Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review: Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons


If you only buy one book to add to your collection of interior design and coffee table books this summer, it better be Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by Jennifer Ash Rudick with photos by Tria Giovan. Every single page is more stunning than the last, and it is inspiring on every single level. 

Whether you have an interest in gardening, interior design, vignettes and tablescapes, architecture, or all of the above, I promise you will be thoroughly satiated by this book. I have so much to say about Out East, but before I go on and on, I want to start with some photos. Let's take a look inside shall we?









Incredible, right? And that's only a tiny sampling of the more than 30 homes and gardens featured in the 328-page volume. The book is incredibly beautiful, wonderfully laid out, and an informative and educational read. Author Jennifer Ash Rudick is a native Floridian, but has lived in Southampton for years with her husband and their two children. An already celebrated author with three books under her belt, Jennifer presents a fresh perspective on the Hamptons, an insiders scoop if you will, as she walks us through some of Long Island's most glamorous spaces under roof and sky. 

Houses designed by interior designers like Jeffrey Bilhuber, Tom Scheerer, Muriel Brandolini, Robert Couturier and Daniel Romualdez range from delightful cottages to sprawling shingled mansions, and gardens span from formal and manicured to wispy and organic. Still, with all of the different styles featured in architecture, decor, and gardenscape - there's a common thread holding all of these properties together, and that's the feeling of relaxation. Without a doubt, Tria Giovan has captured the Hamptons as the most peaceful and contented place on earth.


You may remember the recent architectural digest feature on "Woody House" with photos taken by Tria Giovan. Woody House is smartly featured in Out East, with additional photos and far more information on the decoration of the house, the process and the inspiration. So if you were a Woody Fan, and so many of us were, you'll be overjoyed by the multi-page layout of Woody House in Out East.


Brilliant and beautiful, I highly recommend you pick up a copy for yourself. Check out more of the book and purchase via the amazon link below:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorite Instagrams

Well, here we are again - the end of another week. I've been working like a mad man on a little surprise backyard redo for a friend of mine who has been in Costa Rica the last few weeks. Before he left, I told him that I would be happy to take care of his yard while he was gone - free of charge. Sweet friend that he is, he left me $200 to buy flowers and pots to help give the yard a little something extra.

I've worked with him on the inside of his house - so he trusts my instincts, but what he doesn't know is that I seized pots and patio furniture from CDLV (Scott isn't using it, so what the heck!) and have "gifted" a few other things to really change the look of the whole place. I'll share those pictures early next week - but to start the Friday off right, I wanted to share my favorite Instagram posts from this week.

Enjoy, and HAPPY WEEKEND! 















UPDATED! Coffee Table and Design Book Sale!

I'm having another book sale! YAY! Here's your chance to get some amazing deals on beautiful interior design and gardening related books, even a few books on architecture and photography. There's a great selection! So, if you've ever wanted to create this look:


via Mark D. Sikes

Or maybe this look: 

via Mark D. Sikes

Or even this look: 

via William Rankin Mclure


Now is your chance to do it pretty inexpensively! Each book is only $20, and that includes shipping via USPS Media Mail to the United States of America. Sorry, no shipping available out of the US.  

I'll add to this list in the coming hours and days - and this little book fair will be up for you to purchase from until next Wednesday! So, grab them now before they're gone, and enjoy shopping! 



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