Westport, Connecticut Beach House

Westport, Connecticut beach house

Is there anything more classic than a fabulous cedar shake beach house? We don’t think so! 

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This stunning Westport, Connecticut beach house by Austin Patterson Disston Architects is just the kind of place that would be perfect for Spring Break!

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Well, a very, very sophisticated Spring Break!

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Nothing says “beach” like a gorgeous natural fiber rug. And a roaring fire makes this beach house perfect for year round relaxation and fun.

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Every part of this house is clean, crisp and has the feeling of a chic escape.

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Nothing adds a casual, put-your-sandy-feet-up feel quite like a slipcover. It makes for easy clean up at the end of the season too!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

This sleek countertop is reminiscent of the sand outside the door. A recessed sink makes cleaning a breeze–and entertaining a cinch!

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Speaking of entertaining… This is such a well-stocked bar! Everyone needs simple, beautiful barware.

Westport, Connecticut beach house kitchen

Open shelving lends to the perfectly undone vibe of the beach house. Earth tones are a perfect fit.

Westport, Connecticut beach house bathroom

Wood paneling is a necessity for a beach house! It juxtaposes beautifully with this fabulous tub and creates a totally custom look.

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An outdoor shower is the perfect finishing touch for this incredible home. And the kayak? Icing on the cake! With Spring Break right around the corner, do you have plans?

Loving this beautiful Instagram pic of Slightly South of Simple from our fab friend Mary Anne from Classic Casual Home! It’s so hard to believe that I’m leaving for the Slightly South of Simple tour in less than a month! Check out the tour schedule and see if I’m coming to a city near you. I’d love to see you!

Mary Ann’s Instagram and we’d love for you to visit us on Instagram, too!

Things We Love: Herringbone Floors

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Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific almost-Friday. We are in the mood today to discuss fabulous flooring in all its forms!

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Architectural Digest

 

From a statement rug to a chic slate, seagrass carpet to sumptuous wool, flooring can instantly affect the feel of a space. I think we can agree this one is luxurious to say the least!

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Domino Magazine

 

We love all sorts of flooring to bring pizazz to a room, but, right now, we are really into herringbone floors.

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard via AD

 

A fun twist on an old favorite, herringbone adds interest to the floor without being too busy. By themselves or with a rug over top, they are so chic!

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Jute Home

 

In a single color, they are beautiful, but different stains lend a totally different look.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

This blend of shades is like the perfect highlights: multidimensional and very natural looking. We love how easy hardwoods are to clean in the kitchen. Functional and beautiful is the ideal combination!

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Architectural Digest

 

Lighter stains feel urban and modern, in keeping with the trendy tone of this kitchen,

herringbone floors in Allison Cayne's Dining room
One Kings Lane

 

While darker stains are more refined, elegant and formal. Isn’t this gallery wall too fabulous? The mixture is wonderfully imperfect.

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One Kings Lane

 

We aren’t sure which part of this closet we like best. The black, white and gold is such a beautiful color combination.

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Architectural Digest

 

This washed look in the bathroom contributes to the overall spa-like feel of this stunning bathroom. It is so streamlined and lovely, exactly the kind of place we’d like to start and end our day.

Are you a fan of herringbone floors? Or do you prefer your hardwoods in a regular pattern?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We love it when you stop by!

 

Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!) And I just saw that it is available for preorder  for $9.95!  If you haven’t preordered yet, today is a great day. Happy Thursday!

In Good Taste: Foley & Cox Interiors

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We tend to think of snow and white when Christmastime comes around. But, we have to admit, that this wide expanse of blue is just the sort of thing we could get used to celebrating. No matter what the backdrop, the good taste of the fabulous Foley & Cox will fill your day with inspiration. 

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Inspiration is something we could use a little bit of right about now. Usually, we’re pretty much ready for the holidays by this point. We get most of our shopping done by Thanksgiving.

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This year, I have done basically no shopping for anyone. (Including myself. I generally end up sneaking a few things for myself in there while I’m shopping for others, so that’s really saying something.)

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On the bright side, my little guy has only asked Santa for one thing, and I know EXACTLY what it is!!

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That’s cause for celebration, right? Because there is nothing worse than when their little hearts are just pining away for something, and they keep telling every mall/dentist office/dock/toy store Santa that they want it and you have no idea what they’re talking about and neither does Google.

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When Google doesn’t know, you’re toast.

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But, joyfully, the one special toy has been ordered, and I love shopping for surprises. Five-year-olds are fun to shop for. If only everyone else could be so easy!

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And, with twelve days until our first celebration, I got the wild hair to decorate the kids’ table for our first family Christmas celebration. I’ll be posting on Instagram this afternoon when I finish messing with it. 

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Let’s just say that Meri Meri did not sponsor the table, but they really could have. Santa Party Poppers, reindeer cups, Nutcracker plates, the most adorable placecards ever… Really, it’s just more fun to decorate the kids’ table! 

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I suspect that it will also be more fun than I’m thinking to do the rest of my Christmas shopping as well. I’m just going to click through one of our latest and greatest gift guides and call it a day!

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Or, well, actually…

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If the owner of this beauty would like to whisk us off to Paris for the weekend, we think we could easily finish our shopping there. (Or just snag one of these cashmere throws!) We have to say that, of all the good taste of Foley & Cox, we think this might be our very favorite! 

Have you finished your shopping yet? Either way, we hope your holiday season has been merry and bright so far!

 


Things We Love: White Kitchens

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Architectural Digest

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House Tour: 1889 Historic Cottage

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Restored 1889 Historic Cottage

We are suckers for a fabulous historic cottage. They are so filled with charm and totally unique. Have you seen anything more adorable than this one? The symmetry lends instant appeal.

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Just-Right Rugs!

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Good morning, friends! We hope today is magical for you, and we know it will be for us… Because we’re in Disney World! At the Magic Kingdom, to be exact. And we’re pretty convinced that what they say is true: for a kid, this is the happiest place on earth. 

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