The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Every 3-6 months I get in a mood where I decide I’m sick of everything in our apartment and I just want to start all over with a blank slate. Does anyone else ever feel that way? I’m sure I can’t be alone on this one. I’ve been in one of those moods in a bad way these past few weeks. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the season. Spending more time indoors provides me with ample opportunity to critique our apartment’s design flaws.

Rather than dwell on the things that are driving me crazy (here’s looking at you old sofa I haven’t been able to sell on Craigslist and armchair that needs to be reupholstered) I thought I’d share a few details from our apartment that continue to make me happy.

A vibrant kilim runner I bought off of ebay and was half convinced would never arrive. It did arrive (and relatively quickly!) wrapped in craft paper, tied with string, and with a wax seal nonetheless. Definitely not your average Fedex delivery! Greek key towels in our bright coral bathroom.

A palm leaf chandelier I found for a steal in Key Largo. It shared the back seat with our family dog all the way from Key Largo to DC where my parents dropped it off with me because I was too afraid it would break in the mail. Clearly they deserve a million thank yous for being much more patient with me than I probably deserve! A vintage nautical map of Buzzard’s Bay that reminds me of home.

What pieces do you continue to love in your home when the rest is driving you crazy?

10 thoughts on “BITS & PIECES

  1. I know exactly how you feel. I’m going through this with both my apartment and my wardrobe right now. It’s the weather. (This talk of snow on Wednesday is NOT helping.)

    That rug is fantastic–what a fun package that must have been to received!

  2. Good outlook! It can be dangerous when you get the feeling to redo everything, because with that, comes the cost of buying new everything. Besides taking inventory of the things that you love, another good tactic is to rearrange things to make it feel new again.

  3. because we are renting, there SO MANY things that make me cringe in my current home that i cannot do a damn thing about. SO, in that case, i have to make some spot in each room delightful that i can focus on and block out the surroundings. it may just be a small vignette or a piece of art or amazing pillows. this is a great reminder of cherishing the little parts that make a whole!

  4. I love local designer Brenton Bacari. ( He designed one of the partners of my law firms homes and it is truly amazing. He is obviously very talented and experienced. (I was told he designed for high-profile celebrities. He used to live in Los Angeles. One of his clients was Cher.) The work he did for my associate is extremely sophisticated and serene. The best thing is I cannot tell whether the house was decorated in traditional or modern theme. Now that’s classic and timeless!

  5. I have the same problem becuase we have so much to do/buy but when I rush I just end up regretting certain purchases (damn you dining table). I do love that I replaced all our old knobs with pretty anthro ones. It really elevates the old cabinets. Next the door knobs …

  6. Literally couldn’t agree more – I spent all weekend thrift store shopping to find fun antiques to dress up my bookcases. Love the cases but get bored with the contents 🙂

  7. who wouldn’t love that fixture? Oh my! I’m still loving everything in my home…but everything needs an update! All in time. thanks!

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