Monday, February 28, 2011

Lighthouse Inspired Living

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a lighthouse? Three architects in particular are making that dream come true for the" lighthouse loving".House number one is by Architects,Garrell and Associates.The home design is appropriately named, The Lightkeeper's House.This home is a whopping 7,000 square feet.and  was featured  in Atlanta Style and Design  Magazine in 2007
Gorgeous Home
The wood mantel and beam in the ceiling warm this space.
I love red and black.

The next two home designs are by Catalano Architects out of Boston MA. They have been featured in The Boston Globe,Down East Magazine and Metropolitan Home. Their signature use of Clapboard and shingles sets their home designs apart from the rest. The homes, in a word...stunning! The  stunners are located on Cape Cod.

Light and airy

This stairway is a beacon of light.

Can you imagine the view?

House number two

Classic red white and blue

A vision in white

Modern, sleek, and sophisticated

Nautical in Nature

 The third and final home is by architect Steve Herlong of Sullivans Island,SC He took his cue from the lighthouse from the same island that was lost in a hurricane in the  1800's.This 21century home is eco friendly and and oh so chic!

The counters are from reclaimed wood.

Careful consideration was given to preserve and enjoy this beautiful view.

The V shaped ceiling is inspired from a boat hull. I love this !
 My love affair with lighthouses will never end.! I may not ever be able to have a home like one of these, but a girl can dream right? check out Garrell and Associates,Cataldo Architects and Coastal Living Magazine. I will be  back in Charleston in a couple of weeks. I must go find this house!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chic Coastal Treasures

I am always on the hunt for great new things/and not so new things .These chic coastal inspired treasures are what I am loving right now. There's Beach chic, nautical ,preppy,  vintage  and some seaside style, with a bit of retro thrown in the mix. A little bit of everything .Can you figure out my favorite thing? It shouldn't be too hard.

I can't get enough of driftwood, these are super!Z Gallerie


So Chic!Williams Sonoma

I am a sucker for with anything monogrammed. Simple and elegantPalmetto Gifts


I have 3  aqua mason jars so far with the zinc lids. Great for many uses.
My sweety brought me flowers this morning> They look so pretty in the aqua jar.

Woven Buoy from Williams Sonoma

Michael Kors new bags for Spring 2011, have such a nautical flair!Macys

Johnathan Adler's peace sculpture Barneys New York

Dwell Studio For Target

I LOVE my new car! 2011 Honda Accord Coupe,This is the color of mine. This baby moves!
Why shouldn't our dogs eat out  of something nice ? This Nautical dog bowl fromNautical Luxuries, is great.
They need to look chic as well, these  braided dog collars are similar to the braided sailor bracelets.Five Star Fido I think Bentley needs one of these!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Sunny Day Makes Me Feel Fine

Our recent camping trip to Hunting Island State park was  nice, even though we only had one day of sunshine. But One day  of sun is better than none!.I collected driftwood, sand dollars,and shells, as I always do. Here are some shots  I got from the one lovely day on the beach.

I have never been able to figure out what little creature makes this mound.There were hundreds.Maybe a type of crab I'm not sure.


Pelican sunning himself.

A Horseshoe crab tracks...

We found him/her buried here. We brought him back down to the water.

The Whelks are starting to lay eggs.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sweet Basil Cheesecake

Ok, so this isn't the most heart healthy recipe but...... OMG it is delectable! At a girls night out dinner last month, one of my friend's brought this to share.It is an hor dourve that is served with crackers and fruit.It is to die for! I am a cheesecake fanatic; it is definitely one of my favorite things, but Basil cheesecake? Who knew! This recipe requires a spring form pan just as most cheesecakes do, but this one is ever so tiny.4.5 inches. I am sure you can buy these online.My friend was kind enough to pick up one for me in Atlanta.
This delicous and savory hor dourve would be perfect if you are having an Oscar party this weekend.with some great vino!
It's soo little. 4.5 inches

I had to have a cheese dome. 2.50 thrift store find.


1/2cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup goat cheese
1Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 pkge fresh basil

(1)Process ricotta in food processor till creamy. Add cream cheese and goat cheese. Process till smooth. Add eggs, sugar and salt. Blend well. Chop basil till broken up, add to cheese mixture( do not over process)
(2)Spray the spring form pan w/oil. Pour in cheese mixture. Wrap foil around the bottom of the pan. Bake in water bath for about 50 min.
Preheat oven to 350. and bake. refridgerate several hours before serving. Serve with crackers, and fresh fruit. Before serving brush top with a little olive oil. Will last for 3 days. ENJOY!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Sea of Stairs

Staircases are a fundamental and architectural element of building design.They take us from one floor to another, lead us down to the beach, or perch us at a higher altitude.Stairs can also be viewed as works of art.They tell a story all through out history, as well as ones life journeys.  When we travel by stairs we usually know where they are leading us. But when one is behind the lens of a camera,  depending on how the photographer decides to shoot that photo, a simple photo of a staircase can become somewhat of a mystery, making us often ask ourselves "where do these stairs lead"?  These beautiful photographs do just that.

This color blue is amazing


Costa Rica



Puerto Rico

Ellis Island,If only those stairs could talk.



San Fransisco