Editor's note: Today I am wearing a ruffled sleeve blouse, scarf, white jeans from Ann Taylor, and shoes from Tory Burch.
Happy Friday!!! I am on my way to NYC and the Hamptons. I am going straight to Riley’s office when I land and we are taking a 4:00 train to East Hampton. I will truly have been on trains, planes, and automobiles before this day is through!! The forecast as of now is for rain in the morning that is supposed to end around 10:00 . So fingers crossed that there will be no rain during the middle of the day and for the party tomorrow night. I shocked and amazed myself that I packed everything in my carry on bag and purse. I have never traveled so lightly!! I don’t think I could pull this off in the winter...thank goodness for summer weight clothes. I am sure I will be happy with my light packing when I am running through Penn Station to catch the train. Sweet Mackenzie is picking up Lacie Rue to take her to the “workplace” as I call it for the day. Lacie gets so sad when she does not get to go to work. She loves the UPS man, the FedEx man, the mail man, and any clients who stop in. Riley says I am extending her life by giving her a job during the day—- the official meeter and greeter (in between naps of course!)
I went over items to accomplish with Mackenzie yesterday afternoon —- so I am off for a weekend of fun, frolic, and rest.
The article today comes from Southern Home. Designer Leta Austin Foster takes a 1930s Jupiter Island home from beiges to full color. The house was already great from an Architectural standpoint..... so the fun colors and custom murals kick it up a notch . Enjoy and have a super Friday and an even better weekend . Look for pictures next week of the party!
Foster planned her color schemes from the ocean colors outside . What an elegant room. She created two seating areas for wonderful conversation. Note that the same fabric on the two chairs by the fireplace is carried over to the second seating area. Gracie wall panels flank either side of the fireplace. Glorious antique mirror over the console.
Another angle of the living room. The beautiful built-in bookcases and columns were already in the home. I love thinking about how previous owners entertained in this room in the 1930s.
Foster hired artisans to hand paint many special features in the house. Here on this wall is hand painted trellis and shell motifs. Love that glass ,arched pocket door!!!!
This hand painted tent ceiling in the entry is a show stopper!!!!
Here is a larger view of the hand painted trellis wall. What a happy and oh so very custom room! The hand painted wall were done by Zenon Toczek.
Love, love the soothing blues and creams in this setting. The chandelier by Thomas Messel is imbedded with coral and shells.
This beautiful chinoiserie black lacquered chest was created by Thomas Messel as well. What a talented man!!!
The dining room gets a lighter feel by pairing cream colored dining chairs with the more traditional wooden table.
This is a funny story that’s reminds me of something I have done in the past. The wife found a hand painted chest at auction for $40,000 that she fell in love with. Foster created the same look for so much less by finding a similar chest and having one of her artisans paint it. That is how you stretch a budget and make husband’s happy!!!!!
Another angle of this room with the ocean view inn the background.
What a precious scalloped awning covering the back outdoor seating. The blue carries to the outdoors from inside the house.
Beautiful and serene master bedroom. I love the wall mounted consoles used as bedside tables.
The bed lines and draperies are embroidered by Penn & Fletcher located in New York. What special and custom touches Foster installed in this house. Just lovely.
"A French Design with Southern Comforts" article featured on Southern Home's website
Text by Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Erik Kvalsvik
This is so true!!
Last night for dinner I had asparagus, salmon, and cous cous. Delicious!
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