GIVEAWAY: $200 MACK GIFT CARD

MACK | The Pursuit of StyleYesterday I introduced you to MACK, the new site shaking up the online decor scene. Hopefully you had a chance to visit and start making your wish list, because today I have the perfect thing to kick start your shopping spree: a $200 gift card!

I’ve rounded up a few things I’d happily put the prize money towards–a lavender hide, a statement making chandelier, or maybe a set of greek key cocktail napkins–but I’m sure you’ve already got a long list of your own. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you if you promise to share what you buy if you win.

To Enter: follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you’re reading in a feed or via email you’ll need to click over to enter) and I’ll be contacting the winner next Wednesday, April 23. Good luck!

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Keeping it Real: This post is sponsored by MACK, a company whose model I’m excited about and happy to share.

SHOP TALK: MACK

One of the most exciting things about the interior design industry today is how quickly it’s changing. Thanks to the internet, design is more accessible than ever and the industry has had to evolve accordingly. With evolution comes innovation, and today I’m excited to introduce you to a new online boutique, MACK, that offers a unique way to shop online for home decor.

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The democratization of design has been fantastic for giving consumers access to formerly trade only resources, but the seemingly limitless options can often be overwhelming without a designer’s well honed eye to help guide the process. That’s where MACK comes in. Similar to the e-design concept we’ve seen but without the added cost of hiring a designer, MACK has taken the guesswork out of decorating by allowing you to shop their professionally designed and expertly layered spaces.

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The most frequent refrain I hear from clients is: “I just need help pulling everything together”and I think MACK is a great resource. The difficult task of pairing pieces has been done for you and you’re able to visualize what the end result will be (often the hardest part!) thanks to their beautiful photography and user friendly interface. Find the space that speaks to you and buy it in its entirety to re-create the look or pick just a few pieces. Looking for something specific? You can also shop by category, style, or color.

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I think this is a really exciting new model and was thrilled to have the chance to chat with founder, Tamara Mack, and learn a bit more about her inspiration and design advice. I hope you’ll enjoy the brief interview below!

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MACK is such a unique concept, what inspired you to shake up the traditional e-commerce model?

Over eight years ago, I found my calling designing and staging homes in the San Francisco bay area. From my experiences staging homes with little-to-no lead time (on average, only two to three days) and working with full-service interior design clients in a typical four-to-six-month lead time, I saw a need for a faster, more streamlined solution for decorating. As a working mother of three balancing career and family, I know that the time-crunch of daily life can hold back exciting projects like decorating, so a change to the dated interior design model seemed imperative!

What type of client do you think benefits best from shopping MACK as opposed to seeking out more traditional design assistance?

We built MACK to speak to everyone! Shopping MACK by room is great for clients who want to achieve a professionally designed look without the expense or time commitment of working with an interior designer. For a more traditional shopper or those working with a designer, we also allow customers to shop by category, color, or style. We’re building MACK to be a go-to resource for shoppers in all stages of the design process – whether they’re on the hunt for the perfect throw pillow, or are looking to furnish an entire room.

The best piece of design advice you’d give to someone looking to redecorate their home:
Be yourself! A well decorated home should make you feel more productive, energized, and uplifted. Choose pieces that make you happy and don’t let trends overpower your intuition.

P.S be sure to check back tomorrow for a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

DOORS OF DC

Doors of DC | The Pursuit of StyleCapitol Hill, DC

This row home I recently passed in the neighborhood got all of the details just right. Don’t you love the ornamentation on the transom?

I also have a weakness for homes with double doors–bonus points for brass letter slots and house numbers.

Have a great weekend!

DC DESIGN HOUSE 2014 PREVIEW

DC Design House 2014 | The Pursuit of StyleRill Architects

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DC Design House 2014 | Marika Meyer Interiors | The Pursuit of StyleMarika Meyer Interiors

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On Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the 2014 DC Design House which opens this Sunday, April 13 and runs through May 11. I had gone on a walk-through when it was bare bones, and can’t even begin to tell you what a transformation the 1929 stone estate has undergone.

Many of the home’s original features were maintained, but the designers definitely faced some of the unique challenges that older homes often present. What I was most excited about, however, was seeing so many designers embracing color in their interiors.

I knew good things were in store when I passed through the turquoise lacquer vestibule with its Moravian star light fixture. By far my three favorite spaces were the dining room designed by Marika Meyer Interiors, the guest bedroom by Melissa McLay Interiors, and the guest bath by Anne Walsh Design.

The jumping off point for Marika’s design for the dining room was the beautiful Quadrille wallpaper. She added paneling, a fantastic chandelier, and faux finished malachite consoles which flanked the entrance to the kitchen–so good! I loved the headboard in Melissa’s guest bedroom which is upholstered in a custom colorway of a Victoria Larson Textiles fabric.

When I saw the house during the bare bones walk-through, I remember thinking that the original tile in the guest bath looked surprisingly current, so I was excited to see that Anne was able to incorporate it into her design plan. You know I love a risk-taker, and the Manuel Canovas fabric Anne applied to the walls was definitely a risk, but one that I’m so happy to see taken. It’s such a fun jewel box of a space.

The DC Design House is a wonderful event showcasing the local design community, but more importantly, proceeds benefit Children’s National Health System. I’d highly recommend purchasing a ticket and seeing these beautiful spaces (and many more!) in person.

Congratulations to all of the designers!

RETAIL THERAPY

Retail Therapy | The Pursuit of StyleHome Depot Copper Frame Mirror | Macy’s Pacific Coast Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel Cumulus Old Fashioned Glasses Land of Nod Gold Rock Finials | Crate & Barrel Drew Chair | Kohls Cowhide Pillows

Lots of great things going on in the retail world this week: an ornate mirror that’s definitely a diamond in the rough; a geometric gold lamp that would be fantastic in almost any room; polka dotted glassware just in time for spring soirees; faceted finials that I can’t help but imagine in a room with those lamps; a purple ikat chair you’d easily mistake for custom; and a pair of printed cowhide pillows that are priced just right.