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A MARTHA’S VINEYARD CHARMER BY LILIANE HART

I may have been born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles but sometimes I feel like a New England girl at heart. I have traveled to the east coast on numerous occasions and each time I visit I fall more in love with the region’s classic coastal style. Maybe part of the allure isn’t just about the architecture or decorating style. It really is about a lifestyle – one where much of life revolves around that water. Anywhere near the water is considered to be one of my “happy places”.

The Martha’s Vineyard home I am highlighting today was designed by Liliane Hart, a designer that Traditional Home Magazine named as one of 2017’s rising design stars. The home was featured in a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and I have included pictures from both the magazine spread as well those from Liliane’s portfolio.  This also reminded me that I really shouldn’t wait too long to plan a trip to Martha’s Vineyard since it’s a place I actually haven’t been to yet but something tells me that I’m going to love it…

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I’ve mentioned before that our home is designed around fairly neutral colors with not a lot of pattern since I tend to tire of things easily. However, if there is one designer that can convince me to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace color and pattern, it would be the talented Liliane Hart. She has a flair for color and a wonderful eye for mixing color and pattern with classic style. However, she also has her way with neutrals that are just as captivating. Many designers have a signature and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that,

http://lilianehart.com/portfolio.html

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A Kennedy Carriage House Turned Cottage

It’s amazing how the fascination with the Kennedy’s doesn’t ever seem to die down. The Kennedy name is synonymous with style so it’s no surprise that Architectural Digest recently chose to profile the circa 1904 Hyannis Port carriage house turned cottage belonging to Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy) and his wife Amy.

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One of the things I’ve always found interesting about Patrick’s grandparents, Joe and Rose Kennedy, is that as wealthy as they were, they never overly decorated their home on Hyannis Port, or the “Big House” as it was often referred to. Maybe they realized that it wasn’t practical while raising 9 kids? Or maybe it had something to do with the fact that since most of their time on the Cape was actually spent outdoors, they felt that the interiors didn’t need to be overly lavish? Patrick Kennedy confirmed my suspicion by stating in the article that “…it was never about the big house, the ornate architecture. The house was just a location. My grandparents were obviously very, very wealthy, but they never, ironically, invested a lot building out a really fancy house,” he says. “They were never trying to impress anyone. It’s very understated. [Our house] is a very glorified bunkhouse, a crash pad that has very nice architectural aesthetics.”  It seems that Amy and Patrick have carried on the tradition of creating a casual environment when turning their attention to the interiors of their own home on the Compound. They’ve created a welcoming beach house famously situated on one of the most idyllic settings on the bay.

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Red, White, and Blue

Tomorrow is the 4th of July holiday and today on the blog we are celebrating the spirit of summer with designs inspired by patriotic colors. Although I’m generally partial to neutral colors, I’ve always been drawn to a classic New England look that often incorporates red, white, and blue. Mr. B and I be celebrating by the water (one of my “happy places”) and heading to La Jolla. The fact that the holiday falls in the middle of the week this year is a bit of a bummer but it’s still a good excuse to seize the day and enjoy what summer has to offer, even if only for one day. What are your holiday plans?

I wish you a very Happy 4th of July. Stay safe..stay sane…

All the best, V.

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There’s nothing more classic than a good stripe so I created a series of thick stripes executed in watercolor. Most have already sold and very few are still available.

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SOLD. This is another painting I created for a client in Boston. This is one in a series of four different designs but all incorporated the same brighter blue and red tones. The colors seem most appropriate for a New England interior.

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Inspiration for The Seaside Guest Room (Again)

The holiday season is upon us and that means many people will be getting ready for overnight or extended stay guests. The status of our Seaside Guest Bedroom has been on my mind lately and I almost hate to admit that I’ve changed design direction…again. Why is it so much harder to design your own home than the home of someone else? Luckily, the furniture will remain the same but the accessories will be swapped out to provide a completely new look. I’ve always wanted this to be a restful seaside retreat for guests so I will be taking cues from the colors found at the beach. I was looking through my stash of fabric and found a beautiful coral pink silk taffeta from the Silk Trading Company. The color reminds me of the pinkish hue often found during sunset or on the inside of a conch shell. It’s perfect and will be used for throw pillows. I’m also excited about incorporating this beautiful marbled silk ribbon in the space to tie all the colors together. I will be sure to share when the room is complete. I know I’ve said that before but this time I really do mean it…I promise…fabric design styleEven though I finalized my color scheme a while ago, I was still searching for inspiration. I wanted to see how others incorporated shades of grey, salmon, ivory and beige. I never quite found anything that “spoke” to me but the image below was part of an email sent by One Kings Lane this morning. It was the confirmation I needed to make me feel like I was on the right track. I fell in love with the look and feel of this space. It has such a graceful elegance to it but still feels very welcoming. Hopefully I can channel a little bit of that vibe into my own space. Wish me luck!

Another Sneak Peek at the Seaside Guest Bedroom

I previously wrote about the current updates to the room I affectionately call the Seaside Guest Bedroom and provided you with the little teaser picture you see below. The room wasn’t 100% “done” before deciding to redecorate it. Has that ever happened to you? There were aspects of the room that never really felt quite right to me. I realized that it wasn’t a pure reflection of my style and I was trying to force the overall design to work. I felt like I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. That never works. So…I decided to redecorate and be true to my style of decorating with neutral fabrics, for the most part, and adding texture through furniture and accessories. Luckily, most of what needs to be done involves swapping out accessories. The existing furniture stays although there are two existing pieces that will be painted to better suit the space.

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The existing daybed cover and matching bed skirt is ivory in color. I will be making new throw pillows for the bed in the same ivory color to match. The only pop of color on the bed will be a single throw pillow that I’ll be making from the blue/green silk fabric in the picture below. The print is one of six purchased from an antique shop near Boston over ten years ago. When I brought them home I had them framed in the black and gold frames you see here. They once adorned our bedroom at our previous home. They now now get to call the Seaside Guest Bedroom their permanent residence.

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The room will be graced with a pair of chipped paint wood frames that once belonged to Mr. B’s grandmother. We have never used them and they have been stored away for over 25 years. I finally get to dust them off (literally) and incorporate them into this space. I love that we finally get to use them and they will be hung as-is. No restoration will be done. reviving charm at home 8

I will be making two small throw pillows using the black and ivory striped fabrics shown a couple of pictures above. I think they will accentuate the tufted linen covered chair nicely. The wooden legs of the chair are currently a light oak color but will be refinished. Yet, another project on my do-to list. reviving charm at home 5Since the room isn’t large I knew I wanted to incorporate a daybed in order to maximize space. When I stumbled upon this spindle designed daybed at a local garage sale I knew it was perfect for the space. The person that sold it to me said “This would look great once you sand it down and put on a fresh coat of new paint”. I remember telling her that other than the spindle design one of the reasons I liked the bed is because of its very well-worn look. Plus, the paint color matches the room perfectly. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
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The Seaside Guest Bedroom would not be complete without incorporating a few books, including this book of poems. I’ll admit to buying it just for the cover. poems of the sea Reviving Charm

The rocks were collected from various beaches we’ve visited while on vacation. They are corraled in a small brass container purchased from one of my favorite thrift shops. seaside guest bedroomThe draperies and drapery rod were used at our previous home and installed on a window of the same size so we decided to bring them with us to our Seaside Ranch Home. They were purchased off the shelf from Restoration Hardware but I decided to customize them by having the black and ivory fabric border added. The border fabric is from the Windsor Smith Collection for Kravet. guest bedroom design

So there you have it…another look inside the Seaside Guest Bedroom. I can’t wait to complete it and share it with you. I sure hope its sooner rather than later because I have plenty of other Spring projects to start. I better get hustling….

The Costa Rican Community of Las Catalinas

I know several people that have vacationed in Costa Rica just to take advantage of the great surf. A couple I know even spent their honeymoon there for the sole purpose of riding the waves. But not everyone in California loves to surf, including me. You won’t get me in the water although I absolutely love being near it or on it. It’s my happy place. While Costa Rica hasn’t particularly been high on my list of places to visit, it did pique my interest after reading the current issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine. It features a new beachside community known as Las Catalinas located on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica. I will admit that the gorgeous pictures are what initially caught my eye. But given that I have a background in urban planning with studies and a strong interest in architecture and design, the article was particularly intriguing. It even led me down a rabbit hole to find out more about this new community and check out the official website for Las Catalinas, which is chock full of information.las catalinas costa rica via reviving charm

The history of Las Catalinas stems back to 2006 when the property was originally purchased. It’s taken over ten years to create this master planned community that is every bit as lush and stylish as one would expect in a vacation destination. However, the community isn’t solely seeking tourists and they continue to solicit for a full-time population. Interested?

Atlanta-based interior designer Beth Webb is intimately familiar with Las Catalinas after designing several homes in the community, including the one highlighted today. Her gorgeous blue and white interiors coupled with the beautiful blue waters make we want to dive into each and every picture. And when my friends head back to Costa Rica for the surf I might have to take them up on their offer to let me tag along. However, I’ll trade a surfboard for a seaside rental in Las Catalinas any day! las catalinas costa rica beth webb 6las catalinas costa rica beth webb 2las catalinas costa rica beth webb 10las catalinas costa rica beth webb 7las catalinas costa rica beth webb 8las catalinas costa rica beth webb 11las catalinas costa rica beth webb 5las catalinas costa rica beth webb 9las catalinas costa rica beth webb 4las catalinas costa rica beth webblas catalinas costa rica beth webb 1las catalinas costa rica beth webb 1a

CALIFORNIA DESIGNER: WATERLEAF INTERIORS

waterleaf_interiorsThrough Instagram I came across Waterleaf Interiors, a retail shop and interior design studio located in Manhattan Beach, California.  Given the fact that I don’t live too far from their shop, I’m shocked at the fact that I have never heard of them until recently. I guess, better late than never!

Seeing the gorgeous pictures in their portfolio has definitely made me want to venture out to their shop in the very near future.  And if I am lucky, I will get to meet the owners, Jill Johnson and Suzanne Ascher. Waterleaf Interiors has been featured in several magazines but I especially love Jill’s quote for Coastal Living:

“Our interiors reflect a sophisticated beach feel without spelling it out in shells.”        

In the meantime, I will leave you with a few images of their work.  I fell hard for their dining room design (top left) with its beautiful light colors and because of the fact that they incorporated one of my favorite chairs, which I recently dedicated an entire post to. You can read all about it HERE. 

Check out Waterleaf Interiors HERE or if in California be sure to visit their shop.  If their shop is styled as beautiful as their design work, I am sure it will not disappoint. I can’t wait to find out for myself!

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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.