It’s hard to believe but school is over in THREE DAYS! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Because out-of-school-time means it’s beach time!


I used to be the girl who changed bathing suits eleven times a day (that’s not an exaggeration) because she couldn’t stand the sand, so I’m not sure when exactly I started to love it so much. But, however it happened, all we know is that we’re ready for summer to start in earnest!


While we are packing our bags and heading to North Carolina’s coast, Leigh Giles, fabulous designer and fellow Tarheel, will be packing her bags and leaving her Virginia home to head to one of our favorite spots in North Carolina’s mountains: Blowing Rock.


While we’re baking in the sun, she’ll be nice and cool. We might have to go say hi to her when we need a break from the heat!


And, we know that, no matter what else Leigh is doing, she will be choreographing interiors with a touch of tradition, loads of style…


And a helping heaping of the fine art that she enjoys employing so much.


New York-educated and Atlanta-trained, Leigh’s classic designs caught our eye right off the bat.


Blue and white never goes out of style, and a bookcase full feels welcoming and warm.


Leigh also tackles the new and modern with particular skill, making spaces feel fresh, open and up to date.


Unexpected touches–like lamps on the island!–set this designer’s work apart from the pack.


You know we’re huge fans of twin beds in guest rooms. This one feels positively decadent.


Full bedskirts and splurge-worthy linens create rooms that feel homey. These guests might want to stay a little too long!


This room is perfect for coming home to after a long day.


A small settee or loveseat at the end of a bed is one of our favorite touches. 


Black and white make a bold porch statement against a lush green backdrop.


This pool house is the kind of place that could make us ditch our beach plans and stay home all summer long! Are you getting ready for summer? Do you have any fun plans?