Claiborne Swanson Frank’s French Country Home

 

Hi dear readers! Lately I have been searching for inspiration and focusing on enjoying simple pleasures of the season, be it a cheerful bouquet of sunflowers, gentle afternoon breeze, or taste of a ripe and juicy peach. With June upon us, summer has arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love the relaxed pace of June, July and August and everything sweet summertime has to offer.

Speaking of inspiration, Architectural Digest recently made everyone’s interior design dreams come true with their feature of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s incredible Greenwich home. I have admired Claiborne for years, from her amazing book and photography in Mother & Child, to her effortless elegance and style, and looked forward to the day when she would showcase where she lived.

Designed by Asia Baker Stokes, the French country style home’s serene palate of blue and white with pops of cheerful bright pink in the sunroom and tomato red in her children’s rooms is pure perfection. Tastemaker Bunny Mellon’s New York City town house inspired the project, and the exterior is painted white brick with pale grey shutters giving it a light and airy feel. I absolutely adore this color combination! As you go through the images, the crisp Schumacher stripes, iconic Pierre Frey Toile, and blue and white Braquenié fabrics all show how thoughtful and intentional Baker Stokes and Swanson Frank were in the selection of each piece in the home. Its details such as these that make a house truly special and are such a testament to how talented both ladies are!

The property embodies the meaning of country living and looks magical, nestled among 200-year-old trees, endless grassy lawns and a winding creek. What an idyllic place to raise her precious boys! And so, here are pictures from the article that I hope will inspire you as much as they have inspired me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effortlessly Chic White Dresses

 

Looking polished and put together is one of the many threads in the fabric of modern etiquette, and demonstrates both respect for yourself, and respect for others. Getting dressed in a stylish and tailored outfit can transform your day – think about how fabulous you feel in your favorite blouse or heels! – and sends the message that you took the time for yourself, and in turn, took the time to look your best for those around you. It can instantly lift your mood, and add a touch of sparkle to an otherwise regular day.

While some days donning activewear suits your schedule (and believe me, I can relate to this having two young children and spending all our time at home recently!), other days, it’s lovely to choose an effortlessly chic piece from your wardrobe. In the summer, one of my favorite closet stapes is the LWD, aka, the little white dress. Bright and fresh, a crisp white dress paired with espadrilles or sandals elevates your look, and can be dressed up or down, whether you’re running errands, at the office, meeting friends for lunch, or even at home with your family. And so, I curated a collection of my favorite breezy and cool white dresses for summer, enjoy!