Friday, July 7, 2017

Cheating on Newport

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One of the perks of writing a blog is having a reference guide to your life's activities.  I was trying to remember when an event happened and I fell down the rabbit hole of my own blog.  Reading old posts one after another and I couldn't stop.  All the pictures from my Newport days bring back so many fun memories.  It is hard to imagine living there for a whole summer like I did in 2008, the summer of my life!  

Usually before the summer kicked in, my roommates from Newport who all live in Boston, would go to Nantucket for Figawi-Memorial Day weekend.  My first time was 2006 and I fell in love with Nantucket.  It is so different than Newport, although a lot harder to get to.  Through the years, our Newport rentals dwindled but the Nantucket plans never did.  We usually made a plan to get there some time in the summer.  One of my Miami friends had a house that she lent to me several times so that made going much easier.  On the way home, I stopped in Providence to visit Brooke and her family and made her go to Newport at least for the day.  That has been my plan for the last 3 years..one day in Newport.  It's hard to believe that's it!

This year, same deal. We rented a house on Nantucket the first week of August.  No shows or pop ups for me, just a relaxing vacation on the prettiest island around. I am so excited to get there, this time with one of my Miami BFFs there at the same time.  I will be in Newport on Tuesday, August 8th. Can't wait to check out all my favorite places.  

So, I feel like I have been cheating on Newport with my beloved Nantucket.  A few years ago, I got a comment on this blog asking why I call it Summer in Newport when I am hardly there and have very little Newport content.  It caught me off guard to say the least, but I am all about authenticity and this blog was started in 2007 when I first went to Newport as a way to stay in touch.  Little did I know I would still be typing about my life 10 years later!  I secured this domain for another 5 years a month ago, so it is here to stay.  

Hope you are all having a nice summer!!!!
Xo, kp
 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gallery Walls

I am all about SYMMETRY in my life.  If there is one on the left, I need one on the right.  My blue and white collection has been purchased in many sets of two for this purpose.  My bedroom has been a decorating challenge for me since I moved in.  Uneven walls and not enough space.  My original plan was to have bedside table/bookshelves built in on each side of my bed, but I was talked into taking a huge risk and moving my bed to another wall leaving room on the left side only to work with. 

My first thought was no way, but my decorator Meg convinced me to move some furniture around in my condo and put the smaller antique pine dresser next to my bed as my bedside table and accessorize with pretty things.  The other suggestion was to do a gallery wall in my bedroom.  I didn't react out loud but inside was saying to myself "not likely".  A week later, I moved my bed to the other wall and am thinking this new plan will definitely give me more space.  Some of the furniture that needs to be moved is heavy so I need some help. But in the meantime, I have been searching out examples of gallery walls that I like.  Here are some examples:



Ashley Hicks

Caitlin McGauley for Tory Burch

Completely Coastal

Decorpad

Mark Hampton watercolor of Albert Hadley's home



Freshome.com

Gray Malin
Ralph Lauren

Ashley Hicks
Gorsuch Catalog Inspired
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Kate Schelter for One Kings Lane
Scott Meacham Wood

House of Harper
Oh Joy! Studio


I am still pondering this idea..all my "extra" art framed and un-framed is piled up waiting!

Xoxo, kp

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Travel Plans

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My first summer trip is around the corner! I am heading up to Charleston for a trunk show with my friend Grimsley.  I haven't been to Charleston in ages so I am so excited to visit there.  My first pit stop will be at my parent's on Amelia Island, it's a perfect 6 hours from Miami. Leaving on July 11th, my show will be on the 12th.  


This invitation might be one of my favorites ever in the history of my business. I LOVE Dixie Designs and think their designs are fresh and adorable.  This invitation would get me out of the house showing up to a trunk show, right?

Next stop-visiting Meg at her parent's house in North Carolina.  Always a fun time there. I haven't seen them in a month-which seems like forever.

After that-heading to Atlanta to hit one of the last days of the Atlanta Gift Show.  I should be able to do this on Sunday and hit the road to head to my parents house but not sure about this part of my plan.  My goal is to be back in the office by Tuesday.

The next trip is up North!  I leave at the end of July for my week on Nantucket with my old Newport roommates.  So excited to get up there. I have a couple of days in Boston before and a couple in Providence on the way back.  Tuesday, August 8th I will be in Newport so I can keep my blog honest and check out all my favorite Newport spots. 

Amidst all this planning, I still do not have a nailed down kitchen plan!!  The guys I want to do my kitchen are super busy and have postponed my meeting several times.  I am supposed to meet with them tomorrow so hopefully, that will work out.  If I get the plans for the cabinets nailed down this week, it still realistically means there won't be any action until September with the way things move around here.  So much for "Kitchen Summer" which was what I was calling it. I have bought my faucet and am about to buy my sink, so that is something.


My closet...oh my goodness I had so much stuff in that closet.  Seriously, I found things I haven't seen in years.  I packed it all up using all my Pierre Deux duffle bags and various totes that were in there I put them in my living room.  I was doing ok putting things away in the new closet when I looked for something yesterday and found two duffle bags that went unnoticed so now I have to find more room in there. Please don't email and tell me to purge, I have been purging but there are just some things that I can't get rid of!  I have a 4 day weekend coming up this week and it will all be spent working on my apartment putting things away and clearing things out.  

No solid plans for the 4th of July yet...I used to LOVE that holiday. Every year I would buy a new outfit to go watch fireworks.  Now, it is so unbelievably hot in Miami, I usually am trying to find something to wear so I don't melt. But that is a whole other post.

If you are in Charleston or have friends in Charleston that might want to come to my show, please reach out to me at summerinnewport@gmail.com for the address. It will be fun!

Thanks friends!
Xo, Kristin


Monday, June 19, 2017

Finished closet..it's a miracle!

TAfter an unfortunate cancellation by the closet people on Friday with my entire apartment in shambles-literally piles of clothes everywhere, they finally came today to finish up.  I think I am too nice and they didn't think it was a big deal to cancel on me at the last minute, especially since I had to hunt them down to find out they were canceling. It's really fun...

The problem with my closet in this old building that I live in is that there an air conditioning handler up on the left side that is bulky, loud and has water running through it.  It was always hidden inside my drop ceiling, so it wasn't really a concern.  When I opened it up at one point with the A/C man, I realized the entire right hand side was unused and became obsessed with reclaiming that space.  I need more storage space always!

It started to look like too complicated a job until the right person came and after 3 hours of chit chat sweet talking Robert from the closet company, he decided he could not only fix the a/c handler situation but he threw in the demo of my old closet and even offered to paint-two things he previously told me they did not do.  I have to say that turn of events was exhilarating and confirmed to me that if you are nice it can get you a lot farther than being not so nice.

So, now the closet is done..it needs a quick paint touch up in a few places, but I am so excited to put the obvious things back where they belong and start the not-so-sure pile to go through.  This will for sure be a task but the thought of having a pretty, organized closet where I know where everything is will be a treat!

Here is the end result of the closet renovation:






Starting tonight to fill it up with my stuff.  Wish me luck!
Xoxo, kp

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Closet Update

Well, lost of activity this week in the condo!!  I emptied my closet out last weekend, literally removed every thing in there and it is all over my apartment.  Once the electrician came by, it delayed the plan by a few days, so I have been living with piles of clothes in every room-exactly what I was trying to avoid.

Anyway, Tuesday, they came to remove my old closet shelves and racks and patch the walls and smooth them out...



Wednesday, they came to paint everything white and get ready for the install...




Today they came to install the bulk of the closet.  I can't believe it actually happening.  



Tomorrow, they are coming to box in the air handler and install the shoe rack.  They need to use a saw on my balcony and I am sure that is not allowed so hopefully they are quick so we don't get in trouble.

Now the thought of putting it all back in scares the heck out of me.  I hope everything fits!

It's coming along...
The Kitchen plans get nailed down on Tuesday!
Xoxo, KP

Friday, June 2, 2017

Mom's Favorites

This past weekend was my Mom's 70th birthday.  At this point, getting gifts for my parents has become sort of difficult.  They don't really need anything and they get annoyed if I spend too much money on them.  But, for 70, I decided to do something fun for my Mom.

One of my favorite artists, Paige Smith, does commissions and her work is amazing.  She painted something a long time ago that I loved for her Grandmother, an illustration of all of her favorite things.  

I decided to do this for my Mom and sent Paige a list of all her favorites.  It came out so terrific..


She was so surprised when she opened her gift..I love a good surprise!  Now I am thinking I need one for myself.  My list of favorite things is kind of long but I am planning on doing a gallery wall in my apartment and keep thinking of things that I can add to my art collection.

Check out Paige's blog here.  If you are a Lilly Pulitzer aficionado, you will certainly recognize many of her prints. She is an amazing artist.

Happy Weekend!
Xo, kp

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jackie's Girl


If you are a fan of all things Kennedy, I have a terrific book recommendation for you.  Jackie's Girl just came out last week and was written by Jacqueline Kennedy's personal assistant.  Plucked off a farm in Ireland and arriving in NYC in the 60s, the author was placed at 1040 Fifth Avenue working for the former First Lady and her family.  


Her story is fascinating and filled with intimate stories of her day-to-day interactions with Jackie and her two children.  I couldn't get enough and was so sad when I finished it.

If this is up your alley, another book I highly recommend is by Jackie's former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, Mrs. Kennedy and Me.  This is also a great behind the scenes story of the Kennedys while they were in the White House.  


This past weekend would have been President Kennedy's 100th birthday.  His family made a video with commentary about him.  View it here.

My Kindle app is filled with tons of books and I plan on doing a lot of reading this summer!

Happy reading,
Xoxo, KP

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kitchen Update

After all the chatter about re-doing my kitchen, it is finally in the works!!  I keep wanting to pinch myself that it is happening.  Of course, it is more complicated than I thought it would be.  My kitchen is a tiny galley kitchen, how hard could it be?

Lucky for me, one of my BFFS re-did a kitchen not too long ago and had some good insight on a few things.  First, the appliances.  She picked the whole Kitchen Aid suite and I loved the way they looked.  They are kind of the nicest-not-crazy-expensive option.  All the appliances were purchased on Saturday at Best Buy and they are holding them for me until they need to be delivered.  One huge hurdle down...



Before I start on the kitchen, my bedroom closet needed to be done. It is about to explode.  The closet guy I wanted to use came to measure and came up with an easy solution for my falling-apart drop ceiling.  At this point, I am so tired of trying to figure out what do to with this closet, I just want it fixed.  The closet guy-Robert-is boxing in my air condition handler that is up there as part of the closet, freeing up most of the right side for more storage.  This is super exciting.  They are coming to start on June 6th.

When they came last week, they brought the whole team to talk about my kitchen and they quoted me a terrific price for wood cabinets with paneled doors all the way to the ceiling.  I am going to schedule that part next.  Somewhere in the middle of this plan, I have to commit to a contractor and have them help me get all the pieces together and pull permits, etc.. It's all a little overwhelming.

But, I have some questions and would love some feedback:

(1) I want a white sink.  I grew up with a porcelain sink and we never had a problem with chipping but now there are a ton of new options, granite and composite. Should I stick with porcelain or does anyone have any feedback on these other options?  I have a stainless sink now and I do not want another one.

(2) Every pretty kitchen I see online has the sink in front of a window.  That is amazing but my kitchen is windowless.  Over the sink, the cabinets are raised so you don't hit your head on them.  Do I just have whatever backsplash I use there or should I get a shelf built in.  Is the shelf a think of the past?

(3) What is a normal amount to spend on the faucet?  Of course the one I love is SUPER expensive.  I am trying to find a less expensive option.  I am dying for a bridge faucet.  This is what I want it to look like and this is the one that won't bankrupt me but it is an investment.  Can you take it with you when you move?  That might help make my decision lol...


That's where I am right now.  Any good ideas that I need to know, please share. I will be posting all my progress here in the coming weeks.

Thanks so much!
Xoxo, kp

Friday, May 19, 2017

Covering Up

Summer is right around the corner..it is already so hot down in Miami.  My summer plans have been slow to materialize but so far I have a tentative road trip to North Carolina and a week on Nantucket with my Northern friends.

I am always looking for cute bathing suit cover ups.  There are tons out there now.  If you take too long to find some, the good ones are snatched up, so don't wait!  Here are some favorites:



Tory Burch Crocheted Cover Up $325


Letarte Leopard Sheer $173.60


J. Crew Striped Tassel Tunic $88



Old Navy Gauze Swim Cover Up $22


Parker Beach Cover Up $154


Roberta Roller Rabbit Punta Long Dress $145


Melissa Odabash Fruley Embroidered Short Dress $199


Seafolly Fine-Stripe Tassel Tunic $91


Talbots Rugby Stripe Cover Up $69.50


Lilly Pulitzer Castilla Tunic $128



Gap Split-Neck Coverup $59.95
Available in Black and White

Planning on sun this weekend at my pool!
Xoxo, Kp