books destined to become classics have been published, show houses have displayed the work of some of the most talented decorators, podcasts have brought our favorite designers that much closer, and of course, a great number of beautiful homes have been published for all of us to see and be inspired by. There was so much beauty that I had a hard time keeping this post reasonably long so here are my favorite stories, as they came to my mind…

New York designer Ashley Whittaker designed the coziest, most inviting Hudson Valley farmhouse with its very own “Starbucks”. This delicious window seat situation is making me all sorts of happy!



Another New York designer, Michael Maher, filled his historic New Jersey home with layers of color and pattern.  I fell in love with this cozy bedroom tucked under the eaves!


This Connecticut ranch got a glamorous transformation by the talented Lee Ann Thornton. Designed in my favorite palette of blue and white, with clever touches of apple greens and purple, this home is an epitome of romantic living.

lee ann thronton


After years of careful collecting and restoration, Tory Burch’s Southampton estate was further revealed in Architectural Digest this fall. The home’s sumptuous interiors are the result of a long collaboration with architect and designer Daniel Romualdez, also responsible for designing the Tory Burch stores.



A glimpse into one of the prettiest books published this year, In Bloom by Cathy Graham:

IN BLOOM - Cathy Graham

The Coastal Living Magazine’s Idea House 2017, designed entirely by Mark D. Sikes, looked fantastic!


Peter Copping’s Normandy home is a labyrinth of cozy rooms and historic detail.

peter copping

Through Jennifer Ash Rudick’s latest book, Out East, we got a tour of Harry and Laura Slatkin’s East Hampton home:

Tria Giovan Photography

Nashville-based designer Sarah Bartholomew decorated to perfection a century-old D.C row house. A lesson in layering and decorating with neutrals, this place is stunning room-by-room.




Thank you Veranda for taking us on a tour of Oprah’s beautiful Montecito rose gardens!


Another memorable room we’ve seen this year is the Catskills kitchen of Juan Carretero. A dream wrapped in marble and soapstone, wrapped in the warmest of grays cabinets. Want!


My new favorite design book has got to be classical architect Gil Schafer’s A place to Call Home. Not only do we get to see what this talented man has been up to but we also get a tour of his new place to call home – a Maine beach house that is sleek and modern!  What a treat!


Last but just as important, the enchanting Woody House, designed in collaboration with Peter Marino:

woody house

These are just a fraction of a year filled with top class design, so please let me know if I left out any of your favorites! And finally, a huge thank you to all of you following along, you’ve made my year!

To a joyous, prosperous 2018!





  1. Marta
    December 31, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Such a beautiful round up!!!

    • Eva Contreras
      December 31, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you, Marta!!!! Happy New Year! xo

  2. January 1, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Marvelous post, thanks!

    • Eva Contreras
      January 1, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Denise! Happy New Year!

  3. Mary
    January 2, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Great roundup! Gil Schafer’s book is my new favorite too; the other’s are Tom Scheerer’s, Lauren Liess’and ALL of Bunny Williams books.

    • Eva Contreras
      January 2, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Thank you, Mary! Love your taste…all classic books that I have on my coffee table! Happy New Year, xo Eva

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