bathroom decor refresh

photo courtesy of emily gilbert photography

 

can you believe we are already into the second month of 2019?  where does the time go?  have you kept all of your resolutions thus far? (psst I won't tell).  one of my new year's resolutions is to refresh my bathroom, the one place where i truly get to unwind and enjoy a little me-time.  despite being the center of rejuvenation, the bathroom is often the most neglected room in the house (shock!).  the bathroom is also one of the most accessible places to improve upon with simple fixes.  whether you need to get rid of those old towels or want to prepare for hosting season, roll up your sleeves and get ready to refresh that bathroom!  here are a few of my top tips for a quick and easy bath revamp.

ready. set. refresh.

 

 

upgrade your towel situation

if you are going to splurge anywhere in your bathroom decor, update your towels.  a soft fluffy white cloth will do wonders for the overall look of your powder room.  do not make the mistake of trying to jazz up the loo party with a funky, vibrant towel.  the vibrantly colored sheet will result in a discolored mess of a cloth.  white will resist fading, won't go out of style and pairs with any bathroom decor color scheme.  white is the only option when you are trying to achieve the classic five-star hotel bathroom ambiance.  have you ever been to a hotel that did not have freshly stocked winter white towels?  my point exactly.  

i suggest having a charcoal washcloth reserved for your beauty needs.  the darker shade will help to mask the product residue that ruins a crisp white cloth.  i learned this trick from one of my favorite commute podcasts, the sheri + nancy show.  the ladies were spot on as i noticed the trend during a trip to one of my favorite hotels in the city, the ace.  among the stack of fresh white towels in my room, was a black face towel neatly embroidered with the marker “makeup.” swoon.

 

seriously, ditch the ugly bath mat!

the overlooked bathroom staple can become pretty dingy over time.  adding a new bath mat is an excellent way to freshen up your bathroom.  be sure to pick a rug style that is complementary to your towels.  select a mat with a luxurious, shaggy pile if you prefer thick and fluffy towels.  if you favor a thin bath sheet a la european hotels, follow suit with a slim bath rug style.  remember, a thicker pile will have your tootsies dry in no time.  consider using a warm, organic textured rug for a spa vibe.  a bamboo mat is a sustainable savior that is durable and easy to clean. 

 

accessorize darling

one of the simplest ways to refresh your bathroom decor without spending mad money is the addition of new accessories.  accessories will keep your bathroom looking nice and tidy (anyone else feeling inspired after reading spark joy?).  the items lining your sink shouldn't be a mishmash.  choose a similar shade and finish for all of your items to bring the look of the room together.  i love this modern collection from fellow new yorkers,kassatex.  the white resin design detail is delicious and sleek.

 

clear the clutter

clutter control is vital when it comes to creating a calming bathing space.  i love this jar from the white company to store band-aids.  always keep band-aids on hand to help soothe pesky blisters that pop up after dancing all night at a cocktail party.  for those lotions and potions, you can't live without; a sturdy caddy can help keep your product army organized and accessible.  i recommend a clever catch-all, a place to put jewelry, eyeglasses and other items that we do not want to risk losing.

 

here a few of my favorite bath and body products that i am going gah-gah over in 2019.

stimulate your senses

one of the most significant events to happen in the world of skincare is the removal of parabens from the kiehl's product line.  meet my new and improved skin savior, kiehl's ultra facial cream.  my favorite magic potion still retains all of its glory without the pesky parabens.  rejoice, it is also arriving at major beauty retailer, ulta in 2019.  i use the universal cream every morning and night to keep my combination skin hydrated.  to see more of my favorite kiehl's products, check out winter skin must-haves.

i love to stimulate my senses during my morning routine.  nothing sets the mood like a beguiling scent.  my signature spritz is diptyque olene eau de toilette.  i spray on a little bit right after i get out of the shower, so the perfume soaks into my skin to last from morning to night.  diptyque has a wide range of fragrances to suit every taste.  you can't go wrong with any of their scented candles.  fun fact: prince harry and meghan markle chose the luxury fragrance brand to scent the royal wedding!

while we daydream of glorious bathtubs, the self love bath + body ritual kit from herbivore is the perfect bubble bath companion.  no wonder the set appeared on several best gift sets lists for 2018.  the self-love gift set includes everything you need for a full diy spa session: bath soak, body scrub, and a heavenly oil to moisturize after the chicest bath ever.

 

tlc

i recommend a gentle dry brush session to prep your skin for your bubble bath ritual.  admittedly, i was skeptical upon first hearing of the trend.  i jumped on board to remedy my dull winter skin in preparation for a spring vacation.  this brush from goop is perfect for getting rid of those pesky dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin.  full disclosure - i recommend dedicating at least four weeks of solid scrubbing before you can fully reap the benefits of the dry brushing process.  disclaimer: if you have sensitive skin beware as there is such a thing as too much exfoliation.  you can do more harm than good by going overboard with rigorous scrubbing (guilty).  i stumbled across the perfect remedy for over scrubbing from aveda.  you can use the shampure oil as a cuticle oil, massage oil or you can pour it into your bath.

 

 

wrap it up, with a robe

is there anything cozier than wrapping up in a soft robe after you hop out of the shower?  ok, maybe a glass of champagne and an episode of mad men.  to achieve five-star hotel powder room status, place a robe on a wall hook outside of the shower.  helpful tip: think seasonally when making your robe selection.  select a thin cotton robe for summer months and a thicker one for winter.  

 

 

get some green

embrace your inner mother earth.  plants bring life to a room.  succulents are practically indestructible for those of you not blessed with a green thumb.  i even have an aloe vera plant nestling on my sink.  a helpful tip: place your plants near your shower to turn over a new leaf.  the once thirsty plants began to thrive in the hot and steamy environment.  my bathroom is now a calming jungle oasis. live plants not your jam?  you can go artificial if needed.  no one will know.  

 

 

give it a deep clean

a good old fashioned scrub down can do wonders for your bathroom.  get rid of that grout line grime!

 

hopefully, these tips will help you create the bathroom oasis of your dreams.  remember, you spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so make sure it makes you feel happy!  what changes have you made to your bathroom recently?  share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

 

do you want to make significant changes but need help getting started?  the dhny team is here to help you with all of your bathroom decor needs. give us a call!  

 

cheers~

darci

 


bedroom essentials..new year, new you

 

 

what images would pop into your mind if i were to ask you to describe the feel of your bedroom?  the place where you go at the end of a very long day to rest and recharge?  would you call it your sanctuary? no?? yikes!  at a minimum your bedroom is a place for sleeping, relaxing, and (don’t forget) romance, but it can be so much more!  it can be your sanctuary.  in 2019, i plan to spruce up my bedroom to create a space of total serenity.  i love to sleep, so why not make the area where i spend nearly one-fourth of my time super comfortable?  so, why don’t we do a boudoir refresh together??....to that point i thought i would share a few of my favorite bedroom essentials to turn each of our respective bedrooms into the oasis of our wildest dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

 

if you are going to spend a significant portion of your life between the sheets, shouldn’t they feel fabulous?  these luxurious organic cotton sheets from nordstrom are so soft and yummy that your transition into never-never land is as easy as 1,2,3.  pssst...they are on sale right now so hurry up!

 

a few years back i stumbled upon the holy grail of pillows, the luxe pillow collection from bloomingdales.  a friend of mine turned me on to them years ago.  i had the pleasure of test driving them during a visit.  it was like sleeping on a cloud!  best nights sleep of my life.

 

speaking of beauty sleep, i will admit i was skeptical upon first hearing about the magic behind the silk pillowcase even though my grandma swore by a similar one that she used when i was a kid.  however, the grown-up me was gloriously proven wrong, with nearly four hundred five star reviews, this silk pillowcase is a gem. this pillowcase keeps your hair from frizzing and tangling into a bird's nest so that you wake up looking like more like sleeping beauty and less like the wicked witch of the west.  if you are a side sleeper, this also helps with those pesky creases that appear on your face after tossing and turning on your regular cotton or linen pillowcase.

 

a cuddly down comforter isn't just for those living in cold climates.  if you don’t sleep huddled in a cave of blankets, have no fear. you can choose your fill power with a higher fill power (around 600+) being the warmest option for those wanting to keep it toasty.   

 

the surge in peeper keepers is in part due to the fact that in today’s fast-paced world, most of us are not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of rest.  blame it on life’s wonderful distractions, busy schedules, kids, pets, netflix binging (guilty) and social media. banish those bags and promote restful, rejuvenating beauty sleep with slip’s silky eye mask to keep your eye area looking young and bright (sans plastic surgery town)

 

for those cold winter nights, i love a good throw to snuggle up with on the sofa.  this hefty merino wool blanket is the perfect cuddle companion when you are feeling the chills.  who doesn’t love a chunky knit? sweater weather indeed.

 

does this inspire you to update your dream zone?


cocktail crush… champagne glassware roundup

Willi Gluckstern quote, champagne, a perfect worldwhat’s a home bar if it’s not stocked with a few bottles of bubbly? (if you ask me, the answer is incomplete.) whether you enjoy spanish cava, french champagne, german sekt, or italian metodo classic (prosecco’s sophisticated sibling), you’ll need to have the right glassware on hand when you serve your favorite sparkling wine.

here at dhny, we’re always willing to sacrifice in the name of research. we’ve put together a quick dossier of champagne glasses by type — flute, coupe, and tulip. feel free to file this away under “fizz.”

Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, bubbly

flutes

aesthetically speaking, flutes are ideal for showcasing the beautiful bubbles we all know and love. tall and narrow by design, the innately elegant shape of these glasses makes them ideal for mixing and mingling at gatherings. plus, you can toast without the added worry of spilling your drink (the horror!). imbiber beware — the word in expert circles is that the narrow opening of the flute prevents you from getting a good whiff of the wine’s aroma, which, in turn, impacts the taste. on the bright side, the shape is said to make the effervescence last longer.

final verdict: If you’re in it for the fizz, flutes are for you.

coupes

those searching for a sophisticated vintage vibe will likely prefer the coupe. it’s been said that the shape was modeled after marie antoinette’s bosom. while that does make for a good story, it appears that myth has been debunked. cinematically speaking, the coupe — or champagne saucer, as it is also known — was the glassware of choice in silver screen classics like casablanca, how to marry a millionaire and breakfast at tiffany’s. more recently, leonardo dicaprio brought it back in 2013’s remake of the great gatsby. a still of dicaprio toasting with a coupe even birthed a series of memorable memes. not impressed by this style’s film credentials? the coupe’s dimensions also make it the ideal building block for a champagne tower at your next extravagant affair.

final verdict: when channeling your inner bogie or bacall, this stemware is sure to evoke old hollywood glamour.

tulips

looking for the function and mobility of the flute, but not willing to compromise on aroma? meet the tulip. somewhere between your standard wine glass and a slender flute, the more bulbous bowl of this type of glassware allows the wine’s bouquet to burst forth and bubbles to dance — and that’s a party we want to be invited to!

final verdict: if you don’t own them already, splurge on a set of stylish tulip glasses.

 

tasting tip… why the good glassware is worth it

expert manufacturers incorporate imperceptible etchings into the base of glassware meant for serving sparkling beverages. what for? these tiny dots — which are called nucleation sites — are meant to ensure continuous bubble formation.

champagne glass, champagne flute, coupe, tulip

flute // riedel vinum champagne glass — elegant and ideal for mingling

coupe // viski raye faceted crystal coupe glasses — perfect for evoking hollywood glamour

tulip // riedel vinum cuveé prestige champagne glass — where bouquets burst forth and bubbles dance

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bring on the bubbles!

alright, enough talk about glassware, it’s time to make a toast.

...to hygge homes, to chic holiday décor, to time off for self-care and last, but certainly not least, cheers to 2019!


designer crush: stunning london interiors by louise holt design

design crush... louise holt's chic london interiors

designer crush: stunning london interiors by louise holt design
stunning london interior by louise holt design

cheerio my darling readers!

ok, clearly i’m trying to have a bit of cheeky fun here as those words would not naturally cross my lips! what can i say? blame it on all the fun of my recent trip to london... is anyone else as completely obsessed with netflix’s “the crown” as i am? blimey!

while i’m quite certain that i will not be invited to buckingham palace to have high tea with the queen to discuss all of the amazing history, scandals, and royal offerings that london had to interest a commoner like me, i did received tons of wonderful recommendations from clients and friends for the coolest lounges, tastiest restaurants and chicest boutiques to visit during our vacation across the pond. we had an incredible trip, ate at amazing restaurants, did some exquisite shopping and sightseeing... but what about my love for all things related to residential design?

a quick google search and a rabbit hole tumble down some stunning pinterest posts and in love i fell with a few british designers and their incredibly chic, tailored, yet modern interiors. case in point: louise holt of louise holt design.

oh! my! goodness! is it possible to have a designer girl crush on a person you’ve never met? louise’s designs speak directly to my love of simplistic, powerful and thoughtful details.

Contemporary London Town House by Louise Holt Design
london town house dining room - louise holt design

i don’t even know where to begin with this dining room! the stunning architectural soft brass pendant light? the super chic fireplace surround? the high gloss reflective ceiling? so many visually creative and thoughtful details and yet so calming and serene! this juxtaposition of senses does not happen by accident folks!

open plan living room in oxfordshire - louise holt design
oxfordshire living room - louise holt design

i love her restrained yet purposeful use of color. the palette of this room is at once neutral but full of depth and contrast.

bathroom and pool dressing room - louise holt designs
bathroom and pool dressing room - louise holt design

the bathroom and pool dressing room above highlight her clean lined and non-fussy use of creative materials. i love the blackened steel metal paired with the soft blonde wood of the vanity. so cool and contemporary without feeling austere. and the floor tiles of the dressing room?? wow!

ready to see some more impressive detailing… check out this staircase!

bespoke staircase - louise holt design
bespoke staircase - louise holt design

or how about this island countertop? don’t forget to check out the amazing lindsey adelman light fixture over the dining table in the background.

chic london kitchen - louise holt design - lindsey adleman lighting
chic london kitchen - louise holt design

even the simplest corner vignette of a bedroom or dressing room is oozing with thoughtful details…

gorgeous detailed interiors - louise holt design
gorgeous details - louise holt design

a. lacquer + brass + shearling, oh my! and look at how the oh-so-tailored drapery just kisses the floor….beautiful detailing never goes out of style!

b. quite yet powerful…..notice how the custom hardware adds just the right amount of visual interest to what could be an otherwise ordinary closet door. and the curved lines of the eames management chair adds just the right amount of softness the many linear lines of the room.

it’s so inspiring and refreshing when i find a fellow designer that speaks the same design love language as i do, even if she's all the way across the pond!

photos from my trip to london
photos from my trip to london. cheerio!

cheers ~ darci

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design secrets... 5 tips to pick a perfect sofa

5 things to consider... when picking a sofa
sofa in my central park west project

so you need to pick a sofa, but where do you start?

one of the many hats that i wear as an interior designer is that of an educator. it’s a role that i don’t take lightly and if i’ve done a good job i have left my clients with a feeling of confidence and clarity in moving them through the design process. i've blogged about interior design tips, myths about interior design, and even bedroom design tips to help insomnia — now i'm here to help with your sofa!

so you know you need a new sofa: your current one is no longer comfortable and you’re wanting to update your current style to something that is, well, a more current style. but a sofa is such a big piece – both in size and in price – and you want to make sure you’re getting the perfect piece for your space and not making a costly mistake!

here are 5 of my top tips to consider when looking to purchase a new sofa:

 

1. overall construction

i’m making this the first tip as i think it is the most important. often times a person might be drawn to a sofa because of how it looks – which, don’t get me wrong, looks do matter! (hello dating world!) – but looks can also be deceiving (hello, again, dating world!). while a sofa may woo you with it’s sexy shape and looking all dressed up in a fun fabric, one really needs to consider how this flirty looking sofa is made – from the inside out!

what are some of the things you should consider? i’m so glad you asked!! here is a snippet of what to look for/ask about when considering the interior quality of a sofa: what is the construction of the frame? is it made with kiln dried wood? are the corners constructed using blocking that has been double glued and screwed? what kind of springs are used to support the seat cushions. and speaking of the cushions, are they made with a durable foam core that won’t turn into a pancake within a year of sitting on it? or, if it’s a down sofa, are the cushions made with good quality feather and down or synthetic material?

phew! so many things to consider, right?!? ok, now that you’re all set with what to look for regarding the interior of a sofa, let’s move on to the exterior of a sofa…..

 

2. arm style

t-seat or extended arm, squared, rounded or somewhere in-between, mid-height or full height – the size, shape and dimension of the arm can really play into the overall look of the sofa which will then play into the overall look of your space. comfort-wise i always ask my clients to think about how they sit, lay or canoodle on their sofa. having the proper support and a sofa arm that is comfortable to them can make all of the difference in the world! style-wise the shape (square? rounded?) and whether or not the arm comes to the front of the sofa body is one of the things that will directly impact the look of the sofa. i typically specify a sofa with a squared, extended arm for my clients as my design aesthetic is decidedly more contemporary and tailored.

sofa arm style - how to select a sofa

a. the no.2498 by a.rudin perfectly highlights the look of a t-seat cushion styled arm.

b. the gryphon sofa from holly hunt features a squared, mid-height, extended arm.

c. the guild sofa from holly hunt has an extended arm that also wraps around and is the same height in the back of the sofa

 

3. base style

now that we’ve covered the arm style options, it’s time to consider the style options for the base -or bottom - of the sofa. there are two main considerations when thinking about the base: do you want to see the base or not see it? by having exposed legs the sofa visually appears lighter – not as bulky – whereas a sofa with a skirt or solid base tends to feel larger and heavier. 

picking your perfect sofa base style: 5 tips

i love the details on the base of this bauhaus sofa from maxine snider inc! the simple, skinny bronzed patina metal base is so crisp and chic and keeps this sofa looking light and airy. and check out how beautifully and thoughtfully the mitered upholster meets the sofa base!

picking a sofa base style

a. this pampa sofa from holly hunt is much heavier looking with it’s solid base.

b. the whitley sofa from dennis miller is a perfect example of a sofa with a tailored skirt and t-seat arm.

 

4. cushion count

the third thing that plays into the overall look and the personal comfort of a sofa is the number of seat cushions. three cushions? two cushions? bench seat? oh my! once again, this is where i ask my clients a lot of questions surrounding how they like to “live” on their sofa – do you like to sit up straight, lounge with your legs tucked to your side, lay out flat in preparation for a netflix series marathon? often times, the more seat cushions there are the less likely one feels as if they can truly stretch out without feeling like one is sitting on a seam.

cushion count plays a big role in selecting the perfect sofa!

a. 3 seat cushion sofa from custom kravet

b. 2 seat cushion sahalie sofa from charles stewart 

c. bench seat cushion parkview sofa from dennis miller

 

5. where is it sitting?

one last thing i’d like to leave you with when picking out a sofa is where in the room the sofa will be sitting. is it backed up against a wall or is it floating in the room? when sitting with its back close to or touching a wall, the back of the sofa can be fairly simple. but if the sofa will be floating in the room or more visible from different angles of the room, consider highlighting the lines and showing off those flirty curves!

chic sofa backs for floating sofas!

a. i love the crisp tailored detailing of this caspian sofa from holly hunt

b. look at the curved back corner and top rail design of this hamilton sofa from dennis miller

c. this minerva sofa from holly hunt is beyond sexy! am i right?!?

 

bonus: fabric

i realize that the title of this blog post is about the 5 things to consider when picking out a sofa but i thought i’d throw in one last tip – let's call it the bonus round!

if you’ve done all your homework and found a perfectly constructed sofa and in a style that conveys your desired design aesthetic, now’s the time to consider what you’d like to dress her in. look for a fabric that is durable yet soft to the touch, preferably one that is somewhat neutral and with a bit of texture or depth to it. why neutral? the sofa is most likely going to be the largest piece in the room and, if well built, an item that you should have for several years. you want to make sure that the fabric on the sofa will “grow” with you as your tastes change or evolve. you may love a hot pink floral today, but what about 2 years from now? i’d save the patterns or fun and flirtatious fabrics for your throw pillows. 

how to pick your perfect sofa
central park west living room

oh my goodness, have i overwhelmed you? i sure hope not! who knew there was so much to consider for just one piece of furniture?!? not to worry! if selecting the right furniture for your home feels like it might be too much to handle, allow me to give you the permission to relax, shake that cocktail shaker of yours and enjoy a liquid concoction while my team and i find just the perfect perch for you to sit. we are here for you if you need us!

 

cheers ~ darci

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summer soiree in the hamptons - darci hether new york

hamptons entertaining... summer soiree

summer soiree in the hamptons - darci hether new york
source: change & co

a few weeks ago, my family and i were in the hamptons and i was planning an alfresco-style summer soiree. my family and i were spending a long weekend in the hamptons for the father’s day holiday and it started me thinking of some of the cooking possibilities that i don’t have when i’m cooking in our city apartment… read: outdoor grilling and poolside entertaining! 

summer soiree in the hamptons table setting by the pool
source: change & co

so, where did i begin my search for some some easy yet yummy culinary creativity? ... no further than within the pages of the cookbooks of my usual go-to gals: ina garten (aka barefoot contessa) and giada de laurentiis. within minutes they had me salivating and scheming up a fun and scrumptious summer soiree.

my go-to gals: ina garten & giada de laurentiis
ina & giada

one thing i absolutely love about summer foods is the lighter, crisper, and cleaner tastes of farmstand freshness and “just picked”  deliciousness that can elude us in the winter months. summer produce just tastes fresher, juicier, and is more flavorful!

prepping for a summer soiree: with a trip to the farmers market in bridgehampton - darci hether new york
a recent haul from one of my trips to the local farmers market in bridgehampton

when my family and i are in the hamptons i really like the ease of the indoor/outdoor dining and entertaining experience. everything is more relaxed, more casual. preparing a meal for a summer soiree becomes a fun group activity instead of a more formal affair in the colder months. so, with that in mind and armed with some fabulous options from my cooking gurus that featured seasonal produce, i started to plan my menu.

of course, of course, of course i had to start with some cocktail inspiration…….

summer cocktails: summer rosé sangria, watermelon mojito, aperol spritzer - barefoot contessa
summer rosé sangria, watermelon mojito, aperol spritzer

not too shabby, don’t you think? i have to say, the aperol spritzer... yummmmmmmmm.

next up - light fare that was full of flavor, looked festive and was easy to prep. i had a very hard time trying to narrow down my selections but i think everyone was pretty happy with the items that made the cut. don’t these amazing dishes just scream summer? and bonus: they are super simple to make and real crowd pleasers!

summer soiree dinner essentials: watermelon arugula salad; peach, corn and burrata bruschetta; grilled herb shrimp
watermelon arugula salad; peach, corn and burrata bruschetta; grilled herb shrimp

once i felt i had enough sustenance to have everyone liquored up and well fed, it was time to think about a sweet treat to round out the celebration. i was planning on falling back on one of my martha stewart favorites - blueberry crisp (with the secret ingredient being sea salt!!) but these other two caught my eye:

summer soiree desserts: strawberry cake & strawberry rhubarb crisp
strawberry cake, strawberry rhubarb crisp
summer soiree dessert: blueberry crisp
the oh-so-perfect martha stewart blueberry crisp (with sea salt!!)

i ended up making my go-to summer dessert – the ridiculously simple to make but oh-so delicious blueberry crisp – since i had oodles and oodles of plump, flavorful blueberries. but i have a feeling the other tasty looking treats will be tried before this summer is over!

all in all it was a wonderfully relaxing, memory making day. the weather was pure perfection, the poolside celebration was a hit and the man of the hour (weekend really!) couldn’t’ have been more  thrilled.

the perfect hamptons fathers day! - darci hether new york

how about you? what are some of your favorite summer soiree dishes? do you love to host your own relaxed yet chic indoor/outdoor festivities?

let’s all lift our glass of rosé in celebration of summer entertaining!

 

cheers ~ darci

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steel and glass french doors with herringbone wood flooring

in the works… contemporary hamptons home

steel and glass french doors with herringbone wood flooring
@rowhouse_revival

thanks to the recent long memorial holiday weekend, the unofficial start of summer has everyone (at least me!) thinking about relaxing on long, warm summer days, drinking copious amounts of delicious rosé wine, and planning my weekend escape to the hamptons.

here at the office, delicious thoughts of the hamptons are a bit more on the work end of the spectrum but we are swooning over them nonetheless!

i am working with a returning client to create a stunning, contemporary hamptons home that is cozy and intimate, perfect for small family gatherings, yet provides oodles of opportunities for hosting fun weekend gatherings and chic pool parties.

during our early conceptual meetings, my client and i were immediately on the same page. we batted around ideas and found ourselves using phrases like “light and airy open spaces,” "focal point windows and architectural finishes,” “welcoming yet show-stopping,” and “livable luxe.” we talked a lot about the finishes and how we really wanted some of those elements to really shine and be a common thread that wove throughout the entire house. one of those elements that we were quickly drawn to was blackened steel metal framed windows.

after a quick rabbit-hole trip down the pinterest path, i was well on my way for creating the design concept boards and presenting our jumping off point in the design process.

kitchen

airy kitchen by hecker guthrie - grey marble - glass and steel
hecker guthrie
stunning marble backsplash by Handelsmann and Khaw
handelsmann & khaw

if the heart of every home is the kitchen, then i really wanted to bring the love to my clients new-build culinary oasis hamptons getaway! i'm absolutely obsessed with the idea of a metal and glass wall that separates the kitchen from the other areas of the house. gorgeous detailing and an element of interest? yes, please!! and in keeping with the metal detailing, i love the added metal accent to the kitchen island and the decorative yet practical overhead lighting.

stairs

stunning glass, steel, and wood staircases perfect for the hamptons - darci hether new york
left: vlassak verhulst, center: amber interiors, right: source unknown

if the kitchen is the heart of the home, the stairs are its veins and arteries. i love how those same metal details define these airy contemporary stairways. it's all about light and contrast!

 

bathrooms

hamptons black and white bathrooms - darci hether new york
left: vila 133 arquitetura, right: flack studio
hamptons black and white bathrooms
left: clare kennedy & mitzi maynard, right: canny

no contemporary hamptons home would be complete without a contemporary, airy bathroom! the metal framing details carry through on the shower enclosure and mirrors. and those black faucets and light wood accents? yes please!! the white and light greys are the perfect backdrop for these stark details and i can't get enough.

 

contemporary hamptons front door
stephanie michel-girard

i can't wait until my client can open the front door for that final reveal! (and speaking of front doors... i love this contemporary entry, don't you?)

do you need help creating your perfect beach house getaway? i’m here to help! we’d love to hear from you. until then, happy summer and keep sipping that rosé!

 

cheers ~ darci

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summer travel and gifting essentials - darci hether new york

dhny approved... summer essentials

summer travel and gifting essentials - darci hether new york

whether you're traveling to the hamptons, going abroad, or looking for the perfect summer hostess gift, these are the can't-miss items of the summer!

travel in style with these chic travel essentials

are you hopping on a plane for your fabulous summer getaway? here are my absolute favorite airplane essentials.

a. away travel carry-on charging suitcase - this sleek carry-on suitcase has everything you'd ever want in one place: not only is it a great bag, it has a built in usb charger for your electronic devices!!

b. carry-on cocktail kit - why limit yourself to airline cocktails when you could bring your own kit to mix yourself the perfect cocktail with the best ingredients?

c. aveda intense hydrating masque - i use this mask every single time i fly and i always exit the plane with my skin hydrated and refreshed. airplanes are so dry! don't let your skin suffer. i like to apply the mask as soon as i sit down, then i wash it off as soon as i arrive at my destination.

impress any host with these chic hostess gifts

summer is all about travel and festive occasions. don't show up empty handed! these are the perfect hostess gift for any summer party.

a. coffee table book - this gorgeous coffee table photography book captures the beauty and essence of summer. gray malin's photography is stunning, and every page will take your breath away.

b. modern dinner bells - i used one of these beautiful decorative dinner bells in my bridgehampton property

c. salty caramels - sweets are always an excellent hostess gift, and these salted caramels are absolutely exquisite. swoon!

 

get ready for a day in the sun with these summer beach essentials

bring style with you to the beach, and don't forget to pamper yourself this summer, too!

a. martinique beach blanket - why limit yourself to a simple little beach towel when you can sun on a beach blanket? this elegant blanket will have you relaxing in luxury.

b. ursa major force field lotion with spf - fight the shine in the summer heat with this matte sunscreen from ursa major. their products are a rising star in the skincare world and this is absolutely one of my favorites! i've never been a fan of looking "dewy" so this sunscreen is just perfect.

c. french market basket - i adore this tote for everything from a picnic in the park to a day at the beach. it's perfectly effortless and chic!

 

have a beautiful memorial day weekend! i hope you have a beautiful weekend in the sun.

 

 

cheers ~ darci

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summer dreams... top 10 hamptons getaway essentials

one of the best things about summer is spending time in the hamptons. i mean, how could you not want to relax by the pool at this elegant bridgehampton home?

if you're planning to spend time in the hamptons this summer, these are the destinations you can't possibly miss—from tasty treats to beautiful boutiques, these ten hamptons destinations are absolutely swoonworthy. so grab a glass of rosé and start planning your weekend!

 

1. wölffer estate vineyard

the wolffer estate vineyard is one of my favorite places in the hamptons! here are the top 10 hamptons destinations - darci hether new york

the wolffer estate vineyard is one of my favorite places in the hamptons! here are the top 10 hamptons destinations - darci hether new york

you made it to the hamptons! first things first, let's have some wine. (it's important to prioritize!) i adore wölffer wines—they're especially known for their exquisite rosé. on my recent visit, i relaxed in those chic chairs and enjoyed a glass (or more). it's certainly not summer until you have a glass of rosé in your hand!

of their different locations, both the winery and their outdoor winestand are to die for. both offer food and are great for families, but the winestand is more relaxed, great for a picnic, and often has live musicians. plus the scenery! swoon.

 

2. cavaniola's gourmet cheese shop

okay, you're ready for a summer night with a glass of wine, now it's time to stock up on cheese. cavaniola has an amazing selection, and the staff is so exceptionally knowledgeable that they bring shopping for cheese to a whole new level. they're informative, take their time with you, and help you design a charcuterie board that will leave you breathless. in addition to cheese, they also have other great accoutrements like oils, jams, and flavored honeys to make your cheese plate really sing. i absolutely adore their truffle honey—it's just to die for!

 

3. loaves & fishes

loaves and fishes is one of my favorite destinations in the hamptons! here is my list of 10 unmissable hamptons getaway destinations. - darci hether new york

after the cheese course, swing by loaves & fishes in sagaponack. they're a wonderful hamptons institution. everything they have is great, but if you're only going to buy one thing get the pie. oh my gosh that pie. i can't even think about it without salivating...

 

4. round swamp farm

round swamp farm is one of my top 10 hamptons destinations - darci hether new york

for the best prepared food in the hamptons, swing by round swamp farm. their food is super fresh, extremely tasty, but still beautifully un-fussy. their grilled shrimp is absolutely mouth watering. it's so easy if you're entertaining: bring it home, put it on your elegant serving ware, and you'll look like an absolute rockstar.

 

5. highway restaurant & bar

i adore highway restaurant in the hamptons - it's one of my top 10 hamptons destinations! read my whole list - darci hether new york

for a delicious meal, i can't recommend highway restaurant enough. first of all, their cocktails. wow. but pair that with incredible food and a beautiful interior and my heart stops. it's no surprise this restaurant is a favorite of jay z!

their menu changes frequently, and it's perfectly elevated without being too fussy. and take my word for it—save room for dessert.

 

6. topping rose house

topping rose house is a beautiful hotel and restaurant, and my absolute favorite for brunch in the hamptons! the space itself and the grounds are gorgeous, it's right in the heart of bridgehampton, and their olive oil lemon pancakes are absolutely to die for.

 

7. grindstone coffee & donuts

you can't miss grindstone coffee & donuts when you're in the hamptons - here are my top 10 hamptons getaway essentials - darci hether new york

need i say more about grindstone? those incredible photos say everything... their donuts and coffee are extraordinary. i would like one right now, please.

 

8. sylvester & co.

sylvester & co is a fun place to shop in sag harbor! - darci hether new york - here are my top 10 recommended desitnations

if you're looking for some fun, relaxed shopping or the perfect hostess or house warming gift, definitely visit sylvester & co. they have a wonderful selection of home items, chic clothing, and more. when you're there, go to the back and grab yourself a dream iced coffee from the coffee bar! i like to mix it with the coconut coffee, add a splash of milk, and it becomes liquid dessert.

 

9. one kings lane

one kings lane is one of my favorite places to shop in the hamptons - here are the top 10 unmissable destinations for your hamptons getaway - darci hether new york

one kings lane has everything you need in terms of beautiful finishing pieces for your hamptons home. they're constantly changing out their selection, and they have a great collection of artwork as well as some fun kid furnishings and hostess gifts.

 

10. monc xiii

i definitely saved the best for last! monc xiii is really the ultimate swoon—definitely don't miss it! their space is incredible, and you have to see the surrounding grounds. they have a fantastic mix of new and vintage furnishings, great lighting, accessories for every room, and the people who work there are so sweet and lovely. they also have a beautiful collection of statement jewelry! this is by far my favorite place in the hamptons. i could just sit there all day...

 

wishing you a beautiful summer in the hamptons — and should your holiday house need a refresh, give us a call!

 

cheers ~ darci

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mothers day gift guide—happy mothers day! - darci hether new york

my favorite things... mothers day

mothers day gift guide—happy mothers day! - darci hether new york

happy mothers day to all of the strong, nurturing, supportive and loving women in the world today! there are so many incredible women in my own life that lift me up, crack me up, inspire the heck out of me and enjoy any excuse to raise a glass of bubbly with me. for these women of unstoppable strength, gracious humility and hearts of gold, i thank you!

when i first found out that i was going to become a mother myself, i worried endlessly about trying to instill those positive attributes to my daughter. by the looks of the love note i received from her a couple weeks ago, it appears i might be doing an ok job.

so, whether you’re a *mom* to a kiddo, bestie, or furry friend, i hope that you are ready to celebrate all of the awesomeness that you are, all that you’ve rock star accomplished that you’ve done and all that you tirelessly give to those in your life! plus who doesn't love a holiday that encourages you to take a break, sip some wine, and get a massage?

ready to treat yourself - or some other extraordinary woman in your life? check out these fun pampering ideas below…..

mothers day shopping gift guide - gifts to pamper mom - darci hether new york

a. tory burch special edition fitbit alta - this beautiful fitbit pairs everything that we love about fitbits and everything we love about tory burch. it's chic and elegant, with gold plating and a stunningly elevated clasp.

b. rodin lavender face oil - i love this face oil! it's exquisite, moisturizing, and smells incredible.

c. lululemon rejuvenate wrap - this elegant wrap transforms from a scarf to a shawl to a chic shrug. it's ideal for spring weather because you can adapt it throughout the day! i love giving lululemon gifts—even if mom doesn't like it, she can always exchange it for something she'll love.

d. molton brown spring signatures bathing gift trio - molton brown products are fantastic, and this limited edition set of spring scented shower gels will certainly make mom feel pampered!

e. food 52 green teas box set - this beautiful box set of 10 exquisite green teas from palais des thes is the perfect gift for the mom who loves loose leaf tea.

f. glamglow supermud mask - glamglow products are trending right now, and i can see why! this powerful charcoal-based mud mask clears out your pores for a brighter complexion. i love this stuff—and i always follow it up with the rodin face oil!

g. carry on champagne cocktail kit - comes with elderflower syrup! ...need i say more?

h. rodin lip balm - i carry this lip balm with me everywhere. it's wonderfully moisturizing and smells amazing! i mean, it contains jasmine, orange flower oil, shea butter, beeswax, and castor seed oil... and it's so pretty.

i. organic small batch chocolate subscription - 3 beautiful organic bars of chocolate every month for a year? where do i sign up!

 

happy mothers day from all three generations on one stoop!

darci hether shares her favorite mothers day gifts - darci hether new york

cheers ~ darci

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