I hope you’ve all had a peaceful holiday weekend! We had a great couple of days, enjoyed some sweet family time as well as entertaining with friends. The temperatures are now in the mid 70s, tulips and lilacs are in full bloom and our entire neighborhood smells divine. Don’t you just love Spring?

For today’s design post, I have in mind a beautiful mountain lodge set in Big Sky, Montana that is all about nature. Designed by architect Paul Bertelli and decorator Markham Roberts, the home is a sophisticated holiday retreat that is cozy and comfortable without the usual rustic clichés. Weathered wood, native stones and breathtaking vistas blend seamlessly with chic fabrics and bespoke furnishings. The result is one of the most beautiful mountain homes I’ve ever seen!


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The sweetest words in my design vocabulary! If you share my ever growing fondness of small homes in beautiful locations, you’ll be happy to notice how I regularly post tours that fit the description, no matter how old or new. This particular cottage was published a few years ago in Traditional Home and it belongs to Manhattan couple Patricia and Jeffrey Fisher. Set in one of the prettiest parts of East Hampton, just a few blocks from the beach, this shingle clad house has an undeniable charm to it. Inside and out.


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Happy St.Patrick’s Day! May your day be filled with laughter and tons of good luck! For this Friday’s post I have a special home to share with you. It is a Grecian getaway on the island of Patmos that is stunning in its simplicity. Pure shapes and old structures were imbued with new life by a thoughtful owner. Don’t you just love it when that happens?

A Paris fashion executive purchased a 17th-century stable in shambles after falling in love with Patmos and hired Greek architect Lilia Melissa to restore it to its original beauty. A skilled team of local craftsmen have transformed the ruins into a beautiful island getaway. The materials used throughout are simple – lime washed walls, barn-wood floors and poured concrete countertops in the kitchen create a no-fuss atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with furniture finds from all over the world: local antique iron beds serve as sofas in the living room, tables and chairs were found or built by island carpenters. Treasures collected over give the rooms an exotic traveler’s feel – Portuguese bedspreads, Anatolian carpets, an antique drop-leaf colonial table and a Romanian kilim purchased in New York – all work beautifully to create a sophisticated and collected home.


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Patrick Printy is a Northern-California based designer who established his firm after a successful career as art director and stylist in the fashion and design industry. He worked with Pottery Barn, RH, Levi’s and Williams-Sonoma.

His projects vary from rural midcentury abodes, wine country farmhouses, spanish colonials, to country barn studios and homes in the city, yet they all share a fine blend of traditional design elements mixed with vernacular textures and materials. His Oakland home he shares with David Holland was the highlight of my Elle Decor issue this weekend. Masculine without feeling too stern, it mixes patterns in a calming palette of warm grays and cool blues.

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Yesterday I wrote about a charming Cape Cod beach property designed by Kathryn M. Ireland and mentioned how it comes with a glorious past. I thought it would make a great post to delve into more detail and show you the property as it was in its previous life.

It used to belong to the late Rachel ”Bunny” Mellon and her banking heir husband, Paul Mellon. The couple, whose exceptional wealth was paired with remarkable good taste, used this as their summer retreat, entertaining famous friends like Jack and Jaqueline Kennedy, Hubert de Givenchy, Noel Coward to name just a few. Known for her impeccable style, Bunny Mellon however was not your typical heiress and socialite. She led a discrete, almost reclusive life, with minimal public exposure.

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