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Provincetown, MA | The Pursuit of StyleGood morning from Cape Cod! Garrett and I drove up on Friday to spend the Fourth with my family and I couldn’t be happier to be home. We managed to sneak in a boat ride to Provincetown for the Portuguese Festival and lobster rolls (also the perfect place to raise a glass to last week’s victory #lovewins!) before the weather turned stormy.

Rainy weather gave me an excuse to knock out two more titles on my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge: My Paris Dream was surprisingly less fluffy than anticipated, and Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life was like a pep talk for the soul with exactly enough hilarity to keep things relatable and the eye rolling to a minimum.

The blog will likely be taking a back seat this week, but you can find me on Insta where I’m sure I’ll be over-sharing cedar shake shingled houses, hydrangeas and other quintessential New England things that I so desperately miss in DC.

Have a great week!

CREATIVE POTLUCK

Creative Potluck | Lonny

Creative Potluck | Lonny

Creative Potluck | Lonny

Creative Potluck | Lonny

If we’ve ever met, chances are I’ve waxed on about my love of Charleston at some point or another, and if we haven’t, I’m sure the numerous posts I’ve written on the topic quickly gave me away. There’s just something special about the city. Sure, the weather is pretty perfect, the homes charming, and the food scene rivals that of a larger city, but what has always struck me is the sense of community.

Like the rest of the country my heart broke for Charleston last week, but scenes like this creative potluck featured on Lonny’s blog remind me that Charlestonians seem to come together by nature and I know they will do so in the wake of the recent tragedy.

The creative synergy in Charleston is truly inspiring and I couldn’t love the concept of this dinner conceptualized by Ellie Somerville McNevin and Lucy Cuneo any more. Ellie, founder of a boutique PR firm, and Lucy, a photographer enlisted the help of talented friends and fellow creatives to put together a backyard soiree.

From the invitations to the flowers, tablecloth, and menu, each guest had a hand in creating what appears to have been a magical evening and only stokes my desire to pack up and move to the Holy City. Charleston creatives, if we ever get up the nerve and move South, let’s be friends. You’re all amazing!

DC creatives, we should totally take a page out of Charleston’s playbook and create a magical evening of our own!

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Hydrangeas | Capitol Hill

Biased as I am, I thought the Cape & Islands had the hydrangea game on lock until I encountered these stunners on a walk this weekend–Capitol Hill: 1. We’re headed up to the Cape on Friday to celebrate the Fourth with my family so I’ll do my due diligence and report back.

June has gone by way too quickly, wouldn’t you agree? I think a summer to-do list is in order. First up, I need to add some books to my reading list. Have I mentioned I’m attempting to read 52 books in 2015? Currently I’m 5 books behind schedule (damn you Netflix) but I know I’ll be able to make up for lost time while on vacation.

What are you reading and loving these days? I’ve been reading a ton of business books/biographies so I think it’s time for something a little lighter. I’ve seen this work its way into more than a few Instas and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of this, but what else should be on my radar?

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Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Nothing makes me happier than an unexpected color combination and as of late I’m finding black, white, and aqua pretty pleasing. The snaps above were taken at a recent installation. We’ve been giving the Capitol Hill row home built in the 1900s a bit of a facelift and mixing modern, graphic patterns with more traditional pieces.

The tufted ottoman in the first photo has the sweetest kick pleated skirt. Its conservative form is the perfect foil to the almost David Hicks inspired patterned rug beneath it. In the adjacent dining room, aqua piped cushions sit atop mid-century dining chairs.

I just love how the cheery aqua cuts the harshness of the black and white palette. Modern, but still warm and inviting! Looking forward to sharing more as we wrap up the project.

CHARTREUSE CRUSH

The Pursuit of Style | Doors of DC

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Patricia Altschul | Charleston

Katie Ridder | House Beautiful

Yesterday I was mourning the loss of one of my beloved doors on Capitol Hill (above) on Instagram which was recently re-painted blue. Later in the day I found myself researching chartreuse grasscloth options for a client which reminded me of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s fabulous Locust Valley country home and its Benjamin Moore Chic Lime walls.

It wasn’t until I landed upon the Charleston home of Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul featuring a healthy dose of my favorite chintz (decorated by none other than the prince of chintz himself, Mario Buatta) and re-visited the above dining room by Katie Ridder that I realized I was in a full on chartreuse hued spiral.

I couldn’t help but wonder what the clients’ initial reactions were to the proposed wall colors. Did they need some convincing or did they recognize that they were working with design legends and fully trust that the results would be near perfection?

Regardless, I thank them for taking what many would consider to be a risk to show that even the boldest of color can be done in a tasteful and classic way. Bring on the chartreuse!