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A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Cape Cod Style Seaside Home


“Everyone seems to have more time to read on Shelter Island, which is such a luxury”

—Christine Gachot


A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Weekender Home: Vintage Dresser and On The Road Poster

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Entrance

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Living Room: Sheepskin Throw on Mid Century Chair

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Dining Room: Windsor chair

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Weekender Home: Record Player and Vintage Poster

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Cape Cod Style Seaside Home

A Shelter Island Home Perfect for Lazy Summer Days: Christine and John Gachot's Boys Bedroom


Forget everything you know about the chi-chi side of the Hamptons; it’s places like these that really makes my heart swell: John and Christine Gachot’s tiny seaside cottage on Shelter Island. It’s secluded enough, yet rooted in a community filled with picture perfect antique stores, local boutiques and eateries. It’s filled with personality and joie de vivre and 100% carefree.

It’s a place where you can whisk away and forget about all the stresses of daily life and slow down your pace; where you can live with sand between your toes and salty ocean mist in your hair. I spent all my childhood summers in a house like this in New Brunswick (albeit way less cool and without all the fun edgy cool boutiques & restaurants around). Still I can vouch that it’s truly a magical environment to be in as a child. Annnd now you know where my love for the seaside comes from.

This is the home of John and Christine Gachot, interior designers at the impossibly cool Gachot Studios. This Manhattanite couple and parents to two growing boys decided to put down their weekend roots in this Cape Cod style cottage a stone’s throw away from the beach. Their knack for pairing vintage items together is infectious, their rockstar-esque edge is admirable. I basically want to become them, or at least get invited for a summer BBQ.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine and Gachot Studios.

Gab Loves: Nautical Notes

Gab Loves: Nautical Notes: O&G Windsor Barstools, White Eyelet Skirt , Chloé Faye Bag and Porch Swings

It’s no secret around here that I have an affinity for all things coastal, and it only increases as summer gets closer. I spotted this blue & white life preserver on One Kings Lane last week and it instantly reminded me of this stunning staircase and sent me into a full blown nautical spiral.

I’m picturing a vibe à-la Surf Lodge bar (aren’t these barstools perfection?) where, in an ideal world, I would wear this eyelet duo with these insanely gorgeous raffia ankle-tie sandals and why not—Chloé’s new Faye bag. I would also be sipping a jalapeño margarita on these adorable Shell We Have Another cocktail napkins.

In the meantime, I rediscovered this marina on my new running track in Montreal’s Old Port and it’s making me insanely happy and motivated to run the extra miles (4 to be exact). Whatever works right?



1950s Blue & White Life Preserver | Clare V Piscine Flat Clutch | Etnia Barcelona WLA Africa Sunglasses | Zinke Eyelet Drew Crop and Quincy Midi Skirt | O&G Wayland Barstool | Chloé Faye Medium Shoulder Bag | J.Crew Raffia Ankle-Tie Sandals | Lele Sadoughi Tulip Tassel Necklace | Shell We have Another Cocktail Napkins | “Looking Up” by Donna Baldassari | Faded Indigo Batik Pillow | Hampton Poch Swing

The Weekender: 05.01.15

Turtle Tuesday is amazing. The Weekender • on @SavvyHome

The One Room Challenge has been going pretty smoothly so far and I’m loving the result! And yet I have this feeling that a couple of items won’t arrive on time and I’ll just have to roll with it. So right now I’m feeling like this turtle trying to cross the finish line. Slowly and steady wins the race right? Speaking of turtles, @asenseofhuber started this Instagram account @TurtleTuesday and it’s my favorite thing on the internet right now (followed closely by #UberPuppies).

These last few weeks have been a little overwhelming while I’m balancing a large number of projects and trying not to drop the ball on anything. My brain feels like some kind of scattered matrix (sounds bad, but it’s really not—it’s kind of fun but exhausting). I’m looking forward to spending a few days in NYC next weekend and completely disconnecting from work. Until then, it’s “focus like a laser” time.



LanceWovens is on sale on One Kings Lane! I’ve been obsessed with their leather woven pillows for years and this weekend they’re at up to 56% off!

Serena & Lily’s Summer Collection is everything. I want it all!

Grab a few must-haves at West Elm all at 20% off!

World Market is having their bi-annual Friends & Family sale this weekend! Save 25% all home furnishings, décor & more wit the code FFWEB.



Have you ever flipped through a perfectly styled catalog and thought you should canoe more? You’re not alone. Erin (hilariously) reports.

Gabriela Perezutti Hearst’s dining room in the West Village reminds me of Casa Tua in Miami and it’s kind of blowing my mind.

Inspiring life lessons from the legendary Iris Apfel (can you believe she’s nearly 94 years old)! #LifeGoals

On my to-do list for NYC: visit the Calypso Maison store styled by dabito and Justina Blakeney.

Sixty Hotels is opening its first international hotel in Montreal in 2016! Get excited.

Looking for original and memorable Mother’s Day ideas? Right this way…

Spring cleaning shortcuts for a deep-clean that will last all year.

When you’re almost at the finish line… #OneRoomChallenge

Kiesza shares her beauty routine. Love her so much.


Image via @asenseofhuber

3 Memorable Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Brunch (like Paris) is always a good idea. But in case you’re looking for an extra special way to treat your mom this year, here are a few alternatives.


Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome


Gifts are nice (“and always welcomed” my mom would say) but the best ones are accompanied by a fun activity or thoughtful gesture. After all, every holiday on the calendar year is really just an excuse to spend quality time with the ones you love—and my mom just happens to be at the top of that list. I know I’m sounding like a total cheese ball at this point, but I don’t care.

We have a long tradition of Mother’s Day brunch in my family, but it’s always nice to shake things up a bit… Here are a few brunch alternatives to treat your mom this year.



Grab your picnic baskets, blankets and a bottle of rosé and go have a picnic in the park, on the beach or wherever. After all, Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start soaking those rays of sunlight.

Wicker Crossbody Bag | Panama Hat



Take her out on the ocean, on a lake or a river… If your mom loves being on the water as much as mine does, she’ll be delighted. Go sailing, take a sunset cruise or take a row boat out on a lake. In Montreal, we have a spa on a boat in the Saint-Lawrence river called Bota Bota. It’s a winner.

Newport Silk Scarf | Sailor Tote | Toggle Rope Belt



You know that hotel in your own city that you’ve been dying to try? Invite your mom for a staycation and indulge in massages, breakfast in bed and the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.

Foulard Zig Zag Wool Scarf | Provence Straw Satchel


Want to get your mom a little something special to go with your Mother’s Day activity? Shop J.McLaughlin’s Exclusive Sale to receive 25% off all full priced orders from April 30 – May 3. PLUS receive an additional 5% off with promo code JMCLSAVVY.

More Mother’s Day Ideas on Pinterest!

Images via Lonny, J.McLaughlin, Kara Rosenlund and Domaine.

Thank you J.McLaughlin for supporting this post.

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