Right off the Santa Monica boardwalk is this charming beach house. While unassuming in appearance, the interior is beautifully layered for an unpretentious but comfortable life. Interior designer David Netto, who grew up in New York, infused the Santa Monica bungalow with gray, blue and yellow tones—mimicking the sand and surf outside—and a California ease with just a touch of east coast New England nods. Stripes, oils paintings and rattan is woven in with midcentury classics and African accents to perfect that boho nautical vibe. But perhaps the best part of this expertly executed interior in is the colors and contrasts: the bright yellow desk against the soft perinwinkle drapery; the blood red leather chairs against a blue and yellow striped rug. One thing’s for sure: the space is perfectly adapted to easy living: the type that exists only on the coasts.
You know how they say “you get what you attract”? I don’t want to get all The Secret on you—but a few months ago I was thinking I hadn’t taken a trip for me in a while. I travel for family, friends, weddings, work, but never for me. So I started dreaming of a trip to Italy in the Fall—all the while knowing that it was probably too far fetched to happen. Cut to a couple of weeks ago—an opportunity to travel to the Amalfi Coast and the Greek Islands fell on my lap. And it’s happening in a month.
Change of seasons are always a strange time to shop—you still want to buy for summer, you know you should really be buying for Fall—and now I’m also shopping for a trip. So if I had to boil it down, I’m dreaming of striped dresses and straw hats for Italy, and frayed denim + white sneakers for the city. What are you shopping for these days?
Perched atop the Montauk bluffs sits a modern shingle house with an unassuming exterior—it blends in the landscape, untouched and undisturbed. But the interiors paint another picture: a collection of midcentury vintage pieces to rival the best antique stores. It’s the work of interior designer Robert McKinley, who masterfully blended the essence of the seascape with a discerning midcentury collection in this beachy Montauk house. Each room has its dose of 1950s accents mixed with bright reds and blues and softened with sisal or rattan. Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the
Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the shingeld house, and a pool surrounded by native shrubs awaits the surfers’ return. It’s a true surfer’s dream—where low-maintenance furnishings and outdoor showers cohabit high above the waves of Ditch Plains.
Is it crazy to be wanting a pair of red culottes? The last time bright pants were a thing, I jumped in wholeheartedly, only to be stuck one year later with a dozen pairs of skinny jeans in all colors of the rainbow—but I was younger then. I feel like I’ve been making better choices as far as my wardrobe goes lately—I’ve picked pieces that will stay with me for a while, and that I actually want to wear. The same goes for my apartment—it may take me longer to make decisions, but ultimately they’re for the better. Right now, I’m loving all shades of sunset—from bright reds to blush pinks and marigolds in between. I’m also anticipating the awaited return of brown trendsetters have predicted for Fall 2016—will I like it? Hate it? What trends are you seeing pop up on your radar?