Editor’s note: Today I am in a blouse from Rebecca Taylor, dress shorts from Theory, and Coach shoes.
Happy Wednesday!!! Today is my best friend Beast’s birthday! She has caught up with me on the big 59.... the last of our 50s. Beast (Elizabeth....she has a real name)will be waking up in Turkey for her birthday. Lucky lady to be surrounded by beauty on her birthday!!! We have been best friends since we were 12.....so that is a LONG time! We have certainly seen our share of ups and downs.... and turns along the way. But still kicking and living life to the fullest. I was shocked and amazed at the cooler air when I went out to get my mint for my water on the back porch yesterday morning. Ever since my first trip to Lake Austin Spa in 2002 I have put fresh mint in my water with lime. It makes it taste wonderful. It dies in the dead of winter... but it comes back every spring.
I missed my Dallas day last week so I have a lot to accomplish today. I miss having my sidekick Mackenzie with me during the heat of the summer...but I can do fine by myself and her staying in the office keeps things moving and the dogs get to come to the “workplace” as I call it. I am working on some smaller details today... but still very important to the jobs I am in the middle of. There is a whole lot of scheduling going on right now with shipments... which is much easier for Mackenzie to handle at the office with the paperwork in front of her. So I will be solo but will see my friends in the showrooms!
The article today is from Veranda. As I said before this issue is wonderful! As I was reading this article about a”troubled 18th-century cottage on the coast of Nova Scotia”I found myself feeling a tinge of envy. Now it is never good to be jealous... but when I was the age of this couple refurbishing and furnishing this cool house I was full force raising my twins and paying for education. I would NEVER trade my twins for anything in the world and love them with every fiber of my being..... but my jealousy came in that I would die and go to heaven to have a house like this.... furnished like this. I cover a lot of homes on my blog. Not all are my personal taste but I can appreciate the different designs done by the many talented designers. This home fits me and my taste to perfection. So enjoy this home that made me feel envious.... it is a little bit like a window into my “design” soul. Happy Hump day! Make it a great one!
The heirloom Limoges plates on the wall send me like a hot air balloon!! I have a thing about fish plates and plates hung on a wall. LOVE THIS!!!!!
What an awesome added feature to have the year the house built added to the tile in the entry hall. Can you believe that this house is this old.... amazing! I love the wide door and the small panes of glass.
What a glorious living room with the tongue-and-groove paneling . The custom sectional that tucks perfectly in the corner adds warmth and so much seating to the area. I love the draperies with the romans and the panels on the side. Note the custom lamp shade on two of the lamps ... and the number of lamps in the room. I don’t hate can lights but I love how lamps light a room at night.
Lee Jofa is one of my favorite companies for prints.... and i love the one used on the pair of arm chairs. The living room is 45 feet long——-oh my goodness!!!! It is broken up with several seating areas.
So much to take in in the cozy kitchen full of details. First... I adore the banquette. Give me a banquette and I am a happy girl! The custom pendant shade over the table is awesome. I love the oval breakfast table....especially the base.
I don’t know what steals the show more in this moment..... the Thibaut wallpaper on the ceiling or the pair of precious Ganaraskans posed perfectly for the photographer. LOVE this mud room.
There were 4 species of hard wood floors in the house. They painstakingly removed them all and had artisan hardwood installers mix them together to create a floor that dreams are made of. The town of Chester is known for its shipbuilding and wood boat building... so there are incredible artisans in the town. The couple restored the house very similar to it’s original footprint and architecture. I love the large arched opening leading to the stairs.
This sleeping alcove is “tucked” into a dressing room for extra overnight guests. It looks like a secret spot that I would love to sleep in. The blue walls... Benjamin Moore’s Philipsburg Blue....is rich and wonderful.
I have a thing about weird shaped ceilings.....so this room really makes my heart sing big. Furnished with Swedish, French, and English antiques it is beyond charming.
The master bedroom has a Southeastern exposure... so they enjoy views of the sunrise over the harbor. There are many details to take in... but one that really caught my eye is the collection of quill boxes in the bookshelf. I LOVE this boxes and have collected them for clients over the years.
The widely varied collection of art hung all together in the stairwell is awesome.
A view of the home from the harbor. So majestic.
This is the deck on the third floor... accessed through a guest room. What a view!!!!!!! The couple have made a lot of friends in the little town and entertain everyone from “socialites to fisherman.” What a cool house refurbished to it’s original splendor with love and care. I am sure the original owners are smiling in heaven.
“Step Inside Designer Philip Mitchell’s 18th-century Seaside Cottage'“ article featured in Veranda July/August 2019 Issue
INTERIOR & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN BY PHILIP MITCHELL • WRITTEN BY MIMI READ
Dinner last night was baked chicken, pork sausage, and steamed zucchini.
This song reminds me of my college days!