Flower Power

Maybe it’s because it’s summer and there are flowers everywhere,  I don’t know… but I’m seeing flowers in a whole new way right now.  We’ve written floral blogs before, but the flowers have never been as creative and realistic as the florals we’re currently seeing.

 

Take this gorgeous wall covering-  look at those flowers!  Yes, it’s bright, but a little goes a long way.  Take a little powder room to a whole new level.. .or bring back the accent wall in a fresh, new way!

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

 

Okay, we’ve all seen pillows shaped like flowers but this one is really a flower, petals and all!

Global Views

Global Views

 

Even a traditional floral wall covering looks fresh in a beautiful color.

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

The flowers are practically popping right off the wall!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

I love this bed from Anthropologie…and the bedding’s pretty, too!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If you’re making an investment in a beautiful piece of furniture, Lee Jofa furniture and fabrics are timeless (and a personal fav).

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

 

I know this picture is to show the floral rug, but the room is so colorful!  I want it all in my office – that sofa is my favorite color!

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

Okay, so we definitely like the new floral wall coverings, you think?

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

If Kate likes them,  then they must be beautiful!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

Our Kouboo friends have joined the trend with this beautiful mirror that can find a home almost anywhere.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

This reminds me of Capodimonte, but for 2016.  Love it!

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

How would you bring a pop of summer flowers to your design?

Summer Window Treatments

Summer time means opening the windows and letting in the fresh, summer breeze.  It’s the perfect time to take down those heavy window treatments and lighten up with a fresh new palate.  Here are some of our favorites, that are priced to go easy on the wallet!

I was so inspired by a client who chose these gorgeous drapes from Pottery Barn, that I just couldn’t help myself to share with you my other favorite summer curtains!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

 

gpjbaker_marwood

GP&J Baker

 

The Shade Store

The Shade Store

 

 

What curtains do you use to make your home fresh and airy for summer?

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

GBC Lobby 17

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

 

 

Turks VIew

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

 

Turks Beach

 

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!

 

Beach_Everett Hayward

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!

GBC_Everett Hayward

Photograph by Hayward Photography