The Marble House

October 5th, 2015

Hello and happy Monday! Tim and I are on our first vacation together for this year (which is ridiculous if you know us… thanks to my surgery and a year full of family events, we are just now sneaking away!) and are enjoying five days in New England.  We enjoy traveling to places where both of us have never been, so we’ve been driving around Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and tomorrow Vermont! We started our trip with a fabulous brunch after landing at 6am and took a tour of the Newport Mansions.  Today I’m sharing photos of the Marble House, a vacation home that William K. Vanderbilt commissioned for his wife’s 39th birthday.  It was designed by Richard Morris Hunt (who you may recall from a little property known as Versailles) and modeled the home after the Petit Trianon… I can’t.  It has over 500,000 cubic feet of marble and would have been considered a 5th or 6th home for them.

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110 West 80 St-4R, NY, NY 10024212 874 3879

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Alva divorced William in 1895 (which was very controversial for their time) and the home turned into basically a storage closet, according to our tour (and cue my audible gasp). After William died, Alva reopened the Marble House and added the Tea Room where she held rallies regarding Women’s Rights to vote.


I could go on and on.  So fascinating.  To learn more, go here and put the Newport Mansions at the top of your Rhode Island itinerary.

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Brooklyn to the Upper East Side

September 30th, 2015

My sweet friend in New York (we’ll call her “Lauren”) is currently hustling in the city, studying to get her PHD, teaching several classes and volunteering with the Junior League.  You know, all in a day’s work. She currently lives in Brooklyn and would be much better served to live closer in the city.  While the commute from the Upper East Side may be just as hectic, this apartment is PERFECT for her personality (minus the nursery of course).  Take a look!

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Stunning right? White walls in NYC is the perfect application.

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Anthropologie Sale

September 28th, 2015

Shop: dining chair, bed, hooks, sofa, stump tables, rug

So unless you live under a rock, you heard Anthropologie added an extra 30% off their sale items.  Well this includes furnishings and accessories, and there are some serious goodies.  Just enter code XTRAXTRA upon checkout.  With the new house coming, I’m seriously considering buying that bed from my furniture savings fund.  How dreamy?

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Current Wants for the New Digs

September 22nd, 2015

Shop: Orchid, Coffee Table, Books, End Table, Pillow, Dining Chair, Pendant, Art

Now that our house is in the works, I am busy planning (and saving!) for the interior. Top of the list is this Aspen Diptych from Gray Malin.  I have been eyeing it for years and it’s the perfect piece for a Colorado home. Next is the Hicks pendant from Visual Comfort.  I’m putting three of these over our island. From there, it’s all about the living room. New lounge furnishings, new dining chairs and new accessories!  What’s your must have?

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2610 Scott Street

September 21st, 2015

Hello and happy Monday! Starting the week off with a dreamy modern San Francisco residence for a mere $10 million.  Did I mention it’s 4656 square feet? Take a look:

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Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Shop: jacket, shorts, bra, watch, Tory Burch for Fitbit, water bottle, sneakers

You could say my surgery in May set me back in my fitness routine. I recently started using a Fitbit and it’s alarming how much I don’t move during the day. I am very busy and like to think of myself always running around, but I guess a job where you’re predominantly forming plans in Auto CAD doesn’t call for a lot of steps.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes cute clothes are what can inspire me to get out of the door and to the gym. I am currently dying for this jacket from Albion Fit.  I found them on Instagram a year ago and am obsessed with their products (though I don’t currently own any).  This may get me to pull the trigger.  I also love the Tory Burch for Fitbit line.  I feel like a dork with my huge black bracelet, but most people have no idea that this wrap version is housing my tracker.

I’m looking forward to a little P90x cardio session followed by a hike on the trails behind our house this afternoon.  What’s your favorite way to work out?

Happy Friday!

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NYFW: Tory Burch

September 17th, 2015

It’s no secret that I love Tory Burch.  I’m basically a one trick TB pony.  Their show is the only one I make sure to catch each season.  Let’s just say, this week’s did not disappoint.  Lot’s of white, army green, blue and orange.  Basically a redhead’s best friend.

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Her attention to detail is unmatched. I am obsessed.

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It’s no secret I’m a Nate Berkus fan.  His latest spread in Architectural Digest is to die for.  Per usual, it’s perfection and located on lower Fifth in Manhattan, one of the dreamiest parts of the city.  Take a look at this Greenwich Village gem:

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That master bath and kitchen nearly render me speechless.  Wow.

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All imagery via Architectural Digest