Have you seen the summer issue of Veranda? If not, make sure to pick up your copy, it is a beautiful array of projects by design masters like Frank de Biasi and Cathy Kincaid! One of the homes in the issue is this blue and white dream house in Locust Valley – a sprawling property designed by de Biasi a few years ago. It is a c. 1917 Colonial-style home with the prettiest blue shutters and carefully manicured gardens.



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The work of ceramicist and lamp designer Christopher Spitzmiller has become the standard of excellence in the design world. The talented potter and business man  may spend his days in his New York City studio, but on the weekends, he drives 90 miles north to Millbrook. In the heart of Hudson Valley, Spitzmiller has carved out a little corner of rural paradise, the perfect place to unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

Back in 2005 he bough a dilapidated Greek Revival house that was so run down, it was in desperate need of a loving restoration. It took about 5 years to bring the house back to a glorious state, time in which Spitzmiller’s mentor and friend, Albert Hadley contributed with ideas on how to rework the dated floor plan into a practical, modern one.


”My house is a Greek Revival American farmhouse. Albert Hadley was a great mentor to me and I used as many of his wallpapers and designs [in the house] as I could. Albert made sketches from photos of the different rooms, and we worked out the floor plans together. The hook zebra rug in my living room is from his Parish-Hadley days and is one of my favorite possessions. Harry Heissmann, who worked for “Mr. Hadley,” helped me decorate it. Jeffrey Bilhuber has even affectionately called it “Hadleyville.””

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Happy Friday, y’all! We’ve made it through another working week and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a weekend of relaxation. On the blog front, I’m trying to get the content organized and keep up with the many, many things happening right now design-wise (splendid showhouse rooms, magazine spreads and cool designers to follow). As a blogger, having too much to write about is a good problem to have but I found myself distracted lately, undecided as to what I should write about first.  Whenever this happens and I get creatively overwhelmed, I try to take a breather and look back at one design that I adore more than the rest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I have a serious crush (read, obsession) on this Mill Valley home designed by one of my favorite architects Gil Schafer and the talented Rita Konig. Schafer’s second book is being released this September and a look at this gorgeous cover reminded me of his and Konig’s project. Then it hit me! It is part of that same project!!! Cue the floors and the chair on the left corner, as well as the patterned matchstick shades – definitely a Rita Konig touch!


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West Village, New York City…  I’ve been admiring this space for a couple of days now, which means it deserves a blog post on its own.This colorful room is part of writer Isabel Fonseca’s Manhattan childhood home. Born into a family of artists – her father is Uruguayan sculptor and painter Gonzalo Fonseca, her mother is famed New York artist Elizabeth Fonseca – Isabel is the youngest of four siblings and the sister of painters Bruno and Caio Fonseca.

With such concentrated talent and an appetite for the arts, it is no surprise that her family’s home is so chic and chock full of treasures. This eclectic living area captures their passion for collecting – meaningful pieces from around the Globe, beads from Tibet, indigenous sculptures from the Amazon, antique finds from Europe and beyond – are all displayed in a very casual, very personal frame.  Drawings by her brothers Bruno and Caio, as well as a painting by Gonzalo, create a room that is both authentic and incredibly personal. Just as design should be…

isabel fonseca- west side



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It’s showhouse season across the country and, although I haven’t seen any of them in person yet, I am planning to visit this year’s Lake Forest IL house, where designer Mark Sikes is honorary chair. Fortunately, I get daily glimpses of beautiful showhouse rooms on my social feed and so far, my favorite is a bedroom designed by the talented Sarah Bartholomew for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens. Thank God for social media, or else!

Bartholomew is an up-and-coming designer based in Nashville, TN with a stunning portfolio that reflects her fresh take on traditional design. Her Nashville home was published last year in Southern Living Magazine and it was breathtaking! Blue and white reign supreme in the design world as well as in Bartholomew’s room for this year’s southeastern showhouse.

Along with fellow designers Phoebe Howard, Tammy Connor and Margaret Kirkland (to name just a few), Bartholomew was given free reign over one of many rooms inside a historic property in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta. We don’t get to see the before shots but the finished space is nothing short of spectacular. Don’t you agree?


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