Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Our Martha's Vineyard "Home Away From Home"

 One of my life-long dreams has always been to visit Martha's Vineyard.  Everything I've ever read about it told me that I would be in love.
My dream finally came true!
We were fortunate to rent this adorable home on Martha's Vineyard for a week and not only did I fall in love, but I didn't want to leave!

It was recently featured in New England Home, so you can imagine how perfect the home is.
I love the decor, right down to the zebra stenciled hide in the living room.  It looks amazing with white slipcovered furniture and nautical details.

I spent a lot of time in this room, especially in the morning sipping my coffee and watching the sun rise over the harbor.

This vignette from New England Home shows the detail of the delft tiles around the fireplace and blue menswear plaid upholstery on the rattan chairs.  I love the blue hydrangea in this scene.
In fact, I purchased fresh flowers for the house while we stayed here to give the rooms some life.

There is a little breakfast nook between the living room and dining room.
Notice the architectural details.  There is very little drywall in this house--only white painted tongue and groove on the walls and beadboard on the ceilings.

The dining room is papered above the wainscotting in a beautiful blue and white print.
The dining chairs are lacquered navy blue and upholstered in a flax straw like fabric.

This photo from New England Home shows the wallpaper in more detail.
Through the door is the kitchen.

The walls in the kitchen are painted chocolate brown--an interesting choice to highlight the vaulted ceiling and white cabinetry.  Hmmmm, I wonder how navy blue would look instead...

The New England Home photo shows the detail of the backsplash behind the stove.

There are two bedrooms upstairs, including a huge master suite that overlooks the harbor.
Notice the painted ceiling above?

The master bath is beautifully appointed with marble floors and countertop.
I love the grasscloth on the walls.

There is also a bedroom downstairs, with one wall papered in a lavender stripe.
It has double doors that open the the courtyard...

...which also separates the main house from the guesthouse, and is the point of entry to the home.

 The guesthouse has a loft, featuring two twins and a separate bedroom and bath.

It even has its own little kitchen!

 Outside the living room is a wrap around porch that overlooks the harbor.
This home has it all and it was such a pleasure to stay here, pretending that we live here full time.

We pretended that this was our neighborhood...

...and pretended that this was our street as we walked to the main street where all the boutiques and restaurants are.  

We took lots of walks, exploring the island, pretending it was our home and wondering what would the winters be like here.   

We even took a drive to the other side so Mr. A could check out the fishing village. We made plans to come back next year so he could enter the fishing tournament that started just before we left.

But alas, we had to say goodbye.
Hopefully, we will be back and if we are lucky enough to stay in our home away from home on Martha's Vineyard again, I will be thrilled.

To read more about this lovely home, visit New England Home.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

A Visit To Boston Restoration Hardware

One of the highlights of our trip to Boston was discovering the Restoration Hardware Gallery at the Historical Museum of Natural History.  

 It's an amazing building with an amazing history.  RH totally restored the building and created the most gorgeous gallery of rooms, on four levels.

At the San Francisco design center, there is a gorgeous RH, but this one in Boston is just beyond.
Even though I've seen everything on display here, it is just wonderful to see their product in a new light.

Mr. A loved this room most of all!

This was my favorite room!
I love canopy beds, what can I say?

And crystal chandeliers!

Here's the dining table I'm still considering.  Love it piled with succulents.

Downstairs in the basement, I was impressed with their baby and child decor.
And was reminded we are in Red Sox country!
For more information about Boston Restoration Hardware, watch the video below:

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