E of S & Susanna Salk

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I’ve mentioned Susanna Salk’s Weekend Retreats book before in this post (my current favorite one to look at repeatedly), and I was lucky enough to get to ask her a few questions recently about some of her favorite things!

1) What are your favorite places to retreat for the weekend?
Our lake house- where we are now full time because it feels like a retreat every day of the week, year round! But we also love to travel, usually somewhere urban with culture, like Barcelona, Buenos Aires or with rocking accessible beaches like Nantucket.
Susanna’s lake house (from her blog)

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2) Not all of us can afford a separate home for weekends and holidays- any tips on creating a “weekend retreat” feeling in your own home?

Either let the light in and keep it sparse by removing anything you dont love or isn’t essential. Buy some amazing sheets or throw pillows to create an instant new mood. OR keep the light OUT by creating a cozy nook, filled with only your favorite throws, pillows, candles and books.
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3) What are your five favorite items for the home currently?
Love the new vintage moth pillows at West Elm. Anything suzani. Love the new furniture line at Restoration Hardware: all that Belgian rustic chic.
I am always buying affordable flatware: obsessed with Pottery Barn’s new horn flatware. And I just bought a bunch of their mercury hobnail cachepots which I will use everywhere throughout the holidays….

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4) What are your two favorite paint colors?
Decorators White by Benjamin Moore: we used this all over the lake house and combined it with chocolate stained floors: gorgeous! I’m about to paint our master bathroom in their Off Black in high gloss thought (if my husband will agree: I’m working on him!)

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5) What’s on your shopping list for fall/winter? Any favorite items you simply cannot live without?
I am always looking for new quilts to jazz and warm up my bed: Anthropologie’s are amazing.

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Check out Susanna’s other amazing books as well here. Thanks Susanna!

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