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2015 Summer Home Tour – Part 1

front porchHappy last stop on this week’s wonderful Summer Tours!  Haven’t you enjoyed them all?!  It has been sooo much fun to see how everyone adds a touch of the season to their home- no matter what their style.  If you are dropping in from Peaceful Home Decor, welcome!  I just love Kelly’s big open kitchen living area.

front door arrangement for 4th of JulyWhen the oh-so-fabulous Marty invited me to be a part of this event, I knew it would be a great one, and I did not want to pass up the fun opportunity to party with 29 talented bloggers…but…I am sloooooow when it comes to decorating. I just retired from teaching a couple of weeks ago, and the last few weeks of school are always crazy.  So I asked Marty if she could give me the latest date possible…and voila!  Here we are! So come on in the front door, and you can grab a Coke from the jar there in the foyer if you would like.:)

foyer buffet

I always want some kind of springboard for seasonal decorating here.  Last year it was ice cream. This year, I am using games…the fun and games of summer.  Because we should always make time for play, right?  (Especially in summer.:))

summer vignette foyerSo that is why you see a bingo game on the buffet in the foyer.
bingo cage and cards

You will also notice a red, white, and blue color scheme going on.  If you are a regular reader then you will know that there is always a lot of red in this house, so giving it a patriotic color scheme for summer is pretty easy. (And I will actually be ready early for the 4th of July..a miracle!:)bingo vignette

Now let’s go into the family room.  The fun and games and the red, white, and blue continue in there as well.

family roomYou can help yourself to some candy in the jar on the coffee table. (Please eat it.  Our daughter has all of us on a diet…not fun.:()

sofa for summer

Let me just go ahead and tell you yes, I have a thing for jars (We discussed this last year here)…and black and white photography…and gingham…and chalkboards. This year I have a new addiction for summer (as if I needed another one!)…stripes. I think it started with those pillows there in the family room.

end table

You might spot the striped napkins there under the ice scoop. Oh I almost forgot…those are red and blue bocce balls in the jar.  Do you play?
cabinet top vignette

And here’s another striped pillow.
(Please ignore the streaked mirror.  Friday is cleaning day around here.)
fireplace for summerThe mantel sports a croquet mallet and ball and more bocce balls for its games…
summer manteland a little more red, white, and blue.:)
mantel for summer

Now if you had really been here for a visit, it is entirely possible that you would have come in the side door instead of the front.  If you had entered that way (like everyone here seems to do) you would have been greeted with this…

Spot any stripes there? :)
(I just couldn’t pass up that cute bag!)

summer hallwayAnd by that door, is our playroom – with its chalkboard.

summer chalkboardThere’s no red, white, and blue in there, but the stripes have taken over some of the pillows.

playroomI wanted to show you one view with the lamps on in there.  I know that rooms are supposed to photograph better with natural light, but the colors in this room look a little strange without the lamps on.

playroom for summerI’ve done this on the chalkboard in there before, but it just fit too well with the fun and games theme to not use it again.

summer games chalkboard

And that winds up our tour here today, but… if you come back next week, I will show you my workroom that you can see through the doorway there…

hallwayand the kitchen,dining room, and porch that you can see down the hall below.:)

photos in hallwayA big big thank you goes out to Marty for making all of this happen!  And another big thank you goes to you for coming to visit.  I love having visitors! If you missed any of the tours this week, you can find the links for them below.

Monday – June 8th

A Stroll Thru Life
Life On Virginia Street
Snazzy Little Things
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

Tuesday – June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire

Thursday – June 11th
A Thoughtful Place
Monica Wants It 
Rain On A Tin Roof
Charming In Charlotte
Remodelando la Casa
Dimples & Tangles

Friday – June 12th

Simple Details
Tidbits & Twine
Design Post Interiors
Designing On The Side
Peaceful Home Decor
Talk Of The House

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Katie Clooney - June 12, 2015 - 7:17 am

What a beautifully decorated and comfy home. Enjoy your weekend.
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Goodness…thank you Katie! I am glad you liked the rooms in our house. I hope your weekend was a good one.
Kelly

Sandy - June 12, 2015 - 7:19 am

Kelly, your home is always so inspirational. A sports theme is perfect for summer. I too purchased a striped pillow for a chair in our living room. Plus three out of my four new maxi dresses are striped. I may be on the stripes bandwagon too.
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Yes, I do believe you are on the stripes bandwagon too Sandy! I bought a red and cream striped dress at Talbots the other day. (Maybe we need a support group! LOL) Thank you for the compliments on our house. The sports/games theme is working well for us.
Kelly

Kelly Tye Vallis - June 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

While I enjoy all your posts the pictures of your own home are my favourite. Love your use of old games for your summer decor! LOVE Trivial Pursuit! That was a longtime family fave! Wishing you a happy summer from Canada.
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Goodness, thank you for your compliments Kelly. If you love Trivial Pursuit, then you must be good at it! I am terrible, and rarely know an answer, but it is still fun to me. :) Happy summer to you up there in Canada!
Kelly

Louvina - June 12, 2015 - 8:28 am

Red, white & blue! Salute! Of course, I skipped right down to your posting today ( will go back later to the others!) I have so looked forward to today and was not disappointed at all— and there is a Part 2! What a treat!! Loved the summer game theme! And only YOU would think to place a mallet on the mantle!! Genius –and so out of the box thinking!! As always I tried to check out your book titles!:) Everything in your home speaks of family and friends and anyone would feel at ease there. Thank you for “inviting” us to take a peek!! Patriotic — just in time for Flag Day on Sunday!!
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Louvina, your comments are always just so sweet. Thank you so much. You are too kind dear! I am glad you liked all the decorating and the theme for summer. It just seemed to fit with the season and our family. Thank you for coming to visit!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - June 12, 2015 - 8:34 am

Love the games theme. I’m going to copy that idea for my 4th of July decorating. Your home looks lovely–inviting and warm–as always!
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Well I am so glad you found an idea to use for your own decorating Barbara! Thank you for your compliments on our house. We appreciate them!
Kelly

Cheri - June 12, 2015 - 8:41 am

I LOVE your door decoration and of course your home looks lovely (as usual). I also love how your incorporate red, white and blue by not doing all the typical items one would expect. Just gorgeous.
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You are too kind Cheri! Thank you for loving it all. You are right. Bocce balls in red and blue are certainly NOT the norm. LOL
Kelly

Terri - June 12, 2015 - 9:16 am

Gorgeous… Fun… Great Summertime ideas!!! funny … funny about the mirror!!!! Guess you’re just keeping it real .. right?? lololol
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I am glad you liked the ideas Terri! And yes, I am keeping it real with the streaky mirror :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - June 12, 2015 - 9:23 am

Of all the houses you show us, I like yours the best Kelly. Love all the summer touches around your house and the color red is always a favorite for me. I still envy your chalk skills…mine never seems to turn out like I want it to turn out!!
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Gosh thanks Arlene! You are so nice to say that. I think everyone has a specific decorating style, and we all just find the style we best relate to. Keep practicing on those chalk skills. Get a chalkpen and it will be easier. :) (More like “normal” writing.)
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 12, 2015 - 9:43 am

I love your home, it is always such a treat to take a tour and your amaze me with how you can take the most simple things and turn them into something so interesting. I would have never thought to use games, but how fun and fabulous is that. Great tour, and oh by the way,I love the stripes.
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Thanks Marty! I am happy that you enjoy all our room decor here. I amaze you? Girl you amaze me with the ability to pull 30 bloggers together and keep it all flowing so well, AND do a summer tour on your own home as well. You are the one who did the great job! (But I am glad you liked the stripes. LOL)
Kelly

Linda - June 12, 2015 - 9:44 am

So fun, I did red white and blue this year also. Great ideas!
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It is such a good combination for summer, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by Linda.
Kelly

LJ - June 12, 2015 - 10:08 am

I’ve been terribly busy here and have had zero time to even leave a comment on your retirement–:-(( I’ve enjoyed all the tour and I must add your home shines…it has color and personality…nice job! Maybe a home tour for the autumn or for the holidays! I imagine it took extra time and so I thank all for their effort.
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Well then thank you for taking the time to stop in and leave a comment. I am glad you enjoyed all the tours, and I thank you for the compliment on our home. Yes, it has taken some extra time to do, but the big person who had the most to do was Marty. I don’t know how she managed to pull 30 bloggers together!
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - June 12, 2015 - 10:19 am

Kelly – we are two peas in a pod – I am the slowest decorator ever too :) I always love seeing your home and just adore your style. The game theme is awesome – my kids would love that! Hope you have a wonderful summer!
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I can’t believe you are slow Kris! You accomplish so much, you can’t possibly be slow! Thank you for your sweet words about our home. I try to make it appealing for all ages since we do have all ages that visit here (or maybe I am just in MY second childhood! LOL)
You have a wonderful summer too!
Kelly

Vicki - June 12, 2015 - 10:56 am

It’s beautiful, Kelly. You have a perfect put your feet up with a good book and make yourself at home house. The fun and games theme is so cute. I like that your cleaning day is Friday– like in the Little House books. :)
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What a lovely compliment on the house Vicki! I had my feet up for 6 hours today to see if it would help with ankle problems. (It did!) Yes, I am cleaning on Fridays (and frequently on Saturday too.) How funny they did that in the Little House books!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 12, 2015 - 11:19 am

Hi Kelly,
What a fun array of red, white and blue. What I love most about your seasonal decor is that it always looks natural, never forced. Of course we would play more in the summer so the bingo game and such fits perfectly. We have a bocce set but our balls are hunter green and crimson, more Christmas than summer colors! :-)
I’ve enjoyed the tour each day of fellow bloggers homes.
Yours is one of my favorites so far, no surprise there.
xo,
Karen
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So you can decorate with your Bocce balls at Christmas! :) I am glad you enjoyed the week of tours Karen. I can’t even begin to imagine how much work that was for Marty. Goodness!
Thank you for the compliments on the decorating here.
Kelly

Cristina@Remodelando la Casa - June 12, 2015 - 11:29 am

What better way to tour your home than doing it while sipping a coke, thanks! :) I love red, white and blue any time, top it off with games and it’s just fun! Your home is beautiful, love the chalkboards and the stripes!
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Thank you so much Christina! I am happy that you liked all the patriotic colors and games. It is a fun house to live in. Your home was a beautiful one on the tour, and I enjoyed seeing the patriotic bedroom in your house today. Can’t get enough red!
Kelly

Pam @ Simple Details - June 12, 2015 - 11:43 am

Kelly!! This is so charming, I just want to pop over for a visit and take it all in! I love the playful, casual style you’ve created and the bold red and of course, stripes! Enjoy your summer!
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Thank you Pam! It is very casual, which works great for our family. I am glad you enjoyed your visit here…and yes there is a big dose of red and stripes in our home! Your home was absolutely beautiful. :)
Kelly

Kristin @ Bliss at Home - June 12, 2015 - 12:22 pm

your home says summertime Americana to me! so fun :)
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Thank you Kristin! I thought your home was swoon worthy!
Kelly

2015 Summer Home Tour - B @ H - June 12, 2015 - 12:23 pm

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Megan - June 12, 2015 - 12:30 pm

First off – congrats on retiring! I just finished my 4th in teaching, 8th overall in education. And second, I just love your house! The color, gingham, stripes and chalk boards are all great. Have a great summer!
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Thank you so much Megan…both for the congratulations and for the compliments on the house. Good luck in your teaching career! I hope you find it as rewarding as I did, and I hope the paperwork doesn’t dampen your love for the job. Enjoy your summer!
Kelly

Gina - June 12, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Love the red, white and blue for summer! Leave it up to you to use books in those colors! I never would have thought of it. I just passed up an old red book at an estate sale today because it was too bright. :/ Now, I’ll be looking for some. 😉 I always love your green and black room too. I would like to use that color combination in my daughter’s old room. Her bridesmaids wore green and the men wore black tuxes so it would be perfect with her wedding pictures, etc. And I must say I love that striped bag!! I have a bit of a tote fetish. 😉
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Gina, go back and get that red book! You will use it. I would bet green and black would be great for a bedroom. Your daughter’s wedding colors sound absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t pass up that tote either…the stripes were the perfect shade of blue. Hope you can find one like it! (This one was at Marshalls.)
Kelly

Mary - June 12, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Kelly, they saved the BEST for last. I truly love your home and your design aesthetic. And you make it all look so effortless! Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your retirement.
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Thank you Mary! I am so glad you enjoyed the tour of the house. I hope you have a wonderful summer too!
Kelly

Ellen - June 12, 2015 - 6:17 pm

You have the most comfortable, inviting house, and your family must love living there. You truly have the talent for making a home.
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What a lovely compliment Ellen. Thank you so very much!
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - June 12, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Loved your Summer Tour Part 1….Love seeing your home all dressed in the red, white and blue…so many creative and beautiful ideas for summer decor…and I am sure you will feel this summer will be the Endless Summer…!!
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Thank you Shirley! The red, white, and blue has taken over most of the rooms here..so it is a good thing we like it. :) I am looking forward to feeling like it is an Endless Summer…but so far it has just seemed like a normal summer break. I bet I will feel differently when I see school buses rolling down the road.
Kelly

Laura Ingalls Gunn - June 12, 2015 - 8:03 pm

….and the happiest home was saved for last! I always come away from your blog with a smile upon my face. Love your jazzy summertime vignettes.
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Gosh thanks Laura.:) I am so glad that you find the blog to be a happy place! Jazzy…that’s a cute word. I am going to have to find a place to use that!
Kelly

Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things - June 13, 2015 - 8:31 am

What a thrill this tour has been, and your home is perfect…I love the chalkboard! I have been looking for something to put on ours but haven’t gotten around to it yet! Great meeting you, enjoy your summer!
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Nice to meet you too Jeanette! Your home was lovely, and all your diy projects were amazing. Hope you get your chalkboard finished. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Kelly

Jennifer - June 13, 2015 - 9:29 pm

One word kept coming to my mind as I scrolled thru this post….cheerful. Your home exudes cheerfulness. Your family is blessed to have you Kelly. Congrats on retirement!
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Oh…that’s a good word Jennifer! I love a home that is cheerful…a happy place. :) Thank you for the wonderful compliments and the congrats on my retirement. It is still hard to believe that I am retired!
Kelly

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 7:43 am

Your home is always so comfortable and welcoming. Game theme is perfect. Growing up, so many of our family cookouts always brought badminton, volleyball and crochet. Good times…good memories. Where did you find the green labeled cokes? I need a bingo game too.
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Weren’t those green labeled cokes just perfect for that room? Our local Walmart (and Target too I think) carries them. Your family cookouts sound like fun!
Kelly

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 8:56 am

Family cookouts and crochet? Ha! There is a picture for ya… :) Give this woman some coffee! You knew croquet! Ugh! My Dad did win so many times and he loved when he could “send” someone. God bless him, as he is 90 now…but no more croquet… :(
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Yes, I did indeed know that you meant croquet and not crochet! (But it was rather cute!)
Kelly

Rhonda - June 15, 2015 - 10:29 am

I LOVE how you decorate for all the seasons. I have the same bingo game and as soon as we get rid of a few big items that we no longer need (like a piano) I’ll be able to set up the game room. I love stripes too. It’s very hard to pass anything by with stripes on it! Congratulations on retiring!
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Thank you Rhonda. I hope you make fast progress on getting rid of your big items. So glad to know that I am not alone in my love of stripes! And thank you for the congrats on my retirement. It still has not hit me that I am retired…I am just on summer break in my mind. :)
Kelly

Dawn - June 21, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Kelly,

I am so excited to get a glimpse of my favorite room in your home, the game room! I love that room. It is so homey and inviting. It also has lots of my favorite color, green, in it! Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Beth of designPOST interiors - June 21, 2015 - 9:25 pm

What a fun and welcoming house!! Love your tour!

The Union Street Inn in Nantucket decorated by….?

Union Street Inn NantucketEverything about Nantucket is old…old houses…old streets…old inns…old sidewalks. You get the picture.  It is what visitors expect when they visit the faraway island, but visitors also like their modern conveniences – just disguise them to look like they belong with the old.  Union Street Inn lobby

Well, the owners of one of the oldest inns on the island – The Union Street Inn (built in the 1770’s as a whaling captain’s home)  decided it was time to update their interiors.  And which designer did they decide to call upon to help with this big project?

Union Street Inn common areaNone other than Trudy Dujardin.   (You did read my post yesterday, right?:)) She brought in a color scheme of blue and yellow with some accents of red and green.   She added new wallpaper, lamps, designer furniture, art and accessories – but still kept the feel of the old inn.

Union Street Inn Nantucket remodeled breakfast room

One of the things for which the inn is famous is its breakfasts.  It is the only bed-and-breakfast on the island that serves made-to-order breakfasts for its guests. I think there is a 4 day rotation in their menu selection. (Gotta love any place with red gingham napkins, right?:))

Union Street Inn Nantucket breakfast menu

Union Street Inn Nantucket pancake breakfastThe inn also has an afternoon tea, and snacks like home made brownies, cookies, and carrot cake are always on hand.  (I’m afraid those wouldn’t last long with me around!)

brownies at Union Street InnBut I know you are saying...show us the rooms; show us the rooms!  OkayHere are 6 of the 12 available rooms in the inn…all done up in their Trudy Dujardin finest.

room 1

Union Street Inn Nantucket room 1room 7

Union Street Inn Nantucket room 7room 8

Union Street Inn Nantucket room 8room 9

Union Street Inn Nantucket room 9room 12

Union Street inn Nantucket room 12room 14

Union Street Inn Nantucket room 14Which one is your favorite?

I like room 12 best, but any would be fine with me!:)(Fodor’s calls it 1 of the 10 most romantic hotels in the U.S.)

Since its renovation, the Union Street Inn has been featured in a number of magazines.  You can see last summer’s article in Coastal Living here.  Their grounds were also reworked during the renovation by Marty McGowan of the Sconset Gardener.  (You can enjoy your breakfast out on the terrace as well as inside.)

Union Street Inn Nantucket groundsWhen you are ready to make your reservation, their website is here.:)
(And all photographs are from here too.)

And just a reminder for you today.  Don’t forget the Summer Home Tours are still going on this week.

2015 Summer Home Tour day 2

Here is the line up again in case you missed it.

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Stroll Thru Life
Life On Virginia Street
Snazzy Little Things
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Thoughtful Place
Monica Wants It
Rain On A Tin Roof
Charming In Charlotte
Remodelando la Casa
Dimples & Tangles

Friday, June 12, 2015

Simple Details
Tidbits & Twine
Design Post Interiors
Designing On The Side
Peaceful Home Decor
Talk Of The House

Hope you are having a great week so far!

See you next time.:)

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Kathy - June 9, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Beautiful. Room 12 was my favorite also – nice and cozy but still bright.
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That’s a good description of that room, Kathy (and probably why we like it!)
Kelly

annette - June 9, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Beautiful! 12 is my favorite with 14 a close second. Thanks for the info on this designer.Love all your posts.xo
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My thoughts precisely on the rooms! I am so glad you like the designer AND the posts here Annette.
Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly

kathy - June 9, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Of course I pick 12! But, all of them are great! I want to go! Now!
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Of course! Great minds think alike. :)
Kelly

Louvina - June 9, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Be still my heart!! All that blue and white!! Looks so crisp and cool and relaxing!! I can just smell those air dried sheets!!:) I can see you reading your latest beach novel and enjoying the yummy desserts!! That would be a perfect next adventure for you— hosting a B&B in Kelly Style!! I’d come and stay! I like room with the blue Buffalo plaid chairs– #7. Today on the SH Tours I found how I want to fix my bay window in my living room — showed hubby and he agreed. Yippee! It is Thrifty Decor Chick. May be my fall project!!
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Ha…I am too old to be running one of those. I wanted to when I was younger, but I don’t move fast enough now to keep up a B & B. Glad you found a new project (although hubbie may not be so glad! LOL) Thrifty Decor Chick does some cool projects in her home!
Kelly

Tricia - June 9, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Hi Kelly! Beautiful, eh? You’re right, # 12 is my favourite, as well as #14. How do they get (and keep) the linens so fluffy and white? Sigh.

Always look forward to all your wonderful posts, which truly enhance my day.

Wishing you so much pleasure and good health as you enter retirement.

All the best,

T
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I was almost tied on those 2 myself. :) I do not know how they keep those linens like that. They would have to wear out pretty quickly with a lot of use, right? I am so glad you are enjoying the posts. Thank you so much for the well wishes for my retirement.
Kelly

Marken - June 10, 2015 - 1:51 am

Thank you so much for introducing me to this designer! Now I can say I have a favorite. I love her clean, crisp colors and restful designs. About to order her book.
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I’m so glad you like her work Marken! I like those restful rooms so much too. I hope you enjoy the book!
Kelly

Debra - June 10, 2015 - 9:23 am

Lovely. I’ll take room 1. White and so pristine. Love.. love the sitting area with the two high back loveseats and that dining bay is just to my liking with the bench seating and Windsor chairs. I guess I still love that old New England feel. I use to subscribe to Colonial Homes Magazine years ago. I’ve been a traditionalist forever… Oh, to take an east coast road tour vacation…wouldn’t that be fun?! Glad she still kept that Old Inn look.
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Room 1 is beautiful (as they all are.) I subscribed to that magazine when I was in high school! My then future mother-in-law got me started on it. Yes, an east coast road tour is needed…especially New England’s coast for me.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 10, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Kelly,

I love this inn and more than that, I love the designer. I don’t believe I had ever heard of or seen her work. I can see she will be a new favorite.

I’ve been to Cape Cod, but never visited Nantucket. I believe I would love it!
xo,
Karen
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I’m glad I could introduce her to you Karen. Her work is gorgeous, isn’t it? I think you would love Nantucket too. We should all take a trip there!
Kelly

Design Chic - June 10, 2015 - 11:03 pm

What an amazing hotel. The rooms are all so beautiful and inviting. I would happily stay in any of them! We have only been to Nantucket once and stayed at the White Elephant which we loved. Hope you’re having a great week!
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I thought it was amazing too. You stayed at a wonderful place if you stayed at the White Elephant! It is a classic on the island. I would love to stay there as well.
Kelly

Dawn - June 11, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Kelly,

Room 12 is my favorite also because of the fireplace. The blue and yellow combo is so peaceful too. Thanks for sharing some more of Trudy’s style with us! Take care.
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I have always loved blue and yellow…so fresh! I didn’t even think about the fireplace! Glad you liked seeing more of her work.
Kelly

A Designer to Love: Trudy Dujardin

Dujardin Design gambrell on the bluff exteriorWouldn’t you like to be standing in that garden there, looking out as the sun rises over the Atlantic? Oh yes…It was that house – that photo – that really made me fall for the architectural style of Nantucket…way back in 1998.  It was in an article I was reading in the May issue of American Homestyle and Gardening magazine.  That article featured the work of Trudy Dujardin.

Dujardin Designs Gambrell on the bluff gate

You are probably already familiar with her wonderful work, right? Her rooms have been published everywhere from Architectural Digest to Coastal Living and every place in between.  But I did not know her name until reading that article.

Dujardin Design Gambrell on the bluff family room

She has offices in Nantucket and in Westport, Connecticut, but she has designed spaces not only in New England but all over the United States and even in Europe (a gatehouse in a castle in Scotland no less!)

Dujardin Design Seaside comfort den

Her style seems to say Nantucket – but it doesn’t go overboard screaming nautical with a million kitschy accessories.

Dujardin Design staircaseJust a few pieces (or fabrics) at a time let you know that you are near the ocean.

Sconset home by Trudy Dujardin

Dujardin Design living room

Dujardin Design Captains Quarters bedroom

Dujardin Seaside home

Dujardin Design bedroom

She has even tackled an outdoor shed to remake it into a lovely garden spot.:)

Dujardin in town cottage garden room

After that article in 1998, I kept watching for her name in other magazines. (It showed up many times.) One of my favorite homes she has worked on has been this one appropriately named Lucky Stars featured in the June, 2006 issue of Coastal Living.

Dujardin Design Lucky Stars seating

Dujardin Design Lucky Stars hallway

Yes, she is certainly talented and creates beautiful spaces, but there is more.  She and her husband bought a waterfront lot on Nantucket in 1987 and made plans to build their home there – a 2400 square ft. home one block from the water. One side of their lot has the fishing harbor while the ocean is on the other side.

Dujardin Nantucket home

It was at that time – and with that project – that Trudy became very interested in green construction. She realized how fragile the ecosystem was where they were building and began to do a lot of research to find ways that their construction and the materials they used would do the least damage to the environment – both for outside and inside their home.

Dujardin Nantucket dining roomThrough her research and work, she has become LEED certified, and she even teaches courses on green construction at a college in Connecticut.

Dujardin Nantucket kitchenSometime after she began her research, she was diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity.  Her work in green living really hit home with that diagnosis.  Her mantra is A healthy home is the ultimate luxury.

Dujardin Nantucket guest roomTrudy believes that using antiques are the ultimate in green design. She has won awards for her work in historic preservation, and she serves on the Green Advisory Panel for Traditional Home magazine. Quite a lot of outstanding work, right? Add to that…she has written a book…one I hope to get this summer.

Comfort Zone by Trudy Dujardin

Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior

Not only does it have many many photos of gorgeous rooms, but it also has page after page of information on ways to make your home healthy – from the type of paint you use to your flooring and wiring and upholstery fabrics on your furniture. I think this is one smart book.:)

Dujardin Nantucket porch

 I hope you are now as big a fan of Trudy Dujardin as I have become.:)

Trudy Dujardin

(All photos from dujardindesign.com.)

I want to leave you with 2 things today…

#1.  Don’t forget to go over to Marty’s blog at A Stroll Thru Life to begin this week’s fun Summer Tours. Marty has rounded up quite a variety of styles…something for everyone.:)

Monday Summer TourMonday’s line up:  A Stroll Thru Life   Life On Virginia Street    Snazzy Little Thing     21 Rosemary Lane
Thrify and Chic    Claire Brody Designs

And finally # 2.  Trudy Dujardin and her design team created a little video back in 2011 that I think you will enjoy. (Warning…this is really going to make you want to be at the beach.) Enjoy!:)

Until next time…

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Nan, Odessa, DE - June 8, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Kelly: Glad to check in and find your blog today!
Not only are the designs lovely BUT
the music is so relaxing. Do you know who does the music?
(I can’t read it in the credits.)

New note: Have you heard the Piano Guys with the Hollens singing, “WHAT ARE WORDS”? It is a must!
So romantic. You can listen on AMAZON.com, The Piano Guys, WHAT ARE WORDS. Let me know what you think.
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Nan, I’m afraid I don’t know who the musician is in the video. (My vision on the credits is worse than yours I’m sure!) And I think you might have missed something…scroll to the bottom of this post. :) http://www.talkofthehouse.com/talk-of-the-weekend-22/
I think you will enjoy it.
Kelly

Louvina - June 8, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Having arrived at the condo on the beach this afternoon– what a treat to see your posting and love this designer!! The blues are wonderful and the touches of tangerine are nice, too! Our condo is decorated in beiges and palm trees with heavy dark wood furniture and sleeps 8. We are having a girls weekend over Labor Day weekend celebrating my oldest daughter’s 50th birthday. We are decorating in water colors of blue/green with mermaids! This week I will be enjoying all the bloggers on the Summer Homes Tour. Can’t wait to see what you will be sharing on TOTH on Friday!!:)
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I know you are so excited to be at your beach condo! (Lucky you!) Trudy Dujardin certainly knows how to use blues in those rooms doesn’t she? It makes me rethink all the red around here. Your daughter’s birthday celebration sounds like fun! And my daughter would love the mermaid decor. :)
Enjoy the Summer Tours!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - June 8, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Kelly,
I love her style. I will definitely put her book on my wish list. Thank you for sharing so many great rooms to inspire for the upcoming summer months.
xo,
Karen
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You are welcome Karen! That book is on my wish list too. I think it will be different from most books about design.
Kelly

Susan - June 8, 2015 - 4:31 pm

The music and the sound of the waves, in the video, almost put me to sleep – so relaxing… :) Her decor is beautiful and I will be watching for that book. Thanks for sharing!
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I suppose if we are having a difficult time sleeping, we should just turn on this video! :) I’m so glad you liked the rooms. Hope you get the book soon!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - June 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

I remember seeing Trudy’s work in Coastal Living, but I’ve never seen the others. She’s so talented and speaks my decorating language!
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Because you are so close to the water, I imagine Trudy Dujardin’s rooms would be perfect for your location Leslie Anne. She definitely speaks the language of waterside homes!
Kelly

kathy - June 8, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Oh, I love the cottage style and all of the built-ins and how crisp and clean everything looks. I think the video made me want to relax more than head to the beach….and I will head to the beach at the drop of a flip flop.
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That music and the sound of the waves…sooo relaxing. Glad you liked all the details of the houses. It doesn’t hurt that they are located on Nantucket. :)
Kelly

Dawn - June 8, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing Trudy’s work with us today. It is so relaxing. I love coastal style. We are headed to Cape San Blas, FL at the end of this week and this post has me even more excited to see the ocean! Thanks for sharing.
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How fun! Cape San Blas will be gorgeous! Yes, you should be excited to see the ocean. :)
Safe travels!
Kelly

Debra - June 9, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Perfect post this morning. So relaxing and calming. Those rooms are gorgeous. Oh Nantucket.. never have been, but you have my heart! Loved your ending video. Call me silly, but I purchased several cd’s years ago that have coastal wave sounds with music as well as nature sound ones too. I have just been playing the coastal one recently in the kitchen as I start my day with “CALM”. I will need to order this book, as I have a Barnes and Noble 20% coupon waiting to be used. Thank you for this lovey post. Gonna stay in a coastal state of mind all summer, even if I don’t have a beach a block away………..Sigh!
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I’m so glad you found them relaxing Debra. I am like you …never been but still smitten with the island. No, you are not silly to be listening to the nature music cd’s. I have a stack of about 10 of them in the cabinet myself. :) Your Barnes and Noble coupon would be put to good use with the book I think.
Stay in that coastal state of mind all summer if you can!
Kelly

Jaybird - June 16, 2015 - 2:39 pm

I don’t know who is playing the piano, but the music is
Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”.
Signed,
another pianist :^)
PS: this designer does some lovely stuff…she just needs to get reacquainted with RED :^)
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Yes, I remember playing that piece many many years ago in a piano recital. I think it must be required of all piano students!LOL I don’t see much red in Trudy Dujardin’s repertoire, but I too think it would be a nice accent in some of her rooms.
Kelly

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