In the dining room, a credenza is ideal for added storage and provides a great surface to serve from.
I recently read an article in Domino magazine about Sean MacPherson, a hotelier with properties in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Montauk.
One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters.
I find myself craving color right now, drawn to everything bright, sunny, and cheerful.
This is a design scheme we came up with for a coastal home with views of Long Island Sound.
Design Dose: Find your inner peace.
A credenza is a large, closed cabinet often used as a sideboard or a buffet. In the dining room, a credenza is ideal for added storage and provides a great surface to serve from. We often use custom pieces to meet a client’s individual needs, an option that allows us to integrate the credenza’s interior into the design. A custom credenza gives you added flexibility for size, style, color, and material for a super unique look. Additionally, a credenza provides structure and a foundation for lamps and art. It grounds a space. I love using elements such as shagreen and ebony or two dimensional doors. When working with a craftsman, you can trick out a credenza for a memorable, one of a kind piece. Here are some of my favorite examples of gorgeous credenzas.
Morgan Console from Four Hands
Irwindale Buffet from Theodore Alexander
Tompkins Buffet from Wud Furniture Design
Rondelle Credenza by John Pomp
Fumed Oak Credenza from ISOM
Milano Mystic Buffet from Ercole Home.
Harper Side Board from Precedent Furniture
Painted Credenza from Jeff Martin Joinery
Ingemar Cabinet from KGBL
Raised Front Ebonized Floating Credenza from 1st Dibs
I recently read an article in Domino magazine about Sean MacPherson, a hotelier with properties in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Montauk. When one of the ladies in my office announced she’d be visiting Montauk, it reminded me of the article and of MacPherson’s restaurant there — The Crow’s Nest — and I suggested she make it one of her stops. It reminds me of the Montauk of years past, before the area became more upscale.
My dad always spent a lot of time in Montauk over the years. The Crows Nest is one of those places that just exudes a casual summer vibe. It’s a little gem of a place that makes you feel like it’s ok to walk in with bare feet and sand between your toes. The decor is approachable, not overly decorated or precious. Everywhere you look are lots of authentic things that give the restaurant a bohemian chic feel, all of if perfectly showcased by the surroundings and the incredible view. I’m often drawn to this kind of raw simplicity.
Dining at The Crow’s Nest is quite a treat. The menu features fresh, local fare prepared with beautiful simplicity, letting the ingredients shine. Seafood is the star of the menu, but you can also enjoy grass fed beef, lamb, and plenty of vegetarian options. They have the greatest margaritas!
To see the full menu or learn more about the Crow’s Nest, visit their website.
Design Dose: Gather around.
Sometimes the spring/summer season sneaks up on you, but you can’t neglect the task of beautifying your patio or deck. One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters. With such a range of sizes and styles available, you can really say something with planters.
When choosing planters, you can find something that provides contrast or select pieces that blend with the architecture, outdoors or indoors. There is such a variety of textures, colors, and shapes of planters –big pots filled with gorgeous plants make a major statement in a great room or sun room. Or, you can group smaller planters together on a wall, the stairs, or a console.
You can further customize planters with what you fill them with. The contents of your planters have just as much potential for variety, from flowers and herbs to trees and tall grasses. When choosing plants, take into consideration their height, texture, and color. Some plants repel pests while others make pleasant sounds when the wind moves through them.
How do you decorate with planters?
Mid-century master lounger.
While reading this month’s House Beautiful, I fell in love with this sweet little cottage in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Designed by Frank Roop, this home is perched directly over the water and features quite a picturesque view.
The cottage is super small and quaint — size doesn’t matter! The nautical theme and details throughout the cottage are so pretty and clever. Although space is limited, with plenty of light and a bright palette, the design doesn’t feel cramped at all. Roop’s selections of furnishings are proportionate and multi functional to the space and I absolutely love the color palette -a sea of blue. The upholstered wall in the bedroom is genius!
Photos by James Merrell
Maybe it’s because I was born in summer , but this my favorite time of year. I find myself craving color right now, drawn to everything bright, sunny, and cheerful. This is the season when I search for bold hues that make a big impact. Lemon, lime, and other citrusy colors remind me of the warmth of the sun and are perfect for this season. You see these colors in a lot of vintage fashion from the 1940s and 1950s, a time when people were adventurous in how they dressed. You can definitely make a summer splash with Citrus and Lime!
This is a design scheme developed for a coastal home with views of Long Island Sound. The architecture embraces the view so that the all you see from the spectacular rear of the home is the sea. In contemplating the design, we wanted no obstruction to the breathtaking setting. One of the challenges of a home with a wide open floor plan is choosing furniture so that nothing competes . There needs to be a cohesive feel throughout the space. To achieve this, we chose a monochromatic, neutral palette. There are transitional elements and a user friendly approach for this family — they have children and also like to entertain. We kept a textural sense by combining the oak floors and douglas fir ceilings with cozy, warm fabrics. The patterns are not overly bold, resulting in a welcoming, comfortable home that makes the most of the beautiful seascape.