GETAWAY: THE SUNSET TOWER HOTEL, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

While we were in L.A. last week, we spent a few days at the Sunset Tower Hotel, an art deco gem in West Hollywood. Built in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the property exudes old Hollywood glamour.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

Originally built as luxury apartments, the Sunset Tower has counted Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Howard Hughes among its residents.

Thanks to a 2004 restoration by hotelier Jeff Klein, the hotel is once again a favorite among celebrities–especially for its famed Tower Bar whose cozy ambiance provides a discreet oasis.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t spot any celebrities during our stay, but even if we had, I’m pretty sure I’d still have been more impressed by the amazing collection of Cecil Beaton books lining the lobby. As a collector myself, I was more than a little envious!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t make it to the Tower Bar, favoring the more casual poolside cafe, The Terrace, for breakfast each day instead.

Since we were on East Coast time, we woke early enough to have the entire place to ourselves–providing me with ample opportunity to take an embarrassing amount of photos of the bullion fringe trimmed umbrellas and chic cabana tents. Future pool goals. I couldn’t get enough!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

If you’re visiting L.A. I’d highly recommend a visit. The staff were incredibly accommodating–assisting us in a last minute rental car crisis–and the atmosphere is truly from another time. Plus, those umbrellas. 😉

L.A. BOUND

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Garrett and I are L.A. bound today for a long weekend with his family on the West Coast! The last time I was in California I was 12 years old, super jazzed about my new vacation wardrobe from Limited Too (anyone remember that brand–apparently it’s coming back!) and not too jazzed about the tropical storm that coincided with our ill-fated trip to Disneyland.

Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! We’re staying at this art deco beauty and I’m really looking forward to soaking up some sun without the 100% humidity we’ve been experiencing in DC as of late.

I’m hoping to visit Gracias Madre, a plant-based Mexican restaurant (shhh not mentioning that detail to Garrett!), which was beautifully designed by Wendy Haworth. Yummy food with a side of inspiration? I’m there.

I’m also hoping to make a pilgrimage to the La Cinega Design Quarter to visit shops I’ve only been able to admire from afar like Hollywood at Home, Harbinger, Hollyhock, and Nathan Turner. Garrett has been quick to remind me that I’m only packing a carry on… just wait until he sees my expandable tote. 😉

As usual I’d love any and all recommendations!

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DAYDREAM DECORATING

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Chair & Ottoman (super cute matching crib!)| Lantern | Hamper | Rug

So many friends and clients are preggo right now and I couldn’t be more excited. First and foremost because I’m thrilled for their growing families (and love babies in general!) but also because designing for little ones is so much fun.

I’m not a mom yet, but I imagine the nursery is an extra special room. It’s where you first get to know your new addition and make those early memories–not to mention spend a whole lot of sleepless nights and early mornings–so why not make it beautiful?

I was attempting to clean up the leaning tower of fabric memos that is my office earlier this week, and the pink gingham and Indian floral above caught my eye. Pretty soon I had a whole nursery scheme in the works.

When it comes to children’s rooms, I don’t believe in watered down design. In fact, I would rather see a room that is slightly more sophisticated, but will grow with the child. It’s more cost effective than replacing pieces the child quickly ages out of in the long run.

Durability and functionality are obviously especially important considerations for children’s rooms, but my m.o otherwise remains the same as with any other room: invest in timeless, classic pieces that will easily transition with you, but most importantly, surround yourself with the things you love.

For this room I’m imagining the Indian floral on the window treatments (Roman shades to avoid sticky fingers on drapes down the road) and crib skirt or bumper, the pink gingham (stain treated!) on the spool chair and ottoman, and my very favorite scalloped lantern (that I would happily hang in my bedroom today) topping off the room.

No children’s room (or any room for that matter!) would be complete without some element of playfulness and whimsy, and I’m obsessed with this elephant hamper. Wondering what the crazy factor would be if I bought one now for fear that it won’t be available when I’m designing a nursery of my own!

Only medium, right? 😉

MARY H. CASE x BISCUIT HOME

Bailey McCarthy | Country Living

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I’ve been a long time fan of Texas interior designer and Biscuit Home founder, Bailey McCarthy. Her irreverent decorating style is always inspiring, not to mention her lovingly renovated homes which have all been showstoppers.

Bailey’s country farmhouse was recently featured in Country Living and one of the rooms I loved the most was the family room above. The mix of buffalo plaid and chintz was perfect, but what really drew me in was the Texas longhorn artwork above the mantle by artist Mary H. Case.

We seem to have a bit of a thing for animal inspired artwork in our house with a menagerie currently counting a flamingo, giraffe, and rhino among its residents, so it’s no surprise that the longhorn was a hit.

I was super excited to read via this interview with the artist that we can now shop trays and limited edition giclee prints as part of a Biscuit Home x Mary H. Case collection.

Hook ’em horns!

THE LWD

Little White Dress

Maybe it’s because I’m a procrastinator when it comes to fashion (I’m always the girl scrambling to find a dress to wear to next weekend’s wedding) or maybe it’s because I’m very much in denial that summer’s quickly fading away, but while everyone else is shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for deals on pre-fall, I’m still thinking about little white dresses.

I came across the photo above earlier this summer on Veuve Clicquot’s tumblr and have been obsessed with that little white dress ever since. I finally tracked it down, and while I’m convinced it’s perfect in every way, let’s be honest, I’d rather throw down on some amazing fabric.

If, like me, you’re still in a summer state of mind and would prefer to buy LWDs over sweaters, we’re in luck because the sales are insane right now! I’ve curated my favorites below.

P.S Fall brides, this is the time for you to stock up for upcoming showers, the rehearsal dinner, etc. As an October bride I can promise you from experience that you’ll be so happy to have options hanging in your closet (again, I was the girl scrambling!)