PINK, GREEN & WHITE BEACH BUNGALOW – CARIBBEAN STYLE

More design inspiration from my visit to the Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic. Check out earlier posts this week...but I just got home from a 5 day 4 night vacation with my best of friend AM, her husband JE, friend MR and their kids. AM and JE are co-owners of a 1 bedroom bungalow and a 3 bedroom bungalow there...so I was so lucky to be invited as their guests to a wonderful visit there. During our stay, we toured some of the other bungalows on the beautiful ... Read More

CLUBHOUSE CARIBBEAN STYLE – PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB

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Today Caribbean style decorating and design are on my mind.  This is our last full day at The Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic. We have today and half of tomorrow then we have to go home back to reality. Typically when vacations come to a close, I am ready to go home. Not this one. This morning best of friend AM, MR and I all took a lovely long walk down the secluded beach. What a wonderful way to start the day. This boutique resort is just a charm. Imagined ... Read More

PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB VACATION

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Perfected paradise.  That is how I would describe the Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic.  The boutique resort sits along the north coast of the island of Santo Domingo.  From the imagination of investment manager Boykin Curry and his wife acclaimed interior designer Celerie Kemble, this island getaway delivers an idyllic fantasy experience.  From the carved wood fretwork, to the soothing colors, to all of the charm and whimsy in the metalwork, amazing cement tile ... Read More

FASHION FORWARD BEDROOM – SIMPLE & SWEET SPRING

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Spring has sprung! On this first day of spring, I've been thinking about light airy things for this spring. White, pale gray, pale pink in color. Fresh and crisp. Spring fashion and spring decor are top of mind. Last night TE and I had a fun dinner with his son EE and EE's girlfriend ET, JG and JG's new "friend" W (I don't know W's last name hence she only gets one initial - she is very nice and I like having her around). JG grilled burgers while we all talked and laughed. I am ... Read More

HIGH DESIGN FINDS – JENNIE O’S TOP 7

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Today, I thought I would share 7 high design favorites that one of my chicest friends sent to me.  Here name is Jennie O. for purposes of this post.   She is completely tapped into all things stylish and high culture.  I met Jennie and her hubby TO a few years back when we were out with friends.  She and I immediately hit it off as we talked about all things design and style.  Jennie, being the connossieur of the most stylish and cool cultural things, taught me so much in even our ... Read More

WINDOWS & DOORS – MALIBU REMODEL PROJECT

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I don't know where to start when it comes to this Malibu remodel project that TE and I have been working on since last year.  As I mentioned in a earlier post, TE and I started a house hunt almost a year and half ago.  After months of searching, we found this house overlooking the Pacific Ocean last March.  The minute we saw it, the hunt was over. Now, after months of TE negotiating the home purchase, meeting with architects, going over plans, talking contractors, fretting over ... Read More

27 GORGEOUS FREESTANDING BATHTUBS – SHOPPING GUIDE

Freestanding bathtubs have been top of mind as TE and I are in full bathroom design mode as we plug ahead on creating the Malibu house.   Today's stand alone tubs come in all shapes - oval, rectangular, square, round, asymmetrical, almond and more.  They come in all materials - acrylic, resin, stone, concrete, cement, marble, cast iron and more. These bathing vessels could fit modern bathroom decor or traditional.  Needless to say, there is no shortage of styles for any home in ... Read More

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DAYS - PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB EXCLUSIVE

So excited!  Next week I will be seeing best of friend AM and her family in the Dominican Republic.  I will be staying at this darling place featured here !  AM and her hubby JE live in NYC, have a fabulous weekend house in the Hamptons and they also own a house in the Dominican Republic.  Years ago, AM became an investor in a resort community called the Playa Grande Beach Club.  She and several others bought into money manager Boykin Curry and interior designer Celerie Kemble's ... Read More

SMALL KITCHEN DESIGN IDEAS – 7 EASY TIPS

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  I currently have a very small kitchen so I love looking at small kitchen design ideas.  I think the most creative designing is for small spaces.  The question is how to maximize storage and create a stylish space without making your small space look cluttered? I think these 7 small kitchen designs are done just SMALL KITCHEN DESIGN IDEAS White cabinets - To make your small space feel larger consider white cabinets.  The white makes the cabinets disappear to a ... Read More

REAL ESTATE – $100 MILLION DOLLAR CLASSIC DALLAS MANSION

According to the Wall Street Journal, this 25 acre, 27,000 square foot real estate listing in the tony Dallas, Texas neighborhood called Preston Hollow is now listed at $100 million dollars.  The property has been on the market for a few years.  The home was first listed at $135 million dollars and offered only to private buyers.  It wasn't sold. Now, a few years later it is being publicly listed for a whopping $100 million dollars. The four story mansion has all of the bells ... Read More