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Villa Palmier Vacation Beach House in St. Barts

I can’t stop dreaming of the beach. (Remember this stunner?) So when I laid eyes on this gorgeous beach home, I fell hard. Matt and Kate Holstein, a couple from Aspen, Colorado, recently remodeled their dream beach house for themselves and guests on the Caribbean island of St. Barts. Kate is a photographer with a passion for interior design (and it shows!), and her husband Matt has a background in construction and real estate. Together, they revamped their idyllic Villa Palmier with the idea of bringing the locale’s pristine outdoors in.

This home is exactly the kind of escape to the Caribbean you’d want: at just 1,000 square feet, though the space is small, it’s open and bright, and because everything is designed with an open view to the sea, it feels vast. This is indoor/outdoor living at it’s finest, with two of the walls opening up entirely to the outside. And the best part? It’s actually a vacation rental.

Villa Palmier Beach House in St. Barts - White Living Room

The ceilings, the mostly white rooms and oversized slip-covered sectional sofa, the rustic wood touches, the straw floor cushions; it’s a beachy paradise.

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The gold touches in the kitchen keep the space feeling modern and a little bit edgy.

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Never have I ever so badly wanted a dining room space with a view. (And I’ll forever love that Reclaimed Wood Dining Room Set.)

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The white trend is continued throughout the airy house.

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And the location … well, it’s in St. Barths. Enough said.

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See the full tour on Design Sponge.

Photography & Design: Kate Holstein for Design Sponge & Villa Palmier

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The Dreamiest Coastal Home in Seagrove Beach

Just wait until you peek inside this beach house with coastal interiors designed by Old Seagrove Homes; it’s a stunner. The details will give you all of those seaside vibes, in just the right dose.

Happy home-touring.

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I will forever crush on farmhouse sinks. And built-in breakfast nooks.

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And as much as I love an all-white kitchen, the darker cypress cabinets, floating shelves, and backsplash in this home have me completely re-thinking my stance. This kitchen perfectly mixes rustic elements (the wood was kept natural with only a seal to keep it protected) and modern, polished elements like white quartzite countertops and sleek stainless steel appliances.

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I’m so taken with these drapey white curtains.

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The living room features a tabby shell stucco fireplace. Such an incredible idea.

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The slipcovered sofas, pops of navy, and seashell accents all keep the nautical theme going without feeling too overdone.

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Are these not the coolest bunk beds ever?

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I love this sitting area just outside of the master bedroom. An arched doorway leads to the room and is flanked by built-in bookcases with distressed plank boards. And the vaulted ceiling with Cypress wood beams in that master? I’ll take it all, please.

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Now that’s a master bathroom.

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And that view …

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A Modern Manhattan Apartment with a Key to Gramercy Park

Actress Uma Thurman’s Manhattan apartment (a sort of “duplex” created by combining two apartments in the building) has been listed on StreetEasy, giving us a rare glimpse into her stunning home. And even if potential buyers aren’t wowed by the stunning apartment itself, it has perhaps one of the most coveted apartment features for New Yorkers: a key to the private Gramercy Park.

The apartment, built in 1910, wraps around two corners of the building and the interior was redesigned by architect Paul Scott specially for Uma. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, a tin ceiling in the kitchen, original herringbone oak floors (swoon!), and ten-foot ceilings throughout the residence. On the main floor there’s a renovated modern kitchen with a walnut counter, eat-in breakfast bar, and copper sink, a large dining room with a terrace overlooking the park, a master suite bedroom and second master, plus three more bedrooms, there’s even a gorgeous tiled Turkish steam bath.

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The apartment boasts two master bedrooms (in case one just isn’t enough.)

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And the bathrooms include a Turkish steam bath featuring a sleek marble slab bench.

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You can see more gorgeous photos of the home on Street Easy.

images via Compass + Architectural Digest


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Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls

Endlessly tweaking things in my own house, I’m always fascinated with how small design changes can make such a big impact. Leather cabinet and drawer pulls are no exception. These leather pulls, an unexpected spin on classic hardware, draw in a touch of rustic warmth to anything from a kitchen to a dresser to a nightstand, and I’m loving the look.

Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls in the Kitchen

Kitchen Update via Remodelista

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DIY Leather Drawer Pulls via Martha Stewart

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Kitchen via The Design Files

Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls in the Kitchen

Kitchen via The Design Files

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Leather Cabinet Hardware Pulls via Remodelista

Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls

Kitchen via The Design Files

Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls in the Kitchen

Kitchen Update via May Be May

Design Dreaming: Leather Cabinet and Drawer Pulls

A Rental Kitchen Spiffed Up via The Kitchn

DIY Ikea Leather Drawer Pulls Hack

DIY Ikea Dresser Hack via Sugar & Cloth

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You can also try your hand at making the leather pulls using Alexa’s awesome how-to video.

Would you try the leather hardware trend? Do you love the custom feel of these leather drawer and cabinet pulls?

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An English White Cabin Beach Home Tour

I’ve just discovered The White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. And the best part? It’s for rent. Not that I’ll be getting to England any time soon, but oh, a girl can dream. The cottage boasts an open A-frame ceiling, exposed beams (my favorite!), industrial vintage lighting, so many cool rustic touches, bleached white everything, and one heck of a beach side view. Come on in!

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Love the rustic floating island in the kitchen, the open shelving, and the black scissor accordion wall lamp.

Also, can we talk about the bleached white floor boards? Think my hubby would notice if I painted our floors all white on a random Tuesday?

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Barn doors and decorator’s ladder for the win!

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All of the vintage mirrors (layered like a gallery wall); be still, my heart.

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Not to mention, this is the view.

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Vacation, anyone?

via Big Cottage Company

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12 Leaning Wall Art Ideas

You know that gallery wall you’ve always been meaning to get around to? But the placement and the measuring and the hammer and the nails have got you rethinking your brilliant wall art plans? Yeah, I feel your pain. Put away the tools; I’ve got your perfect wall art. The lazy design dreamers solution to wall art: leaning wall art. The leaning wall art look is relaxed but still adds texture and drama; kind of a “I woke up like this” design vibe.

The key to decorating with leaning wall art is to use frames. Go to IKEA (love the RIBBA frames), Target, CB2, or shop Michaels (with a coupon, of course!) and buy basic frames to fit your prints (it’s a whole lot cheaper than having your art and prints custom-framed.) You can also layer them a bit for a bit more depth and dimension. The method works either leaning on the floor using bigger framed prints, or leaning on shelves. Try somewhere less expected, like on a fireplace mantle or a bathroom shelf, a closet or office or dining room, or a corner of an entryway for added impact.

Added bonus: you get to avoid holes in the walls (great for renters!) and it makes changing the photos and prints in your frames easier so you can update family photos and display seasonal and holiday prints and art.

How to Style Leaning Framed Wall Art

Ready for a little inspiration? I’ve got 12 leaning wall art ideas, to be exact.

Monochromatic Black and White Leaning Wall Art

Monochromatic Black and White Leaning Wall Art via My Scandinavian Home

Colorful Leaning Wall Art in a Living Room

Colorful Leaning Wall Art in a Living Room via Femina

Leaning Black and White Flower Wall Art on a Low Shelf

Leaning Black and White Flower Wall Art on a Low Shelf via Wit & Delight

Framed Art Leaning on a Shelf in an Entryway

Framed Art Leaning on a Shelf in an Entryway via Coco Lapine Designs

Chic Black and White Office Shelves

Chic Black and White Office Shelves via My Domaine (Photo: Dandelion Design)

Leaning Wall Art on a Floating Buffet Server

Leaning Wall Art on a Floating Buffet Server via My Domaine

Layered Framed Leaning Art Prints in Black and White

Layered Framed Leaning Art Prints in Black and White via Refinery 29 (Photo: @LOVELAURENALEXA)

Framed Desert Print on Stand

Framed Desert Print on Stand via Poppytalk

Leaning Art Prints

Leaning Art Prints via House & Hold

Fashion Leaning Wall Art Print in a Closet

Fashion Leaning Wall Art Print in a Closet via Refinery 29 (Photo: @EJMAXWELL)

Leaning Wall Art on Shelves

Leaning Wall Art on Shelves via French by Design

Leaning Framed Art in Black and White

Leaning Framed Art in Black and White via My Scandinavian Home

So what do you think? Would you lean your art rather than hang it?

If you’re feeling ambitious, here are 10 gallery walls I’m loving right now.

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