Rebuilding.

On the way home from the airport after landing in Los Angeles, our driver said to us at the end of a particular conversation, “Don’t worry, the reality and stress will soon set in”. Although said jokingly, he wasn’t far off base. It’s hard coming home to see news coverage about the devastating wildfires occurring in my state. There are fires burning in both Northern and Southern California with deadly, devastating results. “California is on fire”, is some something I made mention of yesterday to a colleague. While we are not in the path of any of the current fires, I came home to find layers of ash covering our property spread by the heavy Santa Ana winds. I had also being alerted by our city to stay indoors due to poor air quality. Having a home destroyed in a matter of minutes is a frightening thought but is the reality for so many living it in the moment. There are many who will deal with the aftermath of the destruction. Some will be rebuilding lives after the loss of life of friends and family; others will deal with construction efforts of rebuilding physical structures. This all reminded me of a post I did last year about a Santa Barbara home that was rebuilt after a fire. The owner took some extra precautions to design a new home with safety in mind. The results are lovely and in case you missed that post, you can check it out HERE.

When we rebuild a house, we are rebuilding a home. When we recover from disaster, we are rebuilding lives and livelihoods. –Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Economist

If you want to help with disaster relief aid, contact Red Cross.

A Cozy Colonial in New Hampshire

Fall is just a few short days away and I will be embracing the new season with open arms. I found a beautiful home filled with autumn hues and a splash of unexpected color. Even the front porch is already decorated with a seasonal wreath and pumpkins to welcome the new season. Hello, Fall! Don’t let simple exterior fool you. This isn’t your grandma’s colonial. The home is tastefully decorated and feels modern even though the home dates back to 1825. It looks like the perfect place to cozy up in during fall and winter. This 2,200 square foot New Hampshire colonial home with barn has access to a waterfall and not one, but two swimming “ponds” on six acres of land. I wish there were pictures of the property but if the surrounding landscape is as carefully tended to as the interiors then I bet it’s an idyllic setting.

Designer Bennett Leifer

You’d never know with his boyish looks that designer Bennett Leifer has studied under some of the best names in the architecture and design world, including Robert A. Stern Architects. designer bennett leifer

His training has done him well. Since establishing his own firm in New York in 2013, Bennett Leifer has since made a name for himself in the design world with his work published in numerous magazines, including the current issue of Elle Decor. While there is a timeless quality about much of his work he does allow for throwing a few modern pieces into the mix. I particularly love the sophisticated, casual style of this Connecticut country house featured in his online portfolio. The light colors and neutral decor of this home are a breath of fresh air this time of year. BENNETT LEIFER country home entry via reviving charmBENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 3BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 4BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 2BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charmBENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 1BENNETT LEIFER via reviving charm