The Launch and Best of Summer

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Room rendering by yours truly

Phewww….! There was almost no more blog…! WordPress, a fabulously dynamic platform, wasnt working after I updated to their latest version and after a few late nighters spent trouble shooting, I realized it was just a matter of updating all my “plugins” and BAM, I was back up! While you notice me trying to shift the blame to WordPress for my lack of blogging, it is actually due to something else, something very exciting…  As some of you know this summer was an exciting time for me, besides it being such a lovely and mild summer (!!), a seed began to grow, that seedling being my own Interior Design Co Sarah Elizabeth Design, LLC, something I’ve been waiting all my life for… While making headway daily through the piles of paperwork which go along with this lovely profession, I am thankful for our current projects keeping us busy, and its been a great adventure thus far! The website is also now live and was created by a supremely talented designer who I can’t wait to work with again, Polley Wong.

While summer is now a lovely and distant memory, i did want to share some of my fave outings, mini trips and musings from the handful of warm months:

We kicked off the summer with an invite to Washington for a dear friend’s wedding, another city I had yet to visit. The wedding was breathtaking (photos of wedding to follow in separate post) and we made a weekend out of enjoying the gorgeous, incredibly interesting and clean (did i mention clean?) city. See highlights:

Capital-washington dc-springLook what I spotted on my way to the National Mall!

botanical garden-Capital-washington dc-springThe neoclassical facades in the National Mall were enough for me on their own, like the Botanical Garden which was surrounded by different types of gardens (herb and rose gardens to name a few) and housed a most note worthy orchid forest.

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facade-botanical garden-Capital-washington dc-springThe pools mixed with the warm tropical climate inside the building felt more like the most luxurious tropical retreat then the middle of DC, and others thought so too, and were perched in meditative stated on the benched around the water oasis (was looking for a free bench myself!)

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One garden within the building was the medicinal plants wing with plant species (some very rare) which have natural healing properties… Tiny glimpse above, so worth seeing in person.

roses-Capital-washington dc-springOne of the surrounding gardens with an abundance of different types of fragrant roses, could have stayed out there forever…

facade-botanical garden-Capital-washington dc-springAhhh, the National Gallery of Art!! Some of my fave paintings from inside below:

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My favorite painting in the gallery above by Rubens (painted in 1606!). Mesmerized by the rich coloring, how clearly the gown was painted, and the woman’s confident, serene expression.

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National Gallery of Art-Washington DC-paintingLove the color palettes of the above 2 pieces…

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Particularly striking works by Anthony Van Dyck above.

national gallery of art_DC_furnitureThe museum’s immense collection of American Empire and Federal style furniture was really remarkable.

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Chair by John Finlay and Hugh Finlay, 1815

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Urn, one of a pair, by Matthew Bolton 1770. Couldn’t keep my eyes off them… paul manship sculptures_national gallery of art_Washington

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The Paul Manship bronze sculptures were breathtakingly beautiful, a must see at the museum…

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The weekend of the 4th of July we decided it was time to get away for a weekend, and after a bit of online B & B browsing, we stumbled on Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery, which was unlike any Inn I’d ever seen… These photos take me right back to this magical place in PA just over 2 hrs from NYC.

SONY DSCThe view of the main house you see when you pull up to the property, the home dating back from the 1734…!
right-1The grounds…

rightThe Inn’s beautiful common area above and guest suite below. Stairs leading to one wing of guest rooms.

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Some photos borrowed from the website as mine went MIA. These lovelies below welcome guests to the property, grazing peacefully in the yard throughout the day.
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Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 4.41.32 PMThe vineyards just steps away from the main home. Imagine waking up with a stroll through the fields, which is just what we did.

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While i didn’t jump in the pool this time, i was very happy lounging in the hot tub overlooking the vineyard with a glass of wine : )

Sweetwater Farm-Grace Winery-Pennsylvania-Thru these red barn doors also steps away from the main house is the most delightful restored barn housing a lovely bar area and party space where you can try the delicious Grace Winery wines made on site, paired with some locally sourced small bites. The wide range of wines were just like the picturesque views, incredible… You can rent out the barn (including the Inn and entire property) for the weekend for parties and events here.

horses_sweet water farm and grace wineryWe made a friend!

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Taking in the serene views this magical property offers… We will be back very soon!

Poconos_vacation-pennsylaniaFast forward another month, and back to PA. We were lucky to have a friend offer us their home for the weekend in the Poconos where we went with our good friends and their 4 month old baby, Rayan. This was our view from the balcony of the home.

Poconos-pennsylvania-vacation-summer-Me with tiny Rayan. Mommy and daddy were happy to get a mini-break and I was thrilled to steal lots of cuddles from this sweet little guy!

Now cheers to the start of Fall! Hoping you are all enjoying the Autumn colors and crisp air. Xoxoxo SE