CTL Weekly 06.07

Susan Kaufman’s second book of photography, Walk With Me Hamptons, came out last month, and I pre-ordered it so it would be on my doorstep on release day. Her first book, Walk With Me New York was wonderful and I knew this one would be too.

Susan, a former magazine art director, splits her time between an apartment in the West Village of NYC and a cottage in Amagansett, NY. She documents her walks in these two charming places on her popular Instagram account and now two books.

Something I find fascinating about Susan’s photography is that she takes all of her IG photos and those in her book with her iPhone (and based on one interview I heard with her, it’s not an especially new iPhone either).

As far as the books go, each chapter has a hand-drawn map of the town or neighborhood with Susan’s favorites noted. The books are smaller than the standard coffee table book too. Small enough to make them portable, as some people have thrown them in a bag and used them as guides when traveling. But they’re perfect for armchair traveling too.

Here’s more of what I saved to share with you this week.

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A 1600’s Cape Cod guest house gets a full renovation.

Our Madeline was baptized last Sunday and I ordered this sweet, pink block print tablecloth for the lunch at our house afterwards. These come in so many colors and patterns – I also love this blue and green combo for summer.

The Books Beach & Beyond podcast with Elin Hilderbrand and Tim Ehrenberg is back for its second season. I immediately hit play when a new episode of this podcast drops, because it’s not just book recommendations (although there are those) but interviews with authors, editors, and other bookish insiders. It’s so entertaining.

Homeworthy did an episode about the renovation-in-progress of Brian Branton’s 1880’s South Carolina property and Brian has started his own YouTube channel to document the journey as well.

Inside Reese Witherspoon’s literary empire. From the article: “So how did an actor who dropped out of college (fine, Stanford) become one of the most influential people in an industry known for being intractable and slightly tweedy?

Dark, moody home decor is having a moment. As someone whose favorite paint color is Urbane Bronze, I support this!

I’m bookmarking this spritz cocktail recipe for my prosecco-loving kids.

In case you missed it on the blog this week: seven (more) dining rooms as libraries and eating, reading, and wearing.

I hope you have a good weekend!

P.S. 12 favorite Instagram accounts and more CTL weekly posts.

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