For a few brief, fun-filled days we escaped the noise, the dust, the dirt, the chaos…and it was lovely.
Here are a few pretty pics from our get-away to Martha’s Vineyard last week:
I think I take a pic of this house every time I visit the Vineyard. It sits on the waterfront in Edgartown (my favorite town on the island) and is insanely beautiful.
More waterfront loveliness…
Just your average back yard
I could walk around Edgartown all day just looking at the beautiful architecture. Loved this sweet little yellow cottage with the flag flying proudly out front.
One of the prettiest driveway/ garages I’ve seen in a long time. Look at those doors!
This one stopped me in my tracks. The cedar shakes, the gorgeous windows, the ivy…and can you see what’s parked in the driveway?
A pint sized Land Rover!! My kids freaked out and are now begging for one. Super cute for sure…but not happening
After an hour of so of drooling over the gorgeous homes we wandered into town and stopped into a few shops.
And fed the ducks in the harbor
All this sight seeing made us tired
Oh..and did I mention that we stayed in a fabulous home in the town of Aquinnah courtesy of my super cool brother-in-law?
He rents the same house every year and one of the best things about it is the landscaping. This little rose covered gate leads to the lovely pool..
which kiddos and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed every day.
Life is good on the Vineyard
We’re back to reality now and, unfortunately, we no sooner got back when my little girl came down with a horrible bug. (Today was day four of a fever. Ugh!!!) That being said, I’ll be signing of for the week to take care of her and will check back in next week with our renovation updates. Only a couple more weeks until dry wall goes up and I’m told it will all start to come together quickly after that. Thank God!!
I’m so sorry for the radio silence lately. For some reason I thought I’d have plenty of time to post over the summer but, as it turns out, just the opposite is true. Between the renovation madness we’re living through and the kiddos being out of school I’ve had NO TIME but I thought I’d check in today with a little renovation update.
Here’s how we’re camping living these days…
This is our living room with a lovely plastic wall facing the family room addition.
The dining room (yes, this is where we’ve been eating all our meals for the last three weeks. It’s like being at the Ritz.)
Foyer full of HVAC stuff.
The sun room – aka storage locker.
This is the kitchen looking toward the dining room and the area where the new half bath will be.
This is the family room looking out toward the back yard/ patio. There will be french doors on the left and right side of that wall (one is hidden behind my state of the art refrigerator) and in the center will be a double sided (indoor/ outdoor) fireplace. The windows on the left are to the living room. They’ll be replaced with a wall of built-in bookcases with an arched doorway in the center.
I wish I had more progress to show you but, honestly, it’s been all about plumbing and HVAC this week which isn’t so pretty to look at (not that the above pics are pretty by any means).
If you follow me on Instagram you know I did some tile shopping last week for our master bath. Here are the three options I’ve narrowed it down to:
Option #1 – The fluid marble is for the floor. I was planning to lay it in a herringbone pattern but, between the cuts and the installation, it may be cost prohibitive. Regardless, I love it and we’re using it. Just might have to install it differently. The honeycomb was a possibility for the shower floor but I’ve ruled it out (more on that below) and the mosaic would be a feature wall in the shower. I like it but, ultimately, I think it might be too busy.
Option #2 – which, sadly, isn’t really an option at all. I’m in love with the tile on the right and would give my left arm to use it on the bathroom floor…but would need to hit the lottery to do so. Moving on….(sigh)
Option #3 – The probable winner. Again, the fluid marble will be for the bathroom floor, the two side walls of the shower will be done in white subway tile and the mosaic tile which I really do love will be used on the back shower wall above a bench. I’m thinking 3′x5′ framed out in a carrara chair rail. The shower floor is still TBD but I’m thinking of doing either a darker marble with dark grout or possibly a ceramic tile (again with dark grout). I’ve had problems in the past with marble on shower floors staining and am leaning toward a material that’s a little more practical this time around.
Also starting to put together a final plan for the family room addition and need to order furniture asap. Be back next week with the scoop on that. Fortunately, we’ll be escaping the dust and chaos for the rest of the week as we’re heading to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow morning. Hallelujah!!!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of island loveliness.
Thanks for stopping by today and for hanging in there with me, friends! I’ll be posting more regularly when the kiddos are in full day camp (next two weeks…woohoo!!!!!) and things are a little less crazy around here.
The great designer/ potter/ maker Jonathan Adler recently opened a shop about five minutes from my house in Chestnut Hill (YIPPEE!!!!) and, needless to say, I’ve quickly become a regular visitor. I’ve always been a fan of his work but, honestly, his shop has become my new happy (chic!) place. I stopped in yesterday for what was supposed to be a few minutes and had to be physically dragged out (my kids are getting really strong!) a half an hour later. Here are a few of my current JA faves:
We decided to escape the madness around here for a few days this week and took a little trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. This is the fourth year in a row we’ve done this trip with the kids and they always have a blast.
Silly Road Trip Faces
We stay at the Mt. Washington in Bretton Woods every year and, while the hotel itself needs a face-lift, they do have a great pool…
….and killer mountain views.
On Wednesday we returned home to find our kitchen GONE!!
HALLELUJAH!!!!! Dreams do come true!
What’s great is that we can now get a real feel for how big the kitchen/ family room space will actually be. Pretty Exciting!
Another exciting thing happened on Thursday when we found these slabs for the kitchen counter tops…
White Macaubas Quartzite! LOVE how light they are (much whiter than other slabs we’d seen) and I’m crazy about the linear veining. Woohoo!
Things are moving right along here at the construction site! The crew has demolished our gorgeous pink powder room
This little room next to the kitchen that I never knew what to do with
My luxurious (LOL!!) master bath
And my closet which I don’t have a picture of…
Next up…THE KITCHEN
Here she is in all her glory
This is our last week living with a 1935 kitchen. (Happy Dance! Happy Dance!!) I’ve dreamed for so long about tearing the place apart that I actually can’t believe it’s about to happen. In order to keep things running on schedule I need to get cabinets ordered this week. Needless to say I’ve poured over hundreds (probably thousands) of inspiration images and have been torturing myself (not to mention the husband) for weeks. You might remember that I was originally planning to do a gray/ white scheme and, while I still love the idea, I’ve kind of moved away from it a bit. Right now I have it narrowed down to two options: All White – uppers, lowers and island OR a White/ Espresso high contrast combo – espresso island and a combination around the perimeter. Here’s what I’m thinking:
THE ALL WHITE KITCHEN
It’s a classic, right? It’ll never go out of style. It’ll always look fresh and bright and clean (well, maybe not clean in my house)
These gorgeous Robert Abbey pendants are some of my very faves. You can get them here.
These Hicks ones are a very close second. Love them.
THE HIGH CONTRAST KITCHEN
The idea here is to add sharp contrast between the white and the dark espresso trim (I’m thinking almost black)
FJ Interior Design
And I’m totally obsessed with the dark framed glass doors on white upper cabinets.
Jennifer Worts Design
The look is so crisp and I love the fact that it’s a little unexpected.
Jeff Lewis Design
OK people, I want your honest opinion on this one. Which direction would you go in? All White or High Contrast?!? Let’s hear it!