BLUE CRUSH

Nicholas Haslam

Nicholas Haslam

Nicholas Haslam

And just like that, it’s December. I hope you all had a lovley Thanksgiving. It made me so happy to read via your comments that you’re still coming back to blogs for the conversation. I’ve been missing it too.

So let me share a deep, dark design secret I’ve been harboring… I’m afraid blue and white’s becoming trendy. Perhaps trendy isn’t the word, because there really isn’t a more classic color combination, but it’s undeniably been having a moment and I’ve found myself hitting pause.

Until, of course, I stumbled across this timeless Nicholas Haslam bedroom which has completely charmed me. Perhaps it’s the particularly lovely shade of Prussian blue, or maybe it’s those cornice boards–which I may need to shamlessly copy in my own bedroom–but of the moment or not, I’m resoundingly back on team blue and white.

My ginger jar collection is relieved.

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BLACK FRIDAY SALES NOT TO BE MISSED

Vogue | Terry Richardson

After finishing off an extra generous slice of apple pie I’m digging into another indulgence: holiday sales. I normally find Black Friday to be super overwhelming, so I’ve narrowed down my list to six I’ve hit tonight.

Furbish Studio – 20% Off w/ Code: HOLIDAY20

Moon & Lola – 30% Off w/ Code: MERRY30

  • Because who’s not obsessed with their dog?
  • Loving these turquoise and tortoise beauties.

Nordstrom – extra 20% off selected sale items

  • This is such a classic piece.
  • I’ve seen such dramatic results after using this product for three months.

Serena & Lily – 20% Off w/ Code: THANKYOU

  • this sale is HUGE! Take advantage of savings on big ticket items like rugs, furniture – I adore this, this & this – and lighting.

Shopbop – Buy More, Save More w/ Code: GOBIG16

Tuckernuck – 20% Off w/ Code: GIVE20, 25% Off $500+ w/ Code: GIVE25, 30% OFF $1000+ w/ Code: GIVE30

  • the spot for baubles to complete your holiday looks. These, these, and these are my picks.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I’m feeling especially grateful as I reflect back on where we were just a year ago today–surrounded by moving boxes in a characterless apartment in a brand new city that didn’t quite feel like home–but still celebrating with family who didn’t mind.

We’ve put down roots and Raleigh has become our home, but most importantly we’re joined again by family (their first visit to the new house!) who are all happy and healthy.

I’m thankful to the clients who have invited me into their homes and allowed me to continue to do what I love each day, and thankful to you for your kind words of encouragement no matter how long I’ve stayed away from this space.

I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and an extra slice of pie.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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BITS & PIECES

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Mantle

What do you do when you wake up at 5:00AM and can’t fall back asleep? Go for a run? #nope. Recommit yourself to reviving your much neglected blog, of course! So, hello. I’m back. At least until the next time I find myself drowning in a sea of fabric memos and architectural plans. 😉

As we’ve been preparing to host my family for Thanksgiving it dawned on me that we’ve hit the six month mark in our (not so) new house. I vacillate between being impressed by how far we come to feeling like we’re never going to “get there”. Above is a peek at our living room–the least done room in the house–but one that make me so happy because of its cheerful pink walls. The conch shell is a souvenir smuggled back from a recent trip to Tulum. More photos from that slice of sunshine on Insta.

I’ve been missing this outlet lately and and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, though I admittedly do feel this weird tension between wanting to share and wanting to keep some things under wraps when it comes to decorating our own house so we’ll see how that shakes out.

Out of curiosity – do you still find yourself reading blogs these days or are you spending more of your time on Insta, Insta Stories, Snapchat and the like?

DESIGNING THE WHITE HOUSE

Betsy Burnham White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

David Netto White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

Alexandra Loew White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

Robert Couturier White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

The best thing about the timing of our move from DC last Fall is that we were able to make an Irish exit from much of the craziness of this campaign cycle. Going out and enjoying dinner without running political commentary from Capitol Hill interns in the background has me truly feeling #blessed.

Regardless of your geographic location, I’d venture to guess at this point in the election cycle you’re also feeling a little bit like this. So let’s talk about something politically inspired, but more enjoyable than talking points: the design of the next administration’s White House.

1st Dibs asked 5 designers to create design concepts for both a Clinton and Trump White House–arguably the most high profile project of any designer’s career–and what a dream to have the best art and antiques at your disposal! The feature is both entertaining and an instructive look at how designers imbue their clients’ personality into a space.

 The West Sitting Hall design for a Clinton administration by Betsy Burnham is by far my favorite. Her fresh take on American style is polished but unpretentious, a quality I very much admire.

So here’s the question: who would you hire if you had the opportunity to re-do the White House? I know I’m still fan girling over his new book, but I’m certain Mark D. Sikes would do an impeccable White House. I’d also love to see what Miles Redd would cook up.