Monday always comes too fast, especially after a weekend of constant partying (nothing wild, just a couple of kiddos’ birthdays as well as my own) so while I’m easing into my Monday, I am delighted to write about another beautiful project signed by Ashley Whittaker.

It’s on the cover of House Beautiful’s March issue and for good reason. It’s everything we love about spring – beautiful florals, birds and chinoiserie, vibrant hues – bold and soft alike. The house is a weekend home in Darien, Connecticut, which Whittaker outfitted for comfort and joy.

ashley living room

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As I was perusing the web the other day, I found a charming little cottage designed by Charles O. Schwarz III that I want to share with you. It was published in House Beautiful many years ago but its rooms are timeless and the house still retains decorating value we can all appreciate. The house is a Greek Revival cottage built in the 1830s with many of its original details intact.

Cottage | Front Door

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Happy Friday!!! It’s been a brutally cold week throughout the U.S but today we can enjoy warmer temps and maybe even a little bit of sunshine. Here in the Midwest the snow has started to melt and we can finally breathe without a scarf, so you know… there’s reason to celebrate. With the colder weather upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about about Nantucket in the summer, rose covered cottages and hydrangea bushes in full bloom. Then one of you sweet readers reminded me on Instagram  about this lovely Swiss chalet owned by Dallas-based decorator Michelle Nussbaumer. It is the perfect spot to hide away from harsh winter days!


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Everyone loves a good makeover and the February issue of House Beautiful, dedicated to Before & Afters, is filled with pretty projects. One that stands out for so many of us is a quaint little fisherman’s shack on the island of Nantucket. Apart from the obvious appeal of a tiny cottage in such a wonderful location, the impressive thing about this story is that it took New York designer Kevin Isbell only three weeks to complete the transformation.

The cottage is over 100 years old and has had very few upgrades over the decades – most of the rooms were brown and buttery yellow, the floor plan was wonky and the rooms had no ceiling electrical wiring. While Isbell did perform some decorating magic, he left the integrity of the home untouched. No reconfiguring the floor plan, no knocking down walls – instead he made the best of what was  – don’t you just love that?

cottage exterior

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