At Home With Sidney and Joanna Poitier

    This absolutely over-the-top, drop-dead gorgeous residence is the Beverly Hills home of Sidney and Joanna Poitier.  Joanna is an interior designer, and her work is showcased here.  What talent! I was very happy when I opened my inbox and found this surprise.  ENJOY!

    Thank you, Tradional Home!

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Lea and Neil at Castle Hill Inn, Part One / Newport Wedding Photographer

    Posted by Trish: Photos by Melissa and Trish

    Well, this was a long time coming and I was really looking forward to seeing Lea and Neil again, but for their own wedding! I photographed both of Neil's sisters weddings a while ago and I secretly always hoped that Lea would call me when it was their turn at the alter. So I was excited to hear from Lea when she got engaged and to get the chance to photograph this family one last time!

    Lea loves the beach and had a fabulous seaside theme going on.

    What fabulous wedding hair, it was the perfect choice!

    Gina from 2Shine gave Lea some amazing bridal make-up!

    It's always a surreal moment when the bride actually is wearing her dress, not just trying it on.

    Lea headed out to the garden for some photos before the ceremony.

    She like one of the flowers in the garden here.

    Speaking of flowers, these were awesome! by Sayles Livingston.

    She really makes a beautiful bride! See what I mean about the veil, it makes you a bride and completes the look!

    Neil went out to the garden for a few photos too, but they opted not to see each other before the wedding. Sometimes it works out just as well that way. How adorable is Neil?!

    Lea is also an avid collector of sea glass and even has a big bucket in her trunk for her beach finds. You can't go wrong with sea glass! I wish I had thought to wear my seas glass bracelet.

    This is about as Newport as it gets.

    Kids is coming down the isle is always a crap shoot. Some kids bask in the glory of all the people watching them and others freak out. We had a combo here.

    Waiting for the ladies...

    The big moment for Lea and her Dad, finally!!!

    They had a gorgeous summer day, perfect for a wedding!

    I do. Do you? So do I.

    A classic bridal pose, although totally un-posed during the ceremony.

    Off tot he garden for a few minutes alone...with the photographers and video. We like to be romantic.

    Neil is looking pretty happy here, so awesome!

    'We did it!"

    At this point the veil had blown off, but Lea was all set with it anyway, kind of long and hard to manage.

    I love that green lattice, so Castle Hill!

    More to come...

    Location: Castle Hill
    Flowers: Sayles Livingston
    Gown: Mikaella at East Greenwich Bridal
    Hair: Talya from Strandz
    Make-Up: Gina from 2Shine
    Bridesmaids necklaces: The Green Door, East Greenwich
    Cake: Scrumptions
    Videographer: Mike Picard
    Band: Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band

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Happy Times

    My beautiful dad.

    The beach houses surrounding the house we stayed in. The agapanthus grows wild in front of these houses. I would love to see them flowering.

    The gardens in this small sleepy beach side town are to-die-for.

    Table set for Dad's Birthday lunch.

    I spotted this cute beach shack when I was out picking flowers and loved it. In New Zealand I've noticed they paint many of their houses black and white which I love.

    I had a bath in this huge clawfoot bath every day we were there. I love the little vintage butterfly prints on the wall.

    When we eventually renovate the kitchen in our new house I definitely want to have a cabinet built just like this one which was in the kitchen at the beach house. It was so perfect for all the plates, platters, cups etc.

    The beach in front of the house.

    We've just returned home from a week in New Zealand where we celebrated my father's 60th Birthday. After spending a few days in Auckland we caught a plane down to Napier and drove down to a beautiful beach house my parent's have been frequenting over the past 12 months in a sleepy beach side town in Hawkes Bay. We spent 3 days here with my parents, brothers, cousins, aunty & uncle and our grandmother. It was the most wonderful holiday with lots of laughs, lots of tears and lots of reminiscing. Mum cooked an amazing lunch for Dad on his birthday. I went down the street and picked some gorgeous roadside flowers which I arranged for the table. It was the most amazing week away from work and the craziness of life. Happy 60th Birthday Dad. You are one in a million and we all love you so much.

    If anyone is interested in staying at this beautiful house click HERE for details.

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James Huniford ~ Interior Design In Long Island

    For those of you that love a less cluttered d├ęcor with interesting pieces, James Huniford has accomplished a beautiful mix within this Long Island beach house. It is obvious that this interior designer does his homework. ENJOY!

    I hope that you have enjoyed this post.  You can see more beautiful rooms in the August 2010 Elle Decor.  Have a great weekend, my friends!

    See you soon,
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