Designer Spotlight: Melissa Rufty

prewar1Some things are worth revisiting. Such is the interior design work of Melissa Rufty. I’ve admired her take on design for many years, so thought it was worth sharing one of her more recent projects. This pre-war residence is bathed in elegance, sophistication and the perfectionistic details that elevate it to magazine worthy status. Yet, it feels approachable.

Melissa has a way of combining colors, styles and textures that is “just right”. You feel that she’s an artist and textiles, furnishings, accessories and art are her tools. We can learn a lot about styling from watching the way she balances a tabletop and the selections she makes.prewar2 prewar3 prewar4 prewar5 prewar6 prewar8 prewar9 prewar10 prewar11 prewar12 prewar13 prewar14 prewar16 prewar17For more eye candy, check out more of Melissa’s work on her website!


Serena and Lily’s Newest Outpost – Westport

IMG_9326Recently, I had a chance to walk through the new Serena and Lily in Westport, CT.

It was as if the catalog had come to life…only better! The store is one of only a small handful in the country and has a charming location in an old home. Each floor (living, bedroom, children, outdoor) has a different feel and flavor, but shares the same feeling that a talented interior designer had put a room together. Original artwork dot the walls and the stairwells. You can’t help but want to look closer.

The folks at Serena and Lily didn’t ask me to come by, nor did they know that I was writing this…so, lest you think this is a sponsored post, it isn’t. I just wanted to share an inside look at an inspiring shop. If you’re in Westport, you should definitely pop in and take a look!IMG_9324IMG_9325IMG_9328IMG_9330IMG_9332IMG_9333IMG_9334IMG_9336IMG_9337IMG_9339IMG_9340IMG_9342IMG_9343IMG_9344IMG_9345IMG_9346IMG_9347See anything you like? I know I did….and it’s on my kitchen table now!


Coastal Living Show House in The Hamptons

originalFor most of us, living in the Hamptons is just a fantasy.

Luckily, touring the Coastal Living Show House in Bridgehampton is the perfect way to get the feel for living the quintessential “hamptons” lifestyle. The home, designed by Fred Throo Architects, built by Touch of Grey builders, with interiors by renowned interior designer, Meg Braff, is open and available for tours Thursday – Sunday through Septemeber 4, 2016.

The show house is filled with seaside style, bold colors, design tips and more.
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Address: 272 Brick Kiln Road Bridgehampton, NY  Thursday-Sunday ONLY 10am – 5pm/ June 11-September 4, 2016