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June 29, 2016
by Jessica
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A TRAVEL GUIDE: CAMDEN, MAINE

Cody and I constantly talk about how great it is to live in a place where you can be in another state within 30min. When we can’t think of something to do on a Saturday, we can always jump in the car for a day trip to one of the New England states. It feels like a mini-vacation and a breath of fresh air from the city.

That being said, I am excited to give you all a recap from our recent trip to Camden, Maine (a short 3-hour drive from Boston) because we really fell in love with it. If you are thinking of visiting Maine and enjoying hiking, seafood, kind people, cute shops, and beautiful harbors with many sail boats, this is the place for you. It’s referred to as “the jewel of coast” and I now understand why.IMG_0087_1Camden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design Blogstay.

We had a phenomenal stay at Whitehall, a Lark Hotel property, that was renovated in 2015 by one of my Boston design favorites, Rachel Reider Interiors. It’s a short 10-min walk to the town, but there’s really no reason to leave as they have a full bar and restaurant, outdoor games (corn hole and shuffle board), areas to relax outside and beautifully designed spaces to hang out with friends.

I know I’ve said it before here and here, but the Lark Hotels team nails it every time. The thoughtful design details and overall experience is unmatched and I feel so lucky to have spent time at a few of their properties! It’s been such a pleasure to get to know the stories behind each hotel, meet the innkeepers and explore the town where they reside. I joke that my dream would be to do a tour de lark (would make a great hashtag, no?!) and visit each hotel because it’s everything I love: interior design, traveling, eating at amazing restaurants, meeting new people & a little R&R. Camden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design Blogeat.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I never tire of the small plates breakfast at the Lark Hotels. It’s the perfect amount to start your day and there are always clever creations made by the team each day.

After many recommendations, we made a reservation at Pig & Poet that was conveniently located in our hotel. You guys, this was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! What we ordered: Whole Roasted Corn (with lobster butter + queso fresco) + oysters + Lobster Mac + braised pork polenta (not sure if it’s still on the menu but I would ask because it was amazing) + a spicy cocktail! Evie had roasted potatoes thanks to the lovely innkeepers that surprised her with them (how sweet is that?!).

We also ate at Waterfront in town which had a pretty view and yummy food! Next time we want to try Graffam Bros. and bring home some lobsters.

*side note: one of my favorite details of Whitehall was this little outdoor space (pictured above) and in front of the seating area there was a swing in the trees and shuffle board. It had the perfect after-dinner ambiance, so Cody and I brought our drinks outside and swung with Evie.Camden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design BlogCamden, Maine with Lark Hotels x Oh, I Design Blogthings to do & see. 

You must (yes I am demanding) hike or drive to Mount Battie – a peak that overlooks the bay and distant islands (the beautiful view you see in the photos above). This is the view that influenced Edna St. Vincent Millay’s famous poem Renascence, which instantly made me think of my dear friend Mary of Millay Vintage who named her shop after this inspiring woman.

Shops in town we loved: Sugar Tools, Jo Ellen Designs and Swans Island Company. We grabbed wine to take back to the hotel from Lily, Lupine & Fern.

Our friends that we made on the trip highly recommended visiting the Cellardoor Winery on our next visit and we also plan to go to the Public Library as we’ve heard many great things about it.

Also, we came back mid-day to Whitehall and played corn hole in front and let Evie play on a blanket in the grass. It was the perfect before-dinner activity!
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Traveling with Evie can be a challenge at times, but we have a few tips that help make the trip easier for all of us. Luckily Whitehall is kid-friendly and since it’s a boutique hotel, it feels more like home. They have a pack & play but it was being used the night we were there so we brought our travel crib. The innkeepers were so wonderful with her – they constantly wanted to hold her and make her laugh.

After we decided we were going to meet our new friends for a drink (or 4…haha) downstairs at Pig & Poet, we put Evie down for bed around 7pm. We downloaded a baby monitor app that we can use one of our phones as the camera and watch her through the other so we could hear if she made a peep. Since we were right downstairs, it was the perfect way to enjoy the night with friends. So, if you stay at a hotel and feel comfortable with doing this, I highly recommend it!

Luckily there is a lot to do outdoors in Camden which makes the random fussiness not a big deal. But when we are in a restaurant, we give Evie something to play with (usually the menu) and a bottle when we get our food. Cody and I are laid back people and are willing to do whatever in public to be able to enjoy our meal or activity even if that means giving her a little more formula or snacks to keep her occupied.

We skip the schedule. We are selfish with our trips and want to make sure we go see and do what we want. So if that means skipping her morning nap, then that’s what we do. She is used to plans changing so she will normally take a little nap in the stroller.

The hardest part was the morning for us because we both wanted to sleep in and Evie randomly decided to get up at like 5:30 am. She normally sleeps at least an hour longer. She was really grumpy and we just wanted a little more sleep, but we rallied and somehow made it to breakfast at 8am.

Thanks for making it through that rather lengthy post! I hope you found it helpful should you plan a trip to Camden, Maine soon. Let me know if you have any questions!

Follow more of our travel adventures at #ohidesigntravels  // Explore more Lark Hotel Locations

 

June 22, 2016
by Jessica
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CURRENTLY COVETING: INTERIOR MOLDING + TRIM

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Metrie, however, all opinions are (as always) my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support oh, i design blog!

Interior finishings (molding and trimwork) have been a decorative and functional part of architecture for hundreds of years. Molding was used to cover cracks in the plaster where the wall met the ceiling and would hide any imperfections in wall transitions. Picture ledges were necessary to hang art and chair rails were used to protect the walls from sliding furniture. Similar to today, interior finishings were used as a way to transition from one wall covering to another (for ex: wallpaper to paint). The more ornate and intricate the molding, the higher the homeowners’ status was in society. Fast forward to today and luckily there are more streamline, cost-effective options, like Metrie, that give the everyday homeowner an opportunity to be creative within their homes.

Metrie, a leading brand for trim, interior doors, and moldings, takes the guesswork out of obtain interior finishings. In addition to being able to purchase molding and trim, they are a very helpful resource to determine your molding style and plan your design project using their room styler.

How gorgeous is the trimwork and Fashion Forward doors from Metrie in the room above?! It’s amazing how the architectural details enhance the furniture and decor so beautifully. It’s the perfect mix of a more traditional and layered canvas (the walls + doors) with more contemporary furniture and lighting. Molding is a great way to enhance the fifth wall, aka the ceiling, a part of the room that is so often overlooked. My mind is currently spinning with ideas on how I could integrate more molding in #ohidesignhome! I’ve been perusing Metrie’s Collections, and have my eyes on either the Fashion Forward (shown in photos) or the Very Square. Perhaps this calls for a before & after post soon? I would love to know which collection is your favorite! Like I mentioned before, you can take this style quiz to help you match your personal style with one of Metrie’s collections.
metrie x oh, i design blog metrie x oh, i design blog5 Ways to Creatively use Trim:

  1. add interest to flat walls with a pattern
  2. add some ambiance to your space by adding a fifth wall (ceiling) installation
  3. paint the molding the same color as the wall or a different color for contrast
  4. frame your mirrors or tv with some intricate molding
  5. make a small room, the wow-factor in your home by adding crown and baseboards

How would you use Metrie in your own home? New doors? Crown Molding?

 

One more thing, are you a builder or designer? Metrie is running an Every Room Tells A Story – 2016 Builder & Designer Challenge – where you can submit a room featuring Metrie’s Then & Now Finishing Collections for an opportunity to win a prize package worth more than $25,000.

Find more inspiration here:

Metrie Blog – The Finished Space // Facebook (get updates to see what other designers + bloggers are doing with Metrie) // Twitter // Instagram

June 16, 2016
by Jessica
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MY LOCAL SUMMER GEM

oh, i design blogWarm weather in Boston means we all find a way to get outside everyday to savor the sunshine while it lasts. Especially when you live a few blocks from a quaint neighborhood beach which happens to be my favorite afternoon activity as of late. Since we moved into our home a year ago, we have spent many days at this beach; a few times when I was in my last few weeks of pregnancy and wanting to walk everywhere…and now a few times with Evie and Bella. This is also where you can walk/run along the Harbor Walk, a walkway that follows the edge of beaches, piers and shorelines of the gorgeous Boston Harbor.
oh, i design blogEvie loves to be outside, so this has been a great afternoon setting for us. I can bring some magazines and books I’ve been putting off reading and a couple toys for Evie to play with, an iced coffee and we are good to go.

The kind folks at Garnet Hill gifted me this basket tote to get us extra excited about beach adventures this Summer. Every beach outing needs a cute beach bag…am I right?!
oh, i design blogJ Crew Chambray Dress // Garnet Hill Basket Tote // Warby Parker Sunglassesoh, i design blogoh, i design blogEvie’s Dress – Emma Tunic in confetti chambray via Thimble (made in Boston and handcrafted by moms). How cute does she look?! IMG_5161_1Happy Summer, Everyone!

Photos by: my lovely intern, Sarah Burgess