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Thursday, July 10

Inspired Design: Blue & Orange Coastal

What resonates with you when you think about coastal interiors? The combination of orange and blue is not usually a pairing that comes to mind, for me at least. I think that's what makes this family room, designed by Katie Rosenfeld, so refreshing.  

It's a great example of choosing creating a design scheme that compliments the space's environment without overplaying or overstating the obvious. This home is coastal but the only obvious indicators are the rope lamp and the beadboard wall treatment. The patterns and colors of the materials are fun and playful but could easily fit into a suburban family room. But put everything together and you instantly get a coastal vibe without including the obvious nautical motifs. 

Inspiration Image via Katie Rosenfeld Design 

Tuesday, July 8

A Little House & Home Love

The late summer issue of any shelter magazine is always a gamble for readers. Is it going to be amazing or is it going to lack a bit because staff are away enjoying the warm weather? Allow me to allay your fears about the August issue of House & Home. The four "family" living features are all spectacular. A little mod, a little traditional, a little antique minimalist - a lot of gorgeousness. Not surprising, I fell hardest for the home decorated in shades of blue and white. 

With all this recent love of blue and white, I think a little redecorating might be in order for my apartment! For more images and the full article, check out August's issue of House & Home

Images by Virginia MacDonald for House & Home

Tuesday, July 1

Bohemian Neon

I'd like to state for the record that I'm not always dressed to the preppy nines. Gasp! It's true that for the majority of summer I tend to wear brighter, preppy clothing but there are sometimes when I'm a bit more bohemian. And it usually occurs during the work week when my edgier (anything not striped, navy blue or Lilly Pulitzer) clothing comes into play. This season I've been really drawn to black and white ethnic/tribal prints paired with some brighter accessories. 

I've always admired the classic Panama hat but I've always been a bit too self-critical about how I look in them. This weekend while enjoying the Newport Flower Show with my mother, I changed my mind. It was riotously sunny and I could feel my skin burning through my SPF 50. Hat vendor and Panama straw hat to the rescue. I don't think it's half bad...