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Changes in Latitudes.Changes in Attitudes

by habituallychic

12 . 01 . 09

Every year, I say that I want to spend New Year’s somewhere warm and sunny and every year, I spend it in cold New York. Except for the year I spent it in even colder Stockholm but that’s a story for another day. After seeing Oscar and Annette de la Renta’s Punta Cana house in the Dominican Republic, I feel like trying to finally make this dream a reality! While I can’t stay at their not so humble abode seen in these photos, I could make do at the also chic Puntacana Resort. Anyone else want to come?

Photos by Francois Halard

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  1. Jenna December 1, 2009 | 3:31 am

    I’m in! What a beautiful post Heather! It’s so nice to see a home with so much character and warmth. Thank you!

  2. Anna December 1, 2009 | 3:33 am

    Oooooh lah lah..Heather…Im packing my bags as we speak 🙂 Just so amazingly beautiful! 🙂 x

  3. Suzy December 1, 2009 | 3:49 am

    I’m in!

  4. DoxaHome.com December 1, 2009 | 4:38 am

    I sooooo want to go! Red Rover, Red Rover…I have wanted to visit that property for several years but have yet to make it. Let me know when you’re going…


  5. Dallas Decorum December 1, 2009 | 6:27 am

    Ohhh…that sounds so nice right about now. I know our 40 degree lows here in D-Town aren’t anything to New York weather, but I could go for a mojito and some sand right about now! Oh ya, love the house too! 😉

  6. Brittany Stiles December 1, 2009 | 8:16 am

    You consistently find the most interesting things to blog about, I love it! You constantly keep me coming back to read more. Thanks!

  7. Michael Guy December 1, 2009 | 10:52 am

    Try January in Chicago! I’m in!

    (but I need to lose 15lbs…) 🙂

  8. The Preppy Pauper December 1, 2009 | 1:34 pm

    The word “classy” usually makes me cringe, because it is almost always associated with people, places or things that are anything but classy. Oscar and Annette de la Renta on the other hand are the embodiment of class. From their homes to the way they conduct their lives, both professionally and socially, they are truely classy.

    The snow is starting to fly in Toronto, so Puntacana sounds realllly good right now!

  9. Brilliant Asylum December 1, 2009 | 1:44 pm


  10. Teresa Hatfield December 1, 2009 | 2:21 pm

    Heather, I am happy for you Such a beautiful place.

    I will be spending Christmas in Seagrove, Florida on the beach. Most of my family lives there, which makes things convenient. We will all be together so I am very excited!

    I love the large tables in one of your photos. Easy to set up as an extra dining area.

    I love this post. Beautiful!

  11. mb December 1, 2009 | 5:09 pm

    Oh my. So fine. I want to go too. What fabulous texture and patina.

    We are off to Punta Mita (Four Seasons Hotel) in Mexico. Our family is hooked on the ceviche, relaxation, and the clock that stands still.

  12. Gwen Driscoll December 1, 2009 | 5:09 pm


    It is already so cold here. Not typical for Memphis this time of year. Love your post. I’m definitely ready for somewhere warm.

    Just did a post today on getting warmed up!

    Talk soon,


  13. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors December 1, 2009 | 5:48 pm


    How exciting …Friends of mine have actually stay with the Annette & Oscar. Such a beautiful home. I have never been to the Dominican Republic,
    last winter. He loved it…along with his father.

    I just might take you up on the invitation!! I have been going to Palm Beach for too many Xmas Holiday’s.
    I love your HEADLINE: Changes in Latitudes. Changes in Attitude. I will be singing (in my mind) my new chant!! Enjoy!

  14. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors December 1, 2009 | 6:23 pm

    Oops…Left out* My Son* and his Father.
    I knew I need another cup of java!!-)

  15. Clinton Quisenberry December 1, 2009 | 6:37 pm

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  16. Janet December 1, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    This is so charming! I love the mix of dark, heavy furniture with fresh colors and light fabrics.

  17. Modern Traditionalist December 1, 2009 | 7:10 pm

    I want to RSVP as well!

  18. pve design December 1, 2009 | 7:10 pm

    I’ll be your personal artist.
    I’d bring my own tent and sleep between those hedges.

  19. Soma December 1, 2009 | 8:36 pm

    My bags are packed! Seriously! What could be better after a cold Christmas?

  20. the NEO-traditionalist December 1, 2009 | 10:38 pm

    This home is one of my all time favorites! Oscar has such style. Count me in!
    XXX Kate

  21. Karena December 2, 2009 | 12:20 am

    We will have a painting seminar, in between good food, good wine and great company!!

  22. Junk Exchange December 2, 2009 | 12:34 am

    that would be wonderful – love the bedroom with the matching beds – and the wonderful settee in the hallway .. great place ..


    love your blog!

  23. Minneapolis Modern Sheep December 2, 2009 | 2:32 am

    Wow. I don’t think this place could get any better!

  24. Natalie December 2, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    just got back on Sunday from Tortuga Bay (at the Punta Cana Hotel) and it was amazing! My photos are on Facebook, talk soon Heather!


  25. Anzu December 4, 2009 | 8:45 pm

    I was just showing this house to the girls at work the other day in my Vogue book. It is perfection: grand and elegant yet still relaxed and comfortable.

  26. Ivy Lane December 5, 2009 | 3:29 am

    Heading to the Caribbean late January..cruisin’ for 8 days… and going to relish every minute of it!

    Happy Holidays!!!!

  27. Penelope Bianchi January 11, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Heather; there is a reason you receive so many comments……….it is because you are brilliant; you give credit where it is due…..and you have an unerring eye for spotting the best of the best!

    Bravo and congratulations!

    We love being recipients of your largesse!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are all so lucky!