Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick's Home in the Hamptons


Elle Decor published photos of Sarah Jessica Parker's house in Bridgehampton that she shares with husband Matthew Broderick and son James Wilke a couple years ago. I featured some of them on my other blog last month but thought you might enjoy them, too. Here are a couple that I didn't post before. Take a look!





For more photos and information, click here to see my original post about it at Hooked on Houses. If you're a fan of Matthew Broderick's 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," then check out my Movie Monday post today! One of the houses from the movie is on the market, and I found the real estate photos.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sara Tetley's Coastal-Inspired Watercolors

I just discovered the coastal-inspired artwork of Sara Tetley, and I think it's beautiful! So I'm adding this to the "Beautiful Life" party over at The Inspired Room today.

This one is called "Collections from the Sea:"

Thanks to Sara for letting me share some of her art with you. In an e-mail, she told me a little about herself: "I’m an architect who loves the coast and coastal interiors. I have a small place in Beaufort, SC. Each time I am in Beaufort or nearby Georgia, I paint watercolors of vintage coastal cottages."

Aren't they charming? To see more of her work, visit her Etsy shop!

Today it's another Hooked on Fridays blog party over at Hooked on Houses. That means we're all sharing something that makes us happy this week. Head over there to check out the entries from all the other bloggers who are participating, too!

Some Beach House Lighting for Lampapalooza

The Nester is having a "Lampapalooza" blog party today, and everyone is showing, well, lamps and lighting! Here are a few examples of pretty beach house lighting that caught my eye this week:

These two turquoise lamps from a room in Southern Accents really "pop," don't they? I think they pull the whole room together. Here's another pretty blue lamp in a bedroom featured on Really like the beachy blues in this room, and how the lampshade kind of coordinates with the bedding:

Speaking of a lampshade that goes with the bedding--check out this cheery yellow and aqua bedroom from James Solomon's portfolio (which I originally found at House of Turquoise):

Head over to Nester's to see the lamps and lighting everyone else is showing today for Lampapalooza (do you know how many times I had to check to see if I was spelling that right?).

Oh, and I've got a post on my other blog I'm entering in the party, too--an example of what not to light an old French cottage with (click right here to see that).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pretty Beach Cottage in Pink

Welcome to Fran├žoise O'Neill's little pink cottage, which she made into a sweet little haven for herself. She turned the enclosed front porch into a cozy home office:

And decorated her living room with thrift-store finds:

But my personal favorite is her white and pink kitchen:

To see the rest of the photos and read more about O'Neill's little pink cottage, visit Coastal Living.

P.S. If you love screened porches, check out the one I'm featuring over at Hooked on Houses today.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

An Easy, Breezy East Hampton Cottage

Here's where I wish I was hanging out over the Memorial Day weekend. I'm in desperate need of a vacation right now, so this cottage near the beach in East Hampton, New York, really appeals to me.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut got me hooked on designer Tom Scheerer's work, and I spent a lot of time oohing and ahhing over his portfolio yesterday (when I should've been working).

I like how relaxed and unpretentious this home appears. Like it's ready for me to move right in. First thing I'd do? Take a nap in this bed:

You can see the rest of the photos of this cottage on Tom Scheerer's website.

P.S. I hope all of my readers in the States are having a nice three-day weekend. As I was whining--er, explaining--on my Facebook page yesterday, I'm working all weekend to meet a project deadline. But I did manage to take some time off Sunday to go to a baseball game with my family, which was fun, and Monday we'll have lunch at my parents' place. What are you doing with your holiday?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Bright Beach Bungalow

Sculptor Elena Columbo lives in this turn-of-the-century cottage with water views in Long Island, New York. I love all the bright colors she used--especially on the floors!

She keeps her linens in this antique cabinet:

From her back porch, she has a view of Shelter Island, across the bay:

Go to Martha Stewart's website for more information about Colombo's bungalow and to see the rest of the photos. (Thanks to Maya of Completely Coastal for posting about it first!)

This beautiful bungalow is what I'm hooked on this week, so I'm adding it to Melissa's Beautiful Life and the Hooked on Fridays party over at my other blog. Be sure to click over there to see all the fun stuff everyone else is showing us today!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Sea Worthy:" a 1950s Beach Cottage

This 1950s beach cottage was part of a Decorator Showcase in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Cottage Home Designs decorated this cottage, called "Sea Worthy." You can see the rest of the photos on their website or rent the cottage here.

P.S. I'm on a 1950s kick today--I'm showing a 1950s kitchen on my other blog, Hooked on Houses. It has very little in common with this one, though!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Nautical Nursery

I snapped this photo of a nautical-themed nursery at a home show last year that I thought was really cute.

The house was named "Sophia's Harbor" and sat on a winding canal, so the designer gave all of the rooms a beachy look. To see the rest of the photos I took of Sophia's Harbor, click here.

P.S. If you love a good bungalow, take the tour of Diane Lane's in the movie "Must Love Dogs" at Hooked on Houses today.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hooked on Russell & Mackenna's Beachy Buffets

I've always loved painted furniture, so I was excited to discover Russell & Mackenna's fresh and beachy painted furniture when I wrote this post about the owners' home recently.

At Russell & Mackenna, you pick the piece of furniture you want and then tell them what color to paint it. The little girl in me would love to fill my house with one of everything from their catalog--and with each piece painted a different bright and happy color.

Check out the Russell & Mackenna website to see more. They have a lot more than just buffets! And if you missed my post about the husband and wife team behind it, then you have to see their house.

I'm adding this post to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I throw on my other blog each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. Head over to see Brooke's beautiful beach house--the other thing I'm hooked on today!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Victorian Summer Cottage: Dining on the Porch

This Victorian Summer Cottage on York Beach was built in 1876 and overlooks the Atlantic ocean. The owners of Cottage Home, a furniture and design shop in Maine, decorated the restored wrap-around porch to create areas for relaxing and casual dining.

I like how they set the table with these fish-shaped dishes and polka-dot napkins. It's so fresh and fun.

I'm adding this post to Susan's Tablescape Thursday party over at Between Naps on the Porch. It's always a lot of fun, so check it out!

To see the rest of the photos from this Victorian summer home, go to Cottage Home's website.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Beach House with the Famous Red Kitchen

Recognize this red kitchen? I bet you do. Not only has it appeared in several magazines--it has been posted on just about every design blog on the Internet (including Hooked on Houses!). Here it is from Southern Accents:

I'd like to know two things: 1) Why do the "red lacquer" cabinets look more like hot pink in the magazine shot? And 2) If there are professional magazine photos of this house, why didn't the Real Estate agent use them? The pics on the MLS listing are kind of pitiful, actually, for a house that has been photographed so beautifully in the past. Here are a few of the other rooms from this house on Rosemary Beach (Florida):

This beach house is on the Gulf and has a water view, which you can see in the MLS listing. It's on the market for $4.5 million. So if you ever wished you could have that bold red kitchen, now's your chance!

My earlier post featuring this kitchen: Paint a Colorful Life.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happiness Is...

I spotted this print from Annechovie on The Preppy Apron and loved it. It's one of my favorite sayings, and something I have to remind myself of whenever I'm drooling over other peoples' beach houses!

I also believe in the power of kindness. It's amazing how one nice comment or thoughtful gesture can carry me through the day. Happiness is having kind and generous readers like you who respond to my posts, add my link to your blogrolls, and choose to "follow me." Have I said thank you lately? :-)

(You can find these prints and more at Annechovie's Etsy Shop.)

P.S. I hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day weekend! I have a treat for you over at my other blog today--photos from the movie Chocolat. Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway before midnight tonight!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hooked on "Amazing Grace"

It's Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at Hooked on Houses each week to celebrate the things we love. Today I'm hooked on this renovated beach house on Tybee Island called "Amazing Grace."

It's so beautiful, I'm adding this to Melissa's Beautiful Life party today, too.

The Wilson family enclosed part of the screen porch to create this master retreat:

"Amazing Grace" was transformed by designer Jane Coslick and featured in a recent issue of Coastal Living. To see the before and after photos of this beach house transformation and take the rest of the tour, click here.

Be sure to stop by Hooked on Houses and check out what everyone else is hooked on today. I'm hosting a giveaway over there, too--enter to win a house portrait painted by the artist Fifi Flowers. I featured Fifi's paintings of a pink beach house here if you missed it!