chapter seven in my new book, Beautiful- All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, is called ‘Sunfaded Hues.’ this chapter highlights some of my interior design projects that are near or on the beach.

The palette of these interiors is muted, there’s a lot of texture in the finishes and furnishings…everything’s a bit distressed, a little worn and faded from the sun.

when i think of stylish and comfortable homes near the beach, i think of victoria hagan’s design work. victoria is a master at creating inviting, easy and timeless interiors.

here are a few of my favorite beach homes she has designed. take a look, they sure are beautiful, even if they are a little sun-faded.

Architectural Digest- Nantucket- Peter Estersohn Photograph


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Elle Decor- The Hamptons- Eric Piasecki photographs

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Architectural Digest- Connecticut- Francesco Lagnese Photographs

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it’s been quite a week. i don’t think it matters what side of the aisle you sit on, i think everyone is a little surprised of the outcome of the presidential election. i sure hope everyone can now unite and work together. what makes america great is that we look out for one another, we support one another and we love one another. i hope both sides can figure this out soon, we must press on!

these pinterest pins spoke to me this week. call it red, white and blue if you want to, i call it optimism, hope and faith!


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one good thing about long flights is you can go down the rabbit hole on fun things like instagram.

last night i discovered the instagram of bunny mellon’s cherished oak spring garden foundation in virginia. i’ve done so many posts on bunny, her style, her gardens, her library and of course her foundation. thrilled to follow this instagram account, i know you will be too.

what struck me besides the pure elation of being in touch with bunny’s life long work on a daily basis was the profile on the instagram account that reads “Plants. People. Possibilities.” i needed to be reminded of what’s possible!

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