This MDS Stripes top got me dreaming of a Roman holiday. The type that Hiddleswift takes, or the one you dream of à la Talented Mr. Ripley (minus the murders). Red has never been my go-to color. The last time I had a crush on the color red was around Christmas three years ago. But about a month ago on Memorial Day, my friend Amy wore a bright apple red off-the-shoulder puff sleeves top with crisp white jeans, and I was sold. Mixed with simple lines, soft stripes and blush pink tones, a harsh red becomes a beautiful bright accent. Now excuse me white I pack my Marais mules and Bolero for my Roman holiday.
Picture this: waking up to linen curtains flowing, palms swaying, and waves crashing—the smell of fresh croissants and coffee. Welcome to St. Barts where island charm meets French flair. Take just a few steps, and dip your toes in the clear turquoise pool. Villa Palmier is nestled in the St. Bart’s hills, with towering views over the red tin roofs and sailboats below. Take just a few steps more and find yourself at the local boulangerie, or buying freshly caught fish right at the source.
The house, owned by Matt and Kate Holstein, an Aspen couple who fell in love with the island at first sight, is meticulously designed to suit a laid-back yet refined lifestyle: kilim rugs, linen sofas, woven pendants. “With a passion for both the ocean and French culture, St. Barts stole our hearts. We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being.”
I couldn’t think of a better place to getaway with a few friends than Villa Palmier in St. Barts. A place where you can at once read a book in the hammock swaying over the pool, play dominoes, drink rosé, and have a dance party in the living. And the cooking—that’s easy: between the abundance of French delicacies, and the gorgeous Lacanche range, there’s lots to be inspired about.
I don’t know about you, but I always miss the Fourth of July sales because I’m usually too busy being at the beach, by the pool, eating hamburgers or watching fireworks. Some brands must have felt my despair, because they extended their sales a few more days. Here are the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop today! Act quick before they’re gone.
Serena & Lily extended their Love your Home event. Save up to 25% with the code SUMMERBREAK.
Lulu & Georgia is having their Warehouse Sale with discounts up to 75% off!
Get 40% off summer styles at J.Crew with the code COOLSTYLES.
Pottery Barn also extended their sale. Save up to 25% with the code SAVEMORE.
I need a pink rug. In his coffee table book released last October, architect and interior designer Mark Zeff presents Blackbarn, his ultimate sanctuary on Long Island’s East End. The barn style Hamptons home is washed in a pitch black tone contrasted with white walls—and deep fuchsia accent rugs. The house is outfitted with modern furniture—womb and Bertoia chairs—against a collection of antiques and items collected throughout’s Zeff’s travels: Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, cowry shell necklaces, 1960s surfboards… The bathroom is complete with a double vanity, soak tub an dramatic pitched roof—and softened with a Moroccan rug and modern bench in the home’s accent fuchsia color. The exterior mimics the interior with a stark black structure set against a turquoise pool surrounded by lush green grass—pink lounge chairs complete the idyllic scenery. Someone call my realtor!