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NEW! Beach Month at GST

By Danikaherrick @danikaherrick
Hello my home slices!  I have a new agenda for you all.  I have decided to dedicate the month of May to the beach.  I love me a good beach house and some coastal design, and I am jamming this month full of it.  
I grew up in "lower" state NewYork, just a hop over the Jersey line, so my first experiences of the beach were at age 9 getting sucked out in a mean undertow at the Jersey Shore. Twice. I developed a healthy respect for the ocean, and still kept going back.  
When I was able to drive, my friends and I would head out to Robert Moses State Park on Long Island.   (I learned all my aggressive driving skills on the L.I.E.) We soaked our hair in lemon juice and did a lot of sun damage to our skin. And there was always one loud mother on the beach that would keep us entertained with a super heavy Long Island accent.   "Chris-to-fa, stay away from the woh-ta!"& "I sweah, my daw-tah is like the may-yah of Minneola!" has been forever burned into my brain. Oh, good times.
The beach always offers that promise of fun and carefree relaxation.  The rest of the big world just vanishes when you are there.  You suddenly become very small.
So I decided to start off small and close to home,  (well now its Boston, and the accent up here is just as awesome as NY/NJ -"wat-ha") ... so lets talk about the quintessential New England beach cottage.
My favorite is Jeffrey Bilhuber's Nantucket cottage. One word: adorable. From the outside I expect to find my grandmother inside making cookies and lemonade...
NEW! Beach Month at GST
 The inside is classic, relaxed and hand feels homey... NEW! Beach Month at GST  He managed to jam  major style into the tiny  square footage, and the dark brown grasscloth makes this tiny room seem much grander... NEW! Beach Month at GST  I am not as traditional and formal as this, but I love it because it reminds me of home. It reminds me of going to my parents or grandparents, cozy and safe. NEW! Beach Month at GST  And the formal elements are balanced by natural ones and crisp white  to make the space feel airy and fresh. NEW! Beach Month at GST
On a separate note, I have to also kick off May with a big "Happy Birthday"! Seven years ago I became a momma to my big guy Thomas. I love you T! Best job I have ever had!
NEW! Beach Month at GST
Oh, and I have finally hopped on the Instagram bandwagon. (I have a Droid, so I had to wait.) Come over and follow me (danikaherrick) and my randomness. Like this... Hair update. Its bleached.  Much shorter. NEW! Beach Month at GST
I have one more round of toner to go until platinum happens,  and soon this will be happening to it too... NEW! Beach Month at GST f*cking obsessed with this do, and I am willing to chop.   I plan on glamming it up and lounging around my house like its a 70's nightclub. I have had short hair once (twice if I count the 4th grade Dorothy Hamill), and it keeps me on my toes.   Fact. I dress better, wear make up and am skinnier with funky short hair.   You kind of have to or else you look like "Bleh".   And if I hate it its only hair. It grows back. Thoughts on chopping?

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