Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE BOHO BABE

With Jillian out in California, we see so much of this laid-back, boho design.  Come to think of it, I could easily see most of these items finding their way into her house!

 

It doesn’t get much more laid-back than a tropical tapestry like this one.  I love the way they’ve styled it here with these calm, neutral tones.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

A pouf this cozy is worthy of any boho room (especially one as cute as this one)!

Surya

Surya

 

Do they have a great little outdoor sitting area like this one?  An outdoor rug is the perfect gift!

Surya

Surya

 

Jillian LOVES the hand-woven products from Langdon Ltd., and she put together her four favorite throw pillows for all those boho babes out there who like to mix and match!

Langdon Ltd

Langdon Ltd

 

Who couldn’t use a little extra storage around?  One as gorgeous as this one from Kouboo is perfect for those extra pillows and throws.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

Can you believe this is actually a coaster?  So beautiful, it doubles as decor!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Terrariums are so fun, and such a great way to decorate with a little extra life.  Succulents and stones are such great gifts for those plant-lovers!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Serving platters are always a go-to for holiday gifts.  These two are perfect for your boho babe!

Juliska, Bloomingdales

Juliska, Available at Bloomingdales

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

Who doesn’t just love a good cup of coffee?  What a neat way to get that perfectly dripped coffee!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Which funky find do you like best?

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Hawaiian Hues

While I was away enjoying my Bermuda Blues, my daughter, Jillian, was on her honeymoon in beautiful Kona, Hawaii.  We were so inspired by the gorgeous Hawaiian sunsets, that we wanted to show you our favorite design picks inspired by these breathtaking Hawaiian hues!  Enjoy!

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View from Daylight Mind Coffee Company in Kailua-Kona, HI

 

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I love this room from Wisteria because it incorporates all of the reds, oranges, yellows, and pinks that make those Hawaiian sunsets so special.  I especially love how they used such a warm color palette, yet still made the room look fresh and breezy!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Matouk is one of our favorites for cozy towels and sheets, so naturally, these silky sheets look just as comfy as they do stylish!  To tone down the orange, try adding more whites and neutrals to balance out the color, or even add some darker hues for a Fall harvest look.

Matouk

Matouk

 

I love the way the orange in this room is so well balanced from floor to ceiling.  Tying together the color with a rug and window treatments can really make all the difference!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

I chose this comforter from West Elm because I just LOVE how the color and texture remind me of the ripples in the ocean as the sun sets over the horizon.  Simple, yet warm and inviting!

West Elm

West Elm

 

With a bold color like orange, it can be tricky pairing it with other “pops” of color.  Here, the greens and blues really work together in bringing home that tropical style!

West Elm

West Elm

 

With all of these orange looks, I had to find something with that really showed off the pinks and purples that can be so stunning in a Hawaiian sunset.  This wall hanging is such a fun way to display a sunset, or even have your own created from one of YOUR favorite sunsets!  Would you try it?

Graham & Brown

Graham & Brown

 

 

 

 

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Sanibel, and Everything Shells!

I just got back from a beautiful week in Sanibel, Florida, home to some of the East Coast’s best shell treasures.  Picture miles of beach, strewn with shells of all colors, shapes, and sizes!  The “Sanibel stoop” is a position most seen beachside from all of the beachcombers collecting treasures!

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So many shells…but what to do with them??  Here are some beautiful shell creations that just may inspire you to do something with those collections stored in your closets!!

Devereux Console Table, Currey & Company

Devereux Console Table, Currey & Company

 

Amalfi Table Lamp, Currey & Company

Amalfi Table Lamp, Currey & Company

 

Natural Capiz Ball Chandelier, Kouboo

Natural Capiz Ball Chandelier, Kouboo

Capiz Scalloped Chandelier, Serena & Lily

Capiz Scalloped Chandelier, Serena & Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luulla

Luulla

Christa's South Seashells

Christa’s South Seashells

Christa's South Seashells

Christa’s South Seashells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the “whimsy” seen all over the island.  Bicycles are the mode of transportation and allow for endless rides down beautiful beach roads and into some Victorian-style neighborhoods.  One thing that caught my eye was the “one-of-a-kind” mailboxes I saw.  Every street was lined with an assortment of fun, unique, and truly extraordinary finds.

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When we weren’t biking, we were out kayaking.  The search through the mangroves for alligators came up dry, but the view above was amazing – a bird watchers delight!!

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All that exercise meant a reward at the end of the day- a fabulous dinner.  Of all the great restaurants we visited, none could compare to the Blue Coyote Supper Club, located at the Sanibel Golf Course.  Owner Mitch Schwenke has done an amazing job of creating a visual and delectable treat in his newest restaurant.

Before I start on the food, I have to tell you about the beautiful decor.  The unique hand-blown glass chandelier, pendants, and bar lights are just beautiful!  The bar features a blue glass tile back that just glows throughout the entire restaurant.  The Blue Coyote theme is based upon the Coyote Series, inspired by the Joni Mitchell song, “Coyote”, and was created by Michigan native Markus Pierson in 1986.

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Normally philosophical, entrepreneurial, or romantic in nature, the “Coyotes” are a metaphor for people. They are a symbol of pursuing your dreams, wearing your heart on your sleeve, and celebrating all of life’s ups and downs.

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The “Gallery” within the Blue Coyote offers both Originals and Limited Print Editions for sale, many of them celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the series. It’s a must see whether a quick introductory look after your meal, or a personal tour in the afternoon.

And now for the food.  Everything that came out of the kitchen was a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy!!  We left full and happy with the addition of a new restaurant to add to our list of favorites.

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So if you need a place to escape from the cold, consider Sanibel.  You’ll be happy you did!

 

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American Design: Florida Tropics

The final blog in our American design series brings us to Florida and the land of the tropics.   Florida weather allows for so much more outdoor design because the season is SO much longer than in New England.  I like to try to make the transition from indoors to outdoors a visually smooth one with the use of similar types of furniture, colors and textures both inside and out!

 

 

Beach House Boca Grande Dining Table, Tommy Bahama Home

Beach House Boca Grande Dining Table, Tommy Bahama Home

I love the leather wrapped rattan on this Tommy Bahama table and chairs.  Whether in a dining room or on a lanai it’s such a welcoming spot for dining.

Capiz CHandelier, Kouboo

Manor Capiz Chandelier, Kouboo

Glass Fish Blue Bowl, Kirkland's

Glass Fish Blue Bowl, Kirkland’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capiz shells make for a BEAUTIFUL chandelier. I love the light, airy feeling, and the reflection when the light hits just makes them shimmer!  I LOVE this one from Kouboo.- at 41″ long, it can be used over a table in your dining room with high ceilings, or in a entry or stairwell.  The reflection of the shells will also help to increase light to a dark space.

Whimsical, colorful accents are right at home in a tropical setting.  This blue Glass Fish Bowl is a unique twist on tabletop accessory!

 

Handmade Ceramic Collection with Lace Design, Cottage Coastal

Handmade Ceramic Collection with Lace Design, Cottage Coastal

I saw these handmade plates and bowls and was so taken with their pop of color and varied shapes and sizes.  The lace design is so nicely displayed on the plates, they are almost too pretty to put anything on them!

 

 

Roberts Made to Measure, Alexa Hampton

Roberts Made to Measure, Alexa Hampton

Sweaterweave Wing Chair, Palecek

Sweaterweave Wing Chair, Palecek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa Hampton brings such a sophisticated touch to everything she creates.  I love the shape and size of these chairs, compact yet comfy and inviting.  The detail on the legs and the cheery fabric would make it a perfect addition to any Florida home – change up the fabric and finishes and it could work anywhere!

I used several of these sweaterweave chairs in a lobby installation.  Their high back and generous size encourage lounging.  Perfect for a lanai or patio – add a colorful fabric on the chair and you have a great spot to lounge and relax.

 

 

Riviera Chair, Century Furniture

Riviera Chair, Century Furniture

Sanibel Occasional Table, Cottage & Bungalow

Sanibel Occasional Table, Cottage & Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So elegant, yet light and bright-  this chair by Century Furniture done up in white is just stunning!  Add a little “dress up” to your room!  You can always find a spot for a small table and this one is beautifully designed it can double for a piece of art.  Love all the shells and colors!

 

 

 Saranda Beach Style Wood Rope Round Coffee Table , Kathy Kuo Home

Saranda Beach Style Wood Rope Round Coffee Table , Kathy Kuo Home

I saw this table recently and just fell in love with it.  Equally at home in a Cape home (Don’t be surprised if you see it in the reveal of my Chatham house – just may have to get it).  The combination of weathered rope, steel and distressed wood bring a hip, casual vibe to your decor.  It is also available in a side table as well.

 

 

Seahorse Headboard, Serena & Lily

Seahorse Headboard, Serena & Lily

The headboard on this Serena and Lily bed is just so detailed and pretty.  My daughter, Jillian dubbed it her favorite in the blog!  Paired with the Captiva Bedding, I think this combination is sure to be a winner.

Captiva Duvet, Serena & Lily

Captiva Duvet, Serena & Lily

 

2 Drawer Wide Chest, Global Views

2 Drawer Wide Chest, Global Views

The hardware on this Global Views chest really caught my eye.  Paired with the distressed wood, it could easily find a place in your Florida home.  And who could resist this amazing table made from driftwood pieces as its base??  Add a pretty lamp like the one below and your Florida home is almost ready for  the season!

Driftwood Bedside Table, Cottage & Bungalow

Driftwood Bedside Table, Cottage & Bungalow

Coral Pearl Porcelain Table Lamp, Blue Barnacles

Coral Pearl Porcelain Table Lamp, Blue Barnacles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatham Rectangular Extending Dining Table & Chair Set, Pottery Barn

Chatham Rectangular Extending Dining Table & Chair Set, Pottery Barn

When you head outdoors you’ll need room for all those guests coming to your Florida retreat which is why I chose this Pottery Barn table.  With its extensions it makes for a perfect large dining table!

Torrey All-Weather Wicker Square Arm Sectional Set, Pottery Barn

Torrey All-Weather Wicker Square Arm Sectional Set, Pottery Barn

After dinner, head over to this all weather sectional and your outdoor space is complete.  I just love the carefree style and indoor/outdoor living that Florida weather allows.  Sometimes I feel like by the time I get my Chatham house ready for the season, it’s over.  So count your blessings Floridians and treasure the beauty you have and the perfect weather that goes with it.

 

Next up – my weekend at Americas Mart!  Stay tuned for the latest in next year’s home decor!

 

 

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A little bit of heaven….in Turks and Caicos

Living in Boston during the winter is always a challenge, but never as much as this year.  Our winter has been endless!  I needed some warm air and sunshine… So, my husband, Everett, and I went online and booked a vacation in Turks and Caicos, at the Grace Bay Club.  Usually, I rely on friends and family for recommendations, but this year it was the internet.  Not sure what we were in for, off we went.  As the taxi pulled up to this beautiful British inspired hotel, we were greeted with cool towels and rum punch!  Okay, now we’re talking!

As soon as I walked into the hotel lobby I was in awe.

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

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Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My own Interior Designer crush,Thom Filicia, was the amazing talent behind the beautiful space.  I LOVE Thom Filicia’s style and have used it A LOT in my own home.  Last year, I had the great pleasure of meeting him in Boston and found him to be utterly charming.  His fame has not tarnished his amazing wit and fun-loving casual (yet amazingly elegant!)  approach to design.

His influence in the resort’s lobby is just so inviting that you feel more like you’re in someone’s very stylish and chic living room instead of a hotel!

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

After check-in, we met our “personal concierges”, Berg and Boda, and were given a cell phone to call them anywhere, anytime!  How’s that for service?!  When we arrived to our bedroom we were greeted with a beautiful, spacious room with the most amazing view ever – designed by none other than Mother Nature.

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

 

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Naturally, we couldn’t wait to throw on our suits and head for the beach.

 

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Now here’s where Grace Bay Club really begins to shine…  From the moment we got out of the taxi to the last minutes of our stay, every staff member at Grace Bay treated us like we were family staying in their home.  The beach attendants were already getting our chairs ready, towels out and cold water waiting by the time our toes hit the sand!

Need some time out of the sun?  Go for a dip or sit poolside in one of the covered cabanas.  As you can see, my husband wasted no time jumping into that crystal clear pool!

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Everett Pool

 

We dined at their restaurants, had afternoon tea in at the open air “Grille”, went to a barbecue “on the beach”, and had evenings cocktails at the gorgeous Infinity Bar.

 

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

 

My husband, Everett, is a professional photographer and saw a framed photograph at the hotel and just had to find out where it was taken so he could go there and photograph it himself.  He enlisted the help of Dave, the head of water sports and found out where it was…on a separate small Cay about a 10 minute boat ride away.

Well, after a failed attempt to get there on the tow boat pulling a banana boat, Dave could sense my husband’s disappointment.  He called his boss and got the OK to take us for a quick boat trip there himself at the end of his work day.  Why?  Because that’s what they do at Grace Bay Club.  They want every minute of your vacation to be perfect!

 

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Photograph by Hayward Photography

One day after a very long 5 mile walk on the beach, we headed back towards our room a little weary with arms full of beautiful conch shells we had found and wanted to bring back home.  We were met by Boda, our personal concierge who took our shells, had them cleaned, wrapped for travel and in a a bag in our room ready for the trip home!  Now that’s service!

My family and I have been very fortunate to have stayed at amazing resorts and hotels and we have visited countless beautiful islands.  So, what was it about the Grace Bay Club that made our vacation so special?   The people!  Hats off to GM Thierry Grandsire.  You have created a very special place filled with very special people.  We will be back!!  So, if you feel the need to escape and want to go somewhere with turquoise waters and ocean breezes, if you want to be totally pampered and treated like family, you need to go to the Grace Bay Club.  It’s a little bit of heaven…in Turks!

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Photograph by Hayward Photography

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