The sweetest words in my design vocabulary! If you share my ever growing fondness of small homes in beautiful locations, you’ll be happy to notice how I regularly post tours that fit the description, no matter how old or new. This particular cottage was published a few years ago in Traditional Home and it belongs to Manhattan couple Patricia and Jeffrey Fisher. Set in one of the prettiest parts of East Hampton, just a few blocks from the beach, this shingle clad house has an undeniable charm to it. Inside and out.

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Hi, friends! I hope y’all had a lovely weekend! After a slow week of relaxed days and less blogging, we’re back to our regular schedule. For today I’ve prepared a post that has been on my mind for quite a while. My love of beautiful homes and architecture determined me to look closer at an architectural style that is stunning, both inside and out. It is Architectural Digest’s favorite home style featured, the shingle style home (or better said, the shingle style mansion).

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One of the first distinctly American architectural styles, the shingle style home was developed in New England between 1880 and 1900. Although it generously borrowed details from other Victorian styles popular at the time, it is deeply rooted in the American vernacular. Porches, shingles and an asymmetrical layout were inspired by the popular Queen Anne; Palladian windows, gambrel roofs and the extensive use of stone pillars and foundations were typically used in the Richardson Romanesque style homes. All these different architectural elements found a harmonious expression in a new style that is both informal and eclectic.

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Spring Break greetings, my friends! I hope you’re enjoying some good weather, wherever you are. We’ve been having a lot of downtime with our little one these days. We feel so blessed that we get to spend more time with our daughter when school’s out and we tried to take advantage of the warm weather as much as possible. We travelled to Chicago for some cool sightseeing and we have a couple of birthday parties lined up for this weekend. Not to mention Spring cleaning before school resumes…

Anyway, since I’m still on holiday mode, sort of, I will just quickly show you some of the pics I’ve been using as inspiration these past couple of weeks. I promise I’ll be back on Monday with a lengthier post.

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Tory Burch can do no wrong in my book. The fashion designer has exquisite taste, both on and off the runway. Her beautiful summer home in Southampton is something else that I’ll blog about in more detail soon but I’ve been looking at pictures of her garden pavilion and pool house a lot lately.

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It is Spring Break in our neck of the woods and I’m taking some time off from my regular blog schedule. However, I couldn’t help but share with you a lovely room designed by Miles Redd, a room I am smitten with at the moment. It is an old library Redd turned into a home office for his mother, Sue. I love the fresh emerald green on the walls mixed with the prettiest chintz of the table cloth. Blue and white chinoiserie lamps and layered office supplies create a chic and comfortable room. I’d be happy to work in this library!

The following  excerpts are from House Beautiful and explain some of Redd’s design choices for this space. The beautiful photography is by Peter Murdock.

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Happy First Day of Spring! I thought and thought about spring for months now, right after Christmas to be exact and finally it’s here. Technically at least. We started off spring break last Friday, which means students are away and hubby and I have the campus all to ourselves. I just love how calm everything feels and that I get to chose my favorite seats in cafés. We have a few fun trips planned to Chicago and Galena – House Beautiful recommends this little town for all our antiquing needs – so yaay!

In the meantime, I got inspired over the weekend by the beauty of Nantucket cottages. Clad in cedar shakes and shingles that weather so beautifully in the salty air, the contrast with the crisp white window trims is made even prettier by some of the most amazing window boxes one can ever see. What better way to celebrate spring?

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