Life’s a beach for Barri Leiner Grant

In the four-bedroom Lakeview apartment Barri Leiner Grant shares with her husband and two daughters, seashells, mattress ticking and weathered antiques commingle with crystal, velvet and silver to create a handsomer, more dapper beach aesthetic that reflects both her New Jersey roots and her professional experience as a photo stylist, entrepreneur and author of several books, most recently Jersey Girls: The Fierce and the Fabulous, which she co-wrote with longtime friend and business partner Marie Moss. The book is a scream – funny, vibrant and nostalgic with great recipes (Laura Plimpton & Martha Stewart’s Jersey Girl canned tomatoes), illustrated guides (How to Eat a Lobster), tons of ephemera and some (thankfully) Snookie-free celebrity dish. Flipping through its pages feels a bit like wandering around from booth to booth at a fantastic flea market, so I thought you guys might enjoy it. For more about Barri’s apartment, please check out my recent story in the Chicago Tribune.

Photo (top) by Chicago Tribune photographer Bill Hogan.

This canvas tote ($22), which is available from Barri and Marie’s company, M & B Vintage, would make the perfect beach bag or a great gift for the vintage enthusiast in your life.

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One Response to “Life’s a beach for Barri Leiner Grant”

  1. I enjoyed the article. What a lovely place. It would have been nice to see more photos. Great blog by the way.