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Longer days and warmer nights invite us to spend more time outdoors…breakfast in the garden, dinner on the veranda, cocktails under the stars, or perhaps a midnight dip in the pool…may these tranquil and beautiful outdoor rooms sweep you off your feet (and into a comfy hammock or chaise lounge!)

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photos from Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Lonny and The Gifts of Life

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With Valentine’s Day just a week away, I thought you might enjoy a post filled with all things pink, red and romantic! How about a glass of pink champagne or maybe a Laduree raspberry macaroon? Wishing you a glorious weekend!

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Nikolay Krusser

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Paolo Roversi

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Paul Costello

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Sarah Jessica Parker photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue

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Tim Street-Porter

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Chanel ~ Fall/Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture Show

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Pieter Estersohn

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Sasha Pivovarova photographed by Mario Testino

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Melanie Acevedo

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 Nikolay Krusser

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Street Style ~ Fashion Week January 2013 via Elbows & Knees

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invitation only!

On 10/1/12, I received an invitation from Darryl Carter to attend a private gathering on Thursday evening 10/25/12 celebrating the launch of his new boutique/design studio and new book The Collected Home! To say I was elated beyond words is an understatement! I leave for Washington DC bright and early tomorrow morning to embark on an adventure I’m sure I’ll remember for a lifetime…I promise to bring back exclusive photos and personal insights from this very special event…until then, please enjoy this sneak peek of wares from the new boutique published in the October 2012 issue of Elle Decor…imagine being greeted by this magnificent bronze lion? I already have butterflies in my tummy…

photos from Darryl Carter’s new Washington DC boutique via Elle Decor

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Waxed terra-cotta floors welcome barefoot living…Moroccan rugs and Bedouin cushions adorn the open-air courtyard, perfect for yoga practice or for relaxing by the warmth of a roaring fire…the artful homeowner of this desert oasis? French shoe designer Christian Louboutin! What a sensitive contrast to his fast paced city life! He must be in love with the warm golden light…just looking at the first image slows my pulse and puts my mind at ease…I hope this post offers you some peace and beauty this afternoon

photography by Ivan Terestchenko for Elle Decor

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first impressions

the foyer is our interior world’s first impression…whether we’re greeted by an artful staircase or a beloved work of art, we experience a taste of what’s to come…an amuse-bouche, if you will, to whet our appetites…bon appetit!

photos from CS Architecture, Elle Decor, Bunny Williams and Antony Todd

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Whether it’s used as a bold statement or an artful accent, these interiors illuminate yellow’s power to transform a space and lift our mood!

“The color of an egg yolk from a chicken that dined on marigold petals” ~ Susan R. Stein, curator of Monticello describing the chrome-yellow shade which was applied to the dining room around 1815, only six years after it was invented in France

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello photographed by Pieter Estersohn via Elle Decor

Table Tonic via My First Little Place

Living Etc via Home and Decor

Jenna Lyons Brooklyn brownstone via Domino

Darryl Carter via traci zeller designs

World of Interiors via Decor Pad

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Lots going on today! Rather than leave you high and dry, I’ve decided to re-post one of my favorites from last summer! Whether a simple country retreat, city roof deck or tropical paradise, these mouth watering outdoor rooms are sure to get you in the mood for summer!

photos from Elle Decor

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“Although what I usually do is very different from what she wanted, she recognized that I have a demanding eye and a knowledge of design…I always love and welcome a challenge.” ~ Robert Couturier

This spectacular Manhattan home was designed by the one and only Robert Couturier and is featured in the June 2012 issue of Elle Decor…to enhance your ED experience, I’m posting additional photos from Robert Couturier’s website that feature spaces and angles we don’t get to see on the pages of ED…I always enjoy a closer look!

The design of this light-filled, glass tower embraces the clean, modern aesthetic his client was looking for yet is sublimely sophisticated, graceful and elegant…what could quickly turn cold and sterile, feels warm and welcoming…Couturier’s brilliant choice of furnishings and art, and where they are positioned in the space, enhance the breathtaking city views and encourage long conversations…my favorite piece is the stunning Marcel Wanders Crochet Chair (pictured above)…the grid-like windows and natural light provide the perfect backdrop for its delicate pattern and curvaceous form…I would never tire from that artful composition!

To read the ED article, click here

photos from Robert Couturier

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On the heels of yesterday’s post, I thought we would continue our journey to New Hope, PA and visit the cover story from the June 2012 Elle Decor…designer Darryl Carter collaborated with his client and longtime friend David Morey on this 4,000 square foot home just steps from the Delaware River…built in the 1940s with local stone on a turn-of-the-century foundation, the light filled, airy home boasts glorious views from almost every room…after devouring the article multiple times, what I found most extraordinary about this project was the way Carter re-imagined his clients’ family treasures…he created new works of art from beloved personal pieces by infusing a bit of modernity with tradition…take for example the coffee table in the living room (pictured below)…the Nakashima inspired cherry table, built by Morey’s father in the early 1960s, was enhanced by a Carter designed white metal structure…wrapped on three sides, it brings this family heirloom into the 21st century…how wonderful to see such an artful approach to preserving the past yet with a thoughtful eye to the present

Perfect for a quiet weekend get-away or for entertaining large crowds, this home brings to life all that Morey hoped for…a Zen life by the river…how extraordinary!

To read the entire ED article, click here

above ~ Homeowner David Morey in front of artwork created from salvaged metal skids

photos and resources from Elle Decor

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His favorite country pleasure is listening to the sound of raindrops on the metal roof…here, he can relax and read…be with his beloved dogs…decompress…

Located just 50 miles from the hustle and bustle of Washington DC, designer Darryl Carter discovered this charming country retreat…an 1840s stucco-and-clapboard farmhouse nestled in the rolling hills and horse farms of bucolic Fauquier County…gently restored to reveal its humble origins, the beautiful imperfections are what make this home sing…rough walls, creaky old doors, and an absence of fanciful moldings result in a textured and tactile environment…in fact, one section of wall in the master bath was purposefully left unfinished, the underlaying lath exposed as art…ceilings, walls and floors are painted in Benjamin Moore whites, a uniform backdrop for his treasured architectural salvage, English and Italian antiques, and rustic curiosities…

A farmhouse getaway as only Darryl Carter could envision…imperfection = perfection

photos from Elle Decor, to read the ED article click here

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