Friday, July 22, 2011

Weekend Wishes 7.22.11

This has been a great week and I got so much accomplished. I am also starting to feel more comfortable with what I am supposed to be doing at work. It's taken some time but I am starting to get the hang of it. I've had a great week, but I'm sure ready for the weekend......

Relaxing and catching up on reading

Hitting up the farmers market

A much needed pedicure

Spending time with Family

And getting my beauty sleep.....

Hope everyone has a great weekend....doing all the things you love!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'd Stay Here: Soho Beach House

Since I am in the business of hotel design I have recently gotten some comments from friends and family about why I don't have anything on the blog about hotels. Duh! Why have I not done that yet? I am constantly looking at great hotels for ideas of my own, so I thought why not show you guys some as well. These are the hotels that get it right.

First up is Soho Beach House in Miami Beach.......




What!!!! Loving this, and even loving this more in Miami. The fact that it's so NOT Miami makes it even better. I am a huge fan when design pushes the envelope. Especially when they break out of the box on a look that is typical for the area. Why not have rustic wood planks in Miami.

Spa Reception
Spa Changing Area

 Spa Relaxing Room

Even the spa is a different world. Nice and homey. I am positive I could relax there!

 Club Bar

Cecconi's Restaurant
Cecconi's Bar

Outdoor Seating

And all these amazing spaces to relax, eat, and have a cocktail. Great way to end a busy day running around Miami.



Guest Bathroom

Guestroom Balcony

And amazing guestrooms where I would have no problem getting my beauty rest. And then waking up in the morning with coffee on that balcony...taking in the view.

Images: Hospitality Design Magazine

Monday, July 18, 2011

Peaceful Beach Retreat

I can't stop flipping through the pages of the July/August Issue of Elle Decor. In it a spread showing the most spectacular Nantucket retreat by Ascher Davis Architects. Who better to redesign a home than someone who has many childhood memories there.

 Rebecca Asher spent many summers at Sandhill, a home rented by family friends every summer. I would have tagged along too! No work was done to the outside of the home and the original Nantucket charm was kept (also because of the strict area preservation laws). No problem that I see.

Though no structural changes were made to the exterior shell the inside was opened up and made more bright and airy. With a style that Asher calls "Nantucket meets Miami" the resulting space is nothing short of pristine. The entire home was painted white and the furnishings brought in are light and comfortable. A perfect space to relax. That is what you are supposed to do at the beach after all right? 
And on a side note.....I need that coffee table!

Such great open and bright spaces to relax. All the rooms look so clean and uncomplicated providing the perfect retreat for the mind as well. All of the furniture and finishes chosen are low maintenance and allow the family to spend time enjoying the beach and each other.....instead of cleaning or worrying about sand on the furniture.

And, the bedrooms are so peaceful its hard to not imagine sleeping with the cool ocean breeze coming through the windows. Oh man....I need to get here fast!

Ohhhh, and to see the ocean from a long leisurely soak....heaven on earth.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. Anyone have a fabulous beach vacation coming up? I am looking forward to my annual trip in September. It can't get there soon enough. Stay cool in this heat and have a great week!

Images: All photos by Roger Davies for Elle Decor

Friday, July 8, 2011

Weekend Wishes 7.8.2011

Whew, even though this was a short week (and it flew by) it was jam packed with way to much to do. I would come home after work and pass out with exhaustion. Have no idea why......not like I was running marathons or something. I do know that I would like to catch up on some sleep and relax this weekend. Maybe my body is telling me to slow down a bit. I'll listen!

I also finally found the fabric I want for our bedroom drapes! And with the 50% Scoutmob deal at Lewis and Sheron it would be dumb of me not to get it. I'll get the fabric, just not sure when I'll get the drapes made. Either way it's one step closer to a finished room.....though we have a ways to go for the bedroom.

I also have the dining console that I sometimes bring up that I am going to paint. I have started it, but it needs one more coat of paint and then to be lacquered to death. Well, enough is enough. I need to get that project done and end the constant questions from my husband on "when are you gonna finish painting that buffet?". I'm so bad at starting projects and really never finishing them.

Anyone else have some fun decor projects on the schedule for this weekend????

Images: Unknown via Pinterest, Lewis & Sheron

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Loving Stripes

Need a cheery pick me up for your space? Why not add a stripe?

I am all about stripes. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I wear stripe shirts like there is no tomorrow (I'm even wearing one as I type this). To me stripes are a classic pattern that will never go out of style. In your wardrobe, or your home.

Just as simple as adding a rug or a pillow can make an impact. Or, you can go all out and do the walls, the floors, the ceilings, drapes, or large pieces of furniture. All great ways to add the best pattern around (in my book definitely!). So, do you love a stripe? Use them in your home?

Images: House Beautiful, Unknown, Elle Decor, Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn Via Design sponge, New York Magazine, Tia Zoldan, Elle Decor, Elle Decor, Elle Decor, Jeff Herr Photography via Design Sponge

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th

Okay, so sorry this is a day late! Blogger didn't feel like cooperating on a scheduled post so it never posted. Oops.

Hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. Nothing says 4th of July like a summer cookout. Grilled meat, corn on the cob, and home grown veggies.....mmmmmmm.

We have been in the mountains enjoying family, fabulous weather, and way too much food! We also saw some amazing fireworks last night mixed with lighting! Craziest thing I have ever seen. It was like God was competing for the better light show :) Fireworks are by far my favorite part of the 4th. I was really worried at one point that they would be rained out because of the storms we were having, but they crammed them in between the storms and it was definitely worth it.

How about you, see any great fireworks displays? Have an amazing cookout?
Have a great rest of the week!

Image: Unknown via Pinterest
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