Best Of

Happy Friday, y’all! It’s been a crazy busy week – as always – so I’m really glad to take a breather over the next couple of days. The weather is bellow freezing point right now and all I want to do is stay in, close to the window with a hot cup of tea. The trees in our backyard are on a magnificent display of colors and my daughter and me are on a mission to gather and preserve as many as we can. My favorite Christmas albums are on a loop so you know, life is good…

Over the last couple of weeks I had the time to read each and every story of this month’s issue of House Beautiful and I’m so excited to see so many great rooms and projects in a single issue. More than just pretty pictures, the pages are filled with tips and ideas, and inspiration for all of us to return to. Here are some of my favorites that I think you will love too.

I’ll start with an incredible mudroom in the Catskills home of designer Juan Carretero. What a bold take on traditional decor!!! I’m obsessed with shiplap that looks this chic and I love how Carretero paired a deep hunter’s green gloss paint on the walls with natural wood and a stunning furniture piece. The contrast is amazing!


Moving on to Carretero’s kitchen….the bomb!!! That gorgeous soapstone island shows off the marble perimeter countertops – it’s all in the mix. That gray paint on the cabinets haunts me -it’s called Ocean Floor from Martha Stewart’s Home Depot line. So, so good!


Another lovely space with a mix of periods and styles, Carrretero’s living room.  A Saarinen table is beautifully paired with Louis XVI style chairs. I love how balanced it all looks.


I’m obsessed with the Connecticut ranch designed by Lee Ann Thornton. Simply the best lesson in layering I’ve seen in quite some time.


“Thornton painted the window mullions black and the frames white in the sunroom; the effect lends definition to the soft palette of pale French and peacock blues. The sofa is covered in the same Peter Fasano fabric as the walls. Laguna bobbin chairs, Motif Designs. Chandelier, Paul Ferrante.” – House Beautiful

“The pale blue fabric on both the sofa and the walls is inviting, but on its own, it might have made the sunroom feel like it could float away. To anchor it, I painted the window sashes black. I love how black adds crispness and clarity to a room; it works like a picture frame to define the overall composition. For contrast, I left the casings white and added sheer cafe curtains to soften the edges. I also punched up the color palette with peacock blue accents on the throw pillow, the blanket and sconces.” – Lee Ann Thornton


Cafe Design | Dining Room

Another great project is by designer Alexandra Agle. She curated her clients ample collection of antique American furniture, marine paintings, bird prints and vintage flags, to create a home that feels light yet collected. I particularly loved her her take on the bathrooms- she treated them with the same attention as any other room. The walls have depth and dimension with Farrow & Ball’s Skylight (gorgeous, earmarked this one for a future project).


In the powder room, walls are covered in her client’s collection of Audubon prints that look so good along with wainscoting in farrow & Ball’s Arsenic. The touch of red on the shades makes it all that much better.


A vintage American flag is always, always a beautiful addition. To any decor.


In the living room bellow, Agle mixed different patterns and styles while continuing the home’s blue and white color story.


There are so many other great spaces featured in this issue, which one is your favorite?

Have a great weekend!



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  1. November 10, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    That hunter green shiplap is delicious!!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 10, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! It is gorgeous, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend

  2. November 10, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    This review was great Eva, especially because I still haven’t received my November issue! Of all the issues not to not receive–ugh, this is a real disappointment as I love everything you shared. I absolutely adore the Lee Ann Thornton designed home, and am also crazy about that Alexandra Agle nautical bathroom. I’ve been studying that one for days! Hopefully my issue will come tomorrow–this issue is a keeper!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 16, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Thanks for your comment, Elizabeth! I hope your issue is here, it’s one for the archives 🙂

  3. November 27, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Such beautiful and inspirational photos!

    • Eva Contreras
      November 27, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Marta! xo