July 28, 2011

Cape Cod Cottage Rescue

This is why you buy a dilapidated 700 square foot cottage…..It’s the View, the Location and the Ocean Breezes….did I mention the VIEW?


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Here’s what we started with: Heavy low support beams, 40 year old linoleum flooring (and everything else!), and NO ACCESS TO THE WATERFRONT DECK FROM THE LIVING ROOM!
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Here’s the design concept: Vibrant, colorful, cheerful and casual…a slice of beach heaven!
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Here’s how it turned out:
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This is the master bedroom.  Not a bad place to wake up, don’t you agree?
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You can rent this cottage at www.homeaway.com

For fabric and furniture sourcing, email us at info@gaitainteriors.com

May 7, 2010

Mother’s Day, In a Hurry!

In case you are not prepared for the big day  yet, (shame on you!) I’ve conducted a very serious study, to learn what the perfect Mother’s Day Gift for the Home is.

What is that quintessential THING, that all mothers want MORE THAN  ANYTHING? (besides a day at the spa,…no kids invited?)

Well here it is…based on months of research, extensive polls, laboratory testing…..

JUST KIDDING!  The only  search I’ve done is based on my own personal WISHES.  Here’s something I’d really love to receive, and it’s not too late to run out and get it!:

An assortment of cheerful floral cotton pillows-for the traditional Mom

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These are from Pottery Barn, and they do a great job of making several very carefully chosen prints look as if they’ve been casually thrown together. the price is right, and the feather fillings are very good.

Or for the Mod Mom, Balanced Design makes these very beautiful, very eco friendly pillows: Green, organic and oh so modern!


Just the thing to add cheer and freshness to my house, and make me love being at home even more than I already do!

Happy Mother’s Day!

March 17, 2010

Get a Blast of Spring into Your Home Right Now!

First, get a slip cover made for your sofa out of this joyous floral from Robert Allen, Kiki-color pinata. Don’t be afraid, you’re going to love it, I promise! And this fabric is super sturdy, with a 30,000 double rub rating. That means you can let the monkeys jump on the sofa, no problem!

Fabric and custom slipcovers are available at Gaita Interiors.

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Then add a couple of cheerful pieces from Maine CottageThe look is whimsical, but the quality is very serious. This is some solid furniture, and the paint finishes are as tough as they are beautiful.  In my neighborhood, we get our Maine Cottage fix from Wendy Gee! right on Boston Post Rd, in Larchmont, NY.  At Wendy Gee! it’s spring all year round.  I highly recommend a visit.  Just browsing there always cheers me up!


Wendy Gee! also sells these rugs from Dash and Albert.  This particular one is an indoor-outdoor rug. That means you can take it outside and hose it down, no worries!


For the table top, check out these floral plates and towels  from Crate and Barrel. They do spring right! I guess somebody there knows that we need a little cheering up, and beige just wont do!  What could be nicer, first thing in the morning, than a bagel with flowers!
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So it seems, AS USUAL, in spite of everything, SPRING HAS SPRUNG!


January 2, 2010

Beach Cottage Bingo!

I’m a very happy designer! One of my favorite clients just bought an old wreck of a beach cottage on Cape Cod Bay, and I get to help re-design it! It’s great to be involved from the get-go, so that I can help to make sure everything looks great at the end, and meshes together, in both function, and aesthetics.

700 square feet of beach side heaven, waiting to be rehabilitated! OH JOY!

It's all about the views!!

It's all about the views!!

Here’s what we’re working with. As you can see the views are magnificent. From the living room and kitchen, you get the full Cape Cod, beach side experience. Inside, the finishes are a cross between “Ode to 1970’s” and the Addams Family. Lots of formica, rust, water stains and old chipping linoleum.

Not to worry! With Jac Augat, our trusty contractor at our side, we’re going to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

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Once the chipped, discolored linoleum and old kitchen cabinets are out (there are only 5 of them!) new oak floors will go in throughout. Then two coats of a fresh beachey pale aqua blue paint on the walls and white on all the trim and ceilings. PAIN

I LOVE Amy Butler’s fabric designs. Her fresh, uplifting patterns and colors, at once both nostalgic and modern,  strike the perfect mood for our little piece of heaven by the shore.   Take your pick.  Anything from Amy’s August Fields  Collection( below) will work beautifully for new cushion covers for our two mid century lounge chairs.  I have a hankering for the pattern on the bottom left called Ivory/Bright Buds.

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The single largest piece of furniture in this tiny living room will be the sofa. But it needs to be big enough for three, and very comfy. I’ve selected the Willow Sofa in Spruce from Crate and Barrel. Its clean lines and color (close to the wall color) will keep this full size sofa from appearing to take over the space.

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This little yellow square table from Ikea, is great to use in multiples. Two together make a coffee table. They’re SO light and easy to pick up and move  around, which makes them very versatile. They’re even lighter on your wallet at $7.99 each! Target does a great job with this 33″ Round Gerber Ottoman. They have it in several pretty color ways. I think the Surf is perfect for this project.

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Isn't this area rug from Anthropologie stunning?!  It's called the Vernal Cusp Rug and it has just the light , happy,summery look I'm after. vernal cusp rug anthropologie VERNALCUSPRUGsldfk0eorjw03v9tutp034p97tuoer8uvwn9per87tyoq98bybqv98t6vao98387

Every beach cottage needs a little wicker. The Bali Pot Belly Lamp Table from  Walmart, provides a little hidden storage as well as that "tiki bar" vibe.  Mai Tai anyone? Target does a great job with this cream and white CurvedTableLamp.Verywhimsical, functional,and the price is right. 31BYH0qVZML._AA400_Bali+Pot+Bellied+Table LAMPANDWICKERENDTABLElskdfjseropiugjvs;eonrtuv94p8t;iadnjvvo9e84v7tnualeo9t7usvpe0;9toy

All of the pillows are from www.pillowsandthrows.com, their Modern Collection. They have an excellent assortment  of well priced beautiful pillows. These are from Koko Company, Thomas Paul and Room Service. lidjoiug soirg srhgslrughlhglshglkrugh,dh,jdhg,jdfh,djgh,djfg,djfg,djfgjdhfgdjhfgjdfgdjhfgjdhfgjhdfgjsgfkjsdgfjgfjsdgfvueiuec ivkivyhst-81115173642111_2082_195470987thomas paul starburst pillow SEPARATINGPILLOWSdkfjoeirutnpsirutsnpirutosirugsiurybvisuertyiaberytvpnirybthpisruynvuyrhvlhblisruyb soilurgy bpi rom service deluxe regency in turquoiseyhst-81115173642111_2082_185738549 FOURPILLOWSFROMPILLOWSANDTHROWSlsikmw[e08t405ot8qh304t8wjh0o597two9h4o57w9476w4976wp49b576u4

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i This cottage will be used as a part time rental, so practicality is paramount. I've selected Kraft Maid Thermofoil cabinets in a bead board style door, which is low maintenance, and very sturdy. The counter top will be Sile Stone in color Dali. Sile Stone is a man made composite material that is as hard and stain resistant as granite, but available in colors not found in natural granite, like sky blue and white. There are marbles in these fabulous colors, but they're soft and porous, and prohibitively expensive. Solid composite counter material provides a perfect blend of light color and functionality.  Hooray! ASPECEHFOWIEFYHIUFHELIHLIUHLSUHFIHNDKVJIEURKHFLSUDFHLSIURGFVBKSJFIEURO98SUKYLEICBI8YAIKKSIU ND_WHdali from silestone CABINETANDCOUNTERlzkdrjp0w34957twvo94857wvp39457wp0597tpw94587tnbpw958b7nwp4958

To provide a little blast from the past, I've selected old fashioned diner furniture for our sweet old fashioned cottage. My client spent the happiest summers of her childhood on this beach, so I like the nostalgia that this look brings with it. I also love bright colors and unbeatable durability and comfort. These are from www.pastense.com

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I'll be spending most of the winter months thinking warm thoughts of sun and sand. Maybe it will help to keep away the winter chill! In any case, I'll keep you posted on the progress, and let you know how it all turns out.

If you'd like to rent this Brewster, Cape Cod house during the 2010 summer season, email our rental agent (and contractor!) Jac Augat at jacaugat@yahoo.com or call him at (508) 776-6624


So here's a little something to dream on, during the chilly, post holiday days of winter.


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