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