Summer Lovin’ Beach Homes

Happy weekend. This being Memorial Day weekend and the un-offiical start of summer, I thought I’d write about summer homes.  Today I’m craving the east coast vibe. Think everything from luxurious coastal estates in the Hamptons to charming beach cottages in Nantucket and details like simple color palettes, white kitchens, cedar shakes, outdoor showers and of course ocean views. I’m a native California girl, who was lucky enough to be born and raised in a coastal beach town so growing up my family never took that quintessential summer beach house vacation. We didn’t need to with the beach just a few miles away, but I’ve always wondered what it would be like to spend a few weeks every summer that way, when your only agenda is playing in the sand, relaxing, and soaking in the views. Here’s what I imagine that would be like, starting with some some inspiring first impressions:

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Who wouldn’t love to sit by one of these pools below, sipping on a cool cocktail.bridgehampton+10 pennoyer+15 wolf+hamptons+5

I’d love to be welcomed in by this bright and sunny entry.wolf+hamptons+2

Can you imagine waking to these stunning ocean views? Sigh…54c06962535f7_-_white-bedroom-juliet-balcony-0712-dempster21-xl0911-barn-beach-bedroom-l

This cute little pass-though bar would be perfect for entertaining.f27fdbfb6efca1336628bfe2f5959859

These two sunny breakfast nooks below include nautical touches without going overboard.orrick+17

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I love this charming beach cottage kitchen with it’s painted white floor and blue vintage style Smeg fridge.wolf+hamptons+6

These blue bistro style bar stools are casual and lend to the coastal feel of of this classic and elegant white kitchen.

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An ocean front porch swing? Yes please.1a8f1c5227f8a389945670115e0776ffOutdoor shower? Check. (Love the little carved whale door latch.)Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 10.16.52 AM

This charming back porch is a perfect spot to stash beach gear. wolf+hamptons+15

And speaking of beach gear, here are some fun accessory picks to get you in the summer spirit — all new stuff from Tom’s.

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I hope you can plan some beach time for your summer vacation.

xo KG

 

Day dreaming

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve put up a new post. Want to hear my excuses?

Okay well the first was because I’ve been trying to “tidy up” the blog layout a bit. I was sort of in “soft launch” mode previoulsy, trying to find the time to figure out all the bells and whistles under the hood.  With a little help, I’ve been updating a few things. I’m still planning a few more updates, but so far so good.

My second excuse is that I’ve been traveling for my day job and I came back exhausted. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep well anywhere, except in my own bed. Call me a princess (as in The Princess and the Pea) if you like, but it’s true, so I usually need a few days to recover when I’m back.

All that lack of sleep had me day-dreaming of fluffy, luxurious, cloud-like beds like these below. I love white bedding, layers and soft, soothing colors in a master bedroom. Now I’m inspired to get moving on updating our master bedroom, but no I must focus and finish the living room. Pictures soon, I promise. Until then…

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Sweet dreams.
xo KG

Designer spotlight: Evars + Anderson

Most days I would describe my style as California cool, with a touch of East Coast tradition. I gravitate more towards the classic side with an appreciation for homes with a soothing color palette and those with a bit of a beach vibe (think Hamptons). However, the first time I stumbled upon the work of SF bay area based design team of Evars + Anderson, I fell head over heels. They nail the classic timeliness design, but what got me was how they inject color and pattern in a fun, modern fun way. I’m hooked!

Here are a few of my favorites from their portfolio:

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To see more from Evars + Anderson, check out their website and portfolio here.

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