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Archive for June, 2012

Beach House Bound

You don’t have to own your own home to make a rental your own. Here at LSI, whether for a week, a month, or a summer, make it YOURS. Bring along the rugs, some great lighting (candles at least), blankets to cover not so pretty upholstery and voilà!

A little bit of planning and reasonable trunk space is all you need. Haute couture styled for summer.

 

Don’t Forget Your Beach Umbrella

Style doesn’t stop at the front door and today we’re  taking our aesthetic to the beach.

Here’s a peek at some of our favorite summery finds.

Surf’s up. And, here at LSI, we’re ready!

images from top: umbrella: via, hat: Rod Keenan New York, Towel: Serena & Lily, Fish Shawl and Caftan: The Sugar Mill, Aviators: Tom Ford, Straw Bag: Les Pommettes, Sunscreen: Auriege.

 

HAUTE chocolates for summer

It’s summer and we all love an invitation to friend’s beach houses. We are not ones to show up empty handed and, as a result, always on the lookout for the chic-est, most-divine, and super-coveted hostess gifts. Our latest find: Alice Chocolates. We love the graphics and feel certain the confections are commensurate.

A Midsummer’s Day Dream

Lisa Sherry’s dream summer

Can I get personal? I had the idea to blog about my “perfect summer”.  As I sat down to begin, I realized I wanted to do the same thing every day for the whole summer. I am on the road and in the air a lot so I have come to crave the mundane, or perhaps more precisely, the extraordinariness of the everyday. Will I get it? A day…or two…or three. Come join me…

1.  I’m headed to my beach house on a lovely island. I step onto the ferry and the transformation begins. Ahhhh…

2.  I’ve changed clothes – bathing suit and caftan are my new uniform. My mindset changes, too. Stress gets a holiday.

3.  I get around on foot, on bike, or in a golf cart. There are no cars on the island so life is free from traffic (of all sorts).

4.  I will wake up naturally every day around 9 and drink lattes for a couple of hours, read the NY times on my iPad, play Words with Friends and peruse a plethora of shelter magazines. (I am always tuned in.)

5.  My friends have stirred. Did I mention guests? We love summer guests, especially when they don’t act like “guests.” Entertaining is so easy when everyone is at home.

6.  I shall work out everyday. It’s a luxury and a must. Nothing gets in my way – travel, schedule, meeting or distractions. Bike, run, surf, stretch. Namaste.

7.  Late morning (what time is it??), we all have breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal and breads. Perhaps a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Pour quoi pas? It’s summer.

8.  After brunch, I’ll just see what unfolds. People disperse to follow their whims: beach, sand, surf, chess, scrabble, bocce ball, books. Feeling nappish? A nip of rose spritzer? No problem.

9.  I’ll learn something new during my perfect summer. Maybe it’s time I learned how to paint (beyond Venus Paint By Numbers) or sketch. Maybe I’ll macramé a hanging plant holder (flashback to the 70’s). There’s my husband’s new paddleboard to master. And, I’d like to be a better surfer.

10.  Early evening, I’ll bathe in the outside shower and choose a caftan for cocktail hour(s). I can see yummy anti pasta platters. The bar is open (was it closed?) with the cocktail du jour. Houseguests are required to take turns playing mixologist and concocting new and interesting flavors. More local friends come over to check in and hang out.

11.  Sunset at the beach. No, it’s not a drink. It’s a drive. We’re off to catch the sunset and a sky full of lovely colors as dusk draws near.

12.  I’ll only eat dinner by candlelight. Something simple, fresh and local at about 9:30. French rose abounds as does lively conversation, sparring and even games.

13.  Après dinner, the music may ramp up and culminate in a spontaneous dance party. Sometimes unresolved games summon. Sometimes the Northern Lights or the chance to see a shooting star drives everyone back to the beach.

End it must. My perfect summer day comes to a close naturally. When I’m sleepy, I sleep. The best part is that my perfect summer day is recurring. The next morning I rise to do it all again. This is the art of being.

photo source unknown. 

Get your summer on … come pin with LSI

Summer is a state of mind and, here at LSI, it ignites our imagination. To summarize (forgive the pun), check out our new Pinterest boards. We’re smitten with ideas for interieurs and exteriors, concoctions from the kitchen (and the bar), great reads and freestyle fashions for our favorite season.

See what inspires us http://pinterest.com/lisasherry. Where do you find inspiration?

LSI on the cover of Lonny Magazine!

This time it gets personal. Check out Lisa’s Bald Head Island Beach Retreat. A fabulously eclectic beach bungalow that never gets too be achy.  ”Thanks” Michelle and Patrick for the cover.  Flip to page 198 of Lonny for the full scoop and visit our archives for a peak behind the scenes of the shoot.

 

LSI color scoop: the summer sherbets

Our team is sweet on the subtle palette of sherbet colors for summer. It’s on the runway and it’s moving into home textiles as well: push-up oranges and chiffon yellow paired with lavenders and pinks. Yum. Pastels are reinvented for today. Love the look?

Images via Jil Saunder, Suzanne Kasler, Phillip Lim and my scandinavian home

Got Lemons?

Growing up, our house was the no-whining zone. Mom would not tolerate complaining. Her tart advice: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Today, I quite agree. But who knew there was such variety?! Kudos to Oh The Lovely Things blog and their eight recipes for fab lemonades. Refreshing…and empowering! (P.S. thanks Mom!)

DIY LEMONADE + 8 WAYS TO PIMP IT

Trend alert: SBLOG

Today, we’re delighted to unveil a brand new Lisa Sherry Interieurs creative idea. WE call it SBLOG. Go ahead, say it out loud. You’ll laugh. It’s our summer-light blog or Sblog. As the days get longer, our postings are going to get shorter – but even richer. On Wednesdays and Fridays, we’ll share ideas for light, casual, rejuvenating summer fun – from beach house hostess gifts to great water’s edge reads to summer games and hijinks. And so it goes. Perfect fodder for a Sblog. It starts now.

Image via Maison Christian Liaigre