Natural living….

I just returned from my trip to Bermuda. We had a fabulous time! Technically I’m still on vacation (because I promised myself a full week off – I take about seven days in a row off about once a year)

It’s hard to believe that a two hour plane ride can transport you to paradise. I’m always inspired when I travel….This home isn’t in Bermuda but it does share some of the traits I did see…which include textural fibers, mixed finishes of natural and painted woodwork in the same spaces, pops of color and graphic stripes. The interiors appear more peaceful, while the exteriors were colorful and bright. I’ll be sure to share some photos of my wonderful trip, I just haven’t gotten that far yet! 

 images and design by Phoebe Howard

These textural rugs from Serena and Lily will instantly add island charm to your home. Be sure to use the code SUNNYDAYS  when checking out to receive their summer sale discount. 

Inspired! Aerin in Aspen

Some people live the most glamorous (or what appear to be) glamorous lives. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for all that I have and that I am able to steal away to my parent’s cabin in Vermont, thanks to their wise planning and generosity.

But seriously, Aerin Lauder’s homes all possess a certain “move right in” quality. Her latest digs are no exception. Her newly furnished and renovated earthy, chic, simple but luxurious Aspen home contains sweeping views, a fairly neutral palette and sculptural wooden furniture classics by Hans Wegner and George Nakashima. It’s the perfect balance of crisp but cozy. And the view? Breath taking. A freshly, fallen snow on a sunny morning with an expansive tree top mountain view? It doesn’t get much better then that!!

I love Birch Trees. They line the drive way at my parent’s Vermont home.
I’m certainly going to hit the slopes this year! I think my four year old son is ready to try skiing. I’ve taken too long of a break from this sport! Here’s a bit of fashion inspiration.


 Images: November Vogue

Inspired – Brad Ford Design

{images: Hampton Showhouse}
I often don’t have the time to slow down..I’m usually running from one place to the next..busy, busy, busy with my babe’s, my business, my name it..but now and again I try to take the time to absorb information, new ideas, architecture, nature, fashion, art etc..for inspiration. Today I’m sharing the work of New York based designer Brad Ford. His designs are classic but modern, they possess a sculputural quality without being too precious..his mix of texture, use of light and color and array of “found objects” with a hint of masuclinity are both engaging and my book, he has mastered the art of “good design”! okay, I’m off and running {again} to a contractor meeting….have a good day!


I thought I’d begin this post with the latest Kelly Wearstler publication; her new beach home. Her home is not for the faint of heart!

The bits and pieces of Kelly’s work that I’ve seen lately have been fairly neutral color stories.
The key to a successful neutral interior is to layer on the texture, and subtleties of color. Also, always add a touch of color contrast for depth. I tend to use more color in my work, but what I love about neutral rooms is their calming quality.

Kelly’s new line for Sferra linens

{above in this month’s Met Home}

and for the more classically inspired….

Martha Stewart often uses a natural color combinations {Turkey Hill}

Darryl Carter’s work is usually neutral

Images: as noted, John Granen, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, Flickr, Darryl Carter, Darryl Carter, Eric Johnson, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, John Granen