A Local’s Guide: 5 Destinations on the New Hampshire Seacoast

Annah Todd Shopping

Local social media influencer Annah Todd shares her favorite Seacoast spots.

1) The Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique, Exeter NH.
Tucked away in downtown Exeter, the Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique is a space unlike any other on the seacoast. The twinkling string lights, local art, and pebble pathways remind me of everything I love about New England, in a softer, subtler way.

The brand is known for attention to detail and quality workmanship, and the boutique encapsulates this ethos. Plus, they’ve got bocce! Swing by before the boutique leaves for the Seaport in Manhattan. I highly recommend their silk dresses, ideal for breezy August evenings, and their cashmere wraps, for chilly October mornings.
Annah Todd
2) The Secret Spot in Hampton, NH
The Secret Spot has the best açai bowls and smoothies north of Boston. Stop by for a “Session Smoothie” before surfing, for a pick-me-up — after all, their slogan is “Eat well, surf better.”

They also have knockout burritos and wraps that shouldn’t be missed. Rent boards (and wetsuits) next door at Cinnamon Rainbows. They also offer lessons!

3) The Portsmouth Farmers Market in Portsmouth, NH
Farmer's Market
The Portsmouth Farmers Market is open seasonally, May to November, from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays, rain or shine. My go-to is local vegetables, eggs, an oversized bouquet of flowers, and lunch from one of the vendors. In the fall, be sure to indulge in apple cider donuts and maple syrup. There are always a few vendors selling handcrafted soaps and other beautiful products for giving (or keeping).

4) A walk at Wagon Hill in Durham, NH
The Wagon Hill Farm is a staple among locals. Some of my favorite pastimes include walking my dog, Skipper, during golden hour with some of my closest friends. The trails are accessible year round, but in the winter only by snowshoes, cross country skis, or ambition and sturdy boots. The trails run through forests and fields, and along swamps and the coast of the Great Bay.

Just past the water’s edge, significant oyster conservation is going on, as the Nature Conservancy and the University of New Hampshire work to rebuild what was once a thriving oyster ecosystem. In recent years, their efforts have restored as many as five acres and one million oysters annually.

5) Ceres Bakery in Portsmouth, NH
Ceres Bakery has a special place in my heart. When I was a child, my dad and I would go there for lunch. Ceres Bakery has since relocated from Ceres Street to a cozy building on Penhallow Street, but their soups and fresh bread will always bring me back to being six years old. The line can be quite long at lunchtime, but their pesto flatbread and sandwiches will never disappoint. If you’re in the market for breakfast, grab one of their egg sandwiches and coffee to go.

Ceres Street Bakery

Tour the Hampton Designer Showhouse


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.

Traditional Home's Hampton Designer Showhouse

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.

Garnet Hill Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photo Credit: Alan Barry.

Photo Credit: Alan Barry

Natural light, rustic wooden beams, and a vintage headboard make these crisp sheets even more inviting.

Garnet Hill Hampton Designer Showhouse

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.

Hampton Designer Showhouse

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?

Hampton Designer Showhouse

Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photo Credit: Crossville Inc. and Alan Barry.

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!

Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photo Credit: N&S Electric Supply.

Photo Credit: N&S Electric Supply

Out of the Box and Under 500 Square Feet

Small Spaces 2

Wall Mounted Desk Image Via Apartment Therapy
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.
Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique
So how do you design a delightful and functional aesthetic when challenged with a small (or awkwardly shaped) space?
Inside a Tiny Home
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.
Crochet-Overlay Pillows
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.

Eileen Fisher BedroomIn 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.

Entryway by Interior Designer, Miles Redd

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.

3 Reasons You Need a Vacation


Benefits of Taking a Vacation

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.
081916_Need-a-Vacation23. 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.

Former Fashion Journalist Kate Betts Shares her Paris Dreams


My Paris Dream Book by Kate Betts
Kate Betts, Author of My Paris DreamAs 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.”
-Kate Betts

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.
Kate Betts, Author of My Paris DreamWhat 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.

Turn a Summer Rental into Your Personal Retreat


Decorating a Beach House

There’s nothing like a summer getaway to your family’s favorite cottage or rental home. With a few personal touches, convert any rental into a summer retreat by adding simple, small comforts every vacation home should have.

Garnet Hill Mini-Print Percale Sheets in Navy Anchors - Nautical Bedding for your Beach House
Bring in nautical bedding for a chic ocean vibe in the bedrooms. When shopping, check for ‘Long-staple’ cotton sheets. These are softer and more durable for a good night’s sleep summer after summer.Garnet Hill Mini-Print Percale Sheets in Navy Anchors - Nautical Bedding for your Beach House
Fresh flowers around the cottage are a must if you want to create a resort feel without the crowds. And don’t forget to bring a couple of your favorite beach reads for rain or shine.Plush Towels for your Beach House
If you’re relaxing poolside large, plush towels can make all the difference.
Higher quality terry cloth is worth the investment when you consider how much use these towels get. Whether you’re in the Hamptons, on Nantucket or the shores of Lake Michigan, adding a few personal touches to your environment will make you want to extend your summer stay!

Summer Style, Naturally.


Naturally Stylish Instagram Giveaway Contest

Share your summer style for a chance to win a Garnet Hill gift card.

Summer is a season where nature often becomes our muse for patterns, colors, even fabrics.

Do you use sea-inspired color palettes in your home that evoke the calm of the beach?

Floral prints because it brings the same sense of beauty and peace you experience in your garden? Maybe you just love wearing natural fibers because you value sustainability?

This year, it pays to have natural style.

Show us how your wardrobe or home decor is inspired by nature. Post a photo to Instagram with #MyGHStyle and you’ll instantly be entered into our weekly drawing to win a $100 Garnet Hill gift card.

View our official rules and regulations.

Artist Jefferson Hayman is coming to the Garnet Hill Bridgehampton store!


Jefferson Hayman Art Exhibit

On Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 4 pm, join us for an art exhibit and book signing by Jefferson Hayman, whose work explores nostalgia with common symbols.

Through quiet minimalism, his artwork invites the viewer to partake in the narrative process in a deeply personal way. Jefferson’s work is currently gracing the walls of the store. Mark your calendar for this special event or drop by the store to see his images on display. Explore Jefferson’s work and read more about his inspiration and vision at jeffersonhayman.com.

Garnet Hill
2424 Main Street (Montauk Hwy 27)
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
RSVP to rsvp@cerconebrown.com.

Jefferson Hayman Art

The Signature Summer Dress, By Day and By Night
– by Alex McLean, author of the Lex What Wear blog


Garnet Hill Signature Summer Sundress in White. The Signature Summer Dress, by Day and by Night. By Alex McLean, Lex What Wear.

Like many Garnet Hill pieces in my wardrobe, the Signature Summer Dress is suitable for a variety of occasions and any time of day. Depending upon your personal style, the versatility of this easy summer dress will inspire you to keep things casual or glam it up.

I’ve had my eye on this feminine number, with its fit-and-flare silhouette, for a while. When given the opportunity to style it, I had already imagined wearing it to a few events related to my upcoming wedding. It’s an ideal choice for this bride-to-be.

First, I wanted to style the Signature Summer Dress for a daytime event. It’s easy to layer, so I added a dark-wash denim jacket, and a green necklace for a pop of color. The white lace details become the main focus – and why wouldn’t they? The detail work at the bottom of this dress is stunning.

To get the most bang for your buck, wear the dress with a denim vest, a light cardigan, or a hint of leather to spice things up for the day. The denim jacket adds a low-key element that makes the dress seem more casual, fun, and flirty.

The wedges I chose for this look are easily the most comfortable shoes I own. They add just the right height to all of my summer dresses, and pair nicely with just about any color. You can see these wedges in both the day and evening looks I’m wearing.

They can also be worn with jeans, distressed denim, skirts, and jumpsuits.

In the evening, this dress takes on a fresh new look with the addition of a few accessories. I tied a fun animal print scarf to replace the necklace. Animal prints are a nighttime look – a little feisty, but classic. I picked out a little black handbag to finish it off. I would typically shy away from wearing white at night, but I’ve actually fallen in love with this entire outfit.

Styling one look for day and night is challenging, but if you plan ahead and accessorize well, you’ll get two looks from one dress, and feel confident in your purchase. I love that this dress is now part of my bridal event wardrobe.