It’s 2021, and like many things to look forward to this week, the construction scene at Summerset has decidedly departed 2020 waving au revoir to caution tape and saying hello new chapter. Our crew is making significant progress, spaces are taking form and soon, visions transition to reality.  Next to debut in ‘A Summerset Story’, the most private of spaces, the primary bath.

Full transparency folks, no rhyme or reason to the sequence in which rooms are being shared, in similar approach to navigating life these days, let’s just roll with it, shall we? The 2nd floor (aka primary) bath – a room that will embody by far the greatest transformation from where it all started. (Lest you forget and need a walk down pre-reno memory lane, drop in here for a refresh of what the space looked like before – cramped, not the least bit cozy, all accentuated by that cringe-worthy infamous platform.)

Our expansion yielded considerably more space to allocate accordingly and yet, I’ve been dead set on the design of the bath be respectful to the remainder of the house, both in scale and sentiment. Original layout drawn up by the architect took a turn early on after a walk-through with our plumber, who quickly identified challenges given the age of the house, particularly pitch relative to location of key drainage points and a desire to minimize construction to other non-reno areas of the home. In creative collaboration, we re-dealt a winning deck for ourselves and have since been on a path to primary bath perfection.

I welcome you to check out some of my inspiration saved here and in the words of friend, mentor and purveyor of the perfect bath – Barbara Sallick, create an experience that’s meaningful for you.

Inspiration Sources: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08

CREATIVE CRUSH | DECEMBER

December 23, 2020

 

Soon the stockings will be hung by the chimney with care and like holiday cheer, hot toddies, mistletoe + holly, I’m a firm believer in the more the merrier. With little more than a week until this rollercoaster ride of a year draws to a close, only fitting we sneak in one last serving of our Creative Crush series for 2020. Back in February when I created Around the Pound, like visions of sugar plum fairies, I imagined a visual extension of the Around the Pound you already know here. From fashion to food, frivolity to faucets, like a great meal, if it catches my eye, it’s totally worth sharing. Just because the year is ending (can we get an Amen?), certainly doesn’t mean the inspiration will too. Join us in 2021 for fresh new content – occasionally golden, always deliciously creative. Until the ball drops, wishing you and yours a very merry holiday.

CREATIVE CRUSH | DECEMBER EDITION

Grandmillenialism grandeur. | (@louiseroehome | @nathaliefarmanfarma)

Stairway to heaven. (@thecarpetworkroom)

Corner crush. (@johnderiancompany)

Holiday treasure. (@angrybaker)

Round and round we go. (@hopeinthewoods | @galleryl7)

Woolens. (@sezane | @fecastleberry)

Sweater weather. (@demyleeny)

Dressing room dreaming. (@plainenglishkitchens)

 

Introducing A Summerset Story’, a promised walk-through of the innermost design details going into our quaint cottage in the City-by-the-Sea. I’m not here to bore you with before-and-after photos, how-to’s or a laundry list of sources. Rather, consider this your golden ticket to 100% unadulterated inspiration. Drawing from the Newport tours that showcase our neighboring Bellevue beauties, an intimate look at my creative vision for the 1940-home (albeit on a much less grandiose scale and without those awful, pre-COVID communal headsets).

We start with what I’ve nicknamed ‘The Green Room’, a small open area directly off an even smaller (code word for tiny) entry – blessed with a cathedral ceiling, amazing afternoon light and a mood I fancy one part bucolic/one part botanical. My perception of palette isn’t one reserved for color, but an enlightened mix of paint, pattern, textiles and more. Those gosh-darn delectable details I’m forever championing? They’re here too, because like a great cocktail party (remember those?), the more the merrier.

If you’re captivated by the images I’ve included here, I’ve saved them all, along with a few extra servings, on a new story board. Feel free to beg, borrow and steal pin them to your own, or simply follow along, I fully embrace that approach too. Check out some of my other boards while you’re there, I’d love to have you.

Inspiration sources: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08

SUMMERSET SERIES | NO. 5

December 2, 2020

It’s been just shy of four months since our last Summerset Series post, to say we’ve come a long way would be an understatement. Our crew demo’d more than 50% of the cottage, peeled cut the roof off like a tin of sardines and in very Humpty-Dumptyish style, have spent every day since lovingly putting it all back together again. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know there’s a layer of humor woven into it all, because if one can’t find laughter in the wee hours while frantically taping holes in a giant tarp overhead at the mercy of a Nor’easter, what’s left but tears and a well-appointed bar cart?

Thankfully, we’ve rounded the corner on major construction – exterior framing complete, new roof installed, plumbing + electrical being layered in. And while there are still several more weeks to go, signs point toward project completion in early 2021. Attention has diverted from late night layout edits to full court press on the delectable details. Over a quiet holiday at home, I listened to the Calico Club’s conversation with British interior designer Nicola Harding – a lovely reminder why I so emphatically wanted to execute on the interiors of Summerset personally. Nicola opened the dialogue with a question, “What makes you happy?” as her lead-in to the evening’s theme, ‘How to make a house a home.’ In her words, “It is a place that fits you perfectly. It reminds you of who you are and it makes it easy to be the you that you want to be.” 

Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing snippets of the inspiration that’s got me wide-eyed and awake at night, day-dreaming about paint palettes bolder than I’ve ever dared implement before (yet secretly pin like a color hoarder), layering with textiles, furnishings and a dash of frivolity. Aligned with our TGL motto, I strive to serve the freshest catch of inspiration, occasionally golden, always deliciously creative. Be sure to join me here + here, and while my inspiration will be as Nicola referenced, perfectly suited to me, I sincerely hope via my journey, you’ll find the recipe to design your own house into the home that’s, as a wise Dr. Seuss would say, ‘youer than you’.

CREATIVE CRUSH | OCTOBER

October 18, 2020

Between political discord, catastrophic environmental conditions + a global pandemic all with an unrelenting grip on America, one might say our country is in a state of disarray. We have the power to change the spiral – we can knock the current course off its axis and create a new trajectory for generations to come. I carry no political agenda here, but rather, deep respect for the fundamental principles of freedom upon which our country was founded. My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War in pursuit of liberty and a belief that our country have the opportunity to write its own chapter. I vote to carry on their legacy in a display of patriotism. No matter the color of your skin, gender affiliation, religious beliefs or socioeconomic status, each vote carries equal weight; it’s the most universally equal opportunity we have as Americans. I sincerely hope you will get out there and do the same, whether in person or by mail, make your vote count.

CREATIVE CRUSH | OCTOBER EDITION

Cozy corners. | (@ritakonig | @kitchenandbeyond.se)

Beauty in every bite. (@boltcoffeeco)

Seasonal palette. (@mariadelaordenstudio)

Put a ribbon on it. (@emiliebonaventure)

Internal compass. (@laurariu__)

Best seat in the house. | (@oandgstudio)

Roll with it. | (@handelsmannkhaw | @peterbrookeball)

Life’s too short, ruffle feathers. (@demyleeny)

Wear your monogram on your sleeve. (@demyleeny)

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