summer loafers & mules

I am not one to wear flip flops often, especially having lived in NYC for over a decade, you need some barrier between your feet and the street.  You can usually find me in a mule or a loafer during the summer months. Some of my fav picks for this season below.




























pink raffia loafer – stubbs & wootton mules – soludos espadrille mule raffia loafer – tassle mules – denim mules – pale blue driving loafers


images via pinterest and link

outdoor entertaining

The kickoff to the summer season starts Memorial Day weekend which is only a couple weeks away! I’ve rounded up some fun summer entertaining ideas that go beyond your typical BBQ.  All of these can be tailored to your guests whether the get-together is for kids, coworkers, friends, etc.  I find that the fun can either come from the activities or the food. Enjoy!

Free Printable Troop Beverly Hills Invite! How cute is this??

1.) Movie night under the stars- I came across this link here from Camille Styles and I just have to do this! They style it for kids but I would totally get together a bunch of girlfriends for wine and movie night while watching one of my all time favorite movies, Troop Beverly Hills!

2. Change up the seating- Instead of serving dinner at a dining table, why not set up a low table or create a backyard picnic. link here


3. Don’t overlook the power of lawn games!  I find them to be a great ice breaker and they keep the party going.  They can be tailored to accommodate any guest list. Link here and here.

Make the food fun!

Shrimp Boil, Southern recipe for Memorial Day




4.) Ever since I saw Chrissy Teigen and John Legend throw a crabtacular  with Chef Roble on Bravo I just fell in love with this idea! It takes away the formality of dining and lets people get a little messy.  Wax paper down the center table, seafood, bibs = summer. To check out clips from the episode with Chrissy and John click here. To try it yourself link here, here and here


Grilled Pizza Party #blackboxsummer



5.) No one likes to see a stressed out host so parties where you can prep in advance are ideal.  This is a great idea where all of the prep can be done in advance.  You can set up the pizza prep station, a great bar station and throw the pizzas on the grill when people have completed their creation. Link here. The link is set up as an ad but their styling is great for inspiration!




Summer BBQ party ideas

6.) Another DIY option link here.  You can prep a fun station and let your guests choose their own adventure.





Kid's Stuff7.) The ultimate BBQ is the pig roast. Link here. My dad has requested this for his 70 1/2 birthday party (actual day is in December) If anyone has tried this, let me know your tips! Would love to hear them before I attempt it myself.

Toddler bed reboot

I have shopped for many toddler beds over the years.  It is such a special time when your tiny baby becomes a little person, the room should reflect that.  A project I am currently working on, the little boy was so happy when the Phillip Jeffries accent wall was installed.. he hugged the wall! It was so sweet but also a reminder that kids really care about their space and that should be encouraged.  The biggest step for this transition is usually the bed.  I always like for it to be a statement, either with the fabric, the scale or the shape.  Let’s face it, kids’ rooms get messy so the bed needs to be the anchor and also the reassurance that it can be pulled back together.. one day!

I like a lot of these options because the fabric can be semi customized (or even fully customized) or there are many color options available  depending on your littlest love’s preference.

kids beds1. Architectural Bed 2. Rounded Headboard 3. Industrial Yellow 4. Bobbin Bed 5. Dandelion Headboard 6. Daybed 7. Daybed Livenup 8. Modern Cube 9. Pondicherry Bed


cover image via Krista Ewart in House Beautiful

Bring it outside

I am currently in the process of transforming our landscape and outdoor area, outdoor everything really! From paint, to gardens to furniture. I am working with the firm Christie Dustman for the landscape and I am super happy with the initial plans! Hoping to have this ready for summer which is almost completely unrealistic. It’s like I’ve never heard of a lead time before! We shall see how far we get.

Look below for the furniture direction (for now!) and some inspiration.



1. Outdoor Sofa 2.Stool 3. McKinnon and Harris (Trade) 4. Console 5. McKinnon and Harris (Trade)

6. Dining Chair 7.Lounge Chair 8.Dining Table


I really want to cover the house in ivy. When looking through the town archives it seems our 1920s Tudor style home once was, maybe it’s time to bring it back! Some inspiration below.


Stephen Sills-Bedford NY



via Lonny


I was also inspired by yesterday’s talk with Stacey Bewkes and Susanna Salk at the Boston Design Center to look back at some of the classics by the great designers and style makers. Particularly Bunny Williams’ Connecticut Home with John Rosselli as well as Aerin Lauder’s family home in Palm Beach. If you don’t follow Stacey and Susanna on Instagram you should as well as check out the Quintessence blog and their web series ‘at home with’ on YouTube. They are fabulous!!



via Quintessence Instagram Bunny’s Connecticut gardens


Aerin Lauder- Palm Beach

I definitely won’t be planting any Palm trees in New England but how can one not be inspired by this estate!