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The Ocean

The beach, the waterfront, the coast, the ocean, the seashore, a littoral place – whatever you call the water, it’s easier to be inspired by hues of blues. Memorial Day, first and foremost, brings introspection and thankfulness. Regardless of one’s political lilt, I find it important to remember the fallen, to give honor and respect to those who sacrifice life and comfort for the stability of a national. As the famous American Mark Twain once wrote, “Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

The second item is that Memorial Day ushers in the beginning of the summer. For we East Coasters, this means the mass migration to the rental homes, the shore bungalows and the coastal retreats! The turnpike is packed with the chugging of cars towards the tides.

The Walkup is Inspired by The Ocean on Memorial Day 2014


  • 1 (one) // Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist is the perfect, leave-in treatment for natural beachy waves.
  • 2 (two) //Bridge by Jeremy Miranda. Miranda is from Newport, RI and lives and works in Salem, MA. Print by Mammoth and Co.
  • 3 (three) // The Peking Pebble Parade pillow’s energetic vibe exudes seaside style. With eclectic charm, this decorative accessory pops with ocean turquoise circles across cream linen from Zinc Door.
  • 4 (four) // Fornash, striped shell earring in enamel and metal. The perfect, preppy stud with a pop of color.
  • 5 (five) // Starred and striped canvas espadrilles from the OAS. Sole made from braided natural materials.
  • 6 (six) // The Nanette Lepore Hula Hipsters and Underwire Top in blue motif.
  • 7 (seven) // Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Color Carpet Rug #3. In the deft hands of  a couple, routine patterns and graphics are revitalized in joyful colorations with pastels and pops of neon.
  • 8 (eight) // Is there anything better than decorating a table with wildflowers and eating a meal outside under a clear summer sky? In Summer Food you’ll find suggestions for the perfect warm-weather dishes with more than 90 easy recipes for featuring fresh ingredients. Gorgeous, lifestyle photography throughout showcases the simplicity and beauty of summer.
  • 9 (nine) // In a sophisticated ocean blue hue, these handcrafted small and large ceramic accessories by Jamie Young express contemporary texture with molded geometric details. Can hold water.
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Judge a Book by its Cover

If I am randomly perusing bookshelves, the bookstore, online or a friend’s library, I almost always choose a book by its cover. Typography, color palettes, art direction, title and illustration all come together to make my perfect publication. Often times, the covers themselves are works of art, worthy of being blown up, printed and displayed. On the subway, or while reading at the beach, I excitedly display the cover, proud of my choice – a statement about myself.

I know the cliche says DON’T, but for inspiration, I JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman matches Elle Decor

BOOK:  Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman, Publication Date: October 23, 2009, Designer: Rodrigo Corral, Typeface: Champion Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A circus colored sitting room; Southampton, USA. Cynthia Frank, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts. Interior photo from Elle Decor found via Oana Singa Blog.

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. and room by Liz Levin Interiors

BOOK: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr, Publication Date: June 25, 2009, Designer: Isaac Tobin via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A Georgetown residence presents a twirl on a traditional Federal style row house. Mingling old and new with the bold wallpaper and beautiful colors – pink, blue, black – makes this small space a real stunner. Photos by Angie Seckinger. Design by Liz Levin via Houzz.

The Whale by Philip Hoare and a Nantucket home by Lyman Perry Architects.

Just as its a challenge for a designer to condense the meaning of an entire book into its first glance, jacket cover – so too, it is difficult to encapsulate one’s life and style into a home. But we continue to try!

BOOK: The Whale by Philip Hoare, Publication Date: February 1, 2010, Designer: Allison Saltzman via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: This Nantucket vacation spot was renovated by Scott Hutton, of notable Lyman Perry Architects. The retreat evokes the sea with gentle greens, hues of blue, wave patterns and shabby, sea glass, and cottage details via New England Home. 

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens and entry way by Jill Sorensen

BOOK: The Sheriff Of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens, Publication Date: August 4, 2009, Designer: Peter Mendelsund, Typeface: Trade Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A modern, bright entryway created by Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors via Houzz exudes eclectic accents, angles and disparate genres (Stenciled Zebra Rugs meets Colonial Gilded Frame). Vibrant colors (specifically Benjamin Moore – Goldfield Yellow) create a happy home.

What book would you choose to inspire your favorite room?

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Trendspotting Not Trainspotting

Featuring Club Monaco, Society 6, Robin's Egg Blue, Aha Life and Zhush

I know it’s 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and so humid that one’s curly hair is acting as a sponge, but Club Monaco released its Fall 2013 lookbook and mentally, I’m in autumnal heaven. Dusty shades of pale pink and blue give a feminine twist to the classic palette of black, white and camel. Strange textures like calf-skin bonded with wool; cashmere, shearling and stretch leather, are calling my name. Someone crank up the AC, because I might need to wear a peacoat in July.

1. RabLabs Quadrado Spreader set of 2 Azure from Zhush. These stylish spreaders will make an elegant statement on any hors d’oeuvres platter.   Ancient agate stone is married with modern design, creating a fusion that appeals to modernists and traditionalists alike. In Azure blue or smoke gray.

2. Salt Water Cure by Tina Crespo via Society 6  in a contemporary, black, gesso coated frame. Peer into a far away place, engulf oneself in the gentle hues of the ocean and sky. 

3. Leopard No 1 Napkin Holder by Piselli Projects via Aha Life.  Exotic and oversize, this pure white ceramic leopard napkin ring adds an element of chic surprise, and a touch of wild, to your table.

Featuring metallic gold, sharp angles, grey jeans, Club Monaco, Zinc Door, Michael Aram and Pyrite

1. Michael Aram’s Convertible Sunburst Frame, via Bloomingdales, is inspired by the golden glow of the sun which channels its powerful energy and nourishing light; this frame breathes even more life into your precious moments captured on film (or in the digital realm). Unexpected textures lend a punky vibe to any space. 

2. Pyrite, from the Evolution Store, is an Iron Sulfide, and can be a stunning natural mineral. Because of its yellowish metallic luster, it is often referred to as “fool’s gold”. It is found all over the world, and takes many different forms, from blobby concretions to natural, sharply faceted and cubic crystals.

3. Organic and original, the Vanessa bowls by Arteriors, via Zinc Door, marry an earthy tone and exceptional design. An ivory crackle and gold speckle exterior complements this sets metallic gold interior finish.