I've spent this past week in New York, squeezing four photo shoots into five days for Rue Magazine. It's my first time here since moving away two years ago, and quite frankly it's been wonderful! So many memories have come flooding back to me, including the time-honored big city tradition of escaping to a bright and airy country house every summer weekend.
So I've been imagining what I'd do if I had a charming retreat in the Hudson River Valley. White walls, white sofa, and striking black occasional tables make for a soothing yet stylish space. I adore the weathered, timeworn details in this vignette: the peeling paint on the mantle, the rusty hook and amber bottles. Definitely a room that invites you in to stay awhile!
Oh my goodness. My beloved wishbone chair teams up with an Eames dowel leg chair? It's a match made in design icon heaven! This pic is from the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Living--the whole article is a gem. The repeated stripes on the rug, the tablewares, even the pendant lamps have such a fresh, graphic appeal.
Glossy white floors reflect the summer sun for a traditional English-inspired bathroom escape. A few posh touches like an antique rug and velvet curtains ground the space. And after spending the last four days overseeing interiors photography shoots, I can only imagine the tricky angle that must have been required to get that perfect reflection in the mirror!
Of course it wouldn't be a summer country retreat without an outdoor evening dinner. Cut garden flowers in a tall pitcher and serving pieces in galvanized aluminum project a crisp, casual vibe. Paper lanterns hang from tree branches waiting to light up the night as soon as the sun goes down. I can almost smell the summer twilight air!
Thanks to everyone for your support this week of Rue Magazine. We're so grateful for your enthusiasm and we look forward to sharing sneak peaks all summer as we build our premiere issue for September. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news! Have a wonderful weekend everyone--and if you're celebrating the Independence Day holiday, enjoy the fireworks!
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