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02.16.21

SHELTER ISLAND SWAP

shelter island | designlovefest

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…

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08.30.20

15 GETAWAYS IN NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA

I can’t say enough about this place in tucson! we stayed here for our honeymoon and it was truly one of the best design places i’ve ever stayed. this is the saguaro suite here.

and this is the agave suite above. it’s a 5 bedroom hotel, so you have access to the amazing kitchens, hang out areas, lounge pits etc. there is also the ocotillo suite here, the cholla room, and the yucca room. DEFINITELY CHECK THIS PLACE OUT for a romantic weekend away!

this adorable authentic home in santa fe, walking distance to the plaza and a cute little oasis outside.

mid-century decor, a little patio, and cool house details. an apartment in tucson that’s only $94 a night.

a cottage in santa fe with a private garden and a pink fridge 🙂

click through for full round up! 

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08.27.20

10 RETREATS FROM NEW YORK

I had a lot of people write me that they would like more getaways airbnb’s in other cities, so let’s do east coast this time! we are planning on spending a month or two on shelter island this winter. can’t wait for cooking by the fire, and working from a new location while enjoying a slower speed of life in nature. I always hesitate to book places in advance because you never know what can come up, but I am realizing that in a time where we are mostly inside our own home, it really helps to have a getaway to look forward to. and I think we are gonna drive across country!

here’s 10 places that would be fun to book with family or close friends in your quarantine crew this fall or winter…

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a 3 bedroom home in woodstock with stunning architecture & cool details everywhere.

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a two hour drive from new york, this 1970’s A-frame is near skiing and seems like a winter dream.

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a historic house in hudson with a lot of charm. that kitchen is amazing!

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

this charming 2 bedroom cottage, a short walk to the beach. would love to be here in the fall with that yard!

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

SEE ALL 10 HOMES AFTER THE JUMP…

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09.04.19

FOR YOUR WALLS

julia dittberner | designlovefest

my friend julia lives in Japan and creates the most beautiful pieces using acrylic and collage. i love the color wheels she created and also the wood panel art. her colors, textures and lines are so soothing. (and all of her prices including international shipping from japan!) you can see all of her work here. a few of my favorites below…

julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest
julia dittberner | designlovefest

and a couple of her color wheels that i love…

julia dittberner | designlovefest

julia dittberner | designlovefest

 

03.19.19

KITCHEN REMODEL

this kitchen is where we spend A LOT of our time. it opens up to our dining room and living room, and some of my favorite moments are me standing at the stove while justin sits at the bar and entertains me, or when i can watch and interact with everyone mingling on the couch.

before i moved in the previous owners had taken the kitchen from what looked like this…

and completely transformed it so when i moved in, it looked like the below photos. it’s SO impressive what they turned the space into! after living here for a few years i wanted to add some personal touches and updates to the room. my good friend sarah sherman samuel has such amazing taste and helped us bring some new life into the kitchen. (she also designed our patio HERE and our dining room HERE)

AFTER:

the first thing we decided on was the CABINETS! they were already ikea cabinets with silver pulls and luckily sarah has this gorgeous line of semihandmade doors that fit perfectly with what we currently had (best ikea hack!) this subtle update made such a big difference in person.

the brass handles elevated the design and made it feel much more like my personality. i love how they age and grow with character over time. sarah also designed these handles for park studio! she’s a multi-talented gal alright.

these are the specific shapes we used: the half moon and the ottawa

we also added a semihandmade floating shelf for some extra storage up top!

and how about the backsplash! cannot forget that. i went so back and forth, do i go crazy colorful? all white? pattern? all marble? we finally landed on this brass inlay tile from tabarka studio (they have some seriously awesome tile) and sarah designed this unique way of laying it out. i LOVE the end result and the shine it has in the morning light. it really ties the space together.

our little kitchen nook we kept simple and full of light. the table is from yliving and the chairs are from article (they are actually really comfortable and work outside too). the light above the table is from ikea. maybe someday i will add some benches for more storage, but for now i love the simplicity!

you can see sarah’s process on her blog and domino did a fun write-up about it here too! these small changes and some styling made such a big visual difference and make me happy on a daily basis. slowly but surely making each room in this house very special to us. thank you sarah for your help and beautiful taste!

and thank you tessa neustadt, my favorite interior photographer for capturing these stunning photos! she has A+ taste too, check out her instagram here.

let me know if you have any questions! xx bri

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