As part of our Beautiful, Naturally mantra, we love anything that combines stunning design with a worthy cause. Traditional Home’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, benefitting Southampton Hospital, is a great example.
Garnet Hill home decor can be seen in the master bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. Join us for a tour. We found ourselves exploring for design inspiration.
Photo Credit: Alan Barry
Natural light, rustic wooden beams, and a vintage headboard make these crisp sheets even more inviting.
And who wouldn’t want this dream closet? Backlighting and simple organization make it easier to choose which Garnet Hill dress or accessory to add to your ensemble.
Photo Credit: StevenStolman and Marco Ricca
These artistic bathrooms made use of some of our favorite design elements, such as the ladder towel rack. Our plush, signature towels would look great here. But what home is complete without an inviting kitchen, dining area and great room?
Photo Credit: Crossville Inc. and Alan Barry
We hope you can pop in for yourself before the home closes on Sept. 5th. Or you can check out #HamptonDesignerShowhouse on Instagram for more Showhouse pictures!
Photo Credit: N&S Electric Supply
Wall mounted desk image via Apartment Therapy
You’ve most likely heard the chatter recently surrounding this growing “tiny home” movement. Many people are downsizing – drastically – and moving into small homes for both environmental and financial reasons. Inspired by this notion, we’re popping up in a few cities with our 400 square-foot mobile boutique artfully designed from a converted shipping container.
So how do you design a delightful and functional aesthetic when challenged with a small (or awkwardly shaped) space?
Whether it’s a 300-square foot Brooklyn apartment, a bedroom sanctuary, or a challenging nook transformed into a bookworm’s delight, there are big creative ideas for small spaces.
“I think that small spaces inherently demand inventiveness”
architect Michael Chen said. Designer (and blogger) Emily Henderson would agree. This hallway space was transformed into a reading nook and storage areas with a long floating bench installed in a sunny but unused hallway.
Her insider design tip? Throw pillows!
These Crochet-Overlay pillows are a great neutral look for the transition to fall. Covers take up a small amount of storage and can be easily swapped out with other seasonal designs throughout the year.
In small spaces, color is one of your strongest tools and you should use it strategically, depending on the mood of the room. Minimalism and a wash of neutrals give this Eileen Fisher bedroom a sanctuary feel.
But in this New York home, interior designer Miles Redd worked with big, bold hues and lacquered walls to bring a contemporary and artistic look to the apartment’s small entryway.
Whether it’s floor to ceiling shelves, hidden hooks, or multi-purpose tables, there are plenty of tiny home tips out there. Just make sure that your authentic style is at the core of your design inspiration.
You’ve heard it before: Taking a vacation is good for you. But when the calendar begins to fill up and responsibilities get in the way, taking some quality time off is easier said than done.
Here are some reasons to stop feeling guilty about taking time off.
1. It eases the mind.
Here’s a simple way to look at it: “78% who take vacations at least once a year are happier and more satisfied with their lives.” (Nielson) We can get behind that!
Vacationing reduces stress and strengthens relationships. It gives hormones, such as cortisol, a rest so that you don’t become chronically stressed. And spending leisure time with family or loved ones creates a shared experience that will bring you all closer.
2. It does the body good.
Lowers risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and slims waistlines… we could go on. There are serious physical benefits when letting yourself relax. Regular vacations can even help your overall immune system, making you less susceptible to colds, the flu and other sicknesses.
3. It benefits women in particular.
Women especially benefit from time away: “Women who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.” (USAToday) And, according to the famed Framingham Heart Study, women who vacationed regularly were 50% less likely to perish from a heart attack.
So go ahead, take advantage of these last few weeks of summer. Recharge and let your stress melt away.
As Kate Betts would describe it, My Paris Dream is a “coming of age story for a Francophile and a fashionista.” We had a chance to sit down with her in Bridgehampton to talk about her book, her career, and her inspiration.
Why did you choose to have your book signing in Bridgehampton?
I’ve been coming to the Hamptons since I was a kid. I have a house in Sag Harbor. I love the area and I discovered the Garnet Hill shop last summer at an event my friend hosted. We had a great time shopping and decided it was the perfect place to launch the paperback edition of My Paris Dream – which is a great graduation gift for young people starting their careers.
What was the inspiration for your book?
I had saved memorabilia from my time living in Paris in the late 80s and early 90s – photos, journals, letters. Paris and the fashion world were very different at that time and I wanted to take the reader back there. I also wanted to write a book for kids coming out of college, looking for jobs, trying to figure out who they are.
“Career paths are not linear. You have to make mistakes, take wrong turns, and take risks. That’s how you learn.”
What do you want readers to walk away with after reading your book?
Just go. Take the plunge. Take the risk. Don’t do the obvious thing. Do what you feel. Do what you are truly passionate about.
What experience has shaped your career?
Working in Paris as a reporter in the Fairchild offices of WWD and W Magazine. It was like grad school for fashion and for journalism. It was an incredible time and it has stayed with me.
What is your fondest memory as a fashion journalist?
I will never forget some of the fashion shows I saw in Paris. John Galliano’s early shows, some of Yves Saint Laurent’s couture shows, interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Gianni Versace. These designers made an incredible impression on me. Their storytelling and creativity was so unique.
What’s your favorite trend in fashion this moment?
I love prints. I love these beautiful hand drawn prints designers like Erdem are doing.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Paris, of course! Venice, a close second.
Colonial architecture, eclectic cuisine, a fishing village, a fortress… everywhere you look, this little corner of the Caribbean has stories to tell. Making it a fitting backdrop for our latest collection, populated as it is with stories of fabric, make, and design inspiration.
Join us for a look behind the scenes.