1- Last weekend was amazing and we're hoping for a repeat this weekend. After burning the candle at both ends for way too long, we turned our phones off, played in the pool, got a lot of fresh air and sunshine, took naps and went out for brunch. It was wonderful. You're probably getting ready for warm weather too, so I thought I would share my favorite beach towels. You can find them at Serena & Lily.
2- And speaking of brunch, if you're ever on 30A and are looking for a Sunday brunch spot, you'll definitely want to try The Pearl. And you'll also want to grab the table at the end of the terrace. Absolute perfection.
3- We're in the process of making plans for our new home and currently working on ideas for an interior renovation, a small expansion, the addition of dormer windows and a good bit of landscaping work. We're gaining a lot of inspiration from this book that we received as a gift from a client several years ago . It's the story of a renovation of an old stone house in southern California and a masterpiece of casually elegant architecture. It is so, so beautiful.
1- We worked on the pool at our 46 Azalea Street project and it is looking awesome. It sits in close to the house making a beautiful view from the kitchen, living and dining areas. It will have a coral stone surround with lots of room for chaise lounges and an outdoor dining area. One of the neat things about this outdoor space is the privacy. It's surrounded by white stucco walls, one of which will have a projector aimed at it for enjoying outdoor movies while enjoying the pool. Pretty fun, right??!
2- I get a LOT of questions about my favorite white paint colors. This is my current favorite- BM Silver Satin. It has a cool, gray undertone to it that adds a bit of definition but still looks bright and sunny. Stay tuned- I'm working on a post with all of my favorites included.
3- Looking for ways to entertain your kids? I love Kiwi Crates but I think my kids love them more. We've been getting them for the past year and they are so inventive and fun. The two below are projects my 10 year old built, but there are also great options for younger kids. Check them out here- KiwiCo. com
4- The sunset from the roof of 46 Azalea on Monday. It's been cold here this week, but good grief, this view is amazing no matter what.
5- To round out this week, I cooked a big pot of Caldo Verde (which is just a fancy way to say Portugese Green Soup) to help chase away the bug that my whole family seems to have. This is a simple meal but hands down it is my favorite warming stew. I simplified the traditional recipe and came up with my own version. Here's what to do: saute some pancetta, diced onion, diced carrot, celery and about 10 smashed cloves of garlic. Add 64 oz. chicken broth, half a small can of crushed tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in two bunches of chopped kale and simmer until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Old Seagrove Homes was created out of a chance meeting one summer night on a roof deck overlooking the beach in 2007. While Alex was already running a construction company, Cynthia had studied fine arts and design. Three children and many projects later, the couple knew that what had started out as a construction company, was quickly growing into something much more. Today, Alex and Cynthia Rice work together as a design team, building inspiring homes from conception to construction and custom finishes. Thanks for following along with us!