Clearly beach homes are my jam right now. I can’t help it, it’s all I can think about! 🙂 This colorful little cottage stuck with me since last summer, after seeing it in House Beautiful because I thought it had some great design take aways. Bold design choices, managing a contrasting color scheme, renovating a total wreck…that sort of thing.

Boston designer Gary McBournie and his partner, Bill Richards, have created a charming summer retreat on the island of Nantucket that is both bold and joyful. Combining influences from their extensive trips abroad, particularly Danish and Moroccan, resulted in interiors that harmoniously blend crisp white walls and floors with deep, saturated colors.

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Happy First Day of Summer! Now that it’s official, I’ve thought about what summer means to me in terms of decor and this is what came to my mind – Tory Burch’ solarium in her Southampton home is one of my most beloved inspiration images for a layered, easy yet chic, summer-y look. It has all of my favorite things – color, lots of blues and greens with plants and chinoiserie jars; wovens-seagrass and sisal, corals and bamboo; bone inlayed treasures for an exotic feel and so much natural light!


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Reading about Woody House last weekend got me thinking more than usual about Long Island’s East End and its bucolic neighborhoods. Some years ago, long before my blogging days, I’ve pinned every single room of a project that has the triple threat design tag to it – architecture by Peter Pennoyer, interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth and gardens by Edwina von Gal! Do you remember this home? It was a new build on Long Island’s East End shore and it was beautiful. With a fantastic location, the owners purchased an old shingle style home that was crumbling down and asked architect Peter Pennoyer to attempt a rescue. Despite their efforts, the old home couldn’t be saved so a new one was built in a similar spirit and style. Don’t you just love it when new homes feel like they’ve been around forever? As for the interiors, Manhattan designer Matthew Patrick Smyth created light-filled spaces with an eclectic mix of beach-style decor, prized family heirlooms and antiques.

The gardens have been replanted with native vegetation and as a result, the plantings look like they just happened to grow that way. Effortless and chic! Enjoy!

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Happy Friday! Or should I better say, happy Saturday? Because if you’re anywhere near the Hamptons tomorrow, June 17, and would love to get a master gardener tour, you can join the ARF 31st annual tour that will benefit abandoned animals. This way you can contribute to a beautiful cause and enjoy the seven stunning gardens featured on this year’s schedule, one of which is the fabulous Bee Cottage. I just wish I lived closer!

The grounds of Bee Cottage have been designed by esteemed landscape designer Jane Lappin of Wainscott Farms and are perfectly suited for this fairytale cottage. Here’s a virtual tour for all of us who won’t make it to tomorrow’s tour!

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Woody House on Long Island graces the cover of the latest Architectural Digest and is certainly a very special home, one of the chicest I’ve seen in a long time! Like any space designed by the genius of Peter Marino, this house is perfect in every way. Mind you, it is not for minimalists, but it is still perfectly appointed. Its interiors have evolved over time and reflect their owners’ lifestyle and penchant for art and exotic travels. Only a great talent can layer so skillfully so many different influences and patterns, and do it with such ease. And it takes the right kind of clients to accomplish all that. There is not an inch left undecorated yet it all feels easy, and so much fun!

The lush labyrinth of gardens  has been designed by New York landscape designer John Hill and is famous worldwide. And so is Woody House.  In fact, Southampton resident Jennifer Ash Rudick includes the property among 30 idyllic homes  featured in her latest book – Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons – and judging by this one alone, it is going to be a classic!

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