A little over a year ago I joined Instagram and my life has never been the same… Facebook and Pinterest are great ways to keep in touch with friends and get inspired, but Instagram does both! I’ve met wonderful people, made lovely Insta pals, visited exotic far away places and had quite a few good laughs – all from the comfort of my phone. There’s really nothing like it for creatives and the good news is there’s something for everyone. Puppies, baking, art, pizza, gardens, more baking, travel – whatever floats your boat there’s at least a dozen great Instagram accounts to get you inspired daily. One of my great passions is everything home and gardens related (shocking, I know!) and discovering new accounts on Insta makes me giddy. One such account, that I came across accidentally, is @cowparsley_and_foxgloves. Nothing fancy, just a home that is beyond my wildest dreams. Set in a small beach village, somewhere in England, a thatched-roof cottage with crisp white interiors is my new definition of beautiful living. Flocks of geese, two adorable pups, plump chickens, roses and herb gardens – the whole package. I highly recommend you check it out, it will be an Instant escape…

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Good morning, friends! I’ve spent yesterday evening scrolling “the” Instagram, checking out a new source of inspiration. If you enjoyed  Jennifer Ash Rudick’s Out East and the tour of one particular cottage on Lily Pond Lane, East Hampton, you’ll love Harry Slatkin’s Instagram account. The creative power couple Laura & Harry Slatkin is an inspiration and through their social media, they constantly share beautiful shots of their homes & gardens. Their home in East Hampton is gorgeous, inside and out. Decorated by Harry’s brother, Howard Slatkin, it is a beautiful mix of Anglo-Indian furnishings, chinoiserie, checks and Indian block prints, and everything is blue and white. Very cozy and comfortable, just like a beach house used year-round should be. Here is a selection of some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

Cafe Design Lily Pond Lane Swimming Pool

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The work of award-winning architect Gil Schafer III has long reached cult-status and it makes me very happy that his second book – A Place to Call Home – is scheduled for release next month. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this tome as it will showcase five years worth of design projects, among which Blythe Harris’s California home, designed by Schafer and decorated by Rita Konig. In expectancy, I decided to revisit Middlefield, Schafer’s weekend home that was shown in Elle Decor a good number of years ago, as well as in his first book  The Great American House – Tradition for the Way We Live Now. It is truly beautiful!

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer | Middlefield Front View

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Happy Friday, friends!

I must admit that lately I’ve been a little obsessed with the work of designer Mark D. Sikes and, judging by his enormous success, I’m not the only one! His LA home is utter perfection, I’ve posted about it here and here. For today, I thought we can take a closer look at his West Hollywood gardens as they were featured in House Beautiful and Veranda over the years. In addition to the magazine photographs, I’ve corralled some candid images of this dreamy space that Sikes often shares on his Instagram account.

The outdoor furniture is in one of my favorite styles. The sleek, black metal frames are timeless while the ample cushions provide comfort. Sikes reupholstered his Restoration Hardware Catalina set in a soft blue with a white banded trim. Personally, I love both iterations. The elegant furniture set is complemented beautifully with a stone table that displays chinoiserie blue and white porcelain bowls and vases. Garden stools, potted boxwood and geraniums surround are everywhere. Lime washed brick laid in a herringbone pattern covers the terrace and the stairs, fig ivy covers the terraced walls – a blanket of greens that augments the garden experience. So charming!

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Since the early days of the Roman Empire, Capri – a tiny island in the Gulf of Naples- has been a stylish and sough after destination and today’s tour takes us on a dream trip to one of its private residences.  With panoramic views of the sea, right above the Blue Grotto, this chic villa belongs to a Neapolitan lawyer who carefully restored it with the help of architect Francesco Della Femina and interior designer Pasquale Capasso. The interiors reflect the island’s vernacular – thick, white walls and vaulted ceilings, and an assortment of rooms and alcoves connected to the outdoors. The gardens, filled with orange and lemon groves, are divided into small spaces that are an extension of the interiors. It is truly a dream holiday destination and now I’m in the mood for Italy! Enjoy!

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