House Tour: Steeped in History in Greenwich, Ct


There is something about a white house with black shutters (bonus for a slate roof!) that draws us right in. Every time. 



And, in the case of this Old Greenwich home, we’re certainly glad it did.



Merging the past and present with considerable aplomb,



This is a home that wows with style, but is still comfortable enough for the whole family.



Beautiful built-ins in the family room,



Blend in harmony with the gorgeous kitchen cabinets, creating just another touch that makes this home feel seamless and cohesive.



This lovely desk takes full advantage of the stunning view beyond the windows, making this the ultimate writers’ retreat.



This is giving me major excitement about getting back into my house. We’ve reset the tub to take maximum advantage of the view. I can’t wait to be soaking just like this!



We just love the way the hardwood floors lead out onto the slate onto the grass and into the water. The transition is perfection!



There is absolutely no doubt that outdoor design is just as important–if not more important–than indoor decor, especially with a yard and view as stunning as this.



We can’t imagine a more peaceful spot for relaxing at the end of a long day. Wishing you blue skies and calm seas just like this today!


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In Good Taste: Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects

 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects entrance

Ike Kligerman Barkley Architect – IKBA


If you’ve ever built a house, you know that architecture is everything. 


 Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects living room


The way a home sits on a lot to take advantage of the morning sun,


Ike Kligerman Barkley dining room


The addition of beams and built-ins to a make an open concept feel cozy and just separated enough, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


The brilliant way that the right paneling, the right molding and the right accents can make even a new house feel like it has a sense of history


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


The stunning portfolio of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects never ceases to amaze us. 


Ike Kligerman Barkley family room


Their work proves that the little things–like figuring out how to make the very most of a small space–are actually everything. 


Ike Kligerman Barkley bedroom


From indoor spaces that capitalize on both a charming slanted roofline and a killer view, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley porch


To a chic porch that doubles as the ultimate living space, 


Ike Kligerman Barkley porch


To a multi-purpose indoor/outdoor space with so much personality it almost has a pulse, these architects have a knack for creating truly unforgettable spaces


Ike Kligerman Barkley pool


We need a vacation in this exact spot, immediately if not sooner!


Ike Kligerman Barkley pool


Because the only thing better than unforgettable indoor spaces is their outdoor counterparts.

What is your favorite Ike Kligerman Barkley space?

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

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In Good Taste: Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Cynthia Hayes and Pamela Manchester of Cynthia Hayes Interior Design have created a bevy of eye candy to brighten even the dullest Tuesday!

Blonde wood, natural fibers, lots of light, and fabulous lighting to boot…

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These spaces utilize neutrals–complemented with plenty of texture–to create an oasis-like feeling. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

These designs are, to us, simplicity at its finest, spaces that complement the outdoors and focus on the natural beauty all around. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pops of color enliven the entire space and natural elements prove that accessorizing can be easy!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Even the Cynthia Hayes Interiors laundry rooms are in good taste. Baskets are our absolute favorite way to keep organized. Do you use them?

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

We love wood on the floors…

But wood on the walls is a fun alternative and achieves the same feel, especially in bathrooms where tile floors are super easy to keep clean and germ free–a real concern during flu season!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Pretty patterns in light colors add so much interest to walls. We love the touches of blue. 

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

Slanted ceilings can be so charming, as this twin bedroom proves. We love the molding and extra touches here. Looks like the perfect place for a sleepover to us!

Cynthia Hayes Interior Design

No matter how gorgeous the inside, you know the outdoor spaces are always our favorites. You can’t get more classic than teak chairs with white cushions. This looks like the perfect spot for whiling away a summer day. It will be here before we know it!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love seeing you here–and hope you are recovering from the post-Super Bowl exhaustion!

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Finding the Perfect Bench for the End of the Bed


So many details go into making a bedroom feel warm, cozy, restful and relaxed. The linens, of course, are critical. 

blue and white bedroom with bench
Cullman & Kravis


The curtains are key.


And, if you’re lucky enough to have a sitting area, making it comfortable and spa-like is a priority.


Right now, one of the things we’re looking for is a fabulous bench for the end of a bed. Well, at least we thought we wanted a bench… But now that we see this loveseat we might be rethinking things since this one is so charming! Furthermore, Phoebe Howard always gets it right! The great thing about the end-of-the-bed bench is that so, so many things work really well.

bedroom with two bench at bottom of bed
One Kings Lane


A pair is charming and sweet–and perfect for two people to put their shoes on in the morning.

blue and white beach bedroom
One Kings Lane


If you’re not the curl-up-in-bed-and-watch-TV type, a little settee is another great spot to watch or read or relax before turning in…

twin bedroom
One Kings Lane


While a small bench at the end of a twin bed gives a finished touch, especially when you don’t want to use a footboard, we love trunks for toy storage at the end of twins as well!

pink and white bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography


I have a little French bench in a fun fabric like this at the end of my canopy bed. Don’t these chairs look positively luscious? Pale pink is such a soothing accent color for a bedroom. 

green and white twin bedroom
Serena & Lily


It seems like the fun–and really, really hard–thing about picking seating for the end of a bed is that you really can’t go wrong! These little leather director’s stools are so charming. We love, love them for a boy’s bedroom, or a guest bedroom like this one. With all these choices, we were originally thinking of doing an upholstered stool at the end of the guest bedroom bed, but, taking the TV watching into account, now we’re thinking about something a little more comfortable because of all these great rooms.

What would you choose–or did you choose–for the end of your bed?

More about my new book, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE

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!)

House Tour:Windsong Project


Good morning, chic readers! We are back in action and so hope that you are loving our new look. We are so excited to have a refresh right in time for the holidays! We are thrilled that our first, brand new post on our brand new site is this gorgeous Windsong Project by Studio McGee.


House Tour: Strand Beach House


Good morning, friends! It’s Valentine’s Day central over at our house. Heart plates and love napkins, conversation heart straws and s’more mix for school…


House Tour: Laguna Beach


Good morning, chic friends! We’re celebrating the very first day of fall today by taking a trip to… Laguna Beach! There’s no reason not to savor warm weather just a little bit longer, right? Although, we have to admit, the falling leaves are absolutely lovely, and a sign of the cooler weather to come.


Designer Carolyne Ferguson of Carolyne Ferguson Design in Newport Beach orchestrated this fabulously beautiful house in Laguna Beach, a gorgeous summer home but also perfect for living all year round.


House Tour: Sag Harbor


It feels sort of sneaky, doesn’t it? Like maybe you should keep it a secret? That’s how we feel about getting to take a tour around someone’s home.  (more…)

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