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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Friday greetings, friends! How are things? If you’re feeling nostalgic about summer days past, I have the perfect home tour for you – an 1880s Federal style home that was completely rebuilt with historically accurate details in mind by Botticelli & Pohl Architects. The interiors have been beautifully outfitted with 18th and 19th -century American farmhouse style pieces that blend harmoniously with comfortable upholsteries in charming prints. The interiors were executed by Nantucket House Antiques and Interior Design Studios. There are some great rooms that inspire in both furniture layout and mix of styles. All farmhouse pieces go together, whether Swedish, French or Early American. Wicker and sisal, bamboo shades and a classic palette make this home elegant but also fun.  The living room, family room and kitchen in particular have stolen my heart…

Cafe Design | Nantucket Home | Family Room 2

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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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Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about a renowned architect and his departure from the historical house rooted in local vernacular and into modern territory. Funny enough, today’s post is about a story that in many ways does the opposite. Celebrated American conductor and harpsichordist William Christie made France his home soon after graduating from college and has (successfully) devoted his entire career to the revival of  17th and 18th -century French baroque music. After discovering the Vendee region and renting several homes over the years, he came across Le Batiment, a beautiful yet unlivable ruin.

Cafe Design | French Chateau | Exterior

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Gil Schafer’s latest book – A Place to Call Home – is out this September and with that we get a glimpse into seven wonderful projects set in different locations across the country and spanning styles that are vastly different. I am beyond happy to revisit the Mill Valley home that Schafer conceived for Blythe Harris and her family, but this past week we also got a glimpse into another home from his book through a New York Times article. It is Schafer’s own seaside house in Brooklin Maine. It is beautiful of course but it will surprise many who are familiar with this utterly traditional architect because it is… well, modern! Yeap, that’s true Gil Schafer went modern! As he says, you cannot experiment with your client so you better experiment on your own home and see where that leads. In this particular case, what started as an unattractive rental property ended in a lovely project that is a departure from Schafer’s more historically appointed houses.

Cafe Design Gil Schafer Views

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