Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Kelli Ford's Southampton Guest Cottage

Hi there!

Look at the setting for this cottage on Shinnecock Bay in Long Island, NY!  Isn't it stunning?

Formerly owned by Carolyne Roehm, it is now the guest cottage for interior designer Kelli Ford who summers across the street.

After admiring the 5 bedroom cottage for years, it finally came up for sale and Kelli and her husband snapped it up to use as a retreat/guest cottage, while keeping the future of their two young girls in mind as a way to bring them back after leaving home.

Kelli happens to be one half of the design firm KirstenKelli Designs that she shares with her sister.

Carolyne (the previous owner), had done the living room in blue delft tiles and the bathroom in the dark blue.  Kelli and Kirsten picked up on that and carried on with their vision of the cottage and added their own touches in the form of beautiful fabrics, wonderful colors and accessories.

To see more of this fabulous getaway, check out the current issue of Veranda.


Veranda via Curbed

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Hamptons Home and Gardens of Charlotte Moss

Good morning, Everyone!

It's looking like it's going to be another beautiful day here on the Island.........the sun is shining and I am anxious to get out into our backyard and start on the springtime garden chores.........so much to do!

But, I wanted to share the Hampton's home and garden of Charlotte Moss, probably my favorite designer of all...........she is such an interesting lady with seemingly limitless talent and energy.

I received her book about collage art for my birthday in February and I've been making some collages since then.........I, too, have been a magazine fiend since I was a teenager, so I have more than my share of source material..........

When I came upon her Hampton's gardens in the latest issue of Veranda, I thought you might like to see them and her home there.

She certainly knows how to live a full life, as she has a number of homes, has published numerous books, is famous for her impeccable taste and interior designs, travels frequently and is self-publishing a book on the gardens of France, is very involved with charitable fundraisers, has her own fabric and furniture line and still has time to socialize, entertain, make collages and indulge in her real passion - gardening!

I know she has household help and assistants for her many projects, but she amazes me with her energy!


Her reading corner overlooking her garden!  She has time to read, too?

Screened porch

Sleeping porch.


Guest room over the garage.

A small view of her selection of floral vessels

Charlotte's potting room - her favorite room in the house where she does all her own floral arrangements!

Images 1, 2 Hamptons Magazine, Image 3 - 5 Elle Decor
Images 6 - 11 Hampton Magazine, Image 12 Pinterest
Images 13 - 16 Veranda

Friday, May 03, 2013

London's Royal Baby Nursery

Hi again!

I wasn't planning another post today, but I came upon a news article that I wanted to share......

Since I recently posted about royal baby nurseries, I found this article interesting and since this idea is the first of its kind in London, it may be of interest to travellers, as well as new moms or just about anyone who enjoys decorating!!

According to the Daily Mail, Dragons of Walton Street (remember them?) - the purveyors of charming kids decor who have decorated many royal nurseries in the past, have teamed up with the historic Grosvenor House Hotel in London to provide a first of its kind suite, known as 'Suite Dreams', to include a baby nursery fit for royalty.  All this, of course, in anticipation of the new royal baby due to arrive in July.

The suite has been fitted with 1920s nursery style furniture in keeping with the existing traditional decor at the Grosvenor.  The hotel has been associated with royal guests since the 1920s.

Dragon's has the copyright to use Beatrix Potter designs and has incorporated them into the decor.  The child's table is hand painted with local London attractions and the Grosvenor House monogram is on the child's armoire.

The suite will be available starting in June.  Oh yes, the suite overlooks Hyde Park and is not for the fainthearted..........a 3 night stay for the Buckingham package is £6,270!


The Moodboard

Dragon's of Walton Street, Grosvenor Hotel, London
Daily Mail

Friday's Featured Friend

Hope you all have a very relaxing weekend like this beauty below!  Feet up, head laid back and deep breaths...........



Thursday, May 02, 2013

Garden Guardians II

It's time to get our gardens in shape and ready to enjoy for another season!  And what makes a nicer addition to any garden than statuary placed among the plants..............they add charm, character, whimsy and look like they've been there forever.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Traditional Home and Pinterest

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Summer Verandas

Hi Everyone!

Still thinking of summer ideas.............I'm not anxious for warmer weather or anything, am I?

That's life on the east coast!  Always thinking ahead of warmer days and sitting on the veranda!

Here are some great veranda ideas for all to enjoy!




Country Living




DIY Home Staging

Bob Vila

Completely Coastal

Carolyne Roehm