hello Monday: a sweet escape and great inspiration

Hello Monday. 

I was lucky enough to sneak away with some friends this past weekend. The timing was perfect and helped recharge and reset my batteries after a crazy week.

We visited Greenport, New York, eating, tasting wine, laughing and enjoying this beautiful part of our island. 

We stayed at this gem of a hotel overlooking the harbor last year too. It's a fantastic find: comfortable, beautifully designed and fantastic service.

Hello Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill, a fabulous find my sister-in-law recommended.

It was a hit on every level: great food, decor and amazing setting and the perfect way to start the weekend off.
This shot is from the restaurant's website. They were just getting the outside prepped so we didn't get to enjoy the fireplaces this trip, but how cool is this spot?

We enjoyed beers on the deck and watched the Shelter Island ferry pass to and fro for a good hour.

Hello attention to detail: even the light posts were charming.

 Hello great coastal style. Grainy, instagram photos, but you get the idea. I loved everything about the interior of the restaurant. I could live in this space.

Hello Spring in full bloom. We hit the winery trail on Saturday, and even though the sun was in and out, the gorgeous green that was everywhere brightened the day. The wine didn't hurt either.

 Some traveled by coach bus.

We hoofed it instead but the rewards were just as sweet.

Today it's back to reality.
Hello to a house in need of cleaning, purging, organizing and laundry.
Hello to a day filled with catching up on emails, bills and all that un-sexy real life stuff.
Hello and Happy Birthday to my best-friend since childhood AND my "little" cousin.
Hello to the sun trying to break through, a visit from our family and a short week.

Hello to you.

What are you saying hello to this week?

If Gatsby Was a Tween...

Ok maybe if his sister was a tween, today, I think she would have loved our room at the Hempstead House. Although she was not exactly the inspiration, I had the idea of this modern Miss Gatsby in my head throughout our brainstorming sessions and each time I set foot in the mansion.

The theme of the Designer's Showcase happened to be "Titans of Business" and the rooms designed were either inspired by a current titan of business or a legendary one. Our titan was Sally Miller, a fashion designer for tweens who just happened to sell a dress called "The Gatsby Dress". Using Sally's designs as a jumping off point, lead designer Fern Rubenstein and I set out to design a room for this modern tween to flourish in.

Sally Miller Designs: a little inspiration
Miss Gatsby would wear this sparkly chevron number for sure.

Style #2057 - New Diamond Girl   
Fern created a feature wall in the room in a similar color and pattern.
Style #2052 - The London Dress
This flirty frock is similar to the hot pink sheers trimmed with black velvet that hung in the room.

Unfortunately I have no before pictures of the room since my computer crashed before I could back them up. Below you'll find a collection of photos from the press, my husband on opening night, and some of my iPhone pictures I took during the month I spent mornings showing the room.


The hallway leading to our room doubled as an art gallery during the event. The beautiful runner was from Peykar Rugs.

A wide look at the room before the sheers were installed.

This bubble chair was one of the most popular items guests asked about during their visits to the room.

my best friend Amy, visiting me at the showhouse one morning

My runway selfie.

These liquid motion floor tiles were like mood rings and changed patterns and shapes with each step. The room divider was painted with whiteboard paint so guests could interact and have a little fun. Some of Sally Miller's dresses are hanging in this runway/dressing area.

chatting with the photography crew on opening night

Here I am with my talented and lovable cohort, who really truly dreamed this room up and brought it to life so beautifully. I feel very fortunate to have had a small part in helping to create her vision and learned so much throughout the process.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I'll be back soon with a moodboad inspired by the estate.

Have a great day,