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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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CHRISTMAS IN NAPLES, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Many people outside of the Southern California region aren’t familiar with the neighborhood in Long Beach, California known as “Naples”.  In 1903, a man by the name of Arthur Parson had the vision to build an island like community with a series of canals, streets named after Italian cities, and a series of high arching bridges that now allow gondoliers to propel their gondolas down the water ways (more on that later). The project was completed in the 1920s and the neighborhood has flourished into one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. Homes on the canal will set you back several million, even for a major fixer upper or complete teardown. 

Since 1946, the “Naples Island Boat Parade” takes place with groups of decorated boats cruising through the canals. In an effort to avoid the crowds, Mr. B and I avoid parade night and, alternatively, visit Naples during the weeks to follow. The crowds are still there but they are much more manageable. Many of the decorated boats continue to cruise the canals leading up to Christmas so we never feel like we lose out on the experience. We strolled through the neighborhood a few nights ago and I’d share a bit of Naples festivity with you today. If you follow me on Instagram then you may recognize a couple of these pictures.

If you find yourself in Long Beach, California and want to have your own experience on the canals of Naples, be sure to check out Gondola Getaway. In 1998 Mr. B and I received a gift certificate for a ride as a wedding gift and we had a lot of fun experiencing this unique neighborhood from the water. Whether by foot or by gondola, Naples is a great place to experience any time of the year. Caio for now…

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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!