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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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

vermont farmhouse part two

This week, I thought I’d share a few more photos of the progress at my parent’s Vermont farmhouse.  The two of them have been very busy since my visit in June. They are a dynamic duo, my dad the carpenter, and my mom with the creative flair. Here are a few of the changes… Continue reading

Our new east coast beach bungalow

I didn’t dare share this until we closed on the house. I was sure that I would jinx the whole thing.

On my last visit to Connecticut in June, it came to our attention that a few homes had become available in a small coastal area near our rented townhouse. This is a community that rarely sees houses come on the market and so we decided to check a few of them out. Continue reading

Instagrammer we love: edb designs by homedeco

As many of you might know, I’ve spent this week helping my parents with their new farmhouse in Vermont. How lucky am I to have parents who still hike, ski, and build houses? They decided that it was time for a change and sold their little place in Vermont and got right to work on building a new abode in East Rupert. After selling group insurance for 16 years from 1966-1981 (and working in the World Trade Center when it opened in 1973) my dad decided to pursue his dream of becoming a builder. And what beautiful houses he has built. Sitting upon 12 beautiful acres, their newest house may be my favorite one yet. Continue reading