October 30, 2010

Christopher Peacock Designs His Own Kitchen

Christopher Peacock is a British-born designer and founded his upscale cabinet design business 18 years ago.  Since then, he has installed thousands of six-figured kitchens here and abroad.  He, his wife, and three boys moved into their new Colonial house in Greenwich, Conneticut in 2005.  His first project, of course, was to change out the kitchen.  While his exsisting kitchen was fine, it was too dark for his liking and he opted to change it to white.  He is known to have been the designer to introduce us to the iconic white kitchen which is inspired by the 19th and 20th century British versions.

Christopher and his wife, Jayne, worked closely with Sophie Thibon, a New York interior designer. Sophie created a comfortable family room with slipcovered sofas and white draperies.  She took into consideration that the Peacock's boys are frequently entertaining friends, so she chose denim fabrics that are easy to clean and durable. 

Christopher Peacock
"We basically live in those two rooms," Christopher says. "We designed the spaces so there is a nice flow between the rooms and access to the back deck from the family room."

October 29, 2010

Fun Friday Links

Today is my first Friday Link Day!  I have five great places for you to visit, look around and get inspired.  Have fun! 

#1. 5 Frightfully Fun Decorating Ideas For Halloween:  Hooked on Houses

October 28, 2010

Set Design: It's Complicated

The movie It's Complicated directed by Nancy Meyers was set in a serene Santa Barbara coastal area.  You may remember that Nancy Meyers also directed the design-rich, Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday.  All three movies offer trend setting interiors that Meyers herself was deeply involved in.  This story line follows along the path of love, divorce and renovation.  

Nancy Meyers 
"Since more than half of the movie takes place in the house, we really get to know the place," says Meyers. "What the characters wear and how they live and decorate really say something about them."

Here is a photo of Jane (Meryl Streep) and Steve Martin in her kitchen that she is going to renovate.

October 27, 2010

Casual Chic

I can appreciate a laid back, casual, coastal feeling and these photos give me inspiration to create a space that is seaworthy.

This sliding chair for the patio covered in nautical stripes would be a perfect place to read a book or chat with someone special.

October 26, 2010

Fun Last Minute Halloween Treats

Here are some fun last minute Halloween decorations and treats that I've had my eye on. I also think these items would make great hostess gifts in case you are attending a Halloween party.   

Pottery Barn Pumpkin Candles

October 25, 2010

Tim Clark: The Modern Beach House

This is my second post on my new favorite designer, Tim Clark.  He is the designer for the 2010 Ultimate Beach House by Coastal Living (be sure to check out my post for this home) and I felt that there is still more to share with you about his gorgeous art of designing. 

Tim Clark states:

When designing a modern home, the tendency is to create stark, minimalist, monochromatic interiors that may look great in a photograph, but are in reality deeply uncomfortable to live in. Native Woods uses building materials rooted in nature, and personal objects and furnishings that evoke a sense of place and history, all the while never forgetting that a home must be designed in concert with nature, and with the style of architecture and culture in which it sits. Native Woods homes often refer to Asian aesthetics and contemporary design , but are always comfortable, relaxed and graceful—as all homes should be. Native Woods, at its essence, is about thinking locally, while keeping a global perspective.

I love how he uses objects from nature and ocean inspired to help him create the color variations in a beach house.  The photos below are from his Native Woods beach inspiration portfolio.  As always, I choose photos that speak to me in a special way.  To see more visit Tim Clark Design

October 24, 2010

What I'm Loving Now

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Maple Frosting by Ina Garten

Cape Cod Chopped Salad by Ina Garten

Sequin Mesh Bell Skirt by J. Crew


The Beach in the Fall

October 23, 2010

Rob Lowe's Dream House On The Coast of California

The actor Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, built their dream house on the California Coast.  It's a 20 room Georgian style home located on four landscaped acres near Santa Barbara.  He and his wife wanted a home that would be comfortable and able to withstand their growing teenagers playing sports on the lawn, having family barbecues by the pool, and entertaining friends. You can read his interview and view more pictures at Architectural Digest

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

October 22, 2010

Kitchen Ideas from the Barefoot Contessa

The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, has a few pointers to help you get your kitchen organized.  Her motto is, "the simpler the better".  These are just a few of her simple ideas that can make your life much easier while working in the kitchen. 

Have enough stools so that a big group of people can sit at the counter.

Organize wood and stainless-steel utensils into separate ceramic crocks.

Always have lemons and limes ready for cooking.  A bonus is that they add great color to the kitchen.

A great stove to have is one with a convection oven for baking and gas burners for cooking. This one pictured is a Viking Professional Custom Series.


Have breakfast essentials in one corner, such as a Dualit Toaster and Braun Juicer.

Open shelves keep dishware and glasses organized and accessible.

Keep cutting boards and cooling racks in a basket, since they usually to do not fit in the cabinets or drawers.

A garden is not nessessary to grow herbs.  You can grow them in pots.

You do not have to have fancy centerpieces.  Here she put fresh flowers in glasses and tangerines in small bowls to create color.

Make it easy to dine outdoors by having furniture that can withstand the elements.

Ina Garten has more ideas for your kitchen at House Beautiful

October 21, 2010

Tim Clark: Inspiration for the "Perfect Beach House"

Tim Clark is the interior designer for the, 2010 Ultimate Beach House, located in Seabrook, Washington by Coastal Living.  This house was created to be an Idea House for all of us to be inspired in decorating our spaces, whether they're on the beach or inland.  I love his style!  He has a fresh new look on designing beach houses for today's homeowners that want something chic--smart and stylish. 

When I'm on the beach, I love taking pictures of shells, seaweed and birds and in his online portfolio he does the same.  He uses the natural color palette of the beach to inspire him.  Tim Clark is now on the top of my list for beach home designers.  The photos below are from his portfolio.  Stop by his website, Tower 20 Store, to see more inspiration for creating a stylish beach feeling in your home. 

His Website states

Tim Clarke, Interior Designer in Santa Monica, California, is well known for creating sophisticated, unique spaces inspired my modern classicism.  At once relaxed and timeless, Tim's modern elegance and vintage luxury translates into inspiring sustainable interiors.  Tim's signature coastal-influenced aesthetic became highly sought-after by clients who wanted a new interpretation of a modern beach home.  These creative rooms encourage freedom and lightness without sacrificing style.

What do you think of his work?

October 20, 2010

The 2010 Ultimate Beach House: Seabrook,Washington

For the last few years my family and I have rented vacation homes in the summer.  We've vacationed in the mountains and on the beach, but one place I would love to stay, is on the coast in the winter.  The 2010 Ultimate Beach House presented by Coastal Living, is just what I have in mind of a northern woodsy beach vacation.  I love the silvery gray colors they chose for many areas in the house.  I think they did a wonderful job in reflecting the color and feel of a northern beach home.  The beach house is located in a quaint new community in Seabrook, Washington and includes beautiful forests and pristine seashores.  The community has options to buy or rent and if you are interested and would like more information about the town visit Seabrook, A New Beach Town.

The interior designer, Tim Clark, used natural beachside driftwood and shells to help him create a color palette for the beach house.  I think it's a nice change from the blue and white that I usually love in a beach house. 

Photographs by photographer Lisa Romerein.

The Back of the House

The Front of the House

The dining room is simple, nautical and elegant.

The outside dining area is a perfect space to spend time with family and friends, eat great food and warm up by the fire. Gorgeous!

This is the view of the living room and dining room.  I think having a great room is the best way to go when you are entertaining large groups of people.  Everyone gets a place to sit and can be involved in conversation.

Great modern twist in the kitchen with the furnishings and appliances.  The lighting is perfect!  I love lots of natural light. 

Slipcovered chairs are always a favorite of mine.

Love the paneling in this bathroom and the cute little tufted stool.

Master Bath Vanity

The bedding on this master bedroom is a dream.  I especially love white on the bed because you can change the accent pillows or layer it with a throw blanket. 

An outdoor shower is another one of my favorite things and the surfboard in this one adds a great color.


Back Porch with a View

Sunset in Seabrook

Two of Tim Clark's color palette inspirations were drift wood....

and clam shells.

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