Friday, September 25, 2009

A Bedroom with a View in the Hamptons

The Wall Street Journal's real estate section has a slideshow today of luxury homes that are for sale in the Hamptons. This one has a $28-million price tag. Check out the view that money buys you for your bedroom!

You can see the entire slideshow of Hamptons homes here.

If you prefer cozy houses with old-world charm, then you've got to see this 1920s caretaker's cottage in Carmel that I'm featuring today at Hooked on Houses.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Blue-and-White Striped Cabana Dresser

I just discovered the online store White Berry Reinvented and fell in love with the collection of painted furniture it offers. Holly, who blogs at Life in the Fun Lane, is the creative woman behind it.

I think this Striped Cabana Dresser ($240) would be right at home in a beach cottage. Holly says she painted this dresser white but felt it still needed something more. One day it came to her: blue stripes! You can see the rest of her painted furniture here.

P.S. Have you joined me on Facebook yet? I love chatting with my readers over there. Come and join the conversation!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Beachy Bathroom Makeover for Boys

See this nondescript bathroom? Designer Kellie Cashon redecorated it with a nautical theme for her boys in their house on the Gulf. Here's how it looks now:

Isn't that fun? I love the little pirates grinning out at us. Kellie Cashon is the talented designer behind Cashon & Co. Interiors. You may remember her beautiful master bath makeover that I featured here.

You can see more of Kellie's work on her website, or check out her blog.

Love before and afters? I'm featuring the sets from the Sex and the City movie at Hooked on Houses today, and it includes Carrie's dramatic apartment makeover. Come tell us what you think about it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pretty in White

Do you hear that sound? That's my heart pounding over this white kitchen. It belongs to a house in Dallas that was built in 1925 and is now on the market for $5 million.

I'm not sure my family could live in an all-white house, but I love looking at them.

Joni Webb (one of my favorite bloggers!) posted these lovely photos on Cote de Texas--head over there to see the rest of the house.

I'm linking up to the Hooked on Fridays blog party because I'm hooked on this house!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vanity Envy

I've always wanted a pretty little vanity like this one from Cottage Living, but I've never had one. Have you? I'm usually putting my makeup on as I run out the door (or at stoplights on the way!). The idea of sitting down and having the leisure time to primp sounds appealing to me on this busy Monday morning.

P.S. Over at Hooked on Houses, you can see photos of Hugh Grant's house with the blue door from the movie Notting Hill--and see what color it's painted now!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cozy Cottage Bedroom for Fall

When I saw this cozy bedroom posted at Danish Dessert recently, it looked like the perfect spot to snuggle into on a crisp fall day. It also reminded me of one of my favorite movie houses (and bedrooms).

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

It looks like it could've been inspired by Iris's bedroom in one of my favorite "house movies," The Holiday. Iron bed, painted nightstand, beamed ceilings. It has the same warm and welcoming vibe, don't you think? (If you loved Kate Winslet's cottage in The Holiday as much as I did, click here for more photos.)

I'm hooked on these cozy cottage bedrooms. Head to Hooked on Houses to see what everyone else is sharing--and to join the Treasure Hunt to win an Amazon gift certificate! I'm also joining the Beautiful Life party over at The Inspired Room.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Before & After: A Gulf House Master Bath

When I saw this bathroom makeover from Kellie Cashon's house on the Gulf (Cashon & Co. Interiors), I thought it looked really fresh and pretty. Here's what it was like before:

Another shot of the after:

Thanks to Kellie Cashon for letting me share these photos with you. You can see more of her makeovers on her website, or check out Kellie's blog here. (Big thanks to Laurie of My Domicile Style for telling me about her!).

P.S. If you like looking at celebrity homes, then check out Suzanne Somers' sprawling Palm Springs estate over at Hooked on Houses today.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Girl's Room That Is Sweet & Light

I think this girl's room is just precious. Look at that little antique toddler's bed!

I also love this tiny fireplace--just the right size for a little person, and a little person's room.

This sweet room (via JJ Locations) belongs in a beautiful old Georgian home in London. You can see more photos from the house that I posted here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Turquoise Love

I love turquoise. In the spring and summer I fill my house with bright blues and yellows. It just makes me happy. (You could say I'm hooked, which is why I'm linking to Hooked on Fridays!)

So imagine my surprise and delight when Debbie of Ribbonwood Cottage sent me this wonderful old turquoise hand mixer! Why? Just because she knows I love this color.

Debbie wrote me a note saying, "I think blogging is all about giving...after you read someone's blog you begin to realize what they enjoy!"

Isn't that thoughtful? Thanks, Debbie! You made my day. I can't wait to find a special spot for it in my kitchen!

You can see more photos of my family room here. Do you have a color that makes you happy?