Friday, April 27, 2012

Rehoboth Beach, Designer Show House

Heading to Rehoboth this weekend? If the beach is a little chilly, head over to the VIA Designer Show House at #10 Fourth Street!

A major fund raiser for the Village Improvement Association (VIA) to help the expansion and revision of its historic clubhouse, the show house...a 1920's vintage beach house...has been transformed into a modern family home through the expertise of local and regional interior and landscape designers from Rehoboth, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York.

The John Raines Bedroom
in the VIA Show House
One of the standout rooms in the design house is the elegant and masculine bedroom designed by John Raines, Interior Designer and owner of Boxwood Home. Featuring slate gray grasscloth walls, modern greek key pillows and graphite and cream custom linens from Legacy Linens the overall effect is luxurious and relaxing. Adding to the richness of the room are the textural accents including vintage antlers, a silver metallic cowhide rug, animal leg stools from Noir and the handpainted coral series by artist, Simon Scott. 
Textural accents include
Noir stools and artwork by Simon Scott.

If you're in town, check out the Designer show house and make sure to stop by Boxwood Home to say hello to one of the designers. As a bonus, mention "The Domestic Dandy" while you are in the store and receive 20% off your purchase! For those online shoppers, Boxwood Home is offering 20% off online purchases using the code SHOWHOUSE. 

The showhouse is open for tours April 27- 29 and May 4 - 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information call 302-227-2598 or 302-227-1466.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Literary Dandy

This past week, I had the honor of meeting Brad Goreski, Stylist, Style Icon and Bravo Star of "It's a Brad Brad World."

We first came to know Brad as Rachel Zoe's emotional styling assistant on "The Rachel Zoe Project." With his HGN (Hot Gay Nerd) looks and emotional honesty he soon won the heart's of millions and garnered his own clients and show on Bravo.

Now, with his latest project, "Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far" we discover how he achieved his "overnight success" along with fashion tips, tricks and advise.

From the yearnings of a little Canadian boy styling his Barbies to the front row of Fashion Week, Brad reveals that the attributes that caused him countless years of ridicule as a child were truly his best assets that propelled him to success and a career that he loves. His story proves that being and believing in oneself is the strongest power one can possess.

I recommend this engaging and fun book for anyone who is a Brad fan, or anyone that sometimes feels like an outsider. Grab your copy here!

My signed copy of "Born to Be Brad!" He loved my spring plaid sportcoat :).

Brian tries on one of the bow-tie cookies for size.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's the little things

Sometimes, the tiniest things are the most annoying.  One of my pet peeves...just one mind the sight of a kitchen towel hanging on a cabinet knob or oven handle. It just creates a messy look that I don't enjoy.

We've tried several options in the past, including an adhesive hook on the back of our cabinet door. However, after repeated pulls of the towel, the adhesive hook would come right off of the door. Not an ideal solution...

Thankfully, I discovered this Forma® Overcabinet Hook from the Container Store. I simply placed the hook on the inside of the cupboard door and our kitchen towel is hidden from view, but always at the ready. A simple yet satisfying solution!

Thank you once again Container Store!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

An Illuminated Dandy

Battery-operated Flameless Outdoor Candles
I love these outdoor battery-operated flameless candles from Frontgate.

Remote for Battery-operated Outdoor Flameless Candle
I originally purchased five for our outdoor garden chandelier last year and the remote was a godsend! I…or rather Brian…didn’t have to  climb a ladder to light the candles each time we wanted some glow. Instead, I merely point and click to illuminate the flickering candles hanging from our 200 year old oak tree.

And now that spring is under way, I ordered three more in varying sizes for the rest of our patio.

A 9” for our towering lantern on our coffee table and two 6” tall candles for the hanging lanterns on our fence.
Now, when we relax in our garden we are surrounded by a peaceful and beautiful glow on demand!

Purchase your set of candles here and add a glowing ambience to your summer evenings.
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