The much anticipated Coastal Living Idea House 2017 reveal is here! Pick up the September issue of Coastal Living to read the entire story and get inspired.

I wrote about this project designed by Mark Sikes a few months ago but here are the professional shots taken by the talented Amy Neunsinger and included in the Coastal Living Magazine feature. They are so good, I can’t help but share the tour again.

Coastal Living | Living Room

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The work of award-winning architect Gil Schafer III has long reached cult-status and it makes me very happy that his second book – A Place to Call Home – is scheduled for release next month. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this tome as it will showcase five years worth of design projects, among which Blythe Harris’s California home, designed by Schafer and decorated by Rita Konig. In expectancy, I decided to revisit Middlefield, Schafer’s weekend home that was shown in Elle Decor a good number of years ago, as well as in his first book  The Great American House – Tradition for the Way We Live Now. It is truly beautiful!

Cafe Design | Gil Schafer | Middlefield Front View

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a fun week in our little prairie town, the temps are cooling, summer is slowly fading away and we’re enjoying quieter days, stretching time. Also, next week we start kindergarten and we’re still trying to figure it all out, wondering how did this happen?! (So not ready, lol!!!)

One of this week’s highlights, design-wise, was the launch of Schumacher’s latest fabric collection – a collaboration with the fashion world powerhouse – Vogue! Fashion and interiors have forever been organically connected, a passion for one usually accompanies the love for the other so it’s no wonder this collection is absolutely beautiful…

Developed by Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s Creative Director and her team, along with Hamish Bowles – Vogue’s International Editor at Large, this collection is unique in that it is inspired by some of the most iconic fashion and design tastemakers of the century – Rachel (Bunny) Mellon, Gloria and Mariga Guiness, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Nancy Slim Keith, Millicent Rogers, Mona von Bismarck, Pauline de Rothschild, Talitha Getty to name just a few. Each of the 17 designs is available in two to four color ways, fabric and wallpaper and I can’t wait to use these beauties in my projects!!!

Cafe Design | Blue

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As I was writing Monday’s post about Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s home in Punta Cana, I stumbled upon another beautiful home in paradise. It is a Punta Cana vacation home built from the ground up by French-born decorator Genevieve Faure for clients that share their time between Switzerland and the Dominican Republic. The result –  a wonderful property that plays with scale and proportions, built using a bounty of local materials like Dominican Aguayo cement tiles painted in vivid colors and patterns. The home spans over seven different constructions in a turn-of-the century European style that blends Greek, Italian and South of France influences in a wonderful mishmash of architectural history, as Faure herself describes it.

Cafe Design | Punta Cana | Pool

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I’m currently working on a fun project designing a small library and have been looking for inspiration to spark my ideas. Decorating a smaller space is a creative challenge that requires careful color choices and furniture planning. But before I even think colors and furniture, I try to get a mental picture of how the space should feel like, what would make my clients happy and comfortable. And guess what? The image of this beautiful home office designed by the uber-talented AD100 Matthew Patrick Smyth came to mind.


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