The Wry Home turns TWO!

When I started this blog, I had no idea I would still be plugging away after two years and over 100 posts.  I appreciate ALL of the support and feedback from my readers.  Thank you so much!  I have met many people along the way at blogging conferences, events and through great decorating projects – it definitely helps to keep the blog content interesting!  If there is anything you want to read about in the future, please contact me at my email:  I want this blog to be for YOU.  To mark two years at The Wry Home, I am featuring the top ten posts since I started writing on January 19, 2014.  Thank you for two wonderful years.

Posters As Artwork

Vintage posters add personality to any room.


Block Island House Tour

A 2015 house tour of my tiny cottage.


Artist Focus:  Forrest Rodts

Investment banker turned amazing painter.


My UP-Dated Master Bath

An quick facelift for a tired bathroom.



Caribbean heaven.


Entrepreneur Focus:  Helen Feid

My college roommate designs chic beach tunics!

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A Bar is Born

Wasted space turns into our new hangout.


Stuff in My Old Cottage

All of my recovered, repurposed, repainted, reused stuff!


Lee Woodruff: Where Writers Write

A peek into where writers write in their home.


Block Island Favorites

Favorite places on our beloved island.

Thank you.

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Colorful Graphics

Raymond Savignac

Raymond Savignac

If you’ve been in my house or read some older Wry Home blog posts, you would know that I have a passion for 1950s posters. I use them all the time in home design (see here) because of the fabulous colors and bold graphic illustrations.

Jean Carlu, 1956

Jean Carlu, 1956

Vintage posters can be a reasonably priced alternative to other forms of artwork and make a big impact in a room.

Bernard Villemot

Bernard Villemot

Many of the artists from the 1950s/1960s became quite well known for their product and travel posters.  In 1949, French graphic artist Raymond Savignac’s works were exhibited with those of his contemporary graphic poster artist Bernard Villemot at the Gallery of Beaux Arts in Paris. Villemot designed logos and posters for Orangina, and over time these works would become some of his best known. In 1963, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris held an exhibition of his works and by the end of his life in 1989, he was known as one of the last great poster artists. Many collectors and critics consider him to be the “painter-laureate of modern commercial art.”

Jean Colin, 1960

Jean Colin, 1960

Jean Colin studied at the college of decorative arts in Paris and taught there from 1951 on.  His work was featured at numerous graphic arts exhibitions, and Colin himself was the founder of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Jean Colin

Jean Colin

Jean Desaleux is another celebrated French illustrator of 1950s and ’60s posters.

Jean Desaleux

Jean Desaleux

There is some stiff competition for a favorite graphic artist from this period!

1960 Olympia typewriter poster by Max Velthuys

1960 Olympia typewriter poster by Max Velthuys

1948 Italian Art Deco Poster by Faentine

1948 Italian Art Deco Poster by Faentine

1961 Italian Travel Poster

1961 Italian Travel Poster

1950s Vitabrill ad

1950s Vitabrill ad

I have collected a quite a few vintage posters over the years and will have some available to buy on my blog at the end of this month (September, 2015).  I am very excited to share them with you!

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There will be no Wry Home blog post next week though.  We are taking our youngest to college for her freshman year and I will be too sad…

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India Hicks Style

I had the pleasure of hosting a coffee for the new India Hicks lifestyle brand last month.

India Hicks

India Hicks

It was a lovely day spent with lots of friends and catching up!

My friend Lizanne is one of the first style ambassadors for India’s new line.  She flew to NY from Charlotte to stay with me (yeah!) and was a wealth of information for all the guests.

Since I have a work background in fragrance and skincare, the whole day was right up my alley.  I loved spraying, testing and slathering my skin with all of these delicious products.

The influence of Harbour Island, where India lives and raises her five children, is felt throughout the line.

Her lucky beetle is featured on many products and the fragrances in her line smell like the islands.  Heaven!

The Wild Spiderlily and English Rose fragrances reflect India’s time spent in Harbour Island and London.

Hand Wash & Hand Lotion

The hand wash and hand lotion smell like orange blossoms and gardenia petals.

The Mayfair Bag

The Mayfair Bag

The Mayfair Bag is a great bag for summer!

The adorable Agra Tassel that hangs from all of her bags.

Siren Scarf

Siren Scarf

The Siren Scarf can be worn as a scarf, a shawl or a sarong at the beach.

Beetle Bag

Beetle Bag

I LOVE the beetle bag!  It comes in a variety of colors (below) and is irresistible.


Carmen Clutch

Carmen Clutch

The Eleuthera Tote is hiding behind the body wash and hand cream.

Roller Ball versions of her two fragrances to throw in your bag.

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It was a wonderful day with friends and Lizanne, chatting with everyone about the India Hicks line.

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After using all of the lotions, hand creams and fragrances ~ I smelled FABULOUS!

For more information on the India Hicks line, click here:

India Hicks Island Style

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Entrepreneur Focus
Helen Feid

Helen Feid

Helen Feid

When you have a stylish college roommate, who looks chic even in the heyday of Fair Isle sweaters and LL Bean camp mocs, it is no surprise she becomes a successful designer.  Helen began with something she couldn’t find, a simple piece to throw over a bathing suit and wear throughout the day.  Inspired by her mother and friends easy summer style, she launched a line of tunics that can be worn from the beach right through to cocktail hour and everything in-between!

When did you launch Tideline Tunics?

I launched Tideline in the Spring of 2014.

What was your motivation / inspiration?

I love summer dressing.  Easy, loose, simple clothes have always been my go to favorite.  So, I thought I would make something I wanted to wear.  The main style in the collection is basically a shirt dress that is casual enough to throw on over a bathing suit, yet covered up enough to wear throughout the day.  Effortless and chic is what I’m aiming for.

Do you have a retail / manufacturing background?

I worked in women’s design at Ralph Lauren and then at J. Crew.  When my second child was born, I put my career on hold.  Now my children are launched and I am having a blast getting back into something I love.

What inspires you?

I am inspired everyday – especially when traveling…  I love shopping in flea markets everywhere.  I love France!

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Who has influenced your work?

Classic movie stars and glamour girls influence my work.  Lauren Bacall, Faye Dunaway, Babe Paley, Marella Agnelli, Bridget Bardot ~ all have timeless style.  Some of the chickest women that inspire me, however, are my non-famous friends.  Also, I am really loving Halston in the 70’s right now!

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Who is your favorite up and coming designer?

My favorite designers are: Ines de la Fressange, Phoebe Philo and Ralph Lauren

Tideline sold here!

Tideline sold here!

Where can we find Tideline Tunics?

For now, we are only sold in beachy shops (we have a list on the website).  But not to worry, soon you will be able to order directly from the website.  In the meantime, check out: the Monogram Shop in East Hampton and CJ Laing on Nantucket.

Dream accomplishment or project?

My dream is to see Diane Keaton wearing Tideline in a Nancy Meyers movie.

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Go-to inspirational cocktail?

My go to cocktail is a toss-up between a Negroni and a Rum Southside with extra mint!

The designer!

The Designer

Favorite place to relax on the beach?

My favorite place to relax at the beach is our beach club in East Hampton – surrounded by my oldest summer friends and all of our kids.  I always bring a book but don’t get much reading done!

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Are you working on anything new now?

Just sitting tight waiting for the late summer line to arrive!

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For more about Tideline Tunics:

Website ~

Instagram ~ @helenfeid

College days....

Our college days….

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