Showhouse at the Shore with Sara

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yesterday I had a fabulous day and I want to share it with you! The weather was divine and my married daughter, Sara was in for a visit from Chicago. I planned our day based around visiting a local designer showhouse in Deal, NJ, an elegant seaside town on the Jersey Shore replete with old word mansions, private beach clubs and quaint shops.

Sara at the entrance. White 3/4 tee: Kiki Riki, Black Stretch Pencil Skirt: Linda Leal, Bag: Tory Burch, Sandals: Michael Kors

The pretty walkway to the historic mansion across the street from the Atlantic Ocean

Hand stenciled walls by Albert Sultan of SULTANchic ( in crayon box colors adorn the central hallways and accent the stained glass window on the landing.
What appears as living art is a simple and inexpensive DIY project. (Instructions coming!)

Calling all animal lovers! Did you ever see such an elegant dog bed? It even comes with its own crystal chandelier!

I think this was my favorite object in the whole house and the picture does it no justice! This 'chandelier' is really a series of  crystal components suspended from the ceiling by wires. The light bulbs are not actual light bulbs but silver mirrors that capture the reflection of the spots on the ceiling! FAB! (And it can be yours for only $20,000!!)

Beautiful and vibrant tablescape inspiration. I love the square plates, bright orange napkins and organic shell napkin rings!

View of the garden and the ocean beyond from an upstairs window seat.

Love this oversized floor mirror with built in sconces. 

A cozy attic bedroom

Who doesn't love peonies? A most gorgeous room accessory when simply bunched in a small vase.

Have old and marred wood floors? Just paint a gorgeous and graphic pattern and floors. The imperfections just add to this shabby chic, distressed look. And I LOVE the pattern in soft grays and whites!

Such a cozy way to accentuate the quaint architectural details of an attic room: upholstered walls! Love it!

View into the landing, coming down the stairs. The wall is actually comprised of two wallpapers layered.

This bathroom is tres chic with its organic 3D stone tiles.

A small closet is transformed into an adorable and colorful gardener's shed.

The inside door of the closet is the perfect place for hanging storage and the trellis the perfect background.

An inexpensive green shag carpet is a whimsical way to give the impression of a grassy floor.

That's me in front a neighboring Spanish style mansion. Tee shirt: Kiki Riki, Skirt: Charlotte Russe (I'm actually wearing two skirts because the skirt was too short for me, so I layered it on top of a black pencil skirt from Express), Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Target, Sunglasses: Tom Ford (I'm the queen of mixing high and low!!)

After our relaxing and inspiring tour of the showhouse we ended our day in Deal's neighboring town, Long Branch with its fabulous Pier Village, filled with cafe's, shops and pristine beaches. 

You may not always be able to get away, but some days (or even hours) can be  'mini-vacations'.  Try to plan some 'resort' time into your life whenever you can. It can be as rejuvenating (if not more) as a full vacation.


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  1. Salut Sharon. That post just spells "vacation" and you are so right: Sometimes even a few hours can feel like a real holiday.

    I love the attic bedroom and that small closet, they're so sweet! Love from London xo

  2. awesome pics- love the house and the close-ups...but a close-up of your loubatins is a must, as well!

  3. Wow...beautiful house and pics..thanks for sharing.Is it open to the public?

  4. Thanks everyone! lol about the Louboutins...I'll try to get you a picture in another post! Yes the house is open to the public til June 29 at 136 Ocean Ave., Deal, NJ. Open Sun-Fri closed Sat. Admission is $30.

  5. What a knock-out of a house! I would never leave it if it were mine!

    You look so chic and fabulous in that outfit!

    Thank you for commenting on my blog and following. I am following you too!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Oh my goodness,I have never seen such dreamy photos,I love them all! Thanks for the inspiration!

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