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968ee027f60c26ccdd2c3e1588404166you guys. i am OBSESSED with pretty much every room in christine dovey’s (who pens bijou and boheme) home. it’s at once uber feminine, totally chic, bohemian but modern, glamorous but traditional. dovey has managed to tick all the design boxes without a single inch of the space seeming overdone. i’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but do yourself a favor and check out the full shoot on style me pretty living.

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i am a born and bred northeasterner. i doubt i’ll ever move out west. i don’t love san francisco, california doesn’t call my name, and i’ll be visiting los angeles for the first time this spring. but all that being said, i fell hard for patrick dempsey’s home, as featured in this month’s architectural digest. the home is an original tin (tin!) structure designed by the inimitable frank gehry in the late 1960s; dempsey and his wife updated it with the help of interior designer estee stanley (also the brains behind one of my favorite new interior sites, domaine, as well as justin timberlake’s other half in the homemint collection). estee epitomizes california cool, so it’s no wonder i love this home, even though it’s way out of my design style and comfort zone.

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i’m especially in love with the living room, what with those gorgeous clean-lined sofas (custom pieces, of course) and beautiful reclaimed wood pieces. that oversized mercury glass lamp is calling my name (try anthro’s silver etched lamp bases for a similar look). also, we can’t not talk about the stacked wood situation going on on the sides of the fireplace. i mean, HELLO, statement. i’ve seen this done quite a bit over the past few years, but mostly on a much smaller scale. here, stanley really went for the gold (ahem, wood-toned), and it totally works. your eye immediately goes to the fireplace, then gets drawn upward by that antique mirror. love the finish on that, and how it’s just a few shades away, but very much in the same family, as the mercury glass lamp on the side table.

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also, can we talk about this room? it’s dempsey’s wife’s art studio. the architectural in this space is beyond. the couple has a few kids, and i like that the studio also includes a comfortable seating area for the family (and perhaps potential clients?). again, we’re seeing lots of reclaimed wood, and hints of industrial style scattered amongst the more california bohemian pieces.

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i’m surprised at how much i like this kitchen. it’s way too modern for my taste, and yet, i would LOVE to cook a meal in here. those concrete slab countertops are so crisp and fresh, and i love the way the sun drenches the space in light. a true gehry traot. i’m also loving the wide-plank wood floors. it almost, almost, gives the space a bit of a northeastern farmhouse feel.

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and of course, who could forget that they have an AIRSTREAM TRAILER in their backyard? i mean…uber cool. the raised beds hold flowers, veggies, and herbs. all the better to cook fresh food in that gorgeous kitchen, of course.

love it. do you?

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i fell pretty hard for cindy sherman’s eclectic farmhouse, as featured in AD. i don’t know that i could live in a home this color crazy 24/7, but i’d certainly stay here for a few nights, and take all that texture in. the space offers some serious inspiration in the form of layered, funky, bohemian patterns, and how to mix them all together. the sunroom below is so cozy and so chic. i love all the eclectic upholstery – the warm, natural wood of the walls and the bright light shining in from the windows allows for some crazy pillow mixing.

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meanwhile, the kitchen is actually quite ‘normal’, so to speak. a butcher block island is all clean lines, and is complimented by high, breakfast bar style modern seating. a farmhouse kitchen in all its glory, this room is.

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i die for this dining room. here is where the patterns get reigned in, and a simple color scheme does all the talking. this room is proof that simple blue and white can make magic. love that regency style chandelier, especially when mixed with fun, funky embroidered chairs, chinoiserie wallpaper and an antique wood table. simple, yet oh so chic.

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meanwhile, the master bedroom is the stuff of dreams. marled wood side tables bring the outdoors in, while the blue and white theme continues, this time, peppered with bronze and gold accents. how awesome are those scones? love.

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i mean, i would take a bubble bath in here. i would take nine million bubble baths in here. who wouldn’t?

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this is the one room i don’t love. the colors and patterns together just aren’t working for me. but hey – you win some, you lose some.

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ah, to be sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book at dusk with this view. i can feel the serenity seeping out from the edges of this image. someday…

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have you ever been to haven’s kitchen? it’s an awesome combination cooking school, event space, and restaurant located on a quaint block in chelsea, and it’s impeccably designed, with open shelving, subway tile and beautiful industrial-style finishes throughout. HK is the brainchild of ali cayne, and specializes in sustainable, seasonal food (yum). they offer a wide range of classes (i’ve got my eye on baking with apples thanks to my weekend trip upstate to harvest moon orchard), and also offer the opportunity to pop in for a pastry and a chai for those looking for a bit less commitment.

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i’ve long been interested in the founder ali cayne, and have kept my eye on haven’s kitchen since it opened a few years back, so i was thrilled to see cayne’s home featured in the new and improved domino issue that went live last week. according to the piece, cayne relocated from uptown to a west village town house last year after realizing that she needed to bring her work and home lives closer together. she selected the home because it had good bones, and poured her heart and soul into breathing new life into the space, working closely with her architect to select every paint color, finish, and piece of furniture you see here. impressive, right?

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the color palate is quite similar to that of haven’s kitchen: black, white and neutrals with a pop of yellow here and there. metallic finishes abound, but never feel overly glitzy. the rooms are simple and cozy, homey and one of a kind. the living room, especially, reminds me of jenna lyon’s old brooklyn townhouse (also featured in domino way back in the day!) – though i do wish that rug were bigger. it’s so tiny!!

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can you imagine having such a sundrenched kitchen? so beautiful and filled with light. i love that deep grey on the trim. gorgeous! and looks so beautiful with the brass accents in the space.

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can we talk about that range hood? i mean…i die. i’m also loving the white subway tile contrasted with the dark grout. it really makes the room pop, don’t you think? i’m always envious of people who dare to attempt open shelving in the kitchen – how is it that things don’t get dusty? i am an anal OCD clean freak and my apartment STILL gets dusty!

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i’m especially partial to cayne’s office; i can’t resist that wall to wall inspiration board. i love that she has to stand up on her furniture to pin things to the top. in the pinterest age, i can’t help but appreciate people who still tear things out of physical magazines and create their own personal collages.

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i’m also loving the use of black and white in the master bedroom. so clean and classic – and allows for cayne to add a pop of color if and when she pleases without messing up the color scheme (i’d go for hot pink).

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that light fixture is insane, no? it’s actually really not doing it for me – i would have preferred a sputnik.

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I am dying over that nightstand, however. are those lucite legs i see? the detail on that baby is amazing.

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ah, the kind of closet dreams are made of. again with the black, white, and gold. love those pendants. so chic.

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more of the cozy living room. i love this little fireplace reading nook. in the daytime, the space clearly gets a lot of light, but i’d venture a guess that at night, with a roaring fire, those chairs are as comfy as can be. they’re a bit modern for my taste (i would have gone for worn leather), but i’m still loving the look.

what do you think? are you a fan of haven’s home?

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how dreamy is this dumbo duplex, as featured in harper’s bazaar? all soothing hues and cozy textures, it manages to feel both modern yet classic. i mean, hello, two story living room and floor to ceiling windows. it’s no surprise that this home is gorgeous, of course, because it belongs to interior designer athena calderone, who also pens the blog eye swoon.

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my favorite design element of the space has got to be those luxe looking dining chairs. can you imagine having a passover seder in those babies? on this night, we recline. oh hells yes we do, in FUR.  that velvet chesterfield above ain’t too shabby either.

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man oh man do i wish i had high ceilings. they make it so much easier to have amazingly awesome light fixtures. i love the black and gold pendants above the breakfast bar, but it’s that sputnik below that i’m truly coveting. what’s so interesting about this space is that the building itself is all modern, clean lines, but the furniture tells all sorts of stories. it’s a new construction apartment, but it doesn’t feel at all cold. on the contrary, it’s a warm, welcoming space. as gorgeous and magazine-worthy as it is, you can tell that real people live here, albeit insanely cool real people.

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i’m also a huge fan of the color palate, which features soft grey, blue and lavender hues, alongside warm wood tones, deep navy blues, and splashes of metallic. the space is feminine without feeling overly so, which can be hard to achieve. i mean, hello, beautiful bedroom. do you mind if i move in?

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watch hill RI

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i spent last weekend and the earlier part of this week in wakefield, RI on a beach trip with my family. we stayed in a quaint bed and breakfast that, while cute and romantic, wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. note to self: if you don’t like period pieces on TV, you probably don’t like them in hotels either. antiques are great, but not when they smell like your grandmother’s closet. next time, stay in somewhere with slightly more modern amenities.anywho – one slightly cloudy afternoon, after giving up on the beach and realizing the sun wasn’t going to make an appearance, we hopped in the car and headed over to watch hill. our goal? to see taylor swift’s newly purchased summer house, of course (i’m a diehard fan; my family just humors me). watch hill is about as quintessential new england as you can get, from the shingle-style mansions to the cute ice cream shop and preppy boutiques. quaint doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

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taylor swift’s watch hill estate

as it happens, you can walk down a street that runs directly down to the beach behind taylor swift’s gorgeous colonial, which affords a rather amazing view not just of the megastar’s home, but also of all the homes surrounding it. in between turning around to glimpse into taylor’s windows, i ate up the architecture in the surrounding houses, which were the sort of homes reserved for the ludicrously wealthy and impeccably dressed. while i couldn’t see inside any of the mansions we walked past, i’m pretty sure that if i could, they would have looked a lot like tom scheerer’s beach house, as seen here, in elements of style (and soon to be on newsstands in house beautiful‘s september issue). 

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i mean, i want to live here. don’t you? the wallpaper gives me heart palpitations. the shingle-style exterior makes my cheeks flush. the crisp sea tones (god bless you, blue and white) carried throughout the home make the space feel open, airy, and inviting. bold yet traditional, this space is beach house perfection. 

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le sigh. a girl can dream…

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you may have already seen this incredible home floating around the blogosphere, but i couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite photos from this southampton abode, which belongs to designer kate spade and her husband andy. the photos come courtesy of steven sclaroff’s website, and mimic the eclectic, slightly preppy and totally quirky style seen in the couple’s manhattan townhouse. while the bones of the two residences are totally different, there’s a good deal of overlap between the two – the spades clearly have a soft spot for stripes, and they’re avid collectors: of books, of art, of barware, of matchbooks and family photos. the two homes, while undeniably chic, don’t feel overly designed or at all stuffy. they’re comfortable homes that actually feel lived in – a feat that’s harder to accomplish than one might think. creative people often tend to have the most beautiful and interesting homes, and such is certainly the case with the places where the spades lay their heads. i’ve never been to southampton, but boy would i love to spend a few nights at the spades. kate, call a sister up, will you?

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how cute is this little bar area? exhibit a of the spades’ fascination with stripes. i love that this is the grab and go station for the house. running out to the pool? take a towel. need a drink? they’ve got that in spades (ha). Image

i mean, can we talk about these beamed? i die for that little reading nook. can’t you just see yourself sitting there re-reading pride and prejudice with a freshly squeezed cup of orange juice as the morning light streams through the windows?

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i am just BLOWN away by this room. those windows! those beams! those pendants! i’d imagine the light they cast at night is positively spectacular.

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this little room appears to be off the main living room, and it’s so cozy that you just want to cuddle up on that couch and light the fire. exhibit b of stripes. i love all the built-ins in this room. i bet the space smells like old books.

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i love this warm, cozy family kitchen. that farmhouse table paired with the glossy red bentwood chairs is screaming for a big ol’ pile of pancakes, and the amount of available counter space in the room is staggering. it looks they went with subway tile for the backsplash – be still my heart!

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gah, what a guestroom! from the faded persian rug to the dark linen walls to the mirrored side table and the suzani quilt, there’s just so much to love about this space. i love the juxtaposition between dark and light in the space.

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and finally, the exterior of the house. can you imagine driving up that circular driveway (probably in a vintage mercedes) and saying to your kids, “we’re here!” – insane.