Allow me to introduce you to my latest Insta-obsession: @ihavethisthingwithfloors. If you weren’t already dreaming of painted cement or mini hex tiles, you soon will be. If you want to make that dream a reality, let’s chat because 1. we’re definitely kindred spirits and 2. I would love nothing more than to make this happen in a project.
It seems like the recipe for Instagram gold is pretty simple: mix one part amazing floors with one part statement shoes and garnish with a pretty pedicure. I’ve got you covered on the statement shoe front with my picks below, and if you’re in DC you can’t beat the painted tile at Le Diplomate–happy snapping!
I’m off to Nashville tomorrow to celebrate my bachelorette with some of my best girlfriends. Our itinerary is still a surprise, but I’m told amazing restaurants and a boutique hotel that I’m going to love await! Any recommendations for must-visit spots? This will be my first visit and I can’t wait to explore!
While I’m eagerly awaiting slipping on my cowboy boots and cut offs (also packed this sassy little number which is slightly moredaring than my norm, but SO flattering–highly recommend) allow me to distract you with this gorgeous Nashville home designed by Markham Roberts and featured in House Beautiful. Projects like this are exactly why I’m so eagerly anticipating Roberts’ forthcoming book: Decorating the Way I See It.
The home owners had a beautiful older home and impressive collection of antiques which Roberts skillfully mixed with modern art, delightful color combinations, and some of my all-time favorite fabrics and wallpapers–Arbre de Matisse (chairs, second photo), Le Touches (chairs, third + fourth photos), Talavera (wallpaper, third + fourth photos). Read Roberts tips for mixing old and new–I’m taking notes!
Ask interior designers for their favorite paint line and you’ll start hearing one brand over and over: Farrow & Ball. The British company manufactures some of the most highly pigmented paints and distinctive wallpapers around–it’s really no wonder why they’ve attained cult-favorite status within the design community!
Being one of those devotees, I was honored to be asked to curate a selection of paints and papers that represent Washington, DC in celebration of the opening of Farrow & Ball’s new Georgetown showroom. The inspiration behind my choices was drawn from iconic events, architecture, historical sites, my favorite neighborhoods and the vibrant and ever evolving personality of DC. Read more about my choices below and for more color inspiration visit The Chromologist.
P.S If you’re in the DC area I would love to see you Thursday, September 18th to celebrate the opening of the brand new Farrow & Ball showroom in style!
No matter how long I’ve been out of school, September will always hold all of the promise of that first page in a new notebook. I love the energy that Fall brings as the lazy days of Summer come to a close. The crispness in the air is like a splash of cold water to the face that reminds me it’s time to get back to business.
So in the spirit of a fresh start, here’s what I’ve been up to the past month–thankfully I’ve been a slightly better Instagrammer than blogger!
STAMPING & SENDING: Our wedding invitations were definitely a labor of love, but I’m hoping that all of those hours of stamping resulted in some smiles at the other end of the mailbox.
DESIGNING: I am so obsessed with how this office in my Cape Cod project is coming together. I know I’ve pushed its owner beyond his comfort zone at each point along the way–first with the navy walls, then the antelope rug, then layering more pattern with the loveseat–but we all agree they were risks well worth taking. Why shouldn’t New England nautical take a walk on the wild side?
Next up: new art, sconces, and throw pillows.
Continuing with the masculine theme, phase 1 of the bachelor pad project is just about coming to a close! Window treatments and the last pieces of furniture were installed a few weeks ago and now it’s time to zhush everything up with the last layer of decorative details. Can’t wait to get my hands on the black lacquered built-in!
Like everyone else, I’ve been hitting up the Labor Day sales this weekend. I picked up a pair of these which I had monogrammed with MRS to wear the night before the wedding. Kind of dorky, but cute, right? 1
5% off is also a good excuse to add some new art to our kitchen. With all the lovely gifts we’ve been receiving, the walls deserve some attention too, right? Lastly, don’t miss this site-wide sale from one of my favorite shops, Waiting on Martha! I’m taking the opportunity to pretend I’m heading back to school and stock up on paper products which was always my favorite part!