I thought the New Year would be the perfect opportunity to announce a pretty exciting change in my personal life. When I first moved to DC in 2009 (less than 24 hours after graduating and with no job lined up, I might add), I had aspirations of a career in politics. I was a Political Science major in college and had interned during the 2008 election so I thought it was the obvious choice. I distinctly remember how sore and blistered my feet were after traipsing around the Capitol building dropping off my resume at the offices of just about every member of congress in my respective political party. To any hill staffers reading: yup, I was that annoying girl.
I ultimately got a job at a non-profit which ended up paying the bills, but not being the best fit professionally. I was unhappy and needed a creative outlet. The Pursuit of Style was born! At the time, I had just moved into my first real apartment and was obsessed with making it feel like home (with no budget of course). That’s when I discovered design blogs. Many of them are still daily reads like I Suwannee, Shelter, Little Green Notebook, Absolutely Beautiful Things, and Elements of Style. I was completely enamored, and slowly but surely interiors started to play a bigger role in my content and life.
Fast forward two and a half years. I left the non-profit job for a event planning position at a think tank. It was more creative and I loved the fast pace, but always had interior design in the back of my mind. When I wasn’t working, I was reading interior design blogs, shelter magazines, and absolutely hoarding design books. My spending money went to things like a leopard rug, Matouk linens, original art, and I coveted (still covet) just a few yards of Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf. You know, just the normal things 20-somethings are obsessed with… I visited the Corcoran’s open house twice and seriously considered applying to their interior design program, but talked myself out of it each time.
If you’ve made it this far (thank you, you’re a saint!), I’m happy to say that fate intervened and I stumbled upon a Design Assistant position with Kathryn Ivey at Haddon Interiors. You might remember seeing her home featured on The Everygirl! Kathryn is incredibly talented and equally as kind. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from her and honestly couldn’t be happier. Seriously, you should see me at the Design Center, it’s like a kid in a candy store!
Haddon Interiors has some amazing projects in the works which I hope to share with you when they’re completed. I don’t say it enough, but sincere thanks for all of your comments, tweets, and emails. I definitely would not have had the confidence to take a leap of faith if not for your support and encouragement along the way! xx