Erin Paige Pitts Interiors

"It's all in the details……."

Month: July, 2010

“It’s all in the details…. Balboa Peninsula Point…. Coastal Cottage Charm….”

I just returned from a week in California, I am working on a private residence in Newport Beach.  I stayed at the Balboa Inn on the Balboa Peninsula so I can be near the beach.  I had never explored the Balboa Peninsula before, as it turned out, it is a real visual treat.  On my morning run to the very tip of the island, I ran through a neighborhood with the most amazing coastal cottages.  Everything I saw was just from the curb but it was a feast for the eyes.  After my run, I went back and got my camera and took these photos to share with you.   As you all know, my foremost love is “Elegant Coastal Homes for families” and all of these fit the bill.  I could only see the outsides but I am sure the insides are equally beautiful!

This stunner was equally beautiful street side and beach side.  I just loved the railing detail and the Juliette balcony.  This home is beyond a cottage but still maintains a cottage feel.

Here is how it looks from the beach!  Great house for entertaining!

This dark gray house really caught my attention.  I just love how the white trim pops! 

This house had the most charming curb appeal.  I particularly loved the shell street sign!  I am going to make one of these with my daughters!

The entry to this house, covered in a flowering vine, beckons you to come in! 

I couldn’t help but take a closer look….

Not every house was a cottage.  I loved this Modern beach front marvel!

Last but not least, Grandmother’s cottage (or at least that is what I call it).  It is small, charming and sweet. 

I hope you enjoyed your visual architectural tour of Balboa Peninsula Point!  There are so many more wonderful houses, I don’t have room to share them all.  Make a point of driving out there when you are in the Newport Beach area.

If you love elegant coastal homes or want your in-town home to feel like a getaway, I’d love to help you design it and make your dream a reality!

Until next time….




“It’s all in the details…. Houseboat Chic on the LoneStar!!!!!!!!!!!

First of all, for those of you who haven’t been to Gibson Island, Maryland, a private island where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Magothy River, you are missing out.  First of all, it is beautiful beyond comparison.  Imagine, the beauty of the Hampton’s or Nantucket, but an hour outside of Washington D.C.  Secondly, it is filled with amazing people and fabulous homes.  The island is totally private, no businesses other than the Gibson Island Club which includes, golf, tennis, boating and our post office.

Last summer, I had the most amazing intern, Kate Tracey.  Kate’s family has owned the “Lone Star” Houseboat for two generations (Kate’s mom, Nina’s parent bought the house boat when she was a young girl). The “Lone Star” is moored in the harbor at Gibson Island every summer. It is often the location of fabulous family friendly parties where everyone “jumps off the roof of the house boat!!  Today, I had the great pleasure of taking a tour of the Lone Star with Kate’s mom, Nina Tracey.  Nina and her sister Rebel, now own and operate the Lone Star as their summer residence.  Not only is it full of family history, but it is such a fun, super cool place to call your summer home that I just had to share it with you.  Since my love and specialty is coastal homes, what could be more coastal than a houseboat?

This is how the house boat looks as you approach by tender from the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron.  My captain this morning was the always delightful Denver Sanner, our harbor master.  Below is The GIYS tender “Salty Marks”.

Once on the “Lone Star” house boat, you are instantly put in “relaxed summer mode”  This is one of the outdoor decks.

Inside the “Lone Star” is a real treat.  Very tastefully, nautically done with many family memories.

The “Lone Star” sunk years ago and had to be rebuilt.  The player piano that was on the original “Lone Star” is memorialized with a wall hanging made by family friends’ the Knipp’s, showing two remaining parts from the piano that were salvaged from the depths of the harbor floor.

The state rooms, couldn’t be more inviting, decked out in Lilly Pulitzer and Nautical themes.  I can’t wait for a sleepover invitation!

The dining room is a cool, elegant retreat from the days heat! 

Here is a sign that says it all !

Hail to the Lone Star!  Many thanks to the Tracey’s for inviting me into their home and allowing me to share it with all of you!



P.S. If you are looking to hire an interior designer for a residential interiors project, I’d love to hear from you!  In particular, I love creating elegant coastal homes for families but I also do urban and country homes!  Let me make your dream home a realty!

“It’s all in the details, shopping Hamptons style….”

I just returned from a week out in the Hampton’s with some great friends and family.  As you all know, the Hampton’s is aesthetic overload.  Virtually everything is beautiful and well designed. This is mostly due to the fact that the most influential fashion and interior designers out of New York City have homes there.  I enjoyed a lovely afternoon strolling through South Hampton with my friend and relative, Deborah Pitts.  As an avid lover of Coastal Design and anything to do with the sea, there were so many shops that appealed to me.  I took a few quick pics of my favorites to share.

There is never a doubt in anyone’s mind that Ralph Lauren knows how to do coastal blue and whites the best.  I just love this little cabana vignette outside his home store.

Inside the home store, I was totally smitten by his new collection of blue and white dinnerware.  It was all I could do not to leave with a place setting for 12!  It is blue and white without being precious.  That is what makes Ralph Lauren’s designs so incredible and appealing.

Our next stop is one of Deborah’s favorites… Privet House.  She wanted me to see the beautiful hurricane’s they fill with shells and starfish.  They are done well and are a perfect addition to any coastal home.

The Privet House also had the most amazing coral display I’ve ever seen.  All types of coral including blue coral, one of my favorites! 

Lastly, we stopped in this amazing floral shop.  I am unable to recall the name of the store but the table just inside is an amazing sight.  The selection of orchids and other beautiful floral and fauna was a total feast!

I look forward to another visit the Hampton’s again this September.  It is a place I simply can’t get enough of!

Have a spectacular 4th of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!