Travel In Style to the Maldives

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) I can’t get over the beauty of this photograph. The bright flowers pop against this wood sided hotel and clear blue waters. The Maldives is the ultimate beach getaway.

Pack your bags, we’re going to the Maldives! The Maldives makes it to my “top 5″ places I need to visit to list. This picturesque country off the coast of India is an incredible place to experience clear blue waters, vibrant flowers, and great cuisine. The cover image really caught my attention when I was scrolling through photos of the Maldives. It wonderfully illustrates the overall look of this country. Wood sided hotels located right on the ocean, flowers, and blue waters. You can’t have a closer proximity to the beach than this! Wake up, turn over, in the ocean! This is the country to go to if you want to walk far out into the ocean and the water to only reach your knees. What do you think of the Maldives? Have you been here before? Click here for more ‘Travel in Style‘ posts!

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) The Cocoa Island resort is located in the Maldives. The resort features individual boats that circle around a pool, restaurant, and main lobby. Like many of the hotels in the Maldives, they can only be accessed by boat.

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) This would be such a perfect place to get married. Clear blue waters literally surround you.

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) The waters are so blue that you can see the bottom of the ocean when your in your boat.

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) Once you take your boat out far enough, dive into the ocean and experience the beautiful coral and fish.

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) The Maldives are a great place to have delicious fruits and to experience new dishes. When a magnificent array of colors.

maldives-travel-fashion-style (ABOVE) Some hotels in the Maldives such as this one have a hammock-type bed that come off the main dock to lie on and see the bottom of the ocean or stargaze.

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Pieces You Need For Under $150

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Moving In: Upper East Side Townhome

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) This breakfast nook area just off the kitchen is a huge selling point for me. With a wall of glass that opens onto a private outdoor garden this kitchen has become an even better entertainment space.

I’m in love with this stunning townhome on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, that was recently renovated by Flank architects. With over 5,000 square feet of beautifully designed interior and exterior spaces this 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is a NYC gem. From the moment you step up towards this townhome you are greeted by a simple, yet elegant front facade. One of my favorite rooms in the home is the kitchen. It features a huge wall to wall glass door that opens up to a 1,000 square foot outdoor space. When the doors are open, you feel like your kitchen is outdoors.

The furniture pieces I choose to use in this home are a relatively monochromatic yet very intricate and sophisticated in design. The home needs pieces that don’t compete with the hustle and bustle of NYC just outside the window, but still have something to say and are a conversation piece when guests visit. What do you think of the pieces and the home? Would you “Move In“?  

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) The front facade is simple and elegant. I like that you enter on ground level and I also love all the windows to allow for much natural light. With all the black trim this townhome really pops out among the another townhouses in a good way.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) I love white, simple kitchens, so this one hits all the points. I choose to remove the pendants however, and add a bit more eclectic ones. I also choose to use red barstools to give the space a pop of color. You can see those picks below.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) I love the large windows and minimal fireplace. I’d add some leather armchairs to this space to make it feel a bit more relaxed.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) OMG! The windows here are perfect. In general I like the decor here. Maybe a few more interesting pieces, but overall a nice space.

blog-about-design-nyc-townhome-sothebys-2-e1408068370945 (5) (ABOVE) The office has a wall of built in bookshelves, perfect for books or art. I’m a lover of books and have a decent collection, so I can’t wait to utilize these shelves.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) This home has 5 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of space. I like the idea of having a room with double beds. This rooms would actually be great for guests.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) The master is perfect. It overlooks the garden and  thus is more quiet. I love the simple fireplace and minimal furnishings.

sothebys-nyc-townhome-sale-realestate-modern-eclectic-house-blog-luxury (ABOVE) How great would it be to spend some time on your roof deck. Two outdoor spaces in NYC is a real treat!

(Photographs via Sotheby’s Homes)

INTERIORS-SPACES-FURNITURE Chandelier: Rewire | Dining Room Table: The Warehouse | Dining Table Chairs: The Apartment | Vases: Jeffrey Sphan | Pendant Lights: Jochum Rodgers | Barstools: Time and Materials | Rug: Esmaili Rugs & Antiques | Arm Chairs: Norepro | Living Room Console Table: Sebastian & Barquest | Bedroom Desk: Cain Modern | Side Table: Wyeth | LampsVN



Summer Casual

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Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (Similar) | Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: DL1961 (Similar) | ToteCole Haan | Sandals: Duccio Venturi (Similar) | Bracelet 1: J.Crew | Bracelet 2: Alex and Ani | Ring: Ariella CollectionLip Color: “Pink Lilly” Bobbi Brown | Toe Nail Polish“Blanc” Essie

Good morning readers! For today’s B.A.D Street look I was in the mood for something casual. I was spending my day in Chelsea, NYC, along the Hudson River and decided to wear a super comfortable, and light Anthropologie top. I opted to wear my top tucked out, however, you could tuck it in for a more formal look with a pair of Khaki pants. One of my favorite accessories is a bouquet of flowers in a tote. They add a pop of color and keep the look, looking fun! I got some when I was in the Hamptons! What do you think of the outfit?–Ashley 



My Getaway To The Hamptons

MY-TRIP-TO-THE-HAMPTONS-BLOG-ABOUT-DESIGN (ABOVE) I took this photograph in Sag Harbor, this wonderful garden area was between two buildings.

This past weekend I enjoyed some relaxing and unwinding in East Hampton. The Hampton’s are one of the most relaxing and enjoyable places to spend your summer days. Beautiful beaches, world class shopping, and yummy food! What more could you ask for?! During this trip I visited the towns of Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Southampton, and Montauk; east of the Hampton’s. Each place had it’s fair share of things to do and beauty. Sag Harbor has a wonderful downtown, a beautiful Marina, and some great home decor shops. It’s quaint and charming. East Hampton town is far more grand and here you’ll find many luxury shops such as: J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors. Southampton was a bit more quaint compared to East Hampton. More restaurants, and specialty shops. Montauk was super chill. The town and seaport felt a bit more New England. At the Montauk seaport I had some Fish and Chips, definitely worth it! Have you been to the Hampton’s? What are your thoughts?

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, RALPH-LAUREN-STORE-HAMPTONS (ABOVE) I took this photograph in East Hampton. This is the entry to one of the many Ralph Lauren stores in East Hampton. hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph on my way to the town of Montauk on the beach. I’m in love with the classic Hampton’s shingle style architecture.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph on my way to Montauk. The beach was so nice, such a great afternoon!

BEACH, hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) The beach between East Hampton and Montauk. How wonderful!

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph in Southampton. This was the entry to another Ralph Lauren store.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph in Southampton. Southampton had many specialty shops like this one.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph in East Hampton. There were so many gorgeous Hydrangeas around every corner.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) I took this photograph in front of a beautiful french restaurant in East Hampton.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) This photograph was taken at the seaport in Montauk. The seaport was a great place to eat delicious sea food and cute shops.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) Another view of the seaport. The boat in the photograph is bringing in fresh fish.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) When I was enjoying some fish and chips and the dock, I saw many sailboats gliding by.

hamptons, flowers, mansion, ocean, montauk, (ABOVE) Some beautiful flowers in front of shops at the seaport.


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Two Looks

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“Two Looks” is a new series that puts together a ready to wear look for you! On the left, I’ve styled a more preppy look. On the right I’ve styled a more ecelectic look. Both of these looks are great for a day of errands or a business casual meeting. Which look is your favorite?