LYNN MORGAN DESIGN

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

Lynn Morgan Design

Let’s take a moment to admire the work of Connecticut based interior design firm, Lynn Morgan Design. A trip through their portfolio brought me right back to my New England roots in the best of ways. I’m especially taken with that first photo. You really can’t go wrong with classic navy and white. Especially when Quadrille’s petite zig zag is involved–one of my all-time favorite fabrics.

Not one to be pigeon holed into coastal designs, Lynn Morgan Design has done some equally inspiring city projects. I love the coral, black and white palette of the New York home featured in photos two and five. Very chic.

I also loved Lynn’s response to how she would characterize her decorating style. She says: “That’s a difficult question but I’d say my ‘hallmark’ is what I’d describe as refined simplicity with dashes of color and modernism- but sophisticated. Although I’d characterize my taste as traditional, I do have great appreciation for contemporary details and how they contribute to the overall design effect.”

Her appreciation for and ability to execute both traditional and contemporary designs have certainly contributed to one wide ranging and inspiring portfolio that I was happy to stumble across. Enjoy!

THE ESSENTIALS

The Pursuit of Style

Stephanie Johnson Palm Desert Bag (gifted) | Josie Maran Argan Oil | Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment | Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer | Tarte Eyelash Curler | Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Two: the number of times the entire contents of my makeup bag tumbled to the floor in one morning. One: the number of temper tantrums it took me to realize the damn thing was overflowing and it was time to do something about it. Five: the number of products currently in my makeup bag.

If we wanted to keep playing this numbers game we could add ten million to that list because that’s how many pieces my favorite NARS blush is in after it took its second tumble. It’s okay though, I’m considering it a casualty in my war against clutter.

After recovering from my brief fit of rage I decided to edit wayy down to just the essentials. The things I buy again and again and use everyday without fail. If I had to put together an “if you were stranded on a deserted island” type beauty bag this is what would be in mine (okay, and maybe some sunscreen).

Josie Maran Argan Oil: This stuff is liquid gold. I mix in three drops with my moisturizer a few times a week before putting on my make up and my skin has never felt better. Healthier, well hydrated, and on the days I use it I notice a dewier glow.

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment: I’m 100% addicted. I always have at least one in my bag, one on my nightstand, and one in my car. I’ve tried a million other things but always come back to this no-frills drug store staple. I love the texture and it has SPF which is a must for me in the summer.

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer: My sister got me hooked on this over Christmas and as soon as I got home I bought my own. In terms of application you can’t get much easier than a big crayon and it covers amazingly well and stays put all day. Super important for days when my dark circles could have me confused for the walking dead.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara: This was another recommendation from my sister who–as you might have guessed–is a product junkie. Especially with mascara. I swear, on any given day you’ll find at least six different tubes in her makeup bag. This is her favorite and now I’m a devotee too. I’m the biggest skeptic EVER but I promise you, this works. Your lashes will look longer!

Tarte Eyelash CurlerIf there’s one thing I’m vain about it’s curling my lashes. I switched to this eyelash curler after years of a Shu Uemura and haven’t looked back!

Hopefully you’re as nosy as I am and enjoyed a peek into my makeup bag. I’m always so curious about other people’s beauty routines and would love to know what your essentials are. If you had to edit down to 5 what would they be?

IN PURSUIT

The Pursuit of Style

Zebra Coat | Bamboo Link Necklace | Lilac Bag | Dinner Plates | Chinoiserie Pillow

Just a few things that are catching my eye this week: A perfectly styled zebra coat from Zara that I need to track down and try on. A bamboo link necklace I plan on snagging next time Banana Republic runs a sale (so0 most likely tomorrow). A crossbody in the prettiest shade of lavender for spring. Dinner plates reminiscent of my beloved Matisse cut outs and a chinoiserie pillow that would have fit perfectly in The Peacock Room from yesterday’s post.

BITS & PIECES

Freer Gallery of Art | The Pursuit of Style

Freer Gallery of Art | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Peacock Room | The Pursuit of Style

Freer Gallery of Art | The Pursuit of Style

Shameful as it is, I’ve lived in DC for almost 4 years now and there are still quite a few museums I haven’t set foot in. I’m trying to change that slowly but surely, because there really is no excuse for not taking advantage of having (free!) access to so much art and culture.

Winter has been great for checking museums off my list. There aren’t as many tourists which makes meandering through the exhibits much more enjoyable. You can actually linger at the pieces that catch your eye without getting pushed along in the herd. A few weeks ago I had gotten a press release from the Freer | Sackler Museums of Asian Art and decided to visit this weekend.

Within seconds of stepping inside I was pulling out my camera to snap a picture of the gorgeous ornate ceiling and chandelier. Next a hand painted screen which reminded me of Gracie wallpaper caught my eye.The real star of the Freer Gallery–and I think most who have visited will agree–is The Peacock Room.

This jewel box of a room is pure opulence and excess. From the giant gilt peacock mural which covers one wall, to the intricately carved shelves, to the fretwork door and feathered ceiling, no surface is without adornment. For more photos and to read about The Peacock Room’s history visit the Smithsonian’s website–it really is fascinating!

After visual overload in The Peacock Room I headed home, but not before snapping a picture of the awesome astrological light fixture which hangs outside. I’d love to find something similar, I’m obsessed with all things celestial these days!

Anyone else fall into the trap of taking your city for granted? I’m definitely planning to get out and play tourist more often.

SUNDAY STYLE

Sunday Style | The Pursuit of Style

This week wasn’t too shabby by way of inspiration. Elle gave us a peek into the oh-so-chic abode of Nate Berkus Associates Co-Design Director, Sasha Adler. Apparently her collection of Louboutins is as enviable as her well-curated decor. Dream job, dream shoe collection–some girls have all the luck!

Normally I’m not a makeup person, but We See Beauty’s MAKE line might change that. I can’t speak to the quality of the product, but the styling and photography is the best I’ve seen by far!

I’ve been coveting textiles from Istanbul based company, Tulu, since first reading about them in the July 2011 issue of Matchbook. Unfortunately they weren’t available at a retailer near me until now. Leave it to Ms. Meares to make my design wishes come true. Tulu’s bedding and pillows will be available at Furbish Studio soon!

Roxy Owens, founder of Society Social, never fails to impressive me with her innovative marketing skills. This time she brought together 11 different interior designers (all of whom I love!) and had them work their magic on the blank canvas of the Charlotte Sofa. Check out all of the creative combinations in the Project Sofa lookbook.

I hope you have a great Sunday. Anyone else planning to judge red carpet fashion from their couch tonight?