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Friday, July 9th, 2010

TGIF! A Few Links for the Weekend


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Wow, it really fell apart this week. Probably because I posted what should have been “Inspiration Monday” on Wednesday, clearly I had nothing to give you for “Organization Wednesday”, and then I thought Thursday was Friday, even though I had my Thursday Styles section (still unread) right in front of me for half of the day! The weekend cannot come quickly enough for me! Speaking of Thursday Styles, the Home section of The New York Times featured a great senior condo makeover by Dara Caponigro and her parents yesterday. Remember the “Ask Dara” column in Domino? Well, now she’s the E.I.C. of Veranda. I had been wondering why Veranda had become so chic lately! Check out the full article at

Speaking of Veranda, check out this California beach house slideshow. Here’s a teaser:

Speaking of California, I loved getting a peek at Betsy Burnham’s kids’ rooms, especially the use of the Union Jack. I think the only way I might ever stop liking Union Jacks is if England decides to send over the red coats again!

Speaking of flags, Martha’s Vineyard was bedecked in red white and blue for the Fourth of July weekend. If you like the eclectic look of the Carpenter Gothic cottages I showed you on Wednesday, I have more photos. My friend Christina brought her real camera and got some shots that were much better quality, so I have uploaded them to houzz here.

The Detroit Conversation Continues – a thoughtful essay over at Design Observer. Read it here. I think Detroit is one of the most interesting cities in our country to follow and study right now, and this essay is so thorough and interesting, interweaving theories of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs and even Eminem.

Image Credits:

  • Trevor Tondro for The New York Times
  • Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda
  • Sarah Dorio for Decor Demon
  • Christina Moore

Monday, August 10th, 2009

My Cape Cod: A Coastal Cottage House Tour


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As you could probably sense from my anorexic posts last week, I was in deeply relaxed vacation mode on Cape Cod. I had a family wedding near Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont, and then snuck down to the beach for a few bonus days. By the way, I had no idea Vermont was so beautiful in the summer. It was truly breathtaking to drive through the valley surrounded by blue mountains, farms, lovely old homes surrounded by tall Hollyhocks and moo cows! But I digress. I decided to share the little cottage where I stay on the Cape. Also, coincidentally, Big Mucky-Muck Design Public Honcho Matt was coming to ya live from the same cottage a week before I arrived!

It’s not modern, rather, it’s very Shabby Chic, a trend that hit the tipping point sometime pre-Target launch, but I figured what the heck, Hatch readers might enjoy it anyway. I’ll admit it, I’ve never turned my back on Shabby Chic. While I’ve cleaned up and streamlined a bit from the peeling paint and extra bits of clutter that I surrounded myself with in the 1990s, I still find it to be a very relaxing and comforting style. I’ve shared most of my pictures in an ideabook at, so if you feel like checking the whole thing out, hop over there for a minute or two. Here’s a little preview so you can decide if you want to bother!


Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Twitter Faves on Saturday


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I just found Coastal Living on Twitter today and have whiled away about an hour after being sucked into their website. Here are the original images that got me started on my intense browsing. They make me long for the ocean:

Love the Bertoias with the Saarinen tulip table, the blue, the wood, and most of all the view:

Love the way these Emeco chairs work in this shot:

I’m totally going to steal this color palette!:

The stainless steel countertops really work well here. Even though this kitchen is sleek, it’s still warm somehow:

all photography from Photographers in order are:

  • Brian Vandan Brink
  • Lisa Romerein
  • Roger Davies
  • Brian Vandan Brink

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Beautiful Coastal Architecture: Van Dam Architecture and Design


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I was perusing Maine Home and Design the other day and fell upon an ad for an architecture firm I just love. Van Dam Architecture and Design does absolutely beautiful and thoughtful work, with careful consideration of site, context, and materials in each project. You can check out more images here, and here are a few of my favorites:



Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Cressida Campbell Woodblock Paintings


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Apparently I’m discovering this wonderful artist very late in the game, because her book is already sold out. However, since it will be reprinted this month, I wanted to make sure that anyone else like me who missed it the first time around gets a second chance! Cressida Campbell creates beautiful woodblock paintings of interiors (as well as many other subjects; Paperbarks is my favorite). She is drawn to patterns, which must mean she loves a challenge, as the thought of how in the world to engrave them on timber and then get the colors right is daunting.

A recent spread in Vogue Living Australia offers a few peaks into Ms. Campbell’s lovely beach home in Sydney. She has arranged the art over this sofa in such a pleasing way, which is no easy feat. It almost makes me think that champion arranger sfgirlbybay stopped by and assisted her!

As I post this, the reissue of the book is not yet available (it is sold internationally through, but I’ll keep my eye out for it and let you know when it is.

Book cover image from

Second and third photographs by Chris Court for Vogue Living Australia Nov./Dec. 08


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