Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sights of Seattle

Seattle has opened up her arms really wide and welcomed me in. 

From blue skies and cool temps, a special dinner at Ted Kennedy Watson's weekend home, a delightful backyard lunch hosted by friends, Jeanne and Dana (more to come on both of those events) and a backdrop from my hotel that is straight out of a movie....I have fallen in love. 

As I'm still processing all I have done, today I'm just sharing some visual highlights from Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, Watson Kennedy, the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden. 
Much more to come, but the photos speak for themselves. I can't believe today is my last day. Trust me....I'm going to make the most of it!

Have you seen Seattle?

Monday, July 27, 2015

East Coast Design by Sam Allen

I was just watching one of my favorite Sunday morning programs, Open House NYC, when I about spilled my coffee!! Right there on the screen was my friend and super talented interior designer, Sam Allen! He was talking us through his design approach for this stunning home on the Saugatuck Shores.

Inky blues and hot orange were the colors he weaved throughout. 
I've been thinking it's time to refresh my kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint…and I'm loving this high gloss gray that Sam used in the kitchen. Hmmmmmm. And how about that marble slab?!?
If you want to see Sam talk about his approach and more of this beautiful home, you can see his video on Openhouse NYC here.

More on great design later this week from the West Coast!

images: Sam Allen Interiors

Friday, July 24, 2015

When Life Hands You Summer, Make Lemonade

Boy is it HOT out there. Not where I am, but where a lot of you are, according to Al Roker. Whew! I've been there. Growing up in Texas where your skin would stick to the seats of the car, you went to the movies on a sunny day because it was a little too sunny and swimming was a necessity….you know the feeling. Blazing hot!

Well, the classic anticdote for summer heat is a tall, cold glass of lemonade, no matter your age.
Here's a handy cheat sheet for you, no matter how you like your lemonade. Mason jars optional.
Of course, this little number caught my eye…made pink with a little rosewater and fresh strawberries.
Pucker up for the weekend and stay cool! 
images: alaskafromscratch, allshecooks, sophistimom, tiffanithiesen, lovebakesgoodcakes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nantucket Novice

Sometimes the smallest places can have the biggest impact. That's the case, for me, with this charming Nantucket boat house, that serves as a launching pad for sails and respite for post sail cocktails, which appeared in House Beautiful. Charm, charm and more charm.

There is also something about the blues and the comfortable nature of this tiny abode that you could bring into your landlocked home.

I'm going to see if I can spot this quaint little spot.
You see, I'm headed to Nantucket for the first time in August…and have lots of great recommendations for lunches or dinners (which means I'll need to walk and bike…a lot!). 

The Galley, Lola and Lola Burger, No 1., Cru, The Boarding House, Summer House, Toppers, American Seasons, Pearl, Slip 14 and a few more. 

What are your favorite beaches and restaurants? Help us do this right!!

images: House Beautiful, photographer Matt Albiani, interior design Gary McBournie
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