Bring Italian Seaside Flair to Your Summer Style

House Beautiful shares ways to incorporate some Italian seaside flair into your summer home style HERE. Since we can't visit the Mediterranean this year, bringing some of the design into our home and backyard can help quell the travel bug within each of us.

From incorporating bold, natural colors to mixing patterns and textures to investing in artisan goods and heritage brands, House Beautiful brings together some expert tips and gorgeous images to inspire design.

DIGS designers can help bring this inspiration to life while you casually sun by the pool, cool drink in hand, imagining future summers abroad. A patio at La Posta Vecchia. STEFANO SCATÀ

A Prestigious Estate in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Riviera

UPDATE: Sale Pending
A truly rare opportunity to own one of the most prestigious river view estates. This magnificent 5 bedroom/7 bath villa (plus a carriage house apartment) enjoys breathtaking Ohio River and Kentucky hillside views from every room. The stately home sits on 1.742 acres of dazzlingly landscaped terraced lawns and gardens. Boasting an auto courtyard and 3-car garage, no detail or amenity has been left unattended to thanks to a 2-year renovation/restoration.

Offered by the DIGSGroup @ Comey & Shepherd Realtors for $3,875,000.

To learn more details of the property or to schedule a viewing, please contact Jaime Masters (513 509 9324)

Design Inspiration in Martha’s Vineyard

Architectural Digest recently featured this beautiful 18th-century home in Martha's Vineyard that has been updated to reflect the 21st-century. Complete with a carefully thought out and well-executed addition, this home now honors its roots and makes the space livable for a modern family of five and its guests.

We find inspiration in this renovation, from its elegant appointments to its thoughtful curation, this is the excellent design we strive for in each of our projects.

In the sunroom, wicker armchairs surround an oak dining table by Démiurge New York. Object Atelier hurricanes and candlesticks; antique Windsor chair. In the sunroom, wicker armchairs surround an oak dining table by Démiurge New York. Object Atelier hurricanes and candlesticks; antique Windsor chair. Photo credit: Pernille Loof.

DESIGN

A Sense of Order & Beauty

If you are looking for a quick home project that can be done with a glass of wine in your hand, try reworking your bookcases or shelves.  While it can be difficult to get that “just right balance,” there’s no need to complicate things...

here are Christine Kommer’s suggestions.

Step 1

Start with a blank canvas

Take everything off your shelves. You need a blank canvas!

 

Step 2

Order

Sort and organize your items into categories. For example: books, pictures, art, other.

 

Step 3

Identify a theme

Identify a theme. Maybe a theme comes to you when you’re sorting. For my family room built-ins, I decided to focus on my love of the outdoors and nature. In fact, my husband calls it my “Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.” Your theme could be really anything at all: gardening, horses, travel, dogs – something that is about you and your family.

 

Step 4

Identify a vibe

This is different than your theme, although they kind of go hand in hand. How do you want your bookcases to read? Fancy? Relaxed? Rustic? Refined? Sophisticated?  I went for a decidedly causal feeling with my family room bookcases.

 

Step 5

Category by category

Start to put your items on the shelves category by category, while keeping a balance. For example, if you have a bunch of books in the top left corner of your shelves, try to put some in the bottom right corner too.  For shelves where you are putting objects only, I always l like to work in odds, and prefer threes, whether that’s a grouping of three of one type of item, or three different types of items grouped together.  And don’t overdo it.  Built ins and shelves are architectural elements in and of themselves, so less is always more.

 

Step 6

Remove

Take 1/3 of the items that you just put on your shelves off.  Keep it clean and simple.

 

Step 7

Edit and rotate for holidays and seasons

Keeping up with your shelves is important. Try hard not to stuff items in there when you don’t know where else to put them, and don’t let the items you do have on your shelves collect dust – read your books, play your games, look at your pictures.

And if you need help call us and we can schedule a Zoom chat

with Christine Kommer's.

CONSTRUCTION

The High Life

Pitch perfection.  Reimagine the roof space and create magic in the eaves of your home.  A roof space works beautifully to create a sense of intimacy – the perfect child’s room or guest room.  When building an extension a pitched roof adds grandeur and height to elevate the spirits.

Let the roof shape sing with tongue and groove panelling.

Emphasize the shape with a contrasting color.

A high vaulted roof gives such a magnificent

height to this elegant living room.