Author Archives: cara

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/

Wanted: A Car that Sparks Joy

FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I’ve been engaged in an activity that has me questioning my own mind. In recent years, at least, I’ve thought of myself as a fairly decisive person, a person who knows what she wants and … Continue reading

Posted in ROAD TRIPS, TRAVEL | 13 Comments

Late-Season Discovery: The Springs Library

SO I’M STILL HERE in Springs, a woodsy hamlet five miles north of East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y., thanks to the installation of a wood-burning stove that staves off the day when I have to turn off the water supply … Continue reading

Posted in HAMPTONS, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, LONG ISLAND | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Philly’s Mid-Century Modern Mecca

IT’S LIKE eBAY NEVER HAPPENED at the vast Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse in Philadelphia, where larger-than-life opera props jostle with well-made 1960s American case goods by such companies as Lane and Drexel, and new, retro-style upholstered furniture and dining sets made … Continue reading

Posted in ANTIQUES & COLLECTING, INTERIOR DESIGN, PHILADELPHIA | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Far Side of Summer in My Long Island Garden

THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, I’ve spent the better part of April, May and June, September, October and November at my quirky vintage-modern house on the East End of Long Island, N.Y., and rented it out in high summer. I … Continue reading

Posted in GARDENS & GARDENING, HAMPTONS, LANDSCAPING, LONG ISLAND | 10 Comments

This Wondrous Summertime World

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere – Vincent van Gogh Beauty has not been hard to find this summer, despite the heat. Almost everywhere I’ve gone, and I’ve moved around a fair amount, I’ve been hyper-conscious of … Continue reading

Posted in HISTORIC PRESERVATION, HUDSON VALLEY, LONG ISLAND, ROAD TRIPS | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Latest on Hamptons Reno: My Go-To Great Room

IT ONLY TOOK FIVE YEARS to get there, but the great room at my place on the East End of Long Island is finally livable. The final phase of its transformation this spring: a bout of quickie decorating in the newly insulated … Continue reading

Posted in HAMPTONS, INTERIOR DESIGN, RENOVATION | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Jump Start to the Season: My Long Island Garden

THE PAST FEW WEEKS at my home on the East End of Long Island, New York, have been a revelation. I hadn’t spent much time here in April or early May before, even though I’ve owned this quirky house for … Continue reading

Posted in GARDENS & GARDENING, HAMPTONS, LONG ISLAND | Tagged , | 9 Comments