Amy's Pretty Pictures


It has been one quick passing summer and the truth is I haven't had much time to get out and smell the flowers. I am not complaining, I have been working really hard, and we all have to put our time in.  But my really incredible and inspiring friend Amy Beth, of ABCD Design has been filling my feed with her beautiful work, and I am grateful for the updates and all the pretty pictures that brighten my day. 



Amy Beth and I met on twitter a while back. I think 2009 when I first started blogging and using social media. I even won a little apron giveaway on her blog, which I still use. We have a lot in common, strong family & friendship values, bringing people together, good quality design, balancing modern and antique, cooking..and eating :) You can imagine my excitement when she needed a fireplace screen for her home and I could be a part of her world. Her home was photographed for New England Magazine, and there is our Boston Screen right there in front of the fire. Her entire Connecticut home is lovely. You can grab a full tour of her place here at NEHome.

(This photo Michael Partenio via New England Home)



I adore her collections of tea cups and pots, dishes and canisters, artwork and figurines. Everything is a treasure and and has a story behind it. But lately, I have been obsessed with her colourful floral arrangements. Every one is breathtaking, and they look so effortlessly gathered. The colours so lively and energizing. Purples and reds, orange and yellows so boldly complimenting her home and style. So here is my official THANK YOU Amy Beth, I can't wait to see what the fall brings! 





All Photos via Amy Beth Cup Dragoo at ABCD Design

Fabulous Features




You know I love a house with a good story. Well this one is no exception. Interior Designer Betsy Morgan owns the kind of NYC town house that you and I dream about. The one with all the original architecture that I desperately try to salvage, and the one where I can feature gorgeous and ridiculously expensive furniture on every wall. So beautiful is this home that it is often on loan to magazines, and fashion photographers who need the perfect backdrop for their shoot.   





The home is actually two town houses put together, and when they started the renovating instead of closing up the original door opening, Morgan had the brilliant idea of making this sweet little shoe closet. Complete with a full size mirror mounted on the door. 





The detailing on both Fireplace mantels are just fabulous. The choice to keep the overall aesthetic minimalist really allows you to soak in the beauty.  Now here is the really interesting part. The home is actually 3 levels, and where the upper two did have many salvageable traits, the complete opposite occurred on the main floor, where Morgan decided to take a completely different direction and made a modern and serene space. I have to say, I admire that she wasn't afraid to break a few design rules when she created a space that had very different styles just a staircase apart. This is a bit of a departure from design that mixes old and new, because it really allows you to fully explore and contrast one style versus another.   





Photos originating from DOMAINE HOME

September Mornings

Image Via, Pinterest

It's no secret that I am in love with September.  Every year, when the cooler days start to settle in, I am filled with a new energy that carries me for the cold months ahead.  Nature becomes my greatest source of inspiration, and I find myself dreaming of new experiences, places I want to visit and friends I long to connect with. 

Image via, Centsational Girl

I have to get a simple plan together for my potted plants at the entrance to our home. This year it's been a little too crazy and I am sad to report my entry was neglected. I missed dearly being greeted by a bright and beautiful pot of flowers.  Since my schedule doesn't look like it will lighten up any time soon, I'll have to incorporate plenty of low maintenance succulents so that I can enjoy all the charm with half the work. 

Image via, Style me Pretty

Heart of the House


 
The lovely Suzanne Kasler is at it again. This past month, (Oct 2013) she was featured in Veranda Magazine for some colorful work in Connecticut. She really knows where to make a statement, and where to create comfort. This is the family room of the home, where she opted to keep things mostly neutral, and then tied in some of the colours used throughout the home. Packed with casual comfort and elegance, this stylish gathering spot is no doubt the heart of the house.

 
The stone fireplace is subtle, with a brilliant piece of work that does double duty as art piece, and TV decoy.  The highly stylish silver leather wing chair on the right, is partnered with a casual basket of wood to the left. It's perfection.   I will let you explore the rest of the home at suzannekasler.com.
 
Hope that you are having a Great Monday!

High Style Inside and Out



Did you miss me?  I missed me. It's good to be back! Especially since I stumbled on to this beauty and couldn't wait to share it. Found on the pages of AD, it's the Beverly Hills home of two well traveled, and super stylish Lucky Brand executives.  I am in admiration of how every corner of this home is filled with delightful details. From artwork and sculpture, to end tables stacked with books, and mini ottomans tucked under consoles. A natural color scheme, and the delightful pops of color. The entrance hall is graced with the presence of a beautiful antique marble top wrought iron table. What a dramatic way to invite the world in.


I love a home with good nooks and crannies, and this study certainly tops my list of ideal hideouts.  Perfect for reading, working, or banishing yourself to when the kids drive you nuts.


Look at the fabulous details in this room.  The night stands are a slightly smaller scale than you might be used to.  The window is covered with roman shades, and drapery, there is an armoire of sorts, pushed into the corner, and a comfy chaise. But it all plays out wonderfully calm, with classic white lamps and a mostly soft colour scheme.  




Every ounce of effort that went into the inside of this home, went into the outside as well.  Often you see a well manicured lawn, or poolside retreat, but nothing like this.  The outdoor dining area is complete with a beautiful server, there is also a full kitchen (not shown) and living area, with a charming pool and guesthouse.  And the number one decorating accessory; plants.  Potted, planted and picked!



I am off for now, hope you have a fab weekend.


See more incredible pictures at AD.

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