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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There’s nothing like the magic of Nantucket… My feed is filled with beautiful island cottages, it seems like everyone was on Nantucket for the 4th of July celebrations. Bought for 30 English pounds and two beaver hats back in 1692 (thanks Nantucket Nectars for that bit of wisdom), it’s hard to put a price on this beautiful place. Filled with homes and streets that belong to another world, life on Nantucket flows at a different pace… Shingle clad cottages, white trim and picket fences,  tantalizing hydrangeas and climbing roses can make one drunk with beauty. I would never want to leave!

Cafe Design | Nantucket

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Nothing like natural wood and lots of white to create a relaxed beach house feel. Rustic elegance can be achieved with whitewashed cedar walls, an edited choice of woven-raffia chairs and layered natural textures. Keeping the palette to whites and sea blues makes these spaces look fresh and very coastal. Here are some wonderful rooms that celebrate comfort at the beach. Enjoy!

Cafe Design | AlanWanzenberg


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Happy Friday, dear friends! I’m just quickly checking in with some amazing shots from the latest issue of Veranda that took my breath away! Make sure to pick up your copy, it has some fantastic exterior & garden shots – like the Nantucket home of artist Cathy Graham which left me craving for more, or the Long Island home of Thomas O’Brien and David Fink. We’ve seen the later in Architectural Digest a while back but this time we get a glimpse of the outdoors as well… Fantastic curb appeal!

Cathy Graham’s Nantucket Home:

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Happiness is a beach house and a pup in tow…  I am totally a beach kind of girl, I enjoy the mountains but the sea is my true love! What’s the point of summer if we don’t get to spend part of it at the beach, right? Sun hats and soft summer dresses, long walks on the beach, collecting seashells, getting a great tan – that’s the perfect summer for me.

What makes your summer happy?

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