Summer 2015

Like everyone in the north east, I find myself saying, “where did it go?” Memorial Day seems like yesterday and Labor Day has come and gone. Fortunately, for the first time in three years, Hubby and I can finally say we truly enjoyed our summer. Although we still did lots of work at The Money Pit, we were able to get away and take advantage of the glorious weather this summer provided.

We traveled to Barcelona, Long Beach Island, Hamptons, and Miami.

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We spent several weekends at the lake and saw many sunsets and enjoyed the many colors of the moon. We fished, kayaked and swam.

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From a friend’s boat we were able to keep track of our famous local Bald Eagles,

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and our friends, the Cormorants.

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I had a lot of really great rides on “Amor”

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And even played a lot of tennis.

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to two of our beloved pets, Geronimo,

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and Jackie

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And even though Hubby considered doing this himself, I convinced him to HIRE someone to put in a patio in the backyard. It was SO nice to watch someone do the work this time!

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We were finally able to entertain and enjoy some late evenings with good friends and family. We even celebrated an 85th birthday!

Another highlight was a trip to the Designer Show House on the Green, in Fairfield, Connecticut. My friend Ericka and I spent a warm and sunny day touring the house and we were not disappointed!

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This particular show house has a very heartwarming story to tell. The house is the rectory of St. Paul’s Church,one of the beneficiaries of the event. Through the many efforts of the community, the house has been restored to it’s over 170 year old glory.

I have to say, in all of the years I have participated in, and toured show houses, I was especially taken by this particular one. The love and devotion put forth by all involved is evident everywhere. The house really felt like a home and didn’t feel staged at all. Every room flowed perfectly, nothing felt stuffy and good energy was everywhere. The volunteers were so happy and proud to share their knowledge and personal stories relating to the house and neighborhood.

At the entry, we were even given our very own gift bags!

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Detail of the millwork on the wrap around porch

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The tour started off with the front entry hall by Sage Design.

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The library was done by Christina Murphy for Decorist with Safavieh furnishings

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DeBear Designs did the dining room, using my favorite crystal sconces from Baccarat.

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Ceiling detail

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The area rug was cut and bound to fit the contours of the room

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The Art Deco inspired sitting room was done by Lillian AugustDSC00189

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The kitchen was a complete overhaul well done by NuKitchens

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Old fashioned electrical switches. Love these!

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Backsplash detail

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I also liked the brass ceiling fixture. Simple and elegant!

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….and who doesn’t love brownies!

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The Living Room is a perfect blend of detail and color by Pavarini Design Inc.

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Ceiling detail of paint and burlap

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The serene covered porch is by Krista Fox Interiors, LLC

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Wakefield Design Center created the Master Bedroom.

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Detail of the laser cut paper window treatments

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Klaff’s donated all the work done in three baths. The Master,

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The Hall Bath

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And the Powder Room

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Upstairs, the hall was done by Donna Benedetto Designs

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My favorite room of all was this bedroom by Carey Karlan for Last Detail Interior Design. Such feminine colors but not overly fussy.

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Detail of wall art; gilded fruits

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Ken Gemes created bedroom #2 with a show stopping ceiling fixture..DSC00206

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Very Tony Duquette!

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Alice Black’s bedroom #3 was all about the fabric upholstered walls; a six sided patchwork of individual fabrics with well coordinated colors.

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The back stair to the kitchen was painted in a multi stripe and on the walls were incredibly realistic paintings. Unfortunately, the catalog does not list the designers, so I apologize for the credit omission.

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The whimsical laundry room was designed by Stirling Design Associates,LLC

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I love the tile backsplash!

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The gardens also had a lot of ideas by Freddy’s Landscaping and Oliver Design Associates

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In the garage was a pop up store by  “No.299” Design Gallery. It was loaded with all kinds of goodies for the home.DSC00247

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I can’t believe I went home empty handed! If you plan to be in the Fairfield Ct. area, try to go see the house. It is a worthy cause and a pleasure to see.

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