3 instagrammers i love

For this series of Instagrammers I love,  I’m heading back to my East Coast roots.  Sandra @oldsilvershed, has the most gorgeous storybook home in Cape Cod, overlooking the water.  She and her husband renovated this home to perfection with attention to every small detail.  But more than that, it is a house that feels like a home.  Believe me when I tell you there were so many inspiring photos to choose from that I was lost in Sandra’s feed for a good part of the morning!

3 Instagrammers I Love: @oldsilvershed
Weathered shingles, beautiful windows, and lush greenery beckon you to step inside…
3 Instagrammers I Love: @oldsilvershed
Every inch of Sandra’s house is warm and inviting…
3 Instagrammers I Love: @oldsilvershed
I would think this bedroom would always be filled with happy guests
3 Instagrammers I Love: @oldsilvershed
Sky lights, French doors, and a stone fireplace add up to a perfect entry…

The uber talented designer Loi Thai shares not one, but both of his stunning homes with us on his Instagram, @loithai. He has a home in Bethesda, Maryland that is neutral nirvana and an antique business and blog called Tone on Tone.  And don’t even get me started on his topiaries…this man is the king of topiaries!

Loi’s other home is a work in progress in coastal Maine.  If it’s half as beautiful as his previous one, we are all in for a treat! Loi has been featured in Martha Stewart, Veranda and Architectural Digest and when you begin scrolling through his Instagram account, you will see why…

3 Instagrammers I Love: @loithai
Loi most definitely has a green thumb…in fact I think all of his fingers are green!
3 Instagrammers I Love: @loithai
Creamy whites and antiques are done in a modern way.
3 Instagrammers I Love: @loithai
Maine coastal beauty
3 Instagrammers I Love: @loithai
Nautical paintings and books in Loi’s new old home in Maine

While reading Frances Schultz’s book Bee Cottage, she mentioned her decorator and friend, Tom Samet.  I was intrigued by his work and looked him up on Instagram, @tomsamet.  What a find!  Tom is not only an accomplished designer in the Hamptons (Hamptons House Design), but his wit and quotes are daily delights on his Instagram feed. I feel like I’m in the Hamptons, Nantucket, or Palm Beach!  Tom takes you to the parties, the gardens, and inside the beautiful homes of his talented friends.  You will fall in love with his elegant mother and his adorable dog, Sawyer.  Tom is one of my first and favorite accounts.

3 Instagrammers I Love: @tomsamet
A garden party at his dear friend Frances Shultz’s beautiful Bee Cottage…
3 Instagrammers I Love: @tomsamet
Check out the details in this Southampton beauty…that stair case!
3 Instagrammers I Love: @tomsamet
This is where Tom had a party for his mom’s 90th birthday…yes, please!
3 Instagrammers I Love: @tomsamet
Southampton stunner!

Just be sure to leave yourself some time to get lost in the beautiful images of these talented people.  I’m pretty sure you will be glad you did.  And now I’m sharing one more photo of Loi’s incredible topiary artistry…just because!

3 Instagrammers I Love: @loithai
I mean can you even believe it? There are more than 15 perfect topiaries in this picture!

 

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Favorite shop: Global Eye Art collective

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lovely fairfield county, connecticut

While I love living in Santa Barbara, California, there are some things that just can’t be duplicated here on the West coast.  A part of me will always love New England…Connecticut to be specific, where we still own a home.  Here are a few recent glimpses of some of my favorite things about Fairfield County, Connecticut. Continue reading

summer vibes at the little white beach bungalow

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favorite shop: simon pearce

My love affair with Simon Pearce started 30 years ago when I was given six small hand blown glass bowls as a wedding gift.  Years later when those much loved bowls went missing after a catered event, the wonderful people at Simon Pearce remade six more just like them.  No small thing since those bowls had been discontinued for years! Continue reading