IF WALLS COULD TALK

This beautiful Beaux Arts-style mansion located in Chicago was constructed in 1899 by a notable doctor as a wedding gift to his daughter. At some point in its history the home was purchased by Hugh Hefner who also purchased an adjacent parcel to create a Playboy Mansion Compound. Hefner has since sold the property and the two parcels of land with their homes have reverted back to two separate properties. The Beaux-Arts style home has been lovingly restored by the current owners, Jack and Julie McGinley, through the help of their designer Gail Plechaty.  The home is regal and sophisticated but at the same time feels warm and welcoming.  It’s tranquil, calm color scheme is something that suits this mansion perfectly. It’s definitely a place I could call home.

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Nina Liddle and the Chatham Inn at 359 Main

If you have been following me on Instagram you know that Mr. B and I have covered a lot of territory in Massachusetts during a two week vacation. We stayed in a variety of accommodations ranging from quaint inns to high end, luxury hotels.  We carefully selected each lodging after painstaking research to ensure each detail of our trip would be nothing but pure delight!

For our stay in Cape Cod we decided to stay in the charming town of Chatham at the Chatham Inn at 359 Main to serve as home base for several nights which would also allow us to explore the areas around us. It is also located within walking distance to downtown shops and Chatham Lighthouse Beach. Chatham Inn at 359 Main describes themselves as a “five star boutique hotel”, which re-opened earlier this year after a rebranding and renovation.  As a designer and creator falling in love with the pictures on the Inn’s website I had to find out who was responsible for the beautiful decor of the newly renovated Inn. I discovered that the Nina Liddle Design, a Nantucket interior design firm was responsible for the beautiful interiors that pay homage to the Inn’s seaside location.  Nina Liddle incorporates a fresh color palette with hints of a casual, yet upscale nautical design. Serena and Lily fabrics are featured in most, if not all, of the 18 guest rooms.  The charming decor and friendly service at the Chatham Inn at 359 Main makes you feel like you’re a welcome guest in a dear friend’s home.

Views of the lobby and reception area. The beauty is in the simplicity incorporating gorgeous fabrics and textures. 

One of two stairways leading up to the upper floor guest rooms. This property dates back to 1830 so it is not equipped with an elevator, although the staff is gracious to assist you with your baggage. If you have mobility issues, this is something to be aware of.  However, ground floor rooms are also available.  

We were actually traveling with family so reserving Room 15 on the second floor of the Inn worked out perfectly. Room 15 includes two separate bedrooms with a private sitting room and private bath.

Each morning of our stay started with a delicious breakfast in the lovely dining room.

Can someone teach me how to fold a cloth napkin into a sailboat? I meant to ask when I was there but forgot! 

The breakfast does not disappoint.  There are many delicious options to choose from including a truffle omelet and chocolate pancakes with applewood smoked bacon. 

If you follow me on Instagram, this picture of a delicious muffin might look familiar. 

This post was unsolicited.  No compensation was received for this post.  The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Pasadena Showcase House 2015: The Writers Room

I have made it tradition to tour the Pasadena Showcase House each year. The homes selected and the designer updates never seem to disappoint. This year one of my favorite rooms was designed by Robert Frank Design of San Marino, California. It was probably one of the smallest rooms in this 9,600 square foot home (plus a 2,600 carriage house) but it was one that was most memorable to me. I think one of the many reasons I connected with it was because of its serene ocean vibe and the coziness of the space.

“Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s oceanside villa, we created a timeless design that is both beautiful and comfortable. Serving double duty as a home office and guest room, this space also offers a peaceful retreat.” 

I think Robert Frank did an exquisite job of capturing the essence of a seaside retreat by incorporating a crisp white, navy, and citron.  The floral fabric used for the draperies is known as “Alexander Indigo” and is available through Calico Corners.  A good testament to the fact that many wonderful interior design resources are available to the general public!

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Fabric detail. Yardage is available to the public through Calico Corners.

Photos via houzz, Cozy Stylish Chic and Calico Corners