Thursday, June 24, 2010

Crazy Daze of Summer

Chaos still reigns at my house, this first week of summer being perhaps the busiest since it all began. I am working crazy long hours at a job that is ending. Ironic, no? College Girl is still here and has extended her stay by as many weeks as it takes for her future roommates to find them all a decent place to live. We've had a house guest. I've been on two job interviews. Met with a client to consult on her kitchen/family room remodel. Had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in ages. And there's still one more day to go! And one too many cats in my house. I'm pretty sure he's on my dining room table as I type this. He'll head up the coast when College Girl goes. Her I'll miss; him, not so much. If it weren't for my husband keeping us fed and the kitchen clean, things would be much, much worse.

So it was with great delight and a long sigh of relief that I happened upon these photos of a beach house that took me away for a much-needed imagination vacation..... My faux-cation begins with a stretch and a yawn as I wake in this quietly serene bedroom. A bit of vintage makes me feel right at home.

I toddle out through the dining room in my jammies and bare feet—the better to fully enjoy that cool blue floor—

and into the kitchen to pour myself a giant cup of whatever the staff has prepared for me today. Vanilla latte and carrot spice muffins? It must be Thursday.
I take my breakfast into the sun-filled living room. Love that glossy ceiling and the way it bounces the morning light all around. Makes reading my requisite trashy novels so much easier.
My plans for the day include alternating walks on the beach with naps on this lovely private patio. While I have no intentions to play chess—a vacation is for resting my brain, not hurting it— I'll be quite happy to simply contemplate this unique "board". The quiet colors and lush greenery have such a calming effect on me that zzzzzzzzzzz

Sorry, I dozed off! Excuse me while I duck into the bath to splash some cool water on my tanned, relaxed face. I'll only be a few minutes and then we can stroll into town for drinks and dinner. Thanks so much for driving out to join me!
When we return to the cottage and it's time to tuck in for the night, I'm sure you'll enjoy the cozy guest room. Don't you love those twin headboards? I myself am inspired to bring this idea to College Girl's room re-do. After she leaves of course. No bad cats allowed on those beautiful beds.

As much as I love my home full of color and pattern, a house full of white and quiet looks like heaven to me right now. Unfortunately, this is not a beach rental but the Fire Island getaway of one Alex Bates, creative director at West Elm. As seen in the June issue of Country Living magazine. And in my dream vacation dreams.

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14 comments:

Erin @ Frundy said...

I just love this house! It's one of my favorites right now. Glad I got to check it out again!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi tracy,

oh, can i go with? i love the place but i love your description of doing absolutely nothing even better. mmmmm.

~janet

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I saw that article, Tracy; itlooks like a very relaxing place to be. Reading,napping,beach ~ I could do that!

Averill said...

Totally agree, Tracy. As much as I love color and pattern, sometimes you just need a white room with a few peaceful accents of blue and black.

And I LOVE those blue floors in the kitchen.

Renae said...

Tracey, I am right there with you. What a great retreat.

ps....I grew up in Palos Verdes, actually lived in LaCanada while in grade school. Sooooo, meet you in Redondo in YOUR convertible, and we'll make a few days of it driving up the coast! xoxo

Casa Bella said...

I enjoyed the photos but I loved your writing style even more. Beautiful. If you'd write a book, I'd buy it. Great, great post. Have a wonderful, relaxed weekend. And yes, the twin headboards and that blue floor? Amazing...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I was thinking about you this week Tracy! I hope your job search is going well.

I like the cool, relaxed look of these all whire rooms! I ahve an all white cat that fit into the scene perefectly! :-)

Jan's camera said...

A beautiful posting. I just returned from a week at Cape Cod where I rented a nice cottage and I am missing it right now. This house is just lovely. And I enjoyed your narrative.

Kathysue said...

Aaaah! yes I would love to stay here or for that matter any beach cottage. The beach is my favorite place to go and rest, Kathysue

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The urban knitted trees are so cool. I love the last 7 pictures. The rooms are so fresh looking.

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