How to Design Clean & Crisp Andalusian Style

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As summer comes to a close I wanted to share a House Tour from Spain where steamy weather and the scent of the sea in the air exists for all seasons. Architect Alejandro Gimenez Ferrer has captured the essence of Andalusian design in this small town of San Roque overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. Read more

Best Beach House Interior 2013

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In the midst of several design projects that I am juggling I love to take time to see what my fellow designers have been up to this summer selecting my favorite coastal creation that boasts the best beach interior. I am looking for an interior that combines fresh ideas with a classic beach cottage feel and wow did I find a real gem from Tracery Interiors. Read more

A Poolside Pretty: Amagansett, NY

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What do you do when you are unable to expand your home because of wetlands? The only possible course was to renovate their treasured family home calling in talented architect Darren Helgesen to transform their 1490 sq. ft. home and creating an outdoor oasis in the process. Read more

Can I Put My Bed In Front Of the Windows?

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Q. Can I put my bed in front of my windows in my bedroom even if you see it from outside? Elaine

A. The answer is absolutely, you need to space-plan the room the most effective way possible taking advantage of all locations the bed could be and not feeling constricted by the window location. I know this can be difficult to comprehend but trust me, you will enjoy your well designed room far more than the view from the street. Above, an iron bed is a nice choice because it allows the natural light to flow into the room and not be entirely blocked. Left, is an example for my clients/readers that just cannot grasp this concept, replace existing windows with a transom or windows that are less high so only a small portion of the window is blocked. I also love the idea of plantation shutters above the headboard adding to the design aesthetic of the room.

It also does not matter if your window is centered in the middle of the bed or the windows are separated. Adding interesting window treatments or creating a layered effect helps the location look purposeful, above woven shades and soft sheers are just lovely in this space.

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Five Ways To Design A Lodge

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Introducing Great Point Lodge designed by the Miller Architects, my all time favorite mountain lodge. Massive enough for all of your guests at 18,000 sq. ft. boasting seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms but the feel of a cozy cabin nestled in the breath taking Gallatin Mountains. Lets take the tour and talk about ways to design a lodge. Read more

Golfer Greg Norman’s Getaway: Hobe Sound, Florida

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Golfers travel to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world for their profession, so you can imagine what they look for in a vacation home. Featured in Coastal Living Magazine May 2013, this oceanfront cottage located in picturesque Hobe Sound not only delivers exquisite sunsets on the beach but an inspiring coastal interior. Read more

Comfortable Chic Living

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If you are a Pinterest fan like I am you have probably pinned dozens of Martha O’Hara interiors and didn’t even know it. Her work combines clean lines with chic livability in a wide range of aesthetics, priding herself on never getting too comfortable with a particular “look”. This home is the perfect example and you will quickly understand why. Read more

New England Farmhouse

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Hello friends, just back from Ireland and organizing our hundreds of pictures to share later this week, what a “grand” adventure we had. Driving in Ireland from Dublin to County Kerry to Galway we found the resemblance between Ireland and New England to be uncanny. The beautiful lush countryside, picturesque cottages, charming villages and rolling mountains that end with the sea were just breathtaking.

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Six Ideas for Coastal Bedrooms

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As some of you know we are in the process of renovating our family beach bungalow after Hurricane Sandy and making good progress, can’t wait to share. For today I am designing the bedrooms and needed some fresh ideas to get started, let’s get inspired.

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“The Way Life Should Be” : Boothbay, Maine

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Maine is truly one of my favorite places in the world, I have been vacationing there for nineteen years and I love it more each season we return. When we were newlyweds we would stay in quaint Bed and Breakfasts, traveling up the coast from Boothbay to Bar Harbor each summer. Once we started having kids we realized renting on a lake was the way to go with day trips to our favorite spots and returning to the serenity of a beautiful lake at the end of the day. Pictured above, Boothbay Harbor. Read more