Tuesday
Mar312015

Interior Inspirations: A Modern Tudor in Newton

Images: MICHAEL STAVARIDIS/TRENT BELL/The Boston Globe

 

Love them or hate them, when you buy a Tudor-style home, you join a club of sorts.

A special club, complete with tudor related design issues, repair and restoration issues (don't even get me started on my 'beautiful' pain/pane glass windows), and design dilemmas, it helps to seek others out who share your plight.

Living in a Tudor myself, I make it my business to ear mark interesting design and updates to other Tudors. I actually have an entire pinboard devoted to the topic.

It's important to stress: you aren't locked into one aesthetic or style when you own a Tudor.  Contrary to popular belief, and so beautifully demonstrated by the homeowners of this Tudor, in Newton MA, you can mix modern with Tudor design. David and Ronnie Hurvitz wove a special kind of modern inspired magic in their 1932 Tudor revival, thanks to Hacin + Associates, with architect Eduardo Serrate and interior designer Jennifer Clapp.   

The color palette is neutral but the overall design is fun, as well as utilitarian, which it needs to be for a family with youngins'. Whimsical wallpaper used on the dining room ceiling, in the bedrooms, and even their office/closet add print and pattern while cool shades and tones anchor everything from room to room, giving it cohesion throughout the entire house. And thank goodness they didn't touch the grand fireplace in the dining room- instead, they made it the focal piece of the space, staying true to this original work of art. Knowing what to keep and what to update is 3/4's of the battle, my friends. So beautifully done, I had to share. Hope you draw some inspiration from this gorgeous house.

Thursday
Mar262015

Homemade Almond Milk & Banana Almond Muffins: Double Recipe

A health nut I am not. I have actually had people describe my dinners and dishes as hedonistic. But even the most indulgent chef has to take a few steps back and retune the diet and system.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Boyfriends & Brunch + Boston Weekly

Above: Citizens of Humanity Emerson slim boyfriend jeans, Alexander Wang crepe blazer (a great price at the Outnet), Vans slip ons, Stella McCartney wolf t-shirt, Sophie Hulme Nano Envelope cross body, Ray-ban aviators 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. 

War Zone, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Live, from KCRW. Motor City's finest. With one of the best names ever.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

We brunched of course. Good thing my boyfriend jeans are my ONLY jeans right now. Cause we swung by Blackbird Doughnuts for a light appetizer pre-brunch. Mainly to stock up on a snack for Miss D, because heaven forbid they take too long with her order (which they did), you need to have goods on hand.

Poor thing, poor us, she is getting over a cold so we spent most of the weekend shuttered inside not sleeping. The germs seem to be losing the battle though and we are back on track. I need to get her, and us, on some healthier eating. Been indulging for two, and I've notice Daphne's depending more on snacks than the delicious meals I provide her. Time to nip this in the bud, me thinks. Anyone else fight this fight? Tips and tricks?

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Boston Ballet presents Shades of Sound- a triple bill, featuring two company premieres and Chroma, running March 19-29. Inspiration to push that body, yes and yes.

Mark you calendars for Stella McCartney at Saks Boston. Yup, big time. Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered with the designer to benefit MSPCA-Angell, with a private cocktail party May 5, with the designer, to showcase her latest collection. Tickets are $100 and 100% of proceeds go to the very worthy MSPCA. Excellent fashion X excellent cause, need I say more?

Clarins Spa at Bloomingdales Chestnut Hill is featuring 50 minute spa facials for $50, for the month of April. Now, if your winter has been anything like mine, it's time to treat yo'self. 

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