Peeking Into Designer's Homes

Scanning through C Magazine the other day, I stumbled upon the stunning Santa Barbara beach house of designer Carolyn Espley-Miller (and her husband Dennis Miller.) This cottage has all the breezy, chic charm that I would want in my own coastal dream home.  I absolutely love the subtle sea foam greens throughout each space and the abundance of wicker and rattan pieces in every room.  The overall effect of this stylish high-low mix, gives off such a relaxing vibe.  I can almost hear the ocean calling...


Warm Weather Beauty Picks

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I'm such a creature of habit, and my beauty routine is no favorite drugstore picks and my favorite high end products are very much still a part of my everyday life. But, with this brutal winter finally behind us, this spring I'm feeling the urge to mix things up a bit.

Further to last week's post on my dread of dress shopping, (in addition to spanx and heels) I've taken the attitude that if can't tone it...tan it!  Of course I'm not referring to damaging sun rays. Some of my friends have started to seek out professional, salon spray tans, but for me, the thought of subjecting myself to this ordeal has me feeling a bit, um, modest.  Thankfully, I remembered two great products from last year's quest for color: Jergens Natural Glow and Bronze Goddess...both are playing a big role in my skin care regimen right now.

A few more current beauty obsessions include my new favorite warm weather hairspray, a gorgeous and long wearing new nail color, this lip balm (I can't get enough of the pink grapefruit scent) and speaking of scents, I sniffed a sample of Byredo's Flowerhead recently and it was fabulous.  Finally, this subtle shimmery gloss and this lovely hand lotion are rounding out all my new found favorites...what's making up your list of faves for Spring?


Trad Chic

I was teaching a friend (that finally joined Instagram this week) how to use hash tags.  In my efforts to explain the various techniques for social media tagging, I decided to show her in real time, and added the hash tag "trad chic" to a photo I had recently taken.  To illustrate my point, I next displayed for her all the other images with the same tag.  It was there and then that I came across the Instagram account of Raji RM and Associates, a New York City interior design firm, that had also described their images as #tradchic!

I remember seeing the work of Raji Radhakrishnan, back in 2012 at the Kips Bay Show House, but hadn't kept up with this designer since.  I love how a simple social media lesson and, what I thought was a random hash tag, led me back to appreciate the very chic and (sometimes traditional) work of this talented lady.


Obsession Du Jour: Sawyer | Berson

The triple threat design firm (architecture, interiors, landscape) of Sawyer | Berson is my latest obsession, and with good reason.  Covering all my favorite local stomping grounds (Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, The Hamptons, just to name a few) with their impeccable taste and creations, it's easy to see why I'm so fixated on this talented team, and I'm sure you will be too!

Monday's P.O.P.

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Image via: Grant K. Gibson
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