Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Find: A Summer Post from the Past

I wrote this post a while back and decided to share it with you again since its from one of my favorite locations featured in The Find.

There's something irresistible about the simplicity of a beach cottage -- one practically under-decorated with finishes that have faded under the sun's constant caress and textures speckled and splotched by the salty air's kiss.

Since winter's chill is on the way, I thought I'd share a couple of the  heartwarming images that I photographed on the Fire Island community of Saltaire while doing research for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details.

Mary-Ellen Weinrib, a home stylist who has spent her summers on Saltaire for more than 20 year, took me on a tour of her home and I snapped away inspiration that I haven't shown anyone until now -- a framed poppy canvas casually leaned on the mantle of a weathered fireplace, an intimate view through a painted screen door into a crisp-white guest room, or even the lovely, washed-out family photographs that accentuate the setting of a brilliant sun porch.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


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