There are two words design geeks like you and me dislike the most – one is budget, the other is rental. Am I right? Well, the same cannot be said about design legend Tom Scheerer. Best known for his layered interiors that look effortless, hardly decorated at all, Scheerer takes on decorating a Manhattan rental. His new Upper East Side pad is paired down and edited to a minimum – a master class on how to decorate a rented abode.

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I’m sure I’ve said this before but one of my favorite things to do is browse the internet in search of design inspiration. Like with any field, interior design is a continuous path of study and discovery. While on a design hunt the other day, I found this fabulous Sydney cottage that I’m now obsessed with and need to share with you! Some of you may know it and remember it from several years back, when it graced the covers of Vogue Living Australia. I missed it then and although I was familiar with the work of Cameron Kimber, I wasn’t familiar with his gorgeous home.

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Hi, friend! I have a lovely room to show you today. Rafe Churchill Traditional Houses is an award winning architecture and design firm based in Sharon, Connecticut with a passion for the vernacular. Their portfolio is a beautiful string of country homes, old and new that Churchill and his design team have restored and renovated.

A carpenter by tradition and training, Rafe spent a few years in NYC as designer and exhibiting sculptor before moving to Connecticut with his wife, interior designer Heide Hendricks. The couple’s love for architecture and design inspired a successful collaboration. Rafe Churchill coordinates the architectural side of their firm while Heide is involved with the interior design aspects. A great match!

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Okay, so another cinematographic year has passed! A few years ago we started this tradition of watching the Oscars and I’m so glad we did because this edition was a memorable one! Incredibly entertaining, the 89th Oscars were one of the best in recent history, I dare say!  It had all the right ingredients: great movies, great host and the right kind of humor, social message, amazing speeches (Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali…), diversity, and of course lovely gowns.

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It is official, I have a thing for living small with great style! The March-April issue of Veranda is an ode to springtime and appropriately features some gorgeous homes set in California, the land of eternal sunshine. Among projects signed by icon designers like John Saladino and Kathryn M.Ireland, one in particular I found incredibly charming. The house is a two bedroom stucco cottage set in Montecito, with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. It is the weekend home of Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks – husband and wife duo behind one of the most prestigious design firms in the country –Tucker & Marks. The couple purchased the house three decades ago and transformed it over time into their family holiday home. Lots of sunshine, comfort and a palette of soft hues make this cottage a dream getaway.

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