I am choosing to ignore the fact that many of these photos have made the rounds in the blogosphere. Country Living's feature of the Fire Island home belonging to West Elm creative director, Alex Bates, is far too good to pass up. I loved it. Odds are you'll love it. The home is simple, rustic, beautiful, comfortable, and perfectly beachy all at the same time. Antiques are juxtaposed to modern pieces, and unique finds blend with new, mass-produced items to create what everyone inevitably wants: a home that feels like home. It's something we rarely see in magazines, where rooms often look more like paintings and less like people inhabit them. Bates' house is a place you want to go to relax and get away from it all. A place you'd kick your feet up, play games with friends, and sleep until noon underneath the white cotton sheets. So in case you haven't seen all the photos, let's take the tour, shall we?
I spy the West Elm stump. Further reason why I should own one.
Perfect for sipping coffee and doing the crossword. Or polishing off that pitcher of margaritas with friends a la Midnight Margaritas in Practical Magic. Love that flick.
This vignette is very 'Martha,' no? In a good way.
As all things that reflect Martha are.
Alright, I'll list everything I love about this room for you.
1. Striped pillows
2. Coffee table
4. Three-tiered end table
5. Lantern candle holder
6. Ceiling fan
8. The dash of pink from the wall art
9. I could keep going, but I'd rather you watch the video I linked to in 3.
A modest master bedroom. I like that.
That lamp is my new favorite color!
Are we calling it teal? Turquoise? Sea foam green? Pool?
No one ever weighed in on that last time I asked so here's me throwing that out there again.
Remind your husband/boyfriend/brother this is not the same as hanging their high school baseball team picture complete with plastic frame on the wall.
This. Is. Fabulous.
Chess is cool. And anyone who says otherwise needs to sign up for cool lessons.
Baskets on bikes.
Linen shirts and flip flops.
Ocean on the horizon.
I want to be them.
(says the idealistic 24-year-old with stars in her eyes)
*all photos via Country Living magazine*
So you might be wondering about the title of this post... in which I refer to Alex Bates as "my friend."
Well, in case you forgot... we're pretty much bff. At least I like to think we were for the five minutes we chatted at the Chicago West Elm store opening. And when she agreed to take this picture with me despite my grinning like an idiot.
And, Alex, if you're reading this, I'm free for the Fourth! I'll bring the margarita mix!