Moon River…wider than a mile…

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Do you remember that scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn sings Moon River? It’s a melancholy song by Johnny Mercer about the Moon River in Savannah. I think the lyrics don’t really have much to do with the story in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but the feel of the song really captures Holly Golightly’s (Hepburn’s) sad feelings about her situation.

The Moon River is about five minutes away by boat from the Isle of Hope, which is where my husband grew up. We were down there this past weekend for a family reunion that was held at Wesley Gardens, which is a property owned by Wesley Methodist Church on the banks of the Moon River. The home was built in the 1800’s and was acquired by the church along the way. It’s a lovely house with lots of land and a gorgeous view of the river. The kids played all day and we had a great time with family.

We also said goodbye to the Isle of Hope this weekend. My husband has deep roots on this island. He grew up going out into the coastal creeks catching shrimp and riding out on the weekends to Tybee Island. His grandmother lived here for decades before she passed. She lived a couple of streets over from his father and step mother’s house. They are downsizing and moving to Atlanta soon, so this past weekend was the last time we will be in their home.

Here is the front of the house from the street. These are the MLS photos – they are good, but they don’t totally capture the charm of this house. I wish I had gotten one last picture of the boys on the front porch. Aren’t the live oaks gorgeous?

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Here is the front porch with the haint blue ceiling.

 

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Here’s another view of the porch.

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Here’s the view from the front porch. Love that Spanish moss!

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Here’s the back entrance, which is the only one we ever use. You go up the stairs and the door is to the left, which opens directly into the kitchen.

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The Isle of Hope is so gorgeous, I’m going to miss getting down there regularly. After meals, we like to go on walks around the Bluff, which is just down the street from my in laws’ house. We walk down the street and turn to the left and we see this house, which is on the Bluff and directly faces the little marina store.

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All of these pictures are not from me.  I feel like such a dingus because I didn’t take one picture.

I think a lot of it is that when you are on the Isle of Hope, you are a world away. My brain is totally turned off and I spend my time enjoying the beauty of the architecture and the environment. Pulling out my phone to take a picture is the last thing on my mind. So! I am grateful for all of the photos on the inter webs that I can pull from!

So back to our stroll around the Isle of Hope – as you continue walking down the Bluff, there is a string of these cute cottages.

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Many of the houses are raised up, with the main floor on the second floor. This is because hurricanes are not uncommon and there can be storm surges that wash up onto the property. It helps to have the main floor elevated to avoid the water.

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Here is the view of the marina. You can see the other side of the Skidaway River to the left.

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This house is caty-corner to the bluff. It doesn’t face the bluff, but is right next to it. It was featured in Martha Stewart Living not that long ago.

Tin roofs like this in red or silver are very common. Many of the houses on the Isle of Hope have white clapboard siding and black shutters.

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Isn’t this a lovely place to spend the evening watching the sunset over the back river?

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This is where my  boys would be hanging out. I get seasick on a porch swing – my boys could swing for days!

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Cute porch vingnette.

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Savannah is so temperate, you could eat outside on your screened porch probably 11 months of the year!

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Here’s the dining room. That chandelier is so elegant!

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The fireplace in the dining room – I can’t imagine this gets much use!

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Here is the living room. Love the paneling and the blue pillows.

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Bedroom – again, love the paneling! And the framed pieces – hard to tell what they are, maybe intaglios?

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Their view onto the Skidaway River. Gorg.

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I’m sad that we are at a crossroads and won’t be going here quite as often. Wouldn’t you love to see this tiny gorgeous piece of the world?

Bring the exotic into your home – cement tile floors

I’ve never been to Morocco, but I’ve always wanted to go there. I love the blend of French and North African cultures. What Morocco is known for is the tile work – it’s absolutely gorgeous. About the closest I have come to experiencing the feel of Morocco is when we went on our honeymoon to Istanbul – there is some incredible tile work there in the mosques. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in Morocco!

 

A trend I’ve noticed lately in design is Moroccan-style cement tiles in bathrooms and kitchens. For some inspiration, here is Yves St. Laurent’s Marrakech home which is a Moroccan dream. Isn’t the design just beautiful?

 

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Here is a beautiful bathroom that brings in a bit of the exotic in the floor. I love the gray variations of the tile. It’s a pretty traditional look with the woodwork and the tub – I feel like the brass and the tile glam it up.

 

Here is a room by Steven Gambrel – I love the geometric quality of the print on the tile. It almost feels like a rug. Really pretty. Yes, Steven Gambrel is a master!

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I LOVE this kitchen – the dark gray/black cabinets are so glamorous. The brass accents and the floor are so fresh. This feels very California cool.

 

 

I love the floor in this bathroom – it feels very much like an ikat. I like how it feels organic and still very modern. I’m not totally sold on the cement look walls. I think it competes a bit with the floor pattern. What do you think?

 

 

This floor almost feels like an oriental rug to me, which works so well with the vintage feel of the bathroom. Love the dark grout on the wall tile.

 

The perfect California patio – I can see spending lots of time out here. What do you think, are Moroccan tiles a go, or a no?

 

Hot Child in the City….

 

We were blessed with balmy temperatures in NYC – it got up to the mid 60s each day. I only had to wear a light coat at most. The last time we were in New York, I was seven months pregnant with my youngest and my older boys were 4 and 7. Needless to say, we didn’t cover too much territory, and mainly stuck to FAO Schwartz and a playground in Central Park.

This trip, the boys stayed with my parents so we got out and did as much as we could. Mostly, we WALKED!!!! We covered so much ground – it was so much fun! We got to see the touristy areas and the areas where we were the only tourists.  We walked 5th Avenue from the top of Central Park to Washington Square – I had to stop in when I saw the RH Modern store. Everything in there was HOT!

 

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Restoration Hardware has the best lighting. I use them quite a bit in different projects. Their smaller fixtures are actually quite affordable. Larger pendants are more expensive, but not horrible. Lighting can get expensive really fast! Isn’t this chandelier gorgeous? I also love the crystals on the coffee table. There were several spectacular crystals sprinkled throughout the showroom.

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I’d need a bigger house to have this sofa. My boys could lounge out on this one and not get in each other’s way!

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Aren’t these sconces pretty? These are on sale for $239 each.

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These sconces are very elegant – I think they’d look good in a powder room.

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I like the big scale of this chandelier.

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This chandelier is a showstopper! I imagine this in the foyer of an elegant Manhattan apartment on the Upper West Side. I can’t find it anywhere on their website – maybe it’s discontinued?

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Another awesome hunk of crystal!

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Now this is a chair! Snuggly and sleek at the same time! Do you think Aerin Lauder has this in one of her many homes?

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I get to window shop so infrequently – I really enjoyed it. We had been walking all day when we stumbled upon RH Modern, so Parker took the opportunity to hang out on a sofa while I walked around imagining my fabulous RH Modern Manhattan apartment. A girl can dream, right?

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

 

The window displays are a big part of the Christmas decorations in New York. They are so creative. They are really my favorite part of the Christmas decorations. Here is one of the windows at Macy’s:

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Inside of Macy’s was like a winter wonderland. Can you  believe the crowds in there?

 

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Here are more of the windows at Macy’s. I just love Charlie Brown. The Vince Guiraldi Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is my favorite Christmas background music!

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Love how Snoopy is singing along here –

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Here are the lights at Tiffany – so pretty!

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And the winner of the Christmas decorations – Bergdorf Goodman – just spectacular!

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Here is the tree at 30 Rock- it was packed with people – we enjoyed watching the skaters.

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We ended up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and got to hear a bit of the mass. This church is so beautiful. The church recently went through a massive restoration, and the results are just gorgeous. I love the wreaths on the columns.

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Love the gothic architecture – isn’t that ceiling just gorgeous?

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And this – the gold behind the statues. Beautiful. Amazing architecture!

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Another ceiling view – so pretty.

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Here is the manger. Baby Jesus hasn’t arrived yet. Look who is waiting for him – do you see the dog at the left – this is the first time I’ve seen a lab in the manger – isn’t he cute?

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