Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Rosy Long Island Escape

Lately, I have been a little obsessed with Pinterest and Instagram, as I've been stuck in bed battling a nasty viral infection... I picked it up over Christmas while visiting family in Texas, and here I am two weeks and a Z-Pak later still miserable and in the midst of a relapse. Ugh. So while digging through some old Pins, I stumbled upon Elizabeth and Kevin Mead's sunny Long Island, N.Y. home, featured in the April 2009 issue of Country Living.  The exuberant application of cheery pink combined with a generous helping of Palm Beach Chic perked me up instantly!

Homeowner Elizabeth Mead found this drapery fabric at a Carleton V sample sale. Elizabeth loved the fabric so much, she used what was left over to cover the living room armchair and throw pillows. The walls were painted Benjamin Moore's Marshmallow Bunny; the sofa is from Ralph Lauren.

"Play it safe when it comes to investment pieces such as a sofa or club chairs by choosing classic shapes and solid fabrics. You'll find you can live with them longer," advises Elizabeth. Then add quirky character with smaller pieces and a few patterned accents, like draperies and pillows.

"Pink can be quite sophisticated if you tone it down with brown or beige," the owner says. Hence the earthy tone of her dining room, in which pink recedes to an accent color. The raffia on the wall, by Hinson, vertically extends the texture and tone of the sea grass on the floor. The pine table and bench belonged to the owners's mother, as did the settee, in a Scalamandré floral that matches the draperies. The unsigned portrait of a lady was found at Tepper Galleries, an auction house in New York City.

Sunlight pours into the compact kitchen thanks to two small windows that Elizabeth Mead leaves bare. A blue quadrille wallpaper balances the white woodwork and marble counters. Wooden stools are gathered around an industrial kitchen table from the Williams-Sonoma outlet store. A black granite tile floor "keeps the room from becoming too sweet," says Elizabeth.

For artwork, Elizabeth favors the offbeat, like a sketch for a theater costume that came complete with fabric swatches.

In addition to mining eBay for inexpensive artwork, Elizabeth hunts for bargain books on fashion, design, and photography at thrift stores and online at amazon.com and alibris.com. "Books are a very important accessory for a home — they make it feel lived in," she says.

Upstairs, daughter Alexandra's bedroom feels rather grown up thanks to a pink ticking wallpaper by Ralph Lauren Home. The floral-print fabric, from Duralee, "was $3.50 a yard at their outlet on Long Island," says Elizabeth. "I upholstered the Ballard Designs headboard myself!"

Doesn't this rosy home have you longing for spring? Captions above via Country Living. I hope you are all keeping warm and staying well! 

15 comments:

  1. YES! I am longing for Spring and it's 75 degrees. I'm so happy to see this post because I'm picking out paint. I was stuck on if I should pick pink for my master bed room ceiling. This post made my mind up. I appreciate what the homeowner said about pink with a neutral. Count me in.
    Feel better, it's going around. :(
    Sharon

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  2. Great house, quirky and interesting, every room has something to say for itself.

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  3. Girl, Ooh la la ~ you know I love this post! I have curtains in my loving room out of the same green Scalamandre Rose. Her choice of prints in her fabrics are the bomb! Lov'n mint green bamboo wallpper in her foyer.

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  4. Oh my .... so beautiful. thanks for sharing Andrea - I just love all of the homes you showcase!! Feel better my friend!!

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  5. Pink is a neutral in my books! Feel better lady!

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  6. Andrea....So sorry to hear you are still not 100%!!! I love this post, and Sharons pink ceiling idea! Get well soon.

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  7. beautiful photos for a winter day! i love decorating with pink and have some of it in almost every room of my house… even if it is just in the form of flowers. One of my "feel good" colors, for sure.
    xx

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  8. That is one damn happy living room. I love it, and her whole house. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I just love this home - happy and inviting. The Quadrille wallpaper in the foyer is one of my all time favorites and so want to use that colorway in the half bath at Beaufort...contemplating...

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  10. I love the personality of each room, one may not have to love pink but you still have to appreciate the interest in each room and the eclectic feel!

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  11. I am so determined to add fuschia to my house this year! What a great kitchen too!

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  12. Such wonderful happy colors!! I've been down with that same nasty bug for 4weeks. Three antibiotics and two inhalers later...I may live. Rest longer than you think you should. It's a bad bug.
    Looking at these rooms just makes me happy. My neutrals look so boring compared to these.

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  13. So pretty. It reminds me of a much grander version of my pre-Brian bachelorette pad ;) Feel better soon, Andrea!

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  14. Oh yes! I can't wait for spring to come and this is perfect pick-me-upper!!!! I love lots of books in the home too!

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  15. I mean how can you ever be sad in a place like that!

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