So, if I wasn’t lucky enough to be in Aspen this week, my second choice would be in Newport for the Newport Flower Show. Held at beautiful Rosecliff, this yearly event is kind of the start to the summer. Inside are flower displays and tablescapes filled with the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen. I die over the pink and white awnings. This year, many designers filled their instagram feeds with pictures of all the events..I have borrowed a few here..
image via @ctlifestyles
photo via @thomasburakinteriors
Special guest lecturers come in town..this year Bunny Williams
image via @vivianrobinsdesign
image via @traditionalhome
Lady of the Willows
image via @traditionalhome
image via @traditionalhome
In the back of Rosecliff, overlooking the ocean, all the vendors are set up. I am dying to be a vendor at this show..one day I will have to beg someone to call in a favor..
image via @newenglandfineliving
image via @newportmansions
Newport Lamp & Shade Co.
my friend Liza Byrd
and many more.
Wish I could have been there, but will be in Newport later in the Summer.
Super excited to be on vacation in Aspen, Colorado!
I have never drank more water in my life trying to avoid an altitude headache and it almost worked.
It is so beautiful here..I can’t wait to see everything.
My morning view…
Much more later,
I came across this feature in Traditional Home with an Illinois home decorated with lots of navy and white. So many of the rooms are so beautiful..I love most of them. The mix of textures, fabrics and blue and white Chinese porcelain is amazing..I am obsessed! Designed by Megan Winters.
Gorgeous in blue and white,
Time keeps moving on and I am still talking about re-doing my kitchen. Well, now I have a serious plan. I am hoping at the end of the summer to start construction on my kitchen upgrade. I have some more plans to work out and haven’t 100% decided on going the Ikea route, but I have a good idea of how I want my kitchen to look and I am so excited to finally get going.
One of the issues I had when thinking of a new kitchen was keeping it in context of my condo. It doesn’t seem prudent to overspend on a fancy kitchen that won’t be on equal footing with the rest of the space. Compared to other apartments in my building, my unit is definitely upgraded..just the kitchen and my bedroom closet are not up to speed. I also didn’t think it was realistic to spend more than normal on an oven, especially since I am not a proficient cook in any way.
One of my BFFs just upgraded a kitchen and found these Kitchen Aid appliances at Best Buy. The aesthetic is perfect and they are not outrageously expensive. This was such a happy find since I have such a look in mind for this exciting project and was worried I wouldn’t be able to make it happen.
As far as counter tops go, I can’t let go of my white marble dream. My kitchen is galley shaped and not terribly big so there is not a ton of counter top space. I am hoping start looking this summer and hopefully be able to find what I am looking for.
I am also open to quartz for the countertops..there are many that look very similar to Carrara marble
So, the planning is still ongoing, but now a realistic target date of the end of the summer. One of the most exciting parts of this new kitchen is the storage I will gain. There is almost two feet above my cabinets empty now and it is such a waste. My new cabinets will go all the way to the top. Lots of research left to do..will keep you posted.
So many good books arriving just in time for Summer…here are a few good ones to look out for. I am also dying for Nancy Thayer’s new novel and of course, my favorite Summer author Elin Hildebrand!
by Stephanie Danler
This lighter-than-most coming of age story combines life experiences with the allure of New York City and food-two topics that will have you salivating over this charming novel. When well-to-do Tess comes to Manhattan and takes a job as a ‘backwaiter’, we ride along as she navigates her newly-chosen tumultuous life, studded with hard-learned lessons, love triangles, oysters, cocaine, champagne, friendship and pain. Complex and relatable, Sweetbitter has just the right amount of drama for poolside reading.
by Shelley Noble
When a former New York fashion designer returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown for a life reboot, she finds a new world of unexpected possibilities-including romance with the local police officer. The beach imagery in this read is realistically picturesque, and will have you waiting to crawl into the pages of this charming story as you follow the adventures of its relatable (we’ve all been there) heroine.
On the Island
by Tracey Garvis Graves
This addictive, can’t put-it-down read has it all-including delicious tropical island imagery. When two unlikely passengers crash land onto a deserted island in the Maldives, they must learn how to survive as castaways in a beautiful, yet dangerously primitive environment full of the unknown. And if sandy white beaches, sharks, tropical storms, suspense and drama aren’t enough, there is romance thrown in as well.
The Summer of Good Intentions
by Wendy Francis
When three sisters come together over the summer at the family’s Cape Cod home, everyone arrives with plenty of baggage and drama to keep readers glued to this complex story of love and forgiveness. Relationships are strained, secrets are divulged and hearts are broken, only to be healed again. This tale of family and the strength of sisterly bonds is heartfelt and compelling, with plenty of beachy feels too.
Exciting news yesterday on my Instagram feed. Camilla Bradley, who has been resurrecting her C.K. Bradley brand for months, announced a Co-Pop Up Shop this summer in Newport. I used to love her adorable store across from the Viking Hotel, always filled with the cutest things…
Along with the CK Bradley amazing goods, there will be the Sugar line of jewelry by Heidi Brueggeman, clothing by Glamourpuss NYC and Monograms and Embroidery by Cece Dupraz. Check out the instagram feeds for each:
I am still trying to finalize my summer plans and am hoping to get up North in late July or August..this shop will definitely be on my “must-see” list.
So excited for Summer,