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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

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  • 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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DVF x ROXY Beach Coverup

COVERUP: Diane von Furstenberg‘s bold prints meet Roxy’s signature swim silhouettes in a collection that is both playful and empowering. The graphic hexagon print of this dress, with its bold use of shadows, recalls some of DVF’s first designs. It doubles as a swim coverup so you can look stylish poolside.

ROOM: A pure, white and kelly green living room with a contemporary sofa paired with palm leaf pillows flanked by  sleek, midcentury modern end tables with triple gourd table lamps. The square abstract canvas, bird decor item, and Warhol coffee-table book bring this space into 2013 via Morrison Fairfax Interiors.

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'Vintage Surf' One Piece Swimsuit

ROOM: Inspired by The Endless Summer? A surf board can be a sculptural element when bared with likeminded bohemian items. Surf shack chic is embodied by relaxed and mismatched pieces. A slightly eroded wooden floor helps, too.  Photograph via Coastal Living.

ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT: W Swimwear’s ‘Vintage Surf’ One Piece Swimsuit features an array of classic boards—long and short— which transport a plunging one-piece swimsuit back in surf history. Purchase via Nordstrom.

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Tukie Flower High Waist Bikini

BIKINI: The Tukie Flower High Waist Bikini channels your inner Gidget meets Brigitte Bardot at a Nantucket yacht party via Free People.

ROOM: A contemporary yet classic marine living room in Sao Paolo, Brazil ala Marcelo Brito & Pedro Potaris architectural interiors. The navy and white stripes pair nicely with paisley.

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“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, Smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic…” – Van Morrison, Lyrics from Into the Mystic