Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A few gorgeous sunny days in a row make me crave summer, including the crispness of tailored sailing-inspired seaside interiors.
In the spirit of red white and blue, nautical nonchalance and sunny days on the water, I am feeling the preppy, peppy punch all around for spring!

Photo courtesy of Trowbridge
Known for his sepia toned Marine portraits, British photographer Ben Wood works out of his photography studio on the Isle of Wight. This locale means he gets to shoot world class J Boat regattas like Cowes Race Week. Get your time on the water by adding his work to your collection with Trowbridge's beautiful triptych prints.

Photo courtesy of Oomph
Don't navigate the waters alone, plot your course with the map inlaid Fenwick Chart Table by Oomph. They use NOAA charts so you can plan your next voyage over cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily
Belly up to this woven South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. It will be smooth sailing since casters make it easy to transport it from room to room and a lower shelf provides storage.

Photo courtesy of Beeline Home
Thick red ridges in the Ohm Mirror from Bunny Williams' Beeline collection resemble thick ropes if you get creative. The red lacquer finish is ship shape sharp.

With a red and white striped grain sack shade and blue blown glass wine bottle base, nautical nirvana has been found. From Europe 2 You.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily
A thick, perfect coil of rope in Serena and Lily's Spinnaker Lamp is just so good looking anywhere, nautical or not.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
Ralph Lauren Home's shiny chrome Montauk XL hanging pendant will keep everything illuminated, like your kitchen island.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Add some visual interest to the edge of the sofa with Tory Burch's kicky wool and cotton Chevron Blanket in navy and white with whip stitched edge detailing.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
Your coffee and tea get also get in on the stripe action with West Elm's porcelain striped mugs in a fresh shape with crisp blue line at the lip.

Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home
A wide painted stripe on the Jacqueline Bowl from Ralph Lauren Home adds a graphic touch to the table.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder
The blue and white wave patterned C. Wonder bowl can provide a happy home for mixed nuts during cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Haus
And speaking of cocktails, you will need a chic way to open up your Regatta Ginger Beer bottles for Dark 'n Stormies. How about a cool rope resembling bottle opener from Haus Interiors?

Photo courtesy of Julia B
A little bit of red, white and blue together in elegant cocktail napkins with hand - embroidered monograms from Julia B.

Photo courtesy of Waterfall Designs
For friends that have dropped their anchor together, these unbreakable glasses by Waterfall Designs through Etsy are just the thing.

Photo courtesy of Link Outdoor
With a bit of whimsy, Link Outdoor has created rows of embroidered fringe on a solution dyed acrylic. Love it. If you have not seen their entire collection of imaginative fabrics, it is worth discovering.

Photo courtesy of Perennials
A zigzag paintbrush stroke on Perennials Swish in grotto adds a naturalistic component to an outdoor fabric.

Photo courtesy of F. Schumacher
An oversized chevron pattern always looks right by the pool. F. Schumacher's Cote D'Azur Antibes Chevron fabric.

Photo courtesy of Designers Guild
Christian Lacroix's vivid Riviera in sevres blue through Designer's Guild looks like an aerial view of beach umbrellas.

Riviera in garance

Photo courtesy of Designers Guild
William Yeoward's Manacor woven in poppy.

Photo courtesy of Julia B
Stripes can also transform your bed as with Julia B.'s new Versailles pattern with an undulating border.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
Do the kids need a new place to hang in their room? A wide striped square pouf from West Elm is the spot to chill and watch a movie.

Photo courtesy of Three Potato Four
Sea Salt Soap from Sweden in darling packaging. From Three Potato Four.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
Mainsai Rope Bracelet from J. Crew is sharp. There is a proliferation of bracelets out there with rope lines recently.

Photo courtesy of Lemon and Line
Lemon and Line creates a variety of styles from ropes of all colors. The Nantucket Collection of Nautical Rope Bracelets with a jaunty knot make great gifts for sailors. They even do custom club colors.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Is this the neo Nantucket Bracelet?! Tory Burch's Woven Turnlock Cuff looks good with the glimmer of gold hardware.

Photo courtesy of Sailormade
Sailormade takes three strand sailing rope and channels the classic J Boat style with their double wrap Endeavor bracelet. The brass brummel hook closure makes this a dressier option.

Photo courtesy of Skipjack
Mariner Rope Bracelet made of nylon sailing lines from Skipjack in a killer red.

Photo courtesy of Chance
Cashmere yards wrap around these stripey Elizabeth Yarborough Yarbie bangles at Chance.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew
I noticed this highly covetable Tillary Tote in J. Crew stores a few weeks ago and was waiting for it to hit online so everyone can get dibs. With enough room for your ipad, red leather detailing and wide stripe printed on linen cotton canvas it is a bag to carry through summer.

Photo courtesy of Uniqlo
What is nautical style sans boatneck French dress like this staple from Uniqlo?

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie
Get in the swim of things in Anthropologie's Tidal Dock Maillot. 1950's styling will have you feeling as fab as a classic pin up girl.

Photo courtesy of Toss Designs
Cap off your collection of casual resorty shoes with Toss Designs Chevron Espadrilles. Magnifique, non?

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Store your phone in this diminutively darling Jonathan Adler Jute Sailboat Pouch.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


A return trip to West Palm Beach meant my second trip to the shop Circa Who. Located on a street with tropical, brightly painted facades at 531 Northwood Road, lies a candy land where pieces are wallet friendly. Filled to the rafters with endless Camelot-era goods, you can count on owner Tracy Deramus to always have great vintage finds that she comes across scouring estate sales. This recent visit yielded a lot of wonderful accessories, natural bamboo pieces and plenty of Chinese Chippendale, mais oui.
With a great passion and appreciation for her fantastic finds, Tracy has seen a change in what her clients gravitate towards. She has, in turn, looked ahead of the curve, and is now carrying more accessories and smalls, as well as the things that brought her a loyal clientele in the first place, Palm Beach Regency. Take a browse, I am sure you will like what you see. If you want it all, I have done my job, and Tracy is ready for your orders!

Two small white woven curve leg tables in varying sizes are a real find.

Keep that party rolling with this diminutive bi level bar on wheels. I was tempted to drag this on the plane with me.

This elephant garden seat is great because it has a lot of surface area for a drink and a book, bright accent colors AND his trunk is facing upward.

Leo The Lion is adorable, I mean, he even has whiskers!

These rattan curved back arm chairs have an elegant line to them and would look amazing in a living room to balance out the upholstered pieces.

A Serpentine Mirror

Cheery elephant obelisks with a hint of bright green were hard to resist.

A pair of nightstands, a Chinoiserie lamp and blanc de chine Chinese sculpture in a white out.

A Fan Chair in great condition in a natural state. What's not to love?

Six cerused shell - back chairs would make a nice addition around a game table.

You can always count on some good white Chinese Chip chairs!

A good set of six natural bamboo chairs with cane seats look really fresh light and au natural.

Six Gothic Chippendale chairs in black have pizazz.

Who's ready to light it up?

Small chrome bamboo end tables add a bit of shine.

Need a bar? This brass tray table is a fit.

Another great rattan tall chair with a unique woven back. Love it.

A pair of Balloon back high rattan chairs have a great pattern going on as well.

A pair of faux bamboo regency benches with a punchy pink moire print are nice for the foot of the bed.

This pair of white wicker barrel chairs complete with original chintz ikat channel upholstery look very now.