Fire Island Refresh


When my friend asked me to help her refresh the living room of an old family Fire Island home, I jumped at the chance.  The house has been in her husband’s family for years and just passed into their hands.  There were a few tweaks she wanted to make, but in a way that would not rock the boat with their extended family.  It was very important to her to make any changes slowly.


There were two plaid couches and four blue chair cushions she wanted to recover.  New pillows to bring a punch of color into the room were on the list, as well as a new rug.  A rug that would hide sand, footprints, dog hair, food ~ you know, everything!

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We started by picking fabrics.  She brought her husband along to help, especially since it was his family home.  He liked blues for the couches (beachy), orange Jonathan Adler for the chair cushions (bright).  They both agreed on bathing suits from Robert Allen, an orange chevron pattern from Duralee and a Kravet cream fabric with yellow brush fringe for all the pillows.

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A natural jute rug with a Cardinal red binding from Curran took the place of an old geometric rug.  I have the same jute rug in our family room and it hides a multitude of sins.

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The couches got a blue and white Thom Filicia stripe on the back and the rest is a herringbone blue solid from Kravet.  The old blue cushions in the new orange fabric look adorable with the cream/yellow pillows.


The bathing suit and chevron pillows are great together on the blue couches.

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Time for a quick walk.  The day could not be more gorgeous!

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We worked hard getting everything set up, but I think my friend AND her husband were happy!

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The beautiful Scandanavian furniture popped with the new fabrics.  The feel was beachy and fresh.

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We didn’t change things too much so everyone would feel right at home when the weather warms up!

The Wry Home is taking a month off to revamp the website and make some other updates, but follow me @thewryhome on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  We will be back on April 27th, new and improved!  Thank you for all of your support and see you SOON ~ xo Liz




Summer Reading

There is nothing like a good book on the beach.  I am a little late this summer organizing a pile of books to read, but I finally got my Amazon order and am ready to go!

Not on purpose, but there seems to be a Paris theme in my book list.

A Paris Apartment depicts Paris of the Belle Epoque, an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been shuttered for 70 years with lots of treasures and a “sexy” Parisian on the scene.  Tres Bien!

All The Light We Cannot See is set in Paris during World War II.  Anthony Doerr took ten years to write this novel and won the Pulitzer Prize for it.  Supposed to be amazing.

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My summer book club book is the new Harper Lee Go Set a Watchman.  With many of the same characters as To Kill a Mockingbird, this new book takes place 20 years later when Scout comes home to visit her father and all that ensues.  Launch date, July 14th.

My Life in France is an attempt to get interested in cooking this summer….

It tells the story of Julia Child when she first arrives in France, her time at the Cordon Bleu and writing Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  If it doesn’t get me interested in cooking, I know it will get me interested in a trip over the pond!

If Reese Witherspoon has already signed on to be in the movie version of this debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive, it should be good.

Last but not least, the wanderlust book.  Without Reservations winds the reader through Paris, London and Italy….  One CAN live vicariously on the beach.

I am almost done with Primates of Park Avenue (admitting to reading it) and am excited to lie around on a beach towel and read all of these new books.

Happy Reading!

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