An Exclusive Look | Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande


Remember seeing Celerie Kemble's Dominican Republic dreamscape in last month's AD? A magical resort of 13 bungalows that she designed on 2,000 acres along a stretch of sand called Playa Grande? It's a pastellica heaven that looks like it's made of celadon icing and Chantilly lace. After AD published them, I just wanted to see MORE? Know what I mean? I knew Patrick Cline had shot the resort for Celerie months before, and we got the thumbs up to share all his never-before-seen photos of Playa Grande on the blog! I've been so excited to share this with you all, and I could hardly narrow it down … [Read more...]

Pick Me Up |A lovely Amagansett Garden.


I can almost smell summer. Wild leafy gardens are the stuff of dreams right now. Amagansett home, designed by landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden. … [Read more...]

Daytripping: Blue Hill at Stone Barns


Yesterday, my family and I were all still sitting around in our pajamas at 11 am, and thinking of places to go to get out of the city. (Parade Sundays are always horrible.) I googled "Day trips from Manhattan" and on the first page was a link to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. THIS. We are doing this, I said, after poking around their site for a minute or two. Technically, Blue Hill is the restaurant and Stone Barns is the name of the farm. They are two separate entities that work together. The farm is a working farm, 25 minutes out of Manhattan. The farm was built by the Rockefellers in the 1890s, … [Read more...]

Monet’s Garden at The Botanical Gardens.

Monet's gardens

Monet's Gardens at the Bronx Zoo. Remember it was on my list of things I've been wanting to do? Well, I dragged the family there after the zoo on Sunday. We came, we saw, we destroyed. The khaki and loafer wearing, softly playing classical music in the conservatory listening, Mario Batali event-going gentlepeople didn't know what hit them. Cookie followed another family into the second lily pond area, while my son dove head first into the other. It was lovely. No, really. Why don't more rich suburbanites have conservatories? How 'bout walk through manicured herb gardens with geometric brick … [Read more...]

Le Château.

new jersey

The other day I took a tennis lesson at my hubby's cousin's house.... and well, I think I'm officially creepy. I couldn't NOT take pictures of this.(Don't worry, I asked before posting!) South of France by way of New Jersey. Amazing. BEYOND. I'm slowly mounting a case in defense of New Jersey. I'd be more than happy to pitch a tent on that grass there and live there for the rest of the summer! (Actually, I kind of want to take Cookie camping in our backyard. Anyone ever done this?) … [Read more...]