as you all know by know i’m a fan of big white houses. it doesn’t matter to be if it’s colonial, georgian, federal, or greek revival, if it’s big and white chances are i’m gonna love it. 

one question i’m always asked is “what is your favorite white paint to paint a big white house?” i have a few that i also rely on as i’m sure all designers do. the color is just as important as the architecture.

architectural digest just did a story on big white houses and they featured some amazing ones from their archives, here are a few of my favorites, and they also shared some of the designers go to white paint colors. enjoy!


thomas britt and brian smith

christopher spitzmiller’s home

fox -nahem architecture

peter pennoyer and katie ridder’s home

nancy yecies’ house

shostak & co. architecture

mario buatta decorated

rebecca and john bond’s home

sawyer and berson architecture


ladies, all you really need during the summer is a straw bag. i know this sounds a little dramatic, but it’s true. the perfect summer accessory to wear with a sundress, a pair of white jeans, or a bikini. 

with anything and everything, a straw bag during summer in an absolute staple 

pictures from pinterest. 

Woody House- Out East


as you know i’m a little obsessed with woody house, i’ve featured this long island retreat more than once already in the last few weeks- see here and here. the house and the garden is featured in the new book called out east by my friend jennifer ash rudick. jennifer and vendome were kind enough to share some more pictures of woody house with me. now we get to go on tour of the garden, which is also on the cover of the new veranda this month. 

i can’t wait for out east to come out in a few weeks, just in time for summer. the book explores the cool breezes, miles of pristine beaches, and vast, open farmland that has long been been the attraction of “the hamptons.” jennifer, a resident of southampton herself, captures shingled houses, modernist oceanfront designs, artists’ compounds, and Montauk surf shacks. from what i’ve seen there are going to be a lot more homes just as beautiful as woody house. out east is going to be amazing and be the book of the season. 

ironically i’m heading out east next week. my first stop will be newport, then i will be off to the hamptons myself (i’ll share more on what’s taken me there in a few day). i cannot wait to take in summer out east. 

thank you jennifer- you and the homes you let us visit inspire! 

phot0graphs by tria giovan