Monday, June 29, 2009

Aqua + White = Ahhhh in the Coastal Living Idea House

I just love the look of last year's Coastal Living Idea House (2008). All that aqua and white looks so light and bright. I'm really digging this little built-in workspace:

They wanted to design a new home that had the charm and character of an old Maine cottage, so they hired the talented Portland-based designer Tracey Rapisardi. "This house is designed for easy living," she says.

Oh, if only my closet looked this lovely!

You can read all about the house and see the rest of the photos on the Coastal Living website.

P.S. I'm hosting a giveaway over at my other blog, so be sure to leave a comment there before Thursday to win a $50 gift certificate to Dali Decals.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rose-Covered Cottage in Nantucket

I spotted this little Nantucket cottage on Florida Sue's blog recently. It's owned by designer Jeffrey Bilhuber and was featured in Architectural Digest a few years ago, so I looked up the interior photos. Here are some of them:

My favorite room may be the enclosed back porch:

You can see the rest of the photos at Architectural Digest, including "before" pictures that show what an amazing transformation this little cottage went through.

P.S. If you like the white-picket-fence look, then check out the traditional white house from the "Father of the Bride" movies that I'm featuring on my other blog today.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Billy Joel's Beach House in the Hamptons

Billy Joel & Katie Lee on their wedding day in 2004.

Boy, have I been swamped with work projects lately. I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up both of my blogs this month -- and I'm way behind on my blog reading and e-mail replying. Add to that the fact that my kids are home from school for the summer, and things are just plain crazy around here. I apologize.

I thought I'd try to make it up to you by showing you some photos of the house Billy Joel and his wife Katie Lee share in the Hamptons. Today when I heard the news that they are separating, it reminded me of a post I wrote about this house on my other blog last year when they purchased it. Take a look.

I like how comfortable and unpretentious it looks. I could use a vacation in a place like this right about now. . .

The beach house was reportedly $18.75 million. I'm guessing these views made it worth it.

To see more photos and learn more about both the house and the Joels, go to Hooked on Houses. And cross your fingers for me that I'll somehow manage to meet all of the deadlines that are looming. Thanks! :-)

Monday, June 15, 2009

A House with a View on Rosemary Beach

As I was searching the beachfront real estate listings in the Destin, Florida area, I came across this house on the Gulf (Rosemary Beach, near the house with the famous red kitchen I showed you recently). Not only does it have an amazing view of the water, but look at this lovely little courtyard:

The porch and the view may be my favorite part of the house--and what makes it worth $4.95 million, I imagine:

You can get more information about this beach house and see more photos here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Black, White & Beachy

Country Living featured this Long Island cottage recently that caught my eye. Homeowner Donna Francis says she wanted to "keep it simple" in her cottage, so she went with black, white, and silver when decorating her home.

I thought this black and white bedroom was really striking:

To read more about this house and see the rest of the photos, visit the Country Living website.

This black and white bedroom is what I'm hooked on this week. To find out what everyone else is talking about, check out the Hooked on Fridays party in full swing on my other blog!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Saltbox in the Bahamas

Check out this charming little saltbox in the Bahamas. The interiors were designed by Tom Scheerer.

This white bedroom and bath upstairs look like heaven to me. Ahhhh... How could you not have sweet dreams in here?

Did you notice their ingenious solution for bedside lighting since the bed isn't near a wall for an outlet?

Visit Tom Scheerer's website to see the rest of the photos from this saltbox in the Bahamas.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yellow Dutch Door Love

Photo credit: Coastal Living

This photo from Coastal Living magazine has convinced me that my life won't be complete until I've had a yellow Dutch door just like this one. Oh, and I want it to open onto a porch overlooking the water the way this one does, too. Why not dream big?

For now, at least I have a white table in my dining room and I can put Ball jars with flowers in them like they did. That's a start, I guess.

I wonder if I can convince my husband to paint our front door yellow and saw it in half?

This yellow Dutch door is what I'm hooked on today. To see what everyone else is hooked on, check out the Hooked on Fridays party in full swing on my other blog!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This House in Nantucket Is Not Afraid of the Dark

I really gravitate more toward light and airy rooms, especially when it comes to houses near the beach. But then I saw this bedroom in a house in Nantucket with dark brown walls that still managed to be light and feminine, and I was surprised by how much I liked it!

The same house has this navy-blue dining room, so the owners are clearly not afraid of dark colors. Here's the room from a different angle that shows the fireplace:

What do you think? Do you like it? Could you live with rooms this dark? To see the rest, visit designer Tom Scheerer's website. This house is part of his portfolio.

P.S. Check out Nicolas Cage's Garden District Mansion in New Orleans on my other blog today.