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Gab Loves: 22.07.14

Gab Loves July 2014 - Morning Surf Inspiration, on Savvy Home Blog

This week’s edition of Gab Loves makes me want to wake up in a quaint beach house in Santa Barbara for an early morning surf session… In an ideal world, my shingle style beach shack would look something like this — it would be decorated with sea-inspired watercolor paintingsneon-lined jute rugsgeometrical side tablescolorful Bahir floor pillowsrattan chairs and industrial warehouse pendants. I would throw on a cute floral bikini underneath my lemlem shorts and swing tank, slip into my Vans sneakers, grab my aviators, backpack and Gray Malin surfboard and go.


Land & Sky Watercolor by Alysanne McGaffey | White Warehouse Pendant (34% off on One Kings Lane) | Addison Cole Mixed Media Swing Tank | Bop Basics Raffia Backpack | Ray-Ban 58 Mirrored Original Aviators | Tibi Italian Ponte Top (40% off on Tibi) | Bahir Euro Floor Pillow (32% off on One Kings Lane) | Vans Authentic Brushed Twill Sneakers | LemLem Lilly Striped Shorts | Eloise Meringue Side Chair (37% off on One Kings Lane) | Indium Triangle Aluminium Side Table | Calhoun Yellow Jute Blend Rug

Pssst— Final markdowns are up to 70% off at Tibi.

Poolside Decorating in Blue & Yellow

La Banane Resort St. Barts Pool in Lonny Magazine - on Savvy Home Blog

La Banane Resort St. Barts Pool in Lonny Magazine - on Savvy Home Blog

La Banane Resort St. Barts Pool in Lonny Magazine - on Savvy Home Blog

Ahhh— long lazy summer pool days… Throw on a sexy bikini, turn up the poolside radio and call it a day. Right? Wrong. Does your poolside decor look like something reminiscent of a garden patio warehouse sale? How about a little poolside decorating?

I think we’ve long outlived the infamous bedroom and living room sets— thank god. But it boggles my mind how even the savviest home decorators tend to throw a patio set in the backyard and call it a day. To break the mold, start by mixing up your furniture. If you have classic teak and white chairs (that would be my top pick, in case you’re wondering), throw some funky bright yellow stools into the mix. Don’t be afraid of outdoor textiles— you can find really beautiful and durable options nowadays. Accessorize with ceramic planters, classic white umbrellas, bright beach towels and don’t forget to bring the bar outside! See more poolside picks on Houzz.



Ceylon Teak Chaise Lounge | Daffodil Outdoor Pillow | Cleo Outdoor Rug | Café Shade String Lights

SOURCES: La Banane Resort St. Bart’s featured in Lonny Magazine.

Inspired By: Nautical Notes

Stairs with a Nautical Stripes Painted Runner - on Savvy Home Blog

Samantha of Could I Have that in a Marysia Swim Bikini - on Savvy Home Blog

Open shower with Brass Fittings - on Savvy Home Blog

Photo by Matt Bernson - Cable knit sweater at the beach - on Savvy Home Blog

I was inspired by these beachy and nautical notes on Pinterest this week. I really can’t seem to get enough of anything blue, white and black. Can you blame me? What are you inspired by these days?


Stairs with a Nautical Stripes Painted Runner | Samantha Wennerstrom wearing a Marysia Swim Bikini | Brass and Glazed Tiles Shower | Cable Knit Sweater at the Beach

See more of what inspires me on Pinterest.

Worthy Links: 18.07.14

Amy Stone Instagram Crush @amy_stone - on Savvy Home Blog

This summer, I’m all about minimizing my weekends in the city. I’d rather be by a pool, a lake, a beach, on a tennis court or on a golf course. I’d rather be sipping rosé and eating lobster rolls. Sue me. So far, so good. The way my calendar looks right now, I may be able to get away with only 2-3 weekends in the city— just enough to explore the never-ending list of new restaurants and enjoy the festivals happening around town.

This week, I added the not-so-new-but-new-to-me Le Bremner restaurant to my list of favorites. Opened by celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, this little gem is like a beach bar in the heart of Old Montreal. We sat at the oyster bar, ate mouth-watering tuna sashimi with tahini, shrimp-and-lobster roll, and fried quail n’ ranch. An evening there is all I need to make believe that I’m sitting somewhere coastal. If you’re ever visiting Montreal, I urge you to try it. This weekend I’m off to spend some quality time with my family at the country house. I expect lots of golf, tennis and rosé. Have a good one!


Tibi‘s End of Season sale is on and it’s good! I’ve got my eye on this eyelet v-neck, this beading dress, this leather crop top, and this gauze tank.

This weekend only— get an extra 20% off sale items on Tory Burch with code TAKE20. Time to grab this skirt, this bikini and this wallet!

Discover new fall styles on sale during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!


Amber Lewis rocked our California-dreamin decor world once again.

These floor pillows are everything. Good job Heidi Merrick.

What could have been. Kate Bosworth sells her LA home.

#PoolSwan. I don’t care that it’s cliché, it’s happening.

Hate it when your dry cleaner yells at you? Get this.

My new favorite Pinterest: The Gilded Lobster

And my favorite Instagrammer: Amy Stone.

The most gorgeous urban rooftop gardens.

I’m obsessed with this white tie-dress.

Shop The Sale: Hamptons Vintage

One Kings Lane Hamptons Vintage Sale - Coastal Beach House Style on Savvy Home Blog

“Layer ocean accents, a breezy color palette, and natural textures with classic shapes for a fresh take on a timeless look”

I think we can all agree that “Hamptons beach house” is my jam these days. From spending my childhood summers at the beach to living oceanside in Australia for 3 years— it’s fair to say I’ve always been drawn to the coastal lifestyle. Let’s be honest— no one does “coastal chic” quite like Hamptonites and their top-tier designers.

House in the Hamptons or not, it’s easy to fall in the trap of buying all designer/new/from-catalog when decorating— especially when liquid assets are a’plenty. In reality, it’s the vignettes filled with collected items, the patina on furniture from ages of wear and tear and the oil paintings picked up at flea markets that can really make or break the charm of a house.

So when One Kings Lane announces a Hamptons Vintage sale described as “traditional style meets East Coast beach elegance”— you can bet I’m jumping on it like a cat on a ceiling fan in a YouTube video.


Shop The Look: Inside An Elegant Wainscott Residence

Pool of Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

Entrance of Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

Mudroom of Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

Living room of Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

Bathroom of Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

Wainscott NY Residence by Sawyer Berson, Hamptons, featured on Savvy Home

This Wainscott residence had me at the pool (obviously), but I’m just as enamored with the understated living room (note to self: lacquered beams) and the mudroom accessorized with tennis racquets and beach towels (note it also looks out onto a row of surfboards). These are the signs of a life well lived. It’s the Hamptons done well— elegant, but understated. Whatever it is, I’d hire Sawyer Berson— the architects behind this lovely Shingle style beach house in a heartbeat. And please, someone put a dutch door in my bathroom.


  Beach Painting by Sharon Paster | Halsten Sofa | Calhoun Jute-Blend Rug

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