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

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Inspiration Thursday: Gingerbread


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Well, inspiration came late this week, because on Monday I was in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard in the hot sun taking pictures with my phone that don’t do the eclectic and playful cottages in the Campground justice. It took a ferry, a shuttlebus, a car ride, a taxi, a ferry, a shuttlebus, a flight and a ride home from a friend to get back to the laptop, and it was totally worth it. The bright colors, the creative trim work, the exuberant windowboxes, the front porch culture and most of all, the rocking chairs create such a distinct look. Some of the communities that have grown out of the era of the camp meeting are about the cutest places I’ve ever seen, and they always seem to be in the greatest locations. I’ve spied them from time to time in magazines like Cottage Living – some are still tents or are half-tent/half-cottage hybrids, some are now beach cabanas, others are cottages. Do you have a favorite? Do you have pictures of it? If so, please share with us in the comments section!