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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Stunning At Every Turn

I recently posted a photo of a Dallas home on my instagram feed that did not do the house justice. It is a beautiful white brick home, set back on a very popular street. This home is also featured in the recent issue of Veranda magazine (run- don’t walk to get it!).  It is designed by Cathy Kincaid and restored beautifully by my favorite architect Wilson Fuqua. I have never seen an architect understand the great balance and perfect execution of chic and charm quite like Wilson Fuqua. I found some photos of the home on Mr. Fuqua’s website and I just had to share his unbelievable restoration and Cathy Kincaid’s stunning design of this inviting and totally chic home. Happy Weekend! XO

Photos via www.wilsonfuqua.com


Isn’t this courtyard enterance beyond charming?


Beautiful boxwood landscape surrounds this home. I really love the chic California privacy of this residence.


An amazing sun room. The ideal blend of fabrics and light.



Everything is timeless without looking stale or dated. Cathy Kincaid is really a master at that!


This is the dining room of my blue and white dreams.


Her choice of fabrics throughout the home really speak to the architecture.


Cathy really understands the art of an inviting bedroom. She creates a personal and calming oasis, with a punch of personality.



The architectural details of this room make for the perfect palette to decorate.


Really beautiful shutter color and lush topiary borders.




I love the infusion of brick texture as well as classic cabinetry. Perfection at every turn.

Graciously Gorgeous

Have you ever heard that the best plastic surgeons are artists? It is a combination that goes hand in hand. I mean, seriously, would you want someone who wasn’t aesthetically capable touching your face? I didn’t think so…The same goes in design. I feel there are artists, and then there are designers. I find myself drawn most to those who hold both talents and combine them into one profession. It is very evident that William Mclure is a gifted artist with an impeccable eye. I have loved following the Birmingham based designer on instagram for some time now and recently have seen more of his work pop-up online.

I must also share with you all his talent to make a room feel collected in a way that Southerners know how to do better than most. Mclure gives this sense of sophistication to his rooms that is universal in its appeal. His spaces immediately make you want to curl up with a good book, or be slightly overdressed with a glass of something strong in hand. Despite the serious design, there is a sense of light and easy chic that follows along into each colorful room.

Here are a few of my favorites. I really just can’t stop looking at all the talent and ambience that is held in all the spaces he creates. Can’t wait to see more from him! Photos from him website: WilliamMclure.com


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A fantastic bed. I love the contrast of this entire space. Who said a neutral palette has to be boring?

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I imagine it must be convenient being a designer and artist. This piece here is created by Mclure himself. It fits perfectly with the space. Truly talented.

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Can we just take a moment to admire the palm in the basket. What a great way to incorporate a little green and a lot of texture.

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This room makes such a statement, and is a large contrast to his other spaces. I love the firewood and intimate arrangement.

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What a perfect punch of everything. Red, blue & white, texture, pattern…what a treasure trove!

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The hand painted floors are really spectacular and a nice touch.

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More of Mclures fantastic art.

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Simple idea- to add a garden stool near the end of a hallway.

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I just love his vignettes. He has a true gift for that.

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I love the different washes of white combined together. It really always for the objects in the room to be recognized.

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More blue and white.

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Overall, Mclure knows how to create engaging spaces that show off his immensely artistic abilities.

Mark of Color

I am sure you all have seen it. Right? I mean how can you not adore the colorfully fresh and chicly bold Manhattan apartment designed by Mark D. Sikes in this month’s House Beautiful. It is engergizing without being overwhelming, which is often a hard feat with too much pattern and color. Sikes understands effortless chic better than anyone else in the business (in my opinion). He makes spaces timeless, without being conventional. His flawless taste gives him a supportive following. This apartment is the best way to start the weak- tasteful, colorful, and ridiculously fabulous.

Happy Monday!

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I mean, look at how that lines up. Blue, white, red, and a little leopard carpet.

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I just love it!


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I am obsessed with the lavender walls. Unexpected, but it totally works.

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I love the layers of texture. So important for a room. The wallpaper is everything.

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What a room!

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Happiness is blue and white.

Chairish It All

I think dining rooms are a place where you can create an enclosed space of intimacy, refinement, and elegance. At least, that is what I think dining rooms should be. I recently scrolled through one of my favorite websites, Chairish, to search for some dining chair inspiration. The worst part is that I didn’t just see one set I liked. Lucky for me, there is a rising trend of mixing dining chairs. I am a big fan of an eclectic mix as long as the true flow and ambience remain cohesive.

Below I created a mood board that captures the inspiration for my ideal dining room. All products (with the exception of the Gracie wallpaper background) are from Chairish. Hope you find some inspiration below (as well as really fabulous deals)!

Find more great chairs: here


The Potted Boxwood for Chairish

My mood board of inspiration. I think if this was my dining groom I wouldn’t want to move from it. I love the mix of the colorful velvet chairs with the texture of the white caning and neutral leather.


Maison Jansen Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs from Chairish

Melchiorre Bega Sculptural Dining Table from Chairish



French Country Farmhouse Style Cane Chair from Chairish


Antique English Majolica Leaf Plates from Chairish

 Visual Comfort Brass Chandelier from Chairish

Vintage Chinoiserie Miniature Ginger Jar Vase from Chairish

Brass Bamboo Tray from Chairish

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Mid Century High Ball Glasses from Chairish

Mid Century High Ball Glasses