Coastal Living Idea House 2017


i decorated this years coastal living idea house in newport, rhode island. the new September coastal living is on stands now featuring the house. pick up a copy, i think you will enjoy seeing more of the house and seeing my ode to blue and white. Coastal living is an amazing magazine and organization. i was honored to work with them. 

i wanted to show the range of blue and white. my favorite color combination. everyone thinks of blue and white as well, just blue and white, but there are so many sides to blue. we played with tones and combinations. there are florals, batiks, checks, embroideries, and of course, there are lots of blue and white stripes. if you were able to visit the house, i think you will agree, blue and white will never be the same, it’s even better than ever. 

there are so many people to thank for support8ing us in the house. of course we have to think horan building and architect alec r. tesa. they were amazing to work with. there partnership made this such a huge success. 

then there are so many vendors and friends that lent there support with product. no one said “no”, everyone was beyond generous. i am forever grateful. blue and white brought us all together and i am so proud.

special thanks to farrow and ball who did all the paint and many of the wallpapers. then of course my family companies- merida studio, schumacher, henredon and soane britain. big, big, big thanKs to my work room , valley drapery, who literally moved mountains- i’m so thankful!!

i also want to think all of my friends that are artists. the art plaid a big role in the house. thank you kayce hughes, matt albiani, kate schelter, catherine b. jones, susan hable, wendover art group and natural curiosities. this house celebrates you as much as it does blue and white. 

the magazine story is titled, “the new traditional”. this house is this and more. i keep telling everyone who will listen that it’s a love story of blue and white. i hope you enjoy the romance- it’s really beautiful!!

i’m so grateful to everyone who made this house beautiful! i have to mention the following. 

  • Aesthetic Decor
  • Quadrille 
  • Samuel & Sons
  • Serena & Lily
  • Raoul Textiles 
  • William- Sonoma Home
  • Made Goods
  • Oomph
  • Amy Berry Designs
  • Bungalow Classic
  • Carolina Irving Textiles
  • Cowtan & Tout
  • Firecaly Tile
  • Hollywood at Home
  • Lindroth Designs
  • Lisa Fine Textiles
  • Matouk
  • Mecox Gardens
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Newport Lamp & Shade
  • Natural Curiosities
  • Pigott’s Store
  • Pindler
  • Reid Classics
  • Robert Allen
  • Thibaut
  • waterworks 

i had to save the best for last. thank you to my team, there are no words really to express my gratitude and thanks. and lastly, to my my dear friend and creative partner amy neunsinger photographed the project for coastal living. she’s another reason why it’s so beautiful. 



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