Wednesday, August 18, 2010

mark tuckey

check out this house tour of australian furniture designer mark tuckey. i don't think it gets any better than this. love the laid back vibe of their place. i think it also helps that his wife is a stylist. no?!? really enjoyed looking at the press section of his website where it shows all the decor magazines he has been featured in.

image 1-3: apartment therapy
image 4-7: harper's bazaar magazine. june/july 2010
via table tonic.

rope bracelets

love these woven rope bracelets that are dip dyed. it's like the kicked up version of the summer classic rope bracelet. buy them here at


is it wrong to be in love with a teepee? how cool is this domestic construction teepee. via oh happy day.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

summer happy places

moving to a new area means discovering new places. most of my favorite places involve nature where i can take deep breaths. feel centered. and step away and reflect on what's really important in my life. my week truly feels fulfilled if i am able to get outside a couple of times and go to the beach, take a walk, hike, or go for a drive to see the beautiful sites around newport. here are some of my favorite places josh, the girls + i have enjoyed this summer. most involve nature, but some involve a little bit of air conditioning and self indulgence.

1. sachuest point national wildlife refuge in middletown, ri. there are over 2.5 miles of hiking trails that steer you right along the atlantic ocean with breathtaking views and lots of wildflowers, animals and birds to talk about with your kiddies. what's really cool is there are a couple shoreline access trails which lead you to the most beautiful quiet beaches with lots of rocks and shells to explore. for me, it's reminiscent of some parts of acadia national park in maine.

2. sweet berry farm in middletown, ri. we went peach and blueberry picking this weekend and had so much fun eating the fruit right off the tree. can't wait to make a peach cobbler and blueberry muffins this week. they have free outdoor concerts every tuesday night in the summer and we even saw an outdoor movie there through newport film. sweet berry farm is also home to susanna's ice cream. heard it's the best ice cream on the island. salted caramel swirl, toasted coconut, and fresh mint are some of the flavors that are served during the summer months. have to go back to try some!!

3. ocean drive. if you are visiting newport this is a must. 10 miles long. rugged coastline. mansions. we stopped at a kite festival at brenton point state park along one of our drives. it's a quick way to be transported from your everyday worries to unwind on the weekend.

4. second beach in middletown, ri. i know i have talked about this beach before, but we love this place. it's ideal for the girls because the water temperature is just right. we head early in the morning and leave @ 11:30 am before it gets too hot. lots of local surfers frequent this beach.

5. walk at "the point" in newport, ri. i swear every house in this area has a historic home plaque. many of the homes were built in the 1700's. we love taking walks in this area after dinner because the crowds aren't there. there is a pier filled with fishermen that the girls love to walk out to. it juts out into the ocean so you feel like you're on a boat when you get to the end. plus it's 10 degrees cooler out there with the wind.

6. carry out from thai cuisine in newport, ri. they have a green curry that rocks. when we're craving some spicy thai, we pick up the phone and call them.

7. jane pickens theater and opera house cinema on touro street in newport. both are walking distance from our place. i just saw eat, pray, love on friday night and had to pinch myself that i could put the girls to bed and walk 5 minutes before i'm transported to another place.

Friday, August 13, 2010

poketo for target

love the poketo + target collection. the totes are my favorite. seeing that the nearest target is a 40 minute drive, i might have to order these online. via liz's fabulously creative blog: say yes! to hoboken.

serene office space

this office space would be an ideal place to write, create, and blog. i love the touches of nature seen on the wall and desk. hanging inspirational images from the twine with clothespins is a great way to display art that you want to change frequently. we used this idea with personal photos in our last place. it is also a fabulous idea if you rent because you are only making 2 holes in the wall instead of 10. and the eye candy is definitely there, but streamlined. thinking about using this idea with cards and artwork in the girls' bedroom.

all images from a blog i just discovered and absolutely love: the marion house book.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

hanna sandin

how creative and original are these mobile sculptures from hanna sandin. found via seesaw.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

john derian for target

recently found out that john derian will have a line at target from september 5-october 14th. prices will start at $1.99. yooohooo! love his decoupaged plates and platters seen above. this picture is from the article about john derian in the november 2005 issue of elle decor.