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Transitioning to a Toddler Bed with duduc!

November 1, 2018

It’s hard to believe that we’re already transitioning away from the crib into a larger “big boy” bed but here we are!   Everybody tells you how quickly it goes but it truly is exceptionally swift.   The bed arrived before we left for the summer and he was hooked, it was our number one toy for a period of time.   Now that we are settling back in at home, we have quickly adjusted and he couldn’t be happier.

I love crawling into a bed which has enough space for us to read a book side by side, rather than cramming into our rocker.   The side rail is critical for now but can be removed later as he grows.

When searching for his bed, I wanted to find an eco-friendly piece (which I did for our crib and mattresses, too).   In steps ducduc, a NYC-based, Connecticut-constructed custom furniture brand which makes each piece to order and so you can control the design and colors.   We also ordered a matching table which holds a spool of paper for endless arts and crafts.   These pieces will transition well as our son grows and are durably made ensuring that they will last for years to come — of course, they are already being thoroughly enjoyed!


The room is softened with all of our lovely Annie Selke textiles, from the layered rugs to the soft sheets and pillows, I can always count on her to provide cozy pieces which complete the room!   Here are my favorites:

fish sheets, white cotton blanket, white bed skirt, french blue bed skirt, hemstitch duvet cover, Ibiza French Blue Pillow (**!), Herringbone French Blue Rug, Star Rug… Xx!

Charleston Entertaining Home Style

India Hicks Get Together

October 4, 2018

Last month, we opened our home to the India Hicks Tribe and hosted one of their Get Togethers in Charleston.

Having long admired India’s style and burgeoning lifestyle brand, it was a great opportunity to get an in person look at the new Collection, and find out a bit more about the Ambassador opportunity.    I have to say, I have had such a positive experience with the brand, and with the brand ambassadors.    Everybody I have encountered through the program is just lovely and it was a pleasure to host a Get Together in Charleston.

I adore India’s latest collection because it’s all about stars — my favorite!    I particularly love the jewelry and little star bag which would be perfect for evening.   And, regular readers will know that I am partial to a scented candle and I have to admit that since receiving the Casuarina Candle from India Hicks this summer, I have become hopelessly addicted to the fragrance, which now travels with us & is a great present to give as well (a really good one for the present cupboard as it’s universally loved). 

 

  1.  Star Pouch     2. Star & Moon Necklace (it’s reversible)      3. Falling Star earrings      4. Passport cover     5. Travel mask

 

It is true to say that we have travelled a great deal this summer and often we have adapted our plans as new opportunities have arisen.  The gracious and charming IH Ambassador who helped me plan my Get Together was beyond patient and accommodating in setting up our date, after many stops and starts. 

Our Ambassador was Margaret, a seasoned member of the Tribe, who was an absolute joy to welcome into our home, a power hostess in her own right, so kind, thoughtful and efficient.  It was a real joy to discover that we already had so many connections in common, which is one of the other benefits of these events: making new friends.    Here are some pictures of the set up, what fun it was to see it all laid out in our home:

As a host you have the choice – in IH speak to make the event about ‘goods’, where the Host can purchase items from the collection at a discount, or about ‘goodies’, where a percentage of the sales from the Get Together go to a charity of the host’s choice. We are pleased to say that proceeds generated from our GT have been donated to the Surfrider foundation, which is dedicated to protecting and enjoying the world’s ocean, waves and beaches.

If you are interested in hosting an IH Get Together, information can be found here. If you have interest in becoming an Ambassador, information can be found here… I highly recommend!

Collecting Home Martha's Vineyard Style Tables

My Most Popular Instagram Story & The Return of Collector’s Corner

October 1, 2018

I wandered into this shop on Martha’s Vineyard that was packed to the brim with piles and piles of quilts, table cloths, napkins, blankets, pillows, robes, nighties, soaps, and lots and lots of European glassware.   It was fantastic and an instant favorite!  I shared some photographs on my stories and the response was overwhelming.   The store does not have a site but you can certainly call in for shipping information, everybody who works with Jane, the store’s owner, is lovely and extremely helpful.   I wanted to show you a bit more about what I found there and also say that I have struggled to find anything similar online.  We do, however, have an opportunity to list some of these wares on our site, so do let us know if you’re interested!

 

This is just a tiny glimpse of the shop.   There were many patterns that I was drawn to and I found it hard to decide.   These napkins and tablecloths are fun, colorful and easy; they can be dressed up or down.   I particularly love using busy patterns on the table for breakfasts, which we set out the night before (if we can) when we have guests to stay.  They remind me of France, and of summer, and I definitely had intentions of finding things like this for our online store should we decide to launch one!  The owner of the shop, Jane, is a delight, so do go in if you’re on Island and send my regards.

I also couldn’t help but fall in love with the many quilts and blankets.   The thicker ones seen below are reversible and so offer two patterns per piece.    This blue pattern (napkin) below might be my favorite, so subdued and the prettiest shade.  It also comes in a blanket.

I love all of the yellows, browns and pinks.    Ultimately, after many visits to the store, we settled on this camel which goes well with the colors we have at home but it also fun and unexpected. Xo!

Charleston Home

Cozy At Home with The New Traditionalists

September 28, 2018

One of the reasons I love travel so much is that I feel most inspired when I am in a new place.   I am at my most observant upon arrival, taking in what I want to photograph, what I find the most special about the environment, what feels fresh and what I can create there.    After a long summer away, I took in our home with similar fresh eyes and excitement but also with a newfound appreciation for how important it is to feel rooted at this stage in our lives.

Perhaps some of that fresh excitement was also due to our new bed which arrived just before we left for most of the summer.  We were so grateful to have an opportunity to design it with The New Traditionalists in New York (made in Connecticut) this past winter, and were thrilled to see it come to life.   Some of you caught a peek in this post here which explained more about our design process/experience but we just showed a snippet of the bed in that post.   This was because we still have things we’d like to do to our bedroom and were only home for a flash and a flurry but, I wanted to show you a bit more of it in context now that we have started nesting again.    

While our bedroom still has some aesthetic changes I would like to make (swapping out bedside tables, adding some lighting, etc.),  we are over the moon with the bed and so taking the rest at a leisurely pace; truly we have more than enough already and feel the ingredients for a serene bedroom are all here: cozy fabrics, candles, textures, gentle colors…

The bed is obviously the central feature of the room.   I absolutely adore the Schumacher headboard, and have always loved four posters (I grew up sleeping in a much narrower one).    One thing that I loved about working with The New Traditionalists is that you can select any paint color for your piece.   I went with a very clean white which felt appropriate for our sun-drenched city.  I have always loved the peaceful combination of white and blue, and the headboard lends a less obvious french blue shade.  Also, we are also both sleeping very well so high off the ground…

We aren’t the only ones who are thrilled with how it is all coming together…

A few other touches I always try to add to make our room feel more complete, no matter what “stage” it is in are: layers of soft textures for coziness, photographs of family to bring joy and happy memories, peaceful art (in this case, I have Japanese mirrors and English plates, both from my grandmother), and good coffee table books which I often look through in the morning to maximize time off my phone….

My new favorite shoes!  More on those shortly…xx

Entertaining Home Living Martha's Vineyard Tables

An Approachable & Fun Fall Table

September 12, 2018

We are just back to the Vineyard after traveling down to New York this past weekend to photograph a huge wedding weekend.    It was a beautiful and joyful few days with the most loving (and in love) couple who have become fast friends.   I spent most of the day culling and editing, I like to get cracking as quickly as possible, and after a long evening run and a visit to the market, threw together this simple, easy table for our supper.

When we drove on to Martha’s Vineyard at the start of this month, it felt like entering a movie set:  sail boats drenched in the last light of day, balmy perfect weather, polished streets and old cars.   This time, we arrived to sixty degrees, pouring rain and whipping wind — and I loved it!!   We had a cozy stormy night with a hot soup and crusty bread with melted cheese — hit the spot.  The market is full of autumnal hues of dark burgundy, dirty pinks and mustard yellows.   Dahlias and sunflowers are in full swing.

I have been collecting colored candlesticks since I arrived.    I usually favor ivory but I love these salty gray blues which mirror the sea right behind the stone wall at the edge of the garden.    This is just a a simple set of five vases with mixed wild flowers, four candle sticks, a handful of votives, white plates and floral napkins — but a moment to pull together and endlessly romantic as the candle light flickers next to the rich, vibrant flowers.   Big, squishy pillows make the rustic chairs more tolerable for late evening chats, and there are a few spare wool blankets off to the side as the night air is a bit nippy (and I tend to run cold).

We drank a full-bodied chardonnay and a bottle of light red wine, perfect for the transition into fall, and had leftover soup, garlic bread and a salad full of vegetables from the farms.    Xx!

Garden Home Personal Travel

Quick Visit to Marders Nursery, Bridgehampton

September 7, 2018

We are so thrilled to be out in the Hamptons for a big wedding that we are photographing this weekend.   The client is fantastic and so kind and we are crossing our fingers for continued warm weather.   What a treat it is to be able to stay at my aunt’s home, and to be in such a beautiful place this time of year.   We drove down from Martha’s Vineyard and took four ferries, my favorite was crossing Shelter Island where we stopped for lunch at Marie Eiffel — delicious!

Marders sets the standard of elegance with its nursery and garden shop and is always one of my favorite places to stop while we are here.   There is still a wealth of options for planting this fall before the cold sets in (the roots need six weeks to settle) up here but of course we have an extended season down south.  It made me feel very excited as we are completely re-doing our back garden in Charleston and I love the combinations presented up here.   Here are some photographs from inside the garden store which is jam packed with books, candles, soaps, seeds, children’s toys, and silk flowers:


This time I picked up silk peonies and roses (seen in the first photograph) for our office.    I don’t often opt for flowers that aren’t real but these ones are exceptional and can extend the peony season which is all too short, and are of course far less maintenance for a space which we are very in and out of as we travel so often.   I do wish that I could take home some of these hydrangea trees which are so bountiful:

I am very much hoping to return over Thanksgiving weekend when they turn the barn into a party with live music, cider and cookies — apparently extremely fun for families and I am sure absolutely charming. Xx

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