This home designed by Lee Ann Thornton and published in the new House Beautiful is the reason I love interior design!!! I am impressed and in awe of how an old Connecticut ranch that started out as a plain Jane with lots of drywall, small rooms, low ceilings and a quirky flow has morphed into such a beautiful home. Somehow Thornton has created many of my dream spaces – that sunroom is simply glorious, I would never leave that room!….the dining room is layered with beautiful patterns and feminine details I adore, the master bedroom is subtle and interesting while the master bath is crisp and edgy… I’m in love!


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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fun weekend.

While surfing the web the other day, I came across a lovely California abode on Traditional Home’s online edition and liked its cheerful appeal. The house is home to a young family with three children and has been built and decorated by architectural and interior designer Wendy Posard. The original structure was an 1890s Georgian Revival that Posard tore down and had rebuilt. The style and the old footprint were preserved, and most of the timber and moldings reused. The new structure has now a better interior flow and open sight lines throughout. Large windows, transoms, French and Dutch doors keep the rooms open to the gardens.

In terms of blending the old with the new, one of my favorite things about this house is that it meets the highest standards in the national green-building program. The construction has the environment in mind with a Platinum Level LEED (Leadership in  Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

As for the color scheme, a happy blue-white-and-lemon-yellow palette inspired by a china set the couple had bought from Italy injects a cheerful mood. The clients wanted a “wine-country-meets-the-beach” vibe and Posard delivered down to a T.

Cafe Design | Front Door

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Now that the colder days are (finally) here, we’re all thinking warm colors and cozy decor. I’m way behind with my pumpkins and mums this year, not to mention I can’t find our Halloween props, so instead today’s fall design inspiration comes from an 1850s farmhouse in upstate New York, decorated by the talented duo of Tilton Fenwick. This project was recently published in House Beautiful and it has a little bit of everything- color, enveloping prints, fun fabrics that work all year-long, but are particularly fitted for the colder months. Like this living room below, with an orange velvet sofa that would keep me hostage for weeks. With a good book, a warm  cup of tea and the roaring fire… ahh, the good life!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Living Room Sofa

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With his signature blue and white palette, Mark D. Sikes decorates a wonderful beach house … It seems like every other week brings a new post about the work of LA designer Mark Sikes. It may sound repetitive to some, but I just can’t help it!

One of my favorite projects featured on Sikes’ portfolio and in his first book, Beautiful, is an ample Spanish colonial style beach front home in Montecito. Despite the classic architecture, the interiors are anything but stuffy. The clients desired a beach getaway that exudes an easy, indoor-outdoor lifestyle and Sikes was, obviously, the perfect fit! Natural textures, rattan, bamboo and abaca rugs, Anglo-Indian bone-inlayed furnishings, stripes and a medley of exotic textiles were a sure way to create a dream ocean retreat.

Cafe Design | Montecito | Exterior

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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…

Cafe Design Instant Escape 2

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