white farmhouse love

I had another white post planned until I ran across this inviting, white Tennessee farmhouse early this morning.  This classic farmhouse is filled with so many wonderful details, it’s hard to believe it’s new construction.  Click here to see their whole tour and enjoy bigger images of all this well-appointed white in its glory.


Those larger-than-life, fabulous pendants are the Thomas O’Brien Hicks PendantAnd they come with an equally large price tag.  And worth every penny if you can swing it.

If you like the look, but your budget is on the slimmer side, there is a similar pendant by Hudson Valley called the Lambert – very close.  You can google it and order it anywhere.  I found some here.

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Back to the farmhouse – they cleverly infused pops of color throughout their home which adds character and blends beautifully in the sea of white.  And they broke up some of the white by painting their interior doors Gauntlet Gray by Sherwin Williams.  I’ve worked with this color many times over the years – it’s such a versatile shade.

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Here’s another sneak peek.


Take the tour here.  Happy Wednesday!

[images and via Country Living, photography by Lincoln Barbour]

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simple greys

Wow, it’s a chilly 30 degrees in our beach town this morning.  I love this time of year because it’s cold outside and cozy at home…and free from stifling, humid air.  Earlier this morning I watched the newly migrated loons and native pelicans diving into our choppy bay, hoping for a bountiful breakfast in the sunniest spots along the water.  Here’s some easy daydreaming to warm up your morning.



Two great color combos:  Narragansett Green (top) and Stonington Gray (bottom).  Check out these colors applied this inspiring sunroom.

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Horse sketches make me happy.  So does brick paver flooring.



Love this hand-knit beanie on sale.


Cheers to sweater weather and cozying up by the fire!

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classic home beauty

Ahhh, we successfully made it through the week!  It was a bumpy ride for us, but the weekend promises to be smooth sailing.  Better knock on some wood.  It’s pouring rain and everyone in my house is still snoozing, except for me and the dog.  And the chicken.  Normally Peter would be up making one of his famous Saturday breakfasts, but he’s been under the weather and is catching up on some much-needed rest.

I had a quiet moment alone, so I thought I’d share Michelle  Adams stunning 1920’s Colonial renovation – which is currently plastered all over the internet, so it may not be a surprise to you.  But who ever tires of seeing beautiful, fresh, classic design??  Not me.

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Before anyone asks, the House Beautiful article shares all of the resources she used in the design of her home.  Specifics are in this wonderfully detailed list here.

Love the crisp white paint she chose for her walls, Ralph Lauren’s Tibetan Jasmine.  Going this bold and white looks best with walls with substantial millwork versus plain sheet rock.


Tibetan Jasmine.Ralph Lauren Paint


I read that her design inspiration was the J.K. Place Capris, which I blogged about three years ago over here.  (sorry, the post starts with a fashion/hair/make-up products post, but if you scroll down you’ll see more yummy pics of J.K. Place.  The two posts somehow got clumped together when I had a blog change.)

Here’s one of the rooms in J.K. Place.  This hotel is right at the top of my wishlist on places to visit.


Yes, yes, yes to more interiors like these.

If you love this look, but are on a super slim budget, I can help.  Paint, nice lighting, and a few basics can really do wonders in transforming a room.  This being said, I found a few goodies you can use to help affordably achieve this look in your home.  Found all of these on the internet, so I can’t speak on personal experience.  But it’s a good start and worth a shot if you’d like to try any out for yourself.

  1.  A ready made wingback slipcover for $70.
  2. This side chair slip looks cute for the $35 price tag.world market slipcover
  3. These swing arm lamps are total perfection in an all white space – and what an insane price!!  Need these in my life.Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 11.07.52 AM


Okay, now our household is in full swing, time to feed the crew.  Hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend!

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downton drama + horses

Greetings and happy 2016!  I’m in a bit of a fog, so we’ll start out easy.  You know that post-holiday jolt that occurs when you go from late nights, leisurely mornings, fireside lounging, and over indulgence of carbs right smack into pre-dawn awakenings, furious lunch-packing/breakfast-making haste and screech-owl morning sounds from tired kids?  Ya, I’m there.  Every person in this household is unabashedly nocturnal, so transitions back to early mornings and long school days are tough.  The good news is tomorrow is Friday.

Thankfully my seasonal blues were curbed by the start of Downton Abbey’s long-awaited final season (sniff).  What a way to start 2016!  Their open with a classic British hunt scene was almost too much for this horse-crazed equestrienne to bare.  I felt a mad rush of happy molecules race through every cell in my body.  Nearly the whole cast placed in one scene oozing with sexy warmbloods, starchy butlers serving port in silver fox stirrup cups, and Brits donned in perfectly proper riding habits?  Peter almost had to shove a nitroglycerin pill down my throat.

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Look at this glorious detail.  (weeping)

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