02.16.21

SHELTER ISLAND SWAP

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hellllo from shelter island, new york! we did a 2 month house swap with a couple who lives here  and we are headed back to LA in two weeks, driving across the country again! i’m sad that it’s coming to an end because it’s been such a special time here, but also ready to get back home. i’ve been going through a bit of a hellish emotional rollercoaster myself, dealing with my own trauma stuff and having a LOT of time in my own head. luckily this has given me some new scenery, a cozy fire to sit by, a bathtub, beautiful snow, and a whole different vibe than los angeles. i’ve never really spent much time on the east coast…lots of weekends to new york mostly for work, so to spend two months really getting to explore has been nice (well, as much as we can with covid). even feeling how different the beaches are and all the seafood and slower lifestyle here is cool. we will definitely be back someday! (ps I rounded up some airbnbs below that I am marking for the future)

shelter island | designlovefest

I have also been reading and doing the exercises in the artist’s way book. I had skimmed it in the past but never really put in the real effort like I am this time. i’ve been committing to the 3 morning pages every day and it has become something I went from hating to really enjoying and needing! doing the artist dates with myself has unlocked a childlike creativity that’s been VERY freeing to explore. I highly recommend it. I have spent the last few months dealing with some really really heavy emotions and this art therapy aspect is literally saving me. i’ve been painting, shooting film pics, collaging, cooking, collecting shells, making little videos for fun and even took a watercolor class. I realized I have spent the last 10 years creating for work and never really explored this younger side of myself that just wants to create for FUN. it’s been really really cool and I will always remember this stay for this reason.

shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest

we also celebrated justin’s 40th bday last weekend! two of our friends got tested and came for the weekend. we had a blast actually. I forgot how much I missed connecting with people and just having a good time dancing, drinking, and letting loose. covid has put us in such a bubble it’s hard to even remember what that’s like. I also had fun wrapping his presents with some construction paper and magazines!

shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest

so even though I am going through cycles where I feel totally lost, depressed, and uncertain…i am also experiencing a ton of joy and freedom and fun. it swings back and forth for me during this quarantine. endless groundhog day and feeling very in transition. it’s been hard on me working less too, I guess i  didn’t realize how much work and productivity and travel distracted me from the pain underneath. while I am grateful to be facing it all head on now, it’s most definitely been a challenge. just know that this past year has put us all through a LOT. I really think we will come out of this stronger and wiser.

shelter island | designlovefest

I had some time today and rounded up a bunch of pretty homes near here. we have spent a little time exploring shelter island, greenport, and sag harbor and it’s SO charming here. whether you need a little winter retreat or want to plan a summer trip with some east coast vibes, here’s a bunch of picks! some affordable and some just fun to look at. I love all the farms and the small town community feeling here…

shelter island | designlovefest

this historical cottage in east hampton with all that beautiful light!

a greenport bungalow with epic reviews!

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE ALL THE RENTAL HOUSES…

this sweet cottage with a great soaking tub.

a 3 bedroom home in east hampton with a beautiful pool!

another greenport gem!

love the beautiful lawn and trees at this rental, so green!

this pretty barn in east hampton would be an amazing place to stay in the summer months.

a peaceful spot on shelter island.

a tranquile spot with a wood burning fire place.

this feels like the perfect spot to spend a snowy weekend.

classic looking spot in Sag Harbor.

this spot sleeps 14! perfect for a post-covid friend getaway.

and finally this one that you can walk to the beach from!!

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    Ariel says:

    Hey Bri! I’m curious if you’ve ever looked into your astrocartography in LA vs the Hamptons. It can help bring to light what came up for you in that place. This is coming from a chick who spent most of her life in her Saturn line and things didn’t start to move quickly for me until I got out of there. Let me know if you want any support in navigating that.

    Molly says:

    I spent the summer after I graduated from college as a nanny out on Shelter Island. It was one of the most magical summers of my life. I want to take my fiancé there once the pandemic resides. If you haven’t already, make sure you go to Aldo’s Coffee in Greenport. So charming and AMAZING coffee. I’d always get an iced coffee which in Aldo’s world was actually an iced latte.

    Stephanie says:

    Lovely post! So much inspo 🙂

    x
    StephC

    alex says:

    Hey Bri! I’m curious if you’ve ever looked into your astrocartography in LA vs the Hamptons. It can help bring to light what came up for you in that place. This is coming from a chick who spent most of her life in her Saturn line and things didn’t start to move quickly for me until I got out of there. Let me know if you want any support in navigating that.

    Krista says:

    Lovely to hear you’re doing well. Beautiful snaps as always. Thank you for the update and best of luck with all that introspective work you’re doing

    Houseswap sounds great! Looks like you have a great great time. The houses you picks are so pretty!!

    Oh wow I have always wanted to try a house swap! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    isadora says:

    hi, im from brasil and im loving this blog. what is that effect in the 3ª photo? or is a real camera?

    Isadora says:

    if anyone knows some app that give that effect in photos, please tell me *-*

    Mary Beth Zaccari says:

    Hi Bri, where are you? Missing your updates

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