Out East

Summertime often evokes images of hedged lawns, bright blue pools, and shingled houses flanked by hydrangeas. Of course, what I am describing pretty much summarizes the homes out east. Even if you don’t have a chance to make your way to the coastal chic shores of the Hamptons, you can now transport yourself in a beautiful new book appropriately titled, Out East: Houses and Gardens of The Hamptons, written in an eloquent and inviting format by Jennifer Ash Rudick, a Southampton resident.

Out East takes you through some of the most historically well-known and picturesque homes of the Hamptons. From Harry and Laura Slatkin’s beautiful blue & white haven, to the completely redesigned and historically preserved home that formerly belonged to Millicent Rogers, Out East captures the beauty and the story behind one of the most coveted areas of the world.

Here is a sneak peak of Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons. The book is available July 11th.

To purchase: click here


All photos by Tria Giovan.

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Bam! That Is Style

Bam! Let’s add some flavor. That is typical dialogue for the Food Network Star, Emeril Lagasse. He is constantly adding a Louisiana twist and some extra spice to any of his award winning dishes. While his family’s vacation home near Destin, Florida is slightly more subtle, it is still full of great flavor and panache.

Designed by family friend Susan Lovelace, The sweet Gulf Coast home is full of clean neutrals, subtle colors, and rich wood beams to create an oasis of calm. The home has an airy ambience combined with a more refined beach front setting. It is not all pastels and sand dollars like many seaside homes, but instead it has a casual elegance that is often hard to administer in a “vacation” residence. Even though summer is coming to a close, I think all of us wouldn’t mind a vacation residence as a full time status. This home would certainly get away with it.

Images by ERICA GEORGE DINES via Veranda.

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Tall ceilings, airy ambience, and a fresh neutral palette. LOTS of texture mixed in.

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Love the antiques and high quality design used within the vacation home.

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Look at the chandelier and the countertop. They inject lively color and flair into the kitchen.

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A perfect setting for a dinner party. I have an aversion to oval windows, but I am loving how they mirrored them!

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Tranquility and copious light.

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An ideal placement. Everything looks as if it is meant to showcase the spectacular beach views.

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Something you would expect to see in an everyday home, yet it works so well in this beach home.

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A wonderful collection of texture, fabric, and color. A seamless flow and elegance.

A Chic Duo

I recently linked you all over to one of my favorite blogs, The Belclaire House, for a post she did on the fabulous Mario Buatta designed home featured on Bravo’s Southern Charm. Not long after,  I stumbled across an article on the Architectural Digest website about two homes designed by Mario Buatta that were just too chic not to share. The most lavish detail of all was that these two homes, one in Palm Beach and one in the Hamptons, were owned by the same couple, Hllary and Wilbur Ross. The homes are seamless with a timeless style and breadth of fresh flair.

The Prince of Chintz enchants the homes with his signature eye for whimsical tradition, a craft that he has mastered better than anyone in the field. It is this whimsy talent that takes my favorite color combination of blue and white to the next level with pillows and patterns sprayed in a classical eclectic manner. These homes are just edited enough, without looking in the least contrite. Sometimes it is fun to twist tradition, and Buatta proves that it can be done with a gracious sensibility. So let’s go into this Wednesday slightly green with envy that this couple gets two high end addresses with superb design inside.


Photos by Eric Piasecki and Scott Frances via AD.

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The garden and the terrace are what dreams are made of…breathtaking.

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Timeless, but never stale. Buatta knows his blue and white.

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A care free and polished combination of color. Notice how he used the paint all the way on the shutters as well.

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A playful sophistication with this drop-dead gorgeous hand painted wallpaper by Haleh Atabeigi. The blue ceiling is a well executed touch.

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If your not careful, this room at first glance looks like a child’s room. What it really is, is a continuation of the outside. A cabana ceiling and hand painted hedges.

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That traditional twist is apparent in the lines Buatta uses throughout, here it is in the bed frame.

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Sweet simplicity. Nothing more lavish than a well hedged pool.

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The use of the boxwood is classic, but the curvature is eclectic.

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A stunning Hamptons home.

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The Ross’ have a fantastic collection of modern art which juxtaposes beautifully with the more understated elements.

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A phenomenal canopy. I have never seen potted hibiscus topiaries. Unreal!!!

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Palm Beach perfection.

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Gracie wallpaper that will make anyone green with envy, mixed with a more whimsical multi-colored window treatments.

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A piece of modern art in a hallway of neutral hues.


Book It For Summer

How did Memorial Day weekend get here so quickly? I really can’t believe it. The start of summer is upon us, and I am ready for it! I am a big fan of summer reading, and reading in general. However, I must admit that since I started my blog I have put design reading ahead of fun summer fiction novels. My thought is, why read when I can get another blog post up and running.

I plan to change that thought this summer. With lots of traveling in the works and poolside afternoons, I am desperate for some good summer reads. What I have here is a collection of all the essentials you need to make a weekend (or a whole summer) full of decadent reading in style. Some of these titles I have read, some I have yet to read, and others I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews. So whether you are by the beach or up late on a summer evening, I hope you get some reading in during these hotter days. Please comment if you have any suggestions. I am always looking for a good read!

Happy Memorial Day!

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The Knockoff: A highly anticipated read full of style and chic whit. My copy just arrived and I am ready to dive into this first!

The Girl On The Train: A NYT Bestseller that I can’t wait to read. I’m always up for a page turner, which this is recommended to be quite the ride.

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The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: Speaking of page turners, I highly suggest this book by Tony Ortega. A champion in the fight against a horrible cult and the unspeakable ways they use corruption and money to destroy good people’s lives.

My Paris Dream: An insightful memoir of a former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor coming of age in Paris.

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Luckiest Girl Alive: A novel full of chic wardrobes and luxe lives with high-end twists and turns.

Outlander: I am sure you have heard about it, and you have for a reason. Historical and addicting fiction set in the lush scenery of Scotland. You won’t be able to put them down (a series to impress).

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Perfectly Miserable: A comic memoir on WASPY New England culture and the tricky balance of mothers and daughters.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tiding Up: Everyone who has read this says it is, in fact, life changing. Apparently it causes you to purge and apparently that is a good thing?? This definitely goes with a “less is more” approach over the adage “more is more and less is a bore.”

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#GirlBoss: Get motivated and take your life seriously. Takeaway quote: “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool.  Then let’s do this.”

Good to Great: Taking your company and perspective a step further.

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If I ever find my mom hysterically laughing it is from the high-class romps of Nicholas Coleridge. I equally adore his witty banter and rich characters. I can promise you will too.

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Gods and Kings: Why not explore the dangerously fashionable lives of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Sure to make a chic read.

Circling The Sun: I truly enjoyed The Paris Wife, so I can’t wait until this book, from the same author, arrives this July.

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Absolutely Beautiful Things: A truly beautiful book from one of my favorite designers in Australia.

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Camille Styles Entertaining: A perfect book for summer entertaining and nights on the patio, beach, or wherever your summer may take you .

Beach Reading Essentials

Aerin Lauder Pouch

Aerin Lauder has the perfect raffia pouch to bring to the beach to store your lip gloss, suncreen, and summer essentials.


MDS Stripes Tote

I think that raffia pouch would be ideal in the effortlessly classic tote by MDS Stripes.

Mark and Graham Beach Chairs

A fabulous chair for the lawn or beach that can be perfectly monogrammed by Mark & Graham.

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Santa Barbara umbrellas are a ultra tasteful way to shield yourself from the sun. I love the two tiered gray.

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I love the sweet simplicity of Restoration Hardware towels. The stripes are just totally classic.

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Me & Re Design creates such high-quality monogram items. They have the most delightful patterns and monograms from towels to party coolers.

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If you prefer a simple and quintessential beach towel, target has these great blue and white striped towels that are perfect for any poolside.