i was in north carolina this past weekend. i visited the an area called cashiers. a beautiful mountain top community too amazing for words. the architecture was charming and the landcape inspiring. 

furlow gatewood’s name came up a lot over the weekend. furlow has a compound in georgia made up of several structures including this barn. 

i was dreaming about a barn in the mountains all weekend, a place for escape, in my dream it looked just like furlow’s. 

all images from furlow’s book on ONE MAN’S FOLLY. 

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Sarah Barthlomew for Pottery Barn


to be honest I don’t really get excited about much, especially when it come to products and shopping. I feel like i’ve seen it all and everything feels the same. it’s hard to find things that are unique and stylish. Enter sarah bartholomew and her new line for pottery barn, things have changed- i want it all! shop the collection here. 

sarah is a dear friend and she has the best taste of anyone i know. her style is timeless, elegant and all-american. Pottery barn made a wise choice to partner with sarah. her look, her style, and her editing is something much needed in the market place. 

Sarah’s home has been a editorial sensation. her blue and white entry way was the talk of the design community after appearing in southern living , therefore it’s no surprise that sarah’s first collection was a curation of entry way musts and staples. 

Who doesn’t need a chic william kent-esque console with a rattan mirror hanging over it. or a fabulous rattan tray to catch mail and keys. i personally love the rattan umbrella stand, haven’t seen that anywhere before, and H.R.H lily, my beloved french bulldog, is in love with her new rattan hughes dog bed (we can’t get her out of it)!

i have a feeling everyone is going to love this entire capsule collection, after all its the epitome of all-american style- everyone wants that!


I have been on a bit of a break from the blog, not because i haven’t wanted to blog, it’s just been an extraordinary busy time. Well, i’m back at it and i’m feeling very inspired. sometimes a pause can create a new energy and bring a new perspective.

As you all know i’m a huge fan of john yunis’ instagram. He takes us on these spectacular tours of the most amazing homes in the world. Here is a tour of quinta patino in estoril, portugal. the home of of tin magnate antenor patino and his wife beatrize.

the arid land for the home was bought sometime in 1950’s and the home in all of its glory was finished being built in 1969. of course i’m taken with this home. the home over the years has been published in an array of magazines, architectural digest and the world of interiors to name a few. personally i love all the blue and white Portuguese tiles throughout. the details, the finishes, the furnishings and those gardens are breathtaking. 

the home is set in a valley surrounded by hills covered with orchards and olive groves and flower–filled terraces rising to the quinta. The estate is a glorious melange of the house proper- a separate villa for the Patiño grandchildren; a magnificent, walled, Portuguese–tiled swimming pool; a dining pavilion; a huge grotto under the terrace for dancing and late night supper; a bowling alley done in the Manuelin (16th century Portuguese) style; a Patiño-made lake; stables; a dairy; vineyards; tennis courts; a complex of greenhouses and cutting gardens, and a 16th century chapel brought stone by stone from a north Portuguese village and set up on the grounds. 

thank you yet again john for another breathtaking and inspiring tour. I just can’t imagine what it would take to live like this, but i’m sure we would all like to try.